While the Midwest is home to many spectacular tourist destinations, there’s only one place that has it all. From theme parks and riverboat cruises to fine dining and sunset strolls along the riverwalk, this tiny town tucked away in the middle of rural Wisconsin tops them all.
If you’ve ever visited the upper Midwest, or know someone who lives there, then there’s a good chance at some point you’ve heard of a little town known as “The Dells”. The Wisconsin Dells is a tiny town nestled on the Wisconsin River just north of the state’s capital. It consists of only 20 square miles and 5,500 full-time residents but boasts itself as “the waterpark capital of the world”.
Famously known for its beautiful scenery and home to over 400 businesses, parks, and attractions, The Dells welcomes over 4 million visitors annually. While there is no shortage of hotel accommodations, homes and condos continue to be some of the most sought-after places to stay from visitors in neighboring states, and the market options for rental properties are plentiful.
In case that’s not enough to convince you, here are four reasons why investing in a rental property in this prime location should be your next big move!
- Rich History
Discovered by the French in the 1700s but already well-known by the Native tribes in the area by then, the area is rich in historical elements. According to local legends, the river and the resulting sandstone cliffs were carved out by a great serpent. Archaeologically speaking, the area was created as the result of the meltdown of the area’s glaciers. In the 1800s, the area was home to logging companies. Word began to spread of its beauty and it soon became one of the country’s top tourist destinations.
- Nature’s Wonders
Intrigued by the beautiful sandstone cliffs up and down the river, photographer H. H. Bennett began bringing people in from all over to gaze at the beauty of the area. Early visitors were enamored with the surrounding beauty, which included several small canyons along the main river. Witches Gulch and Cold Water Canyon are two of the most famous offshoots, boasting famous rock formations such as Stand Rock.
The area is also home to Lake Delton and a few smaller lakes where you can find miles of beautiful hiking trails. Not only can you traverse the area on foot, but the river also offers breathtaking kayak adventures. For those who wish to take in beauty without exerting too much energy, the Dells tourism department offers a multitude of other opportunities.
- Adventure Awaits
Prefer to take in the scenery without the hassle of renting a kayak or strapping on a backpack? The Dells offers several guided boat tours. You can hop aboard a converted army vehicle for a land and river tour of the Upper or Lower Dells at the Army Boat Tours. If it’s a thrill you’re seeking, hop about a Jet Boat tour or take a zip on a Bigfoot Ziplining Adventure. Mt. Olympus also offers old-school wooden roller coasters and there are several go-cart tracks along the main strip. Need a break from the heat? Hit up one of the half-dozen spectacular waterpark attractions!
The area is a hit for families as well and offers over 100 kid-friendly attractions. Kids and adults alike can enjoy and safari-like adventure at Timbavati Wildlife Park or search for fairies and dragons at WizardQuest. Perhaps you’d like to take a tour of an upside-down Whitehouse. It’s all here!
- Proximity is Opportunity
With its central Wisconsin location, this area is also a hub for attracting crowds from neighboring states. Interested in some four-wheeling or snowmobiling? Bring your friends to utilize the well-kept ATV and snowmobile trail systems or plan a day trip to Cascade Mountain for some skiing or snowboarding.
For those who visit here but want to get away for a day to explore, there’s no shortage of other opportunities. Baraboo offers some beautiful historic sites and a circus museum. Wollersheim Winery is nearby, as well as Driftless Glen Distillery. Madison, which boasts two beautiful lakes, water and hiking activities, and numerous international cuisine fine dining options, is only 45 minutes south. You can head to Chicago, too, and visit all the entertainment the Lake Michigan shoreline has to offer! You can easily spend a day away at their leisure and return to the comfort of their vacation home, making it an ideal destination no matter your interests!
So whether your guests are here for family adventures or the nightlife, a real estate investment in a home or condo here is sure to exceed both your and your guest’s expectations!