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Wisconsin Dells – Part 2 – Attractions and More!


1-15-15 , 8-6-16 and other visits

Wisconsin Dells sign

We are fortunate living within 50 miles of this great area of Wisconsin with so much fun and beauty.  Here I am going to touch on other parts of the Dells,  Broadway being the main focus of our first excursion.   We have been to some of the attractions and hope to get to more of them when summer comes back around.

Our first trip together to the Dells was the Dells Boat Tour.  We enjoyed this trip on 6-30-02.  This is one of the oldest attractions and most popular. It’s two parts, Upper and Lower Dells. You can choose just one or do both in a day. We did both and sure had a lot of fun! This view is where you begin the upper Dells tour. We did the tours again on 6-17-15.

Upper Dells boatlanding

 The Lower Dells, this is Kilbourn Dam.

Lower Dells view and Kilbourne Dam

At the top of the landing you get a great view of the boats below.

Lower Dells Boat Landing in the Dells

The boat tours and many other attractions are located on the Wisconsin Dells Parkway.  This is one of the Wisconsin Ducks, another tour venue, this time on an amphibious vehicle enabling it to traverse both water and land.  There is also an Army Duck tour.  We have not taken those tours yet. You can take a selfie by an Army Duck on the Parkway.

Wisconsin Dells Parkway

Army Duck selfie at Dells

Also on the parkway is Paul Bunyan’s Cook Shanty and recently added, the Lumberjack Show. We ate there once (yum!) but not yet seen the new show. The food was great! Open spring through fall.

Paul Bunyan in the Dells

We enjoyed a great lunch at Sprecher’s on 6-17-15 before out Lower Dells boat ride.

Sprecher's in the Wisconsin Dells

 Also on the Parkway is Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park. This is quite a big theme park. Complete with a Trojan Horse.  They also have a hotel too.

Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park in Dells

Top Secret is a thrill-based attraction.

Top Secret at the Dells

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In 2012 we enjoyed a long-time music venue since the 1970’s, The Wisconsin Opry.  If you like Classic Country music with a bit of gospel, you will enjoy coming here. We plan on returning this summer.  Before the show, you enjoy a turkey dinner.

Wisconsin Opry Sign back at Dells

Wisconsin Opry in Dells

Wisconsin Opry Ensemble at Dells

 There is more to see here than the Wisconsin Opry though.  There is also Cindy’s Café (we’ve eaten there), also an antique and craft store. You will have a great time here! The Dickinson Family welcomes you!

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Not far from the Opry is one of the  Ho-Chunk Gaming resorts. We don’t gamble, we go there to have a great meal, also entertainment! Something for everyone there, including a hotel. They often have live music performances as well. Summer of 2016 we went back to watch Wasira Ho-Chunk dancing for one hour. It was a free show it was great! Enjoy an excerpt here.

Ho-Chunk Casino in the Dells

Inside Ho-Chunk Casino

Inside Ho-Chunk 2

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 There are many themed hotels in the Dells to give your overnight stay a special touch.  Our favorite one on 223 Wisconsin Ave, the Parkway Motel with a train theme. You can stay in the 1966 Soo Line Caboose ($85 per night, $105 weekends), or the main hotel.

Antoni Wolan (owner) passed away on June 20, 2015.  We are not sure if the stand or motel will be re-opening.

Parkway Motel in the Dells

Soo Line Caboose hotel room in Dells

 Take a look inside, very nice!

Inside Soo Caboose in Dells

Spring through fall, you can also get a Vienna Hot Dog and other great food at their Raildog stand, served from a historic 1956 caboose. We plan on coming back in the spring for a great lunch here!

Parkway Motel and Raildog in Dells

Listen in on their low power radio station, it may not be on the air any more.

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You can even get married  Las Vegas-style at the Dells Bells Wedding Chapel. Located across from the Amtrak station.

Dells Bells Wedding Chapel

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On our visit in January, we went bowling and had pizza for lunch at Knuckleheads Bowling and Indoor Amusement Park. We sure had fun and the pizza was delicious!

Knuckleheads at the Dells

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If shopping is your thing, there is plenty to be had here.   On Broadway is plenty of shopping, though some stores are closed in the winter. Another store near Broadway is Aunt Jenny’s Got It All Store.

Aunt Jenny's Got It All Store in Dells

 If you like the name-brand stores, stop by Tanger Outlets mall.

Tanger Outlets Mall in Dells

 We hope you enjoyed this brief overview of the Wisconsin Dells.  There is much to see and do here. Wave goodbye to the Sinclair dinosaur in Lake Delton as you leave Tanger Outlets at this nearby Citgo Dino Stop. View more Dinos around the country here.

Citgo Dino Goodbye in Dells

Hot Website Links

Wisdells.com

Explore Downtown Dells

Dells.com

Chamber of Commerce

Wisconsindells.com

Dells Country Historical Society

Parkway Motel and Raildog

Ho-Chunk Gaming – All Locations

Oregon – Wisconsin’s Horse Capital


Oregon Wisconsin signOregon Watertower

7-22-13  and 3-21-15 and my whole life

The village of Oregon is where my Dad grew up, but this is the first time I really gave it a close look.  This is his boyhood home.

Dad's Oregon home

Oregon is known as the Horse Capital since there were once more horses than people early in its history.  The population is currently 9,231 and growing. Located just 7 miles south of Madison, you are close to the big city while still able to enjoy small town charm. Incorporated  in 1883, it has retained its character and downtown historic buildings enjoying steady business.

Downtown Oregon Wisconsin

Downtown is defined by two structures, the monument on the left and the historic water tower.  This is the first WW I monument in the country, erected in 1920.

World War I Granite Memorial Monument sign

Oregon Memorial Bench

At Prairie Mound Cemetery, Oregon also honors their Revolutionary War vet, Nathaniel Ames. We visited his gravesite and saw the two-sided marker there.

Nathaniel Ames Marker in Oregon

The historic water tower is now longer in use, but left up since its one of Oregon’s distinguishing features.

Oregon Historic  Water TowerOregon Water Tower sign

Across the street from the water tower is the city band shell where performances by the Oregon Community Band take place over the summer.

Oregon Band ShellOregon Community Band sign

We also visited the former Red Brick School Building, now a business called Gorman & Co.

Red Brick School 2Red Brick school Sign

Lincoln Street is another historic district close to downtown.

Lincoln Steet Historic District sign

Gilbert House

Gilbert House

Palmer House

Palmer House

Warner House

Warner House

Rose House

Rose House

Algard House

Algard House

All quite beautiful, I will check back at the Rose House after renovations are complete.

Oregon is still closely tied to the farming community.  The Oregon Farm Center is a mill where they grind product that farmers bring in. Dave Kanable was there and has  good reputation for taking care of his customers. He also knew my grandparents.   They also sell birdseed, products for chicken care and dog food in bulk.

Oregon Farm Center

Oregon has all services needed for shoppers so going into Madison isn’t necessary.  Oregon Shopping Plaza is the main retail center. Bill’s Food Center is the anchor business and is known for fine service and wide selection of food.

Oregon Shopping Plaza

Relax at Oregon Bowl after a hard day’s work.

Oregon Bowl-Oregon, WI

If you are hungry, enjoy a great meal at De Broux Diner.  My Taco Salad was delicious!  2015-It is now in Evansville.

DeBroux Diner in Oregon, WI

De Broux Diner Taco Salad

On our return visit in 2015 we had lunch at their new restaurant, Headquarters Bar and Restaurant. Great food! They also have a meat raffle on the first sunday of the month.

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We really enjoyed Oregon. I wish I had some horses to show you but they must have all been inside that day 🙂

Oregon WW I Monument

Related Sites

*  Oregon Historical Society

*  Chamber of Commerce

*  Oregon Observer newspaper

*  Han’s Christmas Farm

*  Mark’s Barber and Styling

*  DeBroux Diner

*  Bill’s Food Center