Along with the crisp, cool breeze of fall comes the slowdown of Wisconsin Dells recreational activities. Maybe this is because school is back in session or because Wisconsin Dells seems to give the impression they are a summer-based location. Fortunately, this is not the end for those who wish to continue to partake of all the area has to offer! With the summer tourists thinned out, most fail to realize the recreation still abounding in the area is something the vast majority sadly miss out on.
Things to do in September:
Wisconsin Dells Boat Rides
With the weather still warmer in September, Wisconsin Dell’s boat rides are still open to peruse in the fall. With many options to choose from, you can select the tour that’s just right for you, whether it’s the tradition Dells Boat Tours of the upper or lower Dells, the Wisconsin Ducks, Jet Boats, Wisconsin Army Ducks or the Ghost Boat.
The Wisconsin Dells Wo-Zha-Wa Days Fall Festival, September 18, 19 and 20, is a great way to celebrate the end of summer and celebrate the introduction of fall! Meaning “to have fun,” this celebration is certainly an excellent way to accomplish that. A three day celebration, Wo-Zha-Wa Days brings with it live music, a parade, arts and crafts, large flea market and delicious area food. Wisconsin’s oldest long-distance race is also featured, known as the Wo-Zha-Wa Run. Choose between a fast four-mile run or a challenging half-marathon course. You can check out their website here for vendor information and more.
If golf is your game, Wisconsin Dells has an abundance to offer. Whether you’re a pro or just looking to practice your swing, you have a number of places to try. September allows you to hit the course with fewer tourists but still catch the end of the warmer months. Very well-known are the holes available at Trappers Turn as well as the Wilderness Hotel and Golf Resort. Although Trapper’s Turn is listed as a club, guests are encouraged to try out their sophisticated practice facility. The Wild Rock Golf Club at the Wilderness features expansive greens and a variety of topography and historic scenery. Christmas Village Mountain has a large, public 27-hole course available while nearby Baraboo offers 9 holes at the Fairfield Hills Golf Course and Range. For those who are looking for something a little more casual without the clubhouse scene, Pine Crest Par 3 is the perfect spot to meet up.
Mini golf is a great way to spend time with the whole family, regardless of age or skill level. Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf not only offers five adventure golf courses but also has a free family playground available where you can picnic and play while even grilling out on one of their available outdoor grills. Timber Falls Adventure Park not only offers mini golf for the whole family, but also a few thrill rides as well. Helicopter Roller Coaster, Sky Scraper Thrill Ride, Bumper Boats and more is available for an additional charge! The Wilderness Hotel and Golf Resort hosts not only indoor but outdoor mini golf. With three indoor 3-D courses and an elaborate outdoor Lost World Jurassic course, there are plenty of courses to please no matter what the weather forecast that day.
Apple Orchard at Ski-Hi
Ski-Hi Fruit Farm, popularly referred to as just “Ski-Hi” (pronounced Sky-High), is a family-owned apple orchard just 20 minutes south from the Dells on County Road A in Baraboo. Whether you want to pick-your-own or select from the on-site packaged bags of their various varieties, Ski-Hi has an abundance of fall flavors available. From their homemade cider to apple pies, caramel apples and more from their (yummy!) bakery, it’s hard to leave without a fall treat in tow. Also featuring some of the best homemade delicacies from the area, honeycomb, jams, jellies and much, much more is available to purchase from their store.
The cool air of fall (and with the eased congestion of world-wide visitors) makes fall the perfect time to embark on some adventurous rock climbing. September still holds a very reasonable expectation of good outdoor weather and is a popular time to try it out without battling the summer heat. Home to some of the best rock climbing in the United States, the Baraboo Bluffs offers countless areas to conquer. Although this sport requires some know-how and definitely the right safety gear, we can offer some suggestions to take this on safely by clicking here. Devil’s Lake State Park is one well-known area to climb, with easy access to the rock walls and faces through their variety of hiking trails.
Wisconsin’s first World Class Zipline is the Bigfoot Zipline which offers nearly 2 1/2 hours of thrills year-round. Tripadvisor has listed this activity as the area’s number one attraction! We know you’ve heard of ziplining, and there’s good reason for it! Another option is the Wilderness Canyon Zip Line Tours offer daily tours from 9am – 9pm (weather permitting). Soaring 60 feet above Lost Canyon, you will soar through the tree tops in a tour that spans six towers. This activity is certainly one you will want to put on your bucket list.
Fall is a wonderful time for fishing in Wisconsin. With the rivers and lakes less crowded by tourists, this leaves the hot spots open for the locals and those who are lucky enough to come indulge in the waterways. With prime fishing locations available such as Mirror Lake, Lake Delton and the Wisconsin River, it’s easy to see the a-Lure! Click on the links above for the area fishing reports.
Wine Tours and Tasting
Wine tasting is a popular Wisconsin tradition. Home to many popular breweries, a tour or tasting is a great way to offset your normal routine while divulging in the finer aspects of life. Fawn Creek Winery has not only daily wine tastings but also two exciting events in the fall. September 19 hosts a “Halfway to St. Pat’s” event with live music featuring Reilly and also an October 3 “Fall Fest.” Well-known Wollersheim Winery, near Wisconsin Dells in Prairie Du Sac, hosts daily wine tours from 10am – 5pm. An on-site wine garden is carefully tended to offer relaxing scenery spring through fall for those who would like to enjoy some of Wisconsin’s finest wines and cheeses.
Things to do in October:
Fall Colors Tour
Seasonal colors are something that is only reserved for those fortunate enough to live in a season-changing climate. In autumn, the fall colors are peaking and are a great choice for something to do in October. The Wisconsin Dells area offers some of the most abundant, vibrant arrays you could seek out. With the Baraboo Bluffs cascading their rolling hills of colors all around, the fall colors offer some of the best opportunities for photographic moments. Take these in with a camping trip, road trip, picnic or awe-inspiring hike and you’ll have some visual memories that last a lifetime!
Country Bumpkin Farm Market
Country Bumpkin Farm Market is family fun on farm. Open until November, (9am- 6pm) Country Bumpkin offers a Lil’ Bumpkin Play Village and Petting Farm, pedal kart raceway, zip line, pumpkin catapult, corn maze, kid’s hay bale maze and hay wagon rides to their pumpkin patch.
For those who wish to spend some quality time with a loved one, Wisconsin Dells in the fall is one of the best times for romance. Take a stroll along the majestic River Walk, enjoy a romantic dinner at one of the Dell’s many eateries, or even go for a fall colors scenic picnic as the colors peak in October.
Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch at Treinen Farm
Treinen Farm, Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is a mere 23 miles away in nearby Lodi. Sitting on 200 acres, this is a real family farm — not some set up to capture the essence of it. Painstakingly planned and groomed all year for the fall season, their corn maze opens Labor Day weekend and runs through the second week in November. Other activities include a farm-themes playground, concessions, games, animals and horse-drawn rides to and from a you-pick pumpkin patch- come earlier in the season if you want to ensure the perfect pumpkin is still available!
Horseback riding is not only a great way to get in touch with nature, but also a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors and take in all of the amazing sights the are has to offer in the fall. A few places to consider are Beaver Springs Horseback Riding, Canyon Creek Riding Stable, and Red Ridge Ranch just 19 miles away in nearby Mauston, which also features Halloween activities, hayrides and a corn maze in October.
Though some shops close up for the season when the summer sun sets, many places in Downtown Dells are still open and thriving. With more elbow room and the re-emergence of the locals, the decorated Downtown Dells offers a ton of sales and other end-of-season deals. It’s the perfect time to check out the shops and local eateries without the hustle and bustle of summer tourists.
Zompocolypse at Treinen Farm
Zompocolypse — the name says it all! On Saturday, October 24 2015, Treinen Farm hosts their annual zombie apocalypse corn maze and events. From 7pm – midnight come join in the fun for a mere $10/person. Featuring food, bonfires, zombie video gaming, zombie video clips, zombie trivia and, of course, the corn maze, this once-a-year event is sure to thrill!
The Dells Raceway Park
The Dells Raceway Park is open until the end of October for your enjoyment. Watch stock cars race around the track during the various monthly events with prices ranging from under $20/adult to many the frequent free days listed on their schedule!
Things to do in November:
Ho-Chunk Gaming Casino
Rain or shine, snow or sleet, the Wisconsin Dells Ho-Chunk Gaming Casino, now smoke-free, is open for you to try your luck. Not only do they offer everything from standard slot machines to poker, blackjack and everything else you can think of, they feature fine dining and live entertainment by some of today’s biggest stars. Make a night of it by checking into one of the casino’s available hotel rooms and enjoy the fun any of the 24-hours in a day they are open.
Indoor Water Parks
Still have a hard time separating the association Wisconsin Dells has with water parks? That’s just fine, because despite the quickly cooling temperatures, the Dells has indoor water parks to enjoy with friends or family in Autumn. Sometimes this can be the perfect activity for an otherwise “stuck inside” kind of day! Check out the Kalahari Waterpark Resort, Wilderness Resort, Chula Vista Resort and Waterpark, Great Wolf Lodge and Waterpark, Mt. Olympus Theme and Waterpark, Grand Marquis Waterpark Hotel & Suites or the Polynesian Water Park Resort for some wet and wild times!
Thanksgiving in the Dells
Thanksgiving in Wisconsin Dells has a huge fan base! With all the work involved, the desired family time can sometimes be cut short due to all of the preparations that are required. For many, a trip to Wisconsin Dells is the perfect solution and offers an area teeming with activities still complete with the traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner. Some choices to consider are:
- Chula Vista featuring the Grand Thanksgiving Dinner. (800) 388-4782
- Field’s at the Wilderness is serving a sit-down dinner. (608) 253-1400
- Great Wolf Lodge has a sit-down, four-course dinner in the Loose Moose Bar & Grill as well as a buffet at the Camp Critter Buffet. (800) 559-9653
- Kalahari buffet in the Kalahari Convention Center. (608) 254-3217
- Trapper’s Turn Thanksgiving Day Buffet. (800) 221-8876
- The Wilderness at the Wild Canyon Cafe. (800) 867-9459
Rick Wilcox Magic Theatre
Rick Wilcox Magic Theatre in Wisconsin Dells offers some original and unique fun! Rated five stars by TripAdvisor, this 550-seat theater is open year-round but is perfect for when the weather starts to get more blustery. This show has been around since 1999 and routinely plays to a packed crowd so you know the family-friendly, ever-changing shows are sure to captivate and amaze you!
The Palace Theatre
The Palace Theatre in Wisconsin Dells offers a unique, family-fun theatre experience that you will not soon forget. Featuring a professional production of Broadway musicals, the theatre offers a great option for groups, families, friends and couples. Because of the vibrancy of the shows, guests aged two are younger are not allowed so as to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone. Tickets can be purchases for dinner and the show or just the show alone.
Jeremy Allan Grand Illusion Show
The Jeremy Allan’s Grand Illusion Show offers year-round shows starting at 8 pm. With amazing feats and shocking illusions that you can hardly believe are just illusions, Master Magician Jeremy Allen will leave you breathless! Interaction is a must, with requests for several children volunteers in a few child-themed grand illusions! Noted on his website is that Jeremy Allen never performs with ropes, hats, coins, cards or the such — his “wow factor” is the main driving force behind his illusions!
We want to ensure that this list is as all-inclusive as possible, so because of that, we would really like to hear from you! Please post below to share with others what you feel is a great Wisconsin Dells fall fun tradition!