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“A great departure from the "Disney" atmosphere of the Dells” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vertical Illusions

Vertical Illusions
2433 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, World Headquarters, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
+1 608-253-2500
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Owner description: Vertical Illusions offers one of a kind Kayaking, Rock Climbing and Zip Line Canopy Tours that are sure to be the highlight of your vacation! While exploring and playing in the Wisconsin River and among the rocky crags you will be viewing endangered plants, rare habitats and wildlife! Whether you’re looking for a crazy adventure or a nice relaxing float down the river, our professional Guides will customize a perfect worry-free trip for any group! Try our newest 15 Zip Line Eco Canopy Tour: Zip Line off cliffs, over canyons and through the Canopy of Chimney Rock Park!
Calgary
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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“A great departure from the "Disney" atmosphere of the Dells”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

We enjoyed meeting the owner and assistant guide. They provided us with great information and their attempts to bring attention to the need for protection of the fragile environment in and around the Dells. The Zip line was brilliant and very fun. Safety was a number one focus.

Overall we would definitely recommend to those looking to get away from the buzzers and lights for a awhile and looking to the see the "Real" Dells.

Visited February 2012
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“Book your Zip-lining now!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

My boyfriend and I took a zip-line tour in August 2012 with Vertical Illusions. We decided to book with them after reading amazing reviews on Trip Advisor, and we were not disappointed! I'm a little weary of heights but NEVER felt scared or ill at ease. Our group was small (4 of us, plus 2 guides) which meant there was not a lot of wait time between zips. We were all first time zippers, and the guides were amazing at teaching us the technique while still making sure we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. You get to zip 15 times on this tour! It's a hefty climb to the top, but again, the guides will stop whenever you need a break. They even have stops planned throughout the climb for photo ops, and just to make sure everyone is ready to continue the climb.

I can't say enough good things about this experience. If you are doubting whether to book a tour or not, DO IT! You will not find more dedicated, knowledgeable guides, or a better experience anywhere in the Dells!

Visited August 2012
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Ridgeland, Mississippi
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

This review is long overdue. My brother and I took a zip-line tour with Vertical Illusions last August (2011) and were expecting the usual tour experience. We were both completely amazed by the customer service that Lenny and Cassie provided. It ended up being a private tour. Cassie took photos and even burned them to a disk for us before we left. We got so much more than we expected and next time we plan on bringing the whole family. Excellent company, excellent guides, and astounding customer service!

Visited September 2011
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Omaha, Nebraska
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“The next best thing to Costa Rica!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

We are so happy we went to Vertical Illusions for a zip-lining tour on August 13th! It was amazing, beautiful, exhilarating and fun! Our guides were Jeri and Mike.You could tell they loved their jobs! They were informative and made the tour more like an adventure! The hike up to the top was a little 'rocky' for me but with the help of my husband and Mike, I made it up to the first platform. Jeri explained to us how the land was acquired, how each platform was put up by hand without any sophisticated machinery and the importance to keep the integrity of the land and trees true to nature. We even saw a family of deer, which Jeri quickly took snapshots of with her camera! At each platform she taught us something new about our gear, how to brake, or what we would see in the wilderness below us or in front of us! She was very entertaining and yet professional in all aspects of this amazing adventure! We would highly recommend this tour to everyone that is physically capable of doing it. We have done a zip-line tour in Costa Rica and this was very comparable! With Easton and the rest of the Vertical Illusions team behind him, we truly believe that Vertical Illusions surpasses all the other zip-line tours in the Wisconsin Dells and will one day be the #1 Wisconsin Dells destination! We also did a 3hr kayaking tour on August 15th with Jacob which was very easy and laid back. We just quietly drifted down the Wisconsin River, dodging sandbars and learning how to tandem kayak (my husband and I)--we even saw a bald eagle which Jacob caught a pic of! AND of course both of these adventures came with a complimentary photo CD of our day(s)! Thank you to all at Vertical Illusions for making this a memorable 25th wedding anniversary get-away for us!

Visited August 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Zipping into nature”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

Yesterday my wife and I went "zipping" (is that even a word?) with Emily and Tony. The words that come to mind are: awesome, wonderful, fun, exhilarating, beautiful, majestic, and insanity.

After being married for 10 years, my better half decided that it was time to "live a little," so she wanted to zipline. I did not want some boring man made thing where you went from tower to tower 3 times and pay a large sum of money for the privilege. So Vertical Illusions seemed like the right thing to do. Emily and Tony proved that we were not wrong.

The scenery was incredible (well as incredible as you can get in central Wisconsin) as was the seeming impossibility of the zip line platforms. I still don't know how any man could have got them up in some of those trees, so I guess you had an army of squirrels building them for you. And then Emily and Tony had to take us 5 noobs and teach us how to zip-line without killing ourselves or no one else.

The low key yet serious enough lessons and presentation kept everyone relaxed enough not to panic, yet focused enough so that we didn't lose life nor limb. And yet somehow also kept us all entertained for the 3.5 hour adventure (on a per hour basis, they are really undercutting themselves compared to other Dells businesses).

And when we got back to the office, Emily said our photo CD (included in the price) would be waiting when we returned after dinner. And sure enough, there they were, waiting for us.

It is doubtful that we will remember any of the meals or other "attractions" from the past long weekend, but we will always remember our first time zip lining in the forests of Wisconsin.

A great way to have a blast in the great outdoors without alcohol or large man made contraptions.

Visited August 2012
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