Wisconsin Dells Trip (Part One)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A few weeks ago, we planned our last family vacation before baby, while it was still manageable to do so without an infant, while we're still just a family of three. We decided to head to Wisconsin Dells after finding a great camping deal there and wanting to spend more time in our new little toy. We got 15 total attraction tickets, which amounted to 5 different attractions for the three of us: Noah's Ark, Timbavati Wildlife Park, Pirate's Cove Miniature Golf, the Ducks, and the Deer Park. More than enough to keep us busy for an entire week!

We took a Saturday through Thursday trip in order to avoid some of the weekend crowds at these places. In the Dells, many things are cheaper Sunday through Thursday, so it's helpful to know that. That time span also left the following weekend open for lounging at home. You know, the whole vacation from vacation thing.

Anyhow, we left on Saturday, after Hubster got done with work. It was quite later than expected. After getting settled in, I took Peanut down to the play area that the campground provided, including a giant blow-up jumping pillow. Peanut could hardly be torn away from that contraption. If I wasn't so preggo, I would've been right up there with him:) After dark, we heard a bunch of loud booms. After investigating, we got treated to a fireworks display from a nearby racetrack that was pretty darn good.

On Sunday we got up and took a Duck tour right away. It's amazing how they make those vehicles to drive on the road and the water. It's like something out of a movie that's totally a real thing. Peanut was quite enraptured by the phenomenon.

After the Ducks and a quick bite to eat, we hit up the miniature golf course. Pirate's Cove has some great golfing, and they take the best care of their grounds than any other I've seen. I think this year's theme for our family is miniature golfing. We've done it quite a few times now and can't seem to get enough. Peanut is getting pretty good at the rules and lining up his ball. And he loves it!

Pirate's Cove also has a Family Play Center that we indulged in for a little bit. They had a huge playground, giant jumping pillow, giant chess and checkers, a racetrack, and trampoline basketball.

Pedal Go-Karts

 Giant Chess

Giant jumping pillow

On Monday, my parents came to visit for the day and we treated them to the Deer Park, one of our favorite Dells attractions. You get to hang out with deer and feed them out of your hands! We always take our time there and buy lots of animal food because it's so rare to get to experience that experience with deer. Later on, we took mom and pops to our campground for hot dogs and S'mores and a little pool time. Poor dad had chemo scheduled for the next day, so they couldn't stay overnight.

After all that fun, the whole family hit the campground pool for a cool off.

It always amazes me that we keep going back to Wisconsin Dells. It's such a touristy town, but it's also totally insane. It's one of those towns that is so unique, you just have to go there. Where else can you drive down the street and see an upside-down White House, miles of snaking waterpark tubes, rides and roller coasters of every kind, piles of neon summer clothing and weird statues of all kinds? And if you only live 2 hours away, you might go there every year cuz your kids are enraptured by it all.

Stay tuned for Part Two of our family vacation to Wisconsin Dells.

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