Wisconsin River Beckons to Quiet Cruisers and Adventure Seekers on Dells Boat Tours

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From guided leisurely cruises to brisk Jet Boat rides, there are many ways to see the scenic sandstone bluffs that are the cornerstone attraction of Wisconsin Dells.

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Dells Boat Tours offer a variety of ways to see the signature sandstone bluffs along the Wisconsin River.

Our dinner cruise offers one of the best times to get out on the water to enjoy some quiet time and stunning views of the sun-lit bluffs.

From relaxing excursions to see spectacular views, to adrenaline-pumping adventures, Dells Boat Tours provides a variety of ways to experience the famous Wisconsin Dells. From spring through fall, visitors can see the beautiful scenery of the Wisconsin River by day, take in a sunset dinner cruise evenings or experience thrills on specialty offerings of Dells Boat Tours.    

See the Scenic Dells Rock Formations
The Upper Dells of the Wisconsin River showcases spectacular rock formations that first drew sightseers to the region more than 165 years ago. Visitors can let their cares float away on an Upper Dells Boat Tour, a two-hour excursion that winds its way upriver, while guides relay stories about early settlers, the geology and history of the area. At the first of two shorelandings, passengers disembark to explore Witches Gulch, an eerie beautiful gorge that winds deep into the woods. The second stop at Stand Rock features trained dogs that leap the five-foot gap from the main cliff to the rock ledge – an iconic Wisconsin Dells photo-op.

The Wisconsin River is broken into two sections by a dam. To see the entire stretch of the infamous Dells, visitors continue their journey on a Lower Dells Boat Tour, which features peaceful scenic bluffs and guided narration. Purchasing both tours as a package offers a discount and you can take the tours at your leisure.

Dinner and a Cruise
Evening offerings include a culinary treat with a relaxing dinner cruise set against the backdrop of the rocky cliffs at dusk. The Sunset Dinner Cruise features a surf n’ turf meal, live musical entertainment and a walk through a torch-lit canyon.

“Our dinner cruise offers one of the best times to get out on the water to enjoy some quiet time and stunning views of the sun-lit bluffs,” said Dan Gavinski, general manager of Dells Boat Tours.

The popular excursion begins with a complimentary open bar for the first hour upon boarding, with a cash bar available for the remainder of the cruise. Live musical entertainment sets the stage for a relaxing trip, featuring regional favorite Dan Soma serenading guests; singing while playing guitar and harmonica.

Guests enjoy a surf n’ turf dinner buffet prepared by the chefs of Chula Vista Resort. The main entrée includes a 5-ounce sirloin and a 5 to 6-ounce lobster tail served with potatoes, market fresh vegetable, green salad and dessert. An assortment of soft drinks is included.

As night falls, the Sunset Dinner Cruise makes a stop at the beautifully mysterious Witches Gulch, a canyon winding deep into the shoreline. Torches light the boardwalk and guests can disembark and take a leisurely stroll into the peaceful gorge.

Sunset Dinner Cruises depart from the main landing building at 11 Broadway in downtown Wisconsin Dells. Excursions begin Sunday, May 27 of Memorial Day weekend and run through Saturday, September 8. Reservations are required and can be made online at dellsboats.com. Several in-area ticket booths are also available in Wisconsin Dells.

Charter a Boat
Dells Boat Tours also offers private charters. From a group of just a few people, or a few hundred, a variety of boats are available to host a special event or group outing.     

Think outside the Boat
For the more adventurous types, Jet Boat Adventures serves up an adrenaline rush on the water. The fast-paced, thrill ride takes passengers on splash-n-dash tours on either the Upper or Lower Dells. At night, thrill seekers can get their scare on with the Ghost Boat tour to the spooky Cold Water Canyon. Ghost Boat: Journey into Haunted Canyon is offered during the summer months with a special Ghost Boat: Season of the Witch that runs during the fall season.

For more than 165 years, Dells Boat Tours have delighted travelers and are a main attraction of Wisconsin Dells. Various tour options allow for all ages and interests to explore the Dells by water. The tours run on a 7½-mile stretch of the Wisconsin River giving vacationers an up-close view of the rocky cliffs that are the signature of Wisconsin Dells. Tickets for all tours are available online at dellsboats.com. For more information, please call (608) 254-8555.

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