The "Waterpark Capital of the World"
The "Vegas" of the Midwest
- Indoor waterparks
- Outdoor waterparks
- Amusement parks and rides
- Scenic tours
- Go Carts
- Comedy Club
- Trout fishing
- Mining for treasure
- Drive-in theater
- Wizard Quest
- Water sports and boat rental
- Haunted houses
- Laser tag
- Old time photography
- Circus World Museum
- Paint it pottery shop
- Magic shows
- Wildlife Park/Storybook Garden
- Handfeed and pet over 100 tame deer
- 150 passenger paddlewheel riverboat
- Ripleys believe it or not museum
- Museums and interactive exhibits
- Sports and recreation
- Gaming (Ho-Chunk Casino)
- Animal related attractions (petting Zoo)
- Horse back riding
- Take a river tour on amphibious vehicles called "Ducks"
- Horse drawn wagons explore the narrow canyons
- Historic steam powered trains rides through the pristine countryside.
- Live entertainment and theater (Opry,Vegas,Hollywood)
Wisconsin Dells is a whole city chock full of attractions. If you have certain things you want to
do, visit the official website for exact street addresses and times. It is the "Midwest Vegas".
Approximately 1 hour & 30 minutes from Janesville
The House On The Rock
This is billed as Wisconsin's most popular tourist attraction. Originally opened in 1959, it is an
amazing Japanese styled house built atop a column of Rock. It contains architecturally unique
rooms, streets, gardens, waterfalls, self-playing orchestras, eccentric collections and oddities
that has to be seen to be believed. It is recommended that you allow yourself at least 3 hours
and expect to walk 2 1/2 miles.
Some of the things you will see inside include:
The Worlds largest Indoor Carousel featuring 200,000 lights & 289 creatures
Miniature circus with more than a million individual figure
Infinity Room which juts out 218 ft over the Wisconsin Valley
Nautical displays including a 200 ft long sea creature doing battle with a giant octopus
"The Streets Of Yesterday" a re-creation of an early 20 th century American town
A huge collection of automated music machines that fill whole rooms with haunting music
Collection of large model airplanes in a themed room
Intricately furnished dollhouse collections
Cave of the Mounds is the most beautiful cave in Wisconsin and the upper Midwest. The United
States Department of the Interior and the National Park Service designated the Cave of The
Mounds a National Natural Landmark because the site possesses "exceptional value as an
illustration of the nation's natural heritage and contributes to a better understanding of man's
Commonly referred to as the "jewel box" of America's major caves for the variety and delicacy of
its formation, Cave of the Mounds is recognized by the Chicago Academy of Sciences as the
"significant cave of the upper midwest".
A guided tour of the cave takes you past a varied collection of colorful stalactites, stalagmites,
columns and other formations. The main cavern began forming over a million years ago as acidic
water dissolved the limestone bedrock far below the surface. As the Cave of the Mounds staff
like to point out, geologic time is mind boggling. It is difficult to imagine the time it took for the
large caverns to be dissolved within the rock that is itself believed to be over 400 million years
A lower meandering portion of the cave was formed by the rushing water of an underground
stream. The contrast between the chemical and mechanical processes of cave formation is one
of the geologic lessons illustrated on The Cave Tour.
People who come to the Cave of the Mounds in the summer appreciate the constant 50 degree
temperature. They also enjoy the parklike grounds with picnic areas, walking trails and rock
gardens. Winter visitors can take advantage of the Cave's comparative warmth. The Cave is
open in the winter on weekends and during the week by advance reservation.
Guided tours of the Cave of the Mound in Blue Mound, WI are available year 'round.
See Offical Cave of the Mounds website.
702 South Randall Avenue, Madison WI, 53715
A free zoo open daily year-round. The zoo grounds are open from 9:30-5 pm and the buildings
are from 10-4 pm.
Henry Vilas Zoo
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