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First Time Dells Visitor with Questions.

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Lansing, Michigan
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First Time Dells Visitor with Questions.

Okay, so during Spring Break our 15 year old twin boys always get to "pick" where we are going. And, for the last couple years, we have gone to The Kalahari Water Park in Ohio. Well, they decided they wanted to travel to the Wisconsin one this time due to it having an Indoor Theme Park (unlike the Ohio one). SO, we thought it was just going to be another "water park vacation" where we do nothing but that. However, now that we have taken a more expanded look at the area, we now see that this is a HUGE tourist area. So, Question: We will have 3-15 year old boys with us and what would you recommend us to do while we are there? Teen-oriented for fun. We originally was going to stop on our way back home into Chicago and stay an extra night there, but with what appears to be a large amount of things to do, we may just stay in this area another day or two. SO, any suggestions that we "MUST" see or do while in town? Thank you!

Chicago Suburbs
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1. Re: First Time Dells Visitor with Questions.

Most of the outdoor attractions will be closed. Those that are open will be miserable if the weather is bad. You're already staying at the hotel with the nicest waterpark. Once you're done with the Kalahari, I'd leave town and visit Chicago.

WI
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for Wisconsin, Colorado Springs
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2. Re: First Time Dells Visitor with Questions.

When is Spring Break? There are still things to do off season I wouldn't rule it out I would take advantage of any that are open while you're there.

http://www.jetboatadv.com/index.cfm You only know when you check by calling personally or e-mailing....a lot of businesses have been doing well with the early Spring here so you never know, find out and give it a shot.

The Wisconsin Ducks are a all ages must do:

http://www.wisconsinducktours.com/

they are open now, check site for details, call or e-mail

Peruse downtown and see what's open for shops fudge, Ripley's, etc. You don't know until you check either in person or via websites and the like.

wisdells.com/wisconsin-dells-attraction/spri… note the big list of "spring attractions" here on the link and see if anything appeals.

Head over to Spring Green if you've not yet seen The House on the Rock:

http://www.thehouseontherock.com/

You can enjoy the parks, Devils Lake State Park and others. The opportunities in the area are endless. It's a beautiful area and full of fun in any season so don't be dissuaded. Enjoy!

Edited: 6:02 pm, March 29, 2012
Milwaukee
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for Milwaukee
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3. Re: First Time Dells Visitor with Questions.

If you can ditch the kids for awhile you could go to the Ho chunk Casino.

3rd Chaise to the...
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4. Re: First Time Dells Visitor with Questions.

The weather is really going to impact what you can do in the dells.

And as an aside, I'm not sure I'd take 15-year-old boys to the House on the Rock unless they are really into strange collections. There is a lot of cool, weird stuff there -- including some great mechanical music machines and a carousel -- but I'm not sure it's enjoyable at 15. I was mystified by the place as I kid, and appreciate it as adult. But not so much for teens.

WI
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for Wisconsin, Colorado Springs
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5. Re: First Time Dells Visitor with Questions.

I guess since it's so kooky I did enjoy House on the Rock as a teen and now as an adult. I think the zany holds appeal to any age. It's quirky and fun and unique/different. Definitely check out the info. online to see if it's teen worthy for your particular group. I certainly don't think everyone will like HOTR but because it's a not a regular historic house tour and it is so off the wall it can be intriguing and hold interest. You also don't have to do all the tours, There's three different ones. If you do all three it's a 3-4 hr. minimum generally. You can pick the tour(s) you think would be most suited to your group.

Edited: 6:17 pm, March 31, 2012
Chicago Suburbs
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6. Re: First Time Dells Visitor with Questions.

I ran this by my 15 year old daughter, and she thought the indoor amusement park at the Kalahari was a little too tame for 15 year old boys.

3rd Chaise to the...
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7. Re: First Time Dells Visitor with Questions.

The indoor theme park at Kalahari doesn't have a lot for teens. Go carts. Climbing wall. Ropes course. Mini golf. Bowling. There are no "rides" for teens. Tons of arcade games.

St. Louis, MO
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8. Re: First Time Dells Visitor with Questions.

I think they'd love MagiQuest and Wizard Quest... as 15 year old boys I'm sure they love video games and those places are almost like you're in the video game plus they're inside so you don't have to worry about the weather. I'd also suggest Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum which is right next door and has some cool, weird stuff 15 year old boys are sure to like.

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