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“You pay for 2 hrs of tour and get 1 hr of tourist trap selling”
Review of Dells Boat Tours

Dells Boat Tours
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Springfield, MO
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“You pay for 2 hrs of tour and get 1 hr of tourist trap selling”
Reviewed July 15, 2009

Yes, the Dells are worth seeing on a boat and it makes a very refreshing trip especially on a warm day. But.. you pay for a 2 hour trip of the upper dells. only 1 hour of it is spent on the boat. Within 1/2 hr you get off the boat to take a 5 minute walk through a pretty canyon and then spend 25 minutes at a concession stand and a souvenir shop. then another 15 minutes on a boat and then off again for 30 minutes. 5 minutes is to watch a dog jump from one structure to another and then you get to stand at a concession stand and souvenir shop again. Then back on the boat to go back to the start while they try to pawn off a souvenir book of pictures pleading that this is how the captain and tour guide make their money. I would look at alternative ways to see the Dells

2 Thank ozarksun
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Winnipeg, Manitoba
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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Reviewed July 14, 2009

This was one of a few different boat tours offered in the Dells area. I would recommend it to adults due to the type of tour it is. If you want to keep the kids entertained, spend the extra bit of cash to go on one of the faster, quicker, and nuttier speed boat tours offered by the same outfit, I believe. Also be prepared to have your picture taken and a photo-package waiting for you when you are done with the tour. You can opt-out of spending the $20.00 or so for the photo-package of your experience. Overall, a decent hour to spend in the Dells.

2 Thank deezledubb
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“If you don't take this tour you won't see the Dells”
Reviewed June 26, 2009

The word Dells actually refers to the sandstone cliffs in the area which are mostly only visible on the Upper and Lower Dells of the Wisconsin River. People have been touring the river by boat for more than a century for good reasons. The scenery here is breathtaking!Make sure you take a tour boat so you can stop at witches gulch and see the dog jump at Stand Rock. I recently took my family on an upper dells ride and even my kids liked it! The driver and tour guide were so knowledgeable and even spoke to us at the stops and helped us plan the rest of our trip! They were so great I didn't mind purchasing their guide book at the end of the tour. It was actually a very nice souvenir. If you love the outdoors and history you will love this tour! The only downside- you may have to wait for a half hour or more to get on a tour-maybe more for the top deck. Still- it was worth the wait!

Thank dabearz9
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29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“A nice break from the chaos”
Reviewed April 20, 2009

We went on the tour off season, so our tour was only about an hour and 15 minutes. We didn't get to make any stops because there was still some ice on the trail. We had a nice time. The Dells are beautiful and quite an interesting natural phenomenon. The tour guide and captain were personable and enjoyable to listen to. At the end, probably because there were only about 20 people on the boat, my kids (4 and 8)both got to take a turn driving the boat!

1 Thank sunnybrook311
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“Best Atrraction EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Reviewed January 9, 2009

The Upper Dells Boat Tour is the best attraction in The Wisconsin Dells. It beats out the upside-down houses, t-shirt shops, and waterparks. The tour was a pleasure even before we boarded our boat. The dispatchers were warm and friendly, and helped everyone board the boat in a safe and orderly fashion. Our guide was very knowledgable about the river and was a delight to learn from. She amused us with her witty (family friendly) jokes and kept us entertained through out the 2 hour tour. The captain was a safe driver and also very friendly.

The river itself was gorgeous and the scenary was breathtaking. The shorelandings were amazing. The first stop, The Witches Gulch, was the best. It was a cool canyon with a 10-15 degree drop in temperature, which is refreshing on a hot summer day. The second stop had a short presentation from "The World Famous Amazing Jumpiong German Shepherd." After watching it I knew why it was world famous!

The ride back was very relaxing and the guide passed out some literature to read on the way back. It made a great keepsake of our tour. It contains color pictures of all of the formations and shore landings. It even had information about them and showed somethings that we were unable to see due to time restraint. They were conveniently priced at $4 which is quite a steal when compared to the quality and quantity of information. Our guide politely explained why they sell the books. The profits off these books go directly to them and make up a large portion of their salary. I bought a book and left a tip because I knew they were saving up for college, and they do such a wonderful job.

All in all I give this ride two thumbs up!

3 Thank trvlprincess
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