About Melanie F
Lives in Chicago, Illinois
Since Jul 2010
I took my first plane ride at a mere two weeks of age and have been passionate about travel ever since. A published poet and working journalist, when not traveling I'm obsessing about where to go next, or writing about where I've been.
Theme Parks, Water Parks
Auto Race Tracks
Nature & Wildlife Areas
If you're bringing the kiddos to the Wisconsin Dells, a day at Noah's Ark Water Park is a must. Nicknamed the 'Waterpark Capital of the World,' it's not only the biggest water park in the area, it's the biggest in the country — sitting pretty on 70 acres of land! Featuring four children's water play sections, bumper boats, a jaw-dropping 4-D Movie Theater, two wave pools, and a variety of dining options — there's more than enough here to entertain kids and adults alike.
More than just a water park, Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park is like a magical voyage into the world of mythology. Consisting of two major outdoor areas: Zeus' Playground and Neptune's Water Kingdom; as well as two indoor areas: The Parthenon and Medusa's indoor water park, it really doesn't matter if the weather is cooperating when you pay a visit here. Plus, with rollercoasters, go-kart tracks, a rock-climbing wall, and other fun rides to explore, you'll never want to leave — handy then that Mt. Olympus also offers lodging!
Children of all ages love Ripley's Believe It or Not museums, and with good reason — where else can one experience such fascinating and eclectic things in person, instead of sitting in front of their television? Set over three floors, and across 11 galleries, Wisconsin Dells' Ripley's Believe It or Not will have you transfixed on the largest amount of oddities you've ever seen in one space.
If you're looking to have family fun while learning too, the Tommy Bartlett Exploratory is a great place to start — stuffed full of more than 175 hands-on activities and interactive science displays. Young (and young at heart) daredevils will absolutely love the High Wire SkyCycle and attempting to lift a 5,000 pound vehicle with the Giant Lever. Plus, there's an authentic Russian Space Station MIR core module, a Virtual Sports Center for the gamers and sports fans of the bunch, and so much more.
For families with older kids, take a day to cure everyone of waterlog during your stay in the Dells, and check out the Dells Raceway Park for your fill of adrenaline! Here, a thrilling stock car racing experience awaits; perfect for car fanatics and speed fans alike.
One of the most enchanting spots in all of Wisconsin Dells is Witches Gulch, with its narrow slot canyon and sandstone caverns. It's beautiful and spooky, and although part of the 'quiet side of the Dells,' kids are sure to love this spot as well. Don't forget a camera to capture one of the more fascinating views of nature available in the area!
Not just a day at the circus but an opportunity to learn about the history of the circus as well. Circus World features live circus performances, magic shows, movies, and historical exhibits; as well as restaurants and gift shops to round off this fun family visit.
One of the most fun ways to explore the Dells for over 70 years now is with the Dells Army Ducks. These guided tours will carry the whole family away aboard a super cool, six-wheel drive World War II-era Army Duck! Among the sites you'll explore on this unique land-and-water excursion are some of the area's top highlights, from 14,000 year-old sandstone rock formations to Sugar Bowl Island to Lake Delton, and more.