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The Dancing Horses Theatre
Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Delavan
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Enjoy a day full of experience at Wisconsin’s own Dancing Horses, Animal Gardens. You day begins with The Dancing Horses Theatre presentation of an enchanting NEW performance that is unparalleled anywhere else. From the moment the show opens until the finale, the audiences of all ages sit spellbound, applauding each equine performer and trainer, exclaiming in wonder, chuckling at the humor and even wiping the occasional tear when a moment of connection touches a heartstring. Get up close with the trainers with our newest park feature: the Backstage Tour. During the tour, you are given a demonstration about liberty-style horse training and then you will be invited into the stables to meet the equine performers. Next, as you exit The Dancing Horses Theatre, you enter the 30-minute Exotic Bird Show which follows. Meeting our Exotic Birds is a delightful treat. This performance features several different species of exotic birds that will amaze you with their incredible abilities and antics. Your experience continues with more, a visit to the Baby Animal Barn. The Baby Animal Barn is filled with both domestic and exotic baby animals that children can hold and feed. Our staff is there to answer any questions you may have about our baby animals. In close proximity is an outside petting zoo and several charming rides children will enjoy.You can then take a walk or ride through our Wildlife Exhibit, a natural-setting zoo where you can see animals, many of which are indigenous to Wisconsin. The exhibit culminates in the Deer Park where you can pet and feed white tail deer. You can experience a tractor-pulled wagon ride though the park, where larger animals are available for viewing. You won’t want to miss the train ride though our Indian Village; complete with teepees, Native American art, and oral history lesson about the area’s indigenous people.With the two stunning performances, The Dancing Horses and the Exotic Bird Show, and our animal attractions, this will be a day you will not soon forget and will want to share with everyone.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed July 22, 2013

The show itself rivals any Vegas show I have seen. My jaw dropped at the precision and presentation of this. You cannot stop clapping and being amazed from syart to finish. Beautiful costumes and lighting and music all serve to highlight the beauty and skill of the horses and there handlers. Do not miss this if you are in the area. I would also recommend going early as they have an amazing zoo with some very exotic animals. Also ee the bird show more amazement. All and all on of the best entertainment values on the market.

Thank LiaTerrier
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

What a fabulous family experience for all ages!! From the baby animal barn, the beautiful talking birds, to the exquisite horses and horsemanship!! This is a great way to spend the afternoon. The small setting gets you up close and personal with all the animals. Getting to hold and touch the baby animals is priceless. Experiencing the dancing horse theater with the special effects is mesmorizing. It's obvious how much love goes into the training and care of these horses and all the other animals. It will warm your heart! Help support this great organization.

Thank lstubble
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

If you are a horse lover like I am, you have to see this show! The horses are amazing and the trainers do a fabulous job with them. The costumes are beautiful and the show is nicely done. My husband says that it reminds him of one step under a Vegas show! (To him that's a compliment!) You have the option of lunch/dinner or just the show. We went just for the show which costs $27.50 per person, but there is a $5 transaction fee if you choose to use a credit card. Your ticket also gives you access to the Bird Show and Animal Gardens petting Zoo, which is really nice also. We felt it was worth the money, especially when you consider the cost of caring for all the animals and maintaining the beautiful grounds,

2  Thank Wendy D
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Located in Delavan, 5 minutes from Lake Geneva, this place should be on the top of your list to sightsee there. I believe this show was the best money we spent in Lake Geneva.

We saw the dancing horses show on during the 4th of July weekend. It was Sunday, we were tired. We had already checked out of the hotel and wanted to go home, yet we decided to go and check out the birds at Animal Gardens. When we got there, they told us the Dancing Horses show (which included the bird show as a bonus) was starting in 5 minutes. We took the offer and went in. Boy, were we surprised and happy to be there.

Even though some people may think of it as campy and aimed at little girls with dreams of horses and ponies, I loved it all. The horses, trainers and performers were top notch. With over 14+ numbers, these horses really dance and put on a superb show. All performances are tuned to different themes, songs, lights and ambiance. All the wardrobe costumes were colorful and more spectacular than the previous ones. I particularly liked the Fire horse, the Calypso, the Indian Spirit, the Illuminated, and the American finale.

I enjoyed the carousel number in which hundreds of bubbles surround the horse in the center. It was magical. There's also another one with black light, a salute to Chicago and New York. Tina, one of the performers, does a ballet number on a ring all the way up that was truly beautiful. At one point, the main stage lifts up and water fountains dance under colorful hues. There's even something for the bikers and all those bad to the bone.

However, as I said before, we were there for the birds. We got to see the bird show after a break where I took some pictures of the animals in the petting zoo.

Those birds were the highlight of the day. Macaws, Amazons and cockatoos did their tricks. They rode the bicycles, roller skated, lifted the weights, and watered those plants. This feathered bunch can talk, laugh, and truly perform. Echo, the double yellow headed amazon, has been featured in TV so he's the star. We fell in love with Rosy, a big macaw that loved her trainer, Sarah. They seem to be well taken care of, their cages were spacious and full of toys, so we were happy to see them there.

Overall, you can't miss this place when you go to Lake Geneva. They offer the Dancing Horses show with lunch or dinner. It's inside a big stage, so it's air conditioned (take that midday humidity!) The horses are gorgeous and there's a myriad of animals outside to look at, pet, and take pictures of. We saw ponies, donkeys, camels, bobcats, a fox, cockerels, pigs, cassowaries, swans, ducks, goats, and many more.

This place lifted up our spirits way high. The staff is very friendly and you can see how much they love what they do.

5  Thank RiverCoatl
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

We took my granddaughter to the Dancing Horses Show the other day on tickets bought through Group-on. The tickets included access to all the grounds, seats at the bird show, and seats and back stage passes. First of all, they put on a terrific show. The girls who train and ride the horses do a fabulous job, the costumes are beautiful, and the horses are well trained. The bird show after that is great fun. In between we were able to visit their baby barn and my granddaughter even got to bottle feed a baby goat. It's a nice place and everyone there is friendly and accommodating. Well worth the trip up.

Thank Jeff W
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