Wisconsin Dells —The Waterpark Capital of the World!— is a popular tourist destination in south central Wisconsin along the Wisconsin River. The city straddles four counties and is home to some 2,600 residents. The area’s unique geological features have been drawing visitors for more than 150 years! Boat tours of the dells began running in the mid-1850s. Today, more than 4 million people visit the city each year to swim, float, and slide at the area’s more than 20 indoor and outdoor water parks, which hold a combined total of 16 million gallons of water!
The nearby Sauk County Humane Society (SCHS) is an open-admission shelter where no animal is turned away. SCHS takes in dogs, cats, and a variety of critters from bats to turtles! In early summer, SCHS hosts a fun walk and festival with proceeds from the event going to support the humane society’s programs and services.
On Tuesdays (cats) and Thursdays (dogs) SCHS hosts low-cost spay and neuter clinics benefiting hundreds of pets each year. And each summer, kids grade one through six attend Critter Camp where campers participate in animal-related educational activities, interact with shelter animals, take field trips, and complete service projects to benefit shelter animals. More than 2,000 animals pass through SCHS’s doors annually.
Bundle up and check out the Winter Carnival at Christmas Mountain Village! There’s something for everyone at the Winter Carnival—golf, wood splitting, the newlywed game, and a dog weight pull! Watch sled dogs compete for a $600 cash purse, or enter your own musher for a chance at the prize! Novice dog entry fee is just $5. Winter Carnival is held the first Saturday in February, snow or shine.
A visit to Wisconsin Dells isn’t complete without a boat tour of the river feature for which it’s named. Boat tours of the dells take passengers down a scenic section of the Wisconsin River, past Cambrian sandstone rock formations, 100-foot-tall cliffs, and tributary canyons! If your fur-friend loves boat rides just as much as you do, two outfits welcome leashed dogs! From April to November, Dells Boat Tours and Dells Army Ducks take human and canine passengers up and down the river.
Feeling like you need a getaway during the cold months, but don't want to leave your pup behind? Then Camp Dogwood's Winter Session is the event for you! Held at Perlstein Resort, this weekend of canine-friendly fun offers all kinds of super-pawsome games and activities. There are all kinds of hikes, hunts and courses to clock some bonding time in with your pup. And there's no need for tow-leggers to rough it, with a Bloody Mary Bar, Mimosas at breakfast and a Champagne Toast at midnight! Did we mention the massages? This is one bark-tastic weekend you won't want to miss!
When you want to get away from the waterpark lines and downtown crowds, head south 20 miles to Devil’s Lake State Park! Wisconsin’s largest and third oldest state park is known for its 500-foot quartzite bluffs overlooking a 360-acre spring-fed lake. Twenty-nine miles of hiking trails wind through the park, including 10 miles of the Ice Age Trail—the thousand-mile National Scenic Trail which follows glacial features in Wisconsin! Leashed pets are welcome, but be aware that some of the bluff terrain is challenging and steep.
Leashed pets are welcome to stroll the grounds at Fawn Creek Winery. After you work up a thirst, enjoy the complimentary wine tasting! Fawn Creek offers a variety of wines—reds, whites, fruit, and seasonal. Non-alcoholic beverages and food are also available. During the summer months, check out the winery’s music on the deck series. Leashed, well-behaved puppers are welcome to join!