You can easily spend a lot of dough in the Dells, but you can also experience Wisconsin Dells on the cheap. Here’s how.
Nix staying at a large waterpark resort in lieu of a smaller one. Motels like the Alakai offer clean, inexpensive rooms and small waterparks. They also typically offer free tickets to larger waterparks such as Noah’s Ark so you don’t miss out. Under-the-radar motels such as Ambers Hideaway have basic, clean rooms that are quite affordable. If you don’t mind roughing it, there are also a wealth of campgrounds in the area. At places like KOA – Wisconsin Dells you can camp in a tent, RV or rent small cabins.
Most of the main attractions in Wisconsin Dells are pricey, it’s true. But watch for discounts on sites like Groupon before you head out. There are also coupon booklets with buy-one, get-one deals available for purchase, plus discounted bundled packages when one company owns several attractions. For example, one company owns Dells Boat Tours, Original Wisconsin Ducks and Jet Boat Adventures, so you can buy cheaper tickets if you visit all of their attractions.
The Dells originally became a vacation spot because of its natural beauty. Rediscover those roots by taking a hike at Devil’s Lake State Park or kayaking at Mirror Lake State Park. Both only require a modest daily-use fee. Dells Watersports rents stand-up paddleboards (among other watercraft) for a unique way of exploring the Wisconsin River.
At Big-Sky Twin Drive-In Theatre, you can catch older movies for a song. Plus, who doesn’t love catching a flick at a drive-in theater?
Even if you pack your own food and snacks, it’s fun to eat out sometimes. At Mary’s Place, hot dogs, hamburgers and sandwiches are quite affordable. The Sand Bar is also a good choice for inexpensive eats.
And yes, there are some freebies in the Dells. The Glockenspiel is the centerpiece of Bavarian Village, an interesting courtyard. And a stroll along the RiverWalk is a pleasant, scenic way to end the day.