When you stay at Christmas Mountain Village or Bluegreen Odyssey Dells, the two Bluegreen Resorts vacation destinations in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, you might imagine you’re living inside one of the world’s best amusement parks. Enjoy an array of themed attractions and world-class family water parks, popular shopping and dining experiences, and plenty of outdoor adventures.
Traditional Native American beliefs state that the terrain of Wisconsin Dells was born when an enormous snake slithered into a narrow opening in the rock, creating today’s seven-mile-long stretch of sand rock cliffs, chasms, and pillar formations. Geologists, however, say that the “dalles” (from the French for “a slab of rock”) formed about 15,000 years ago, after a glacier rerouted the Wisconsin River through a sandstone terrain, and river and wind continued carving the outlines of Chimney Rock, Steamboat Rock, the Sugar Bowl, and the Phantom Chamber.
A boat tour down the river will let you see these stunning natural wonders up close. Or let a nearby steam engine railway take you into the rich colors of the surrounding countryside. You can even travel through the slim windings of the canyons in a horse-drawn wagon.
For a kid-powered day of fun, visit attractions such as the Ghost Outpost Haunted House for older kids and adults, with its 13 rooms of animatronics lurking behind shadowy hallways. The Glockenspiel tower presents a free music-filled reenactment of the Pied Piper legend every half hour. The Pirate’s Cove Family Fun Center offers a sandcastle construction zone, family basketball, and an oversized pillow just made for jumping. And at Timber Falls Adventure Park near downtown, dare to hurtle 60 miles per hour along the course of the Hellcat or the Skyscraper roller coaster, or venture onto the Log Flume with its two vertical drops.
Families who enjoy a vacation at one of the Bluegreen Resorts properties in Wisconsin Dells will also find themselves in a water park paradise. Noah’s Ark Waterpark, one of the biggest outdoor playgrounds of its type, is in the neighborhood, offering rivers, water slides, and wavepools, and a special pool just for smaller children. Ride the Hades 360 roller coaster with its inverted barrel roll at Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park, or choose among dozens of other H2O-fueled entertainment experiences.