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Wisconsin Dells, WI Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 32
Total Sleeping Rooms 4,375
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,182
Committable Meeting Rooms* 27
Convention Center Space 100,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 90,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $93
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $61
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $198
*Maximum for a single hotel

Wisconsin Dells, WI Meeting Planning Overview

As part of a picturesque, exciting and accessible community, Wisconsin Dells meeting and convention venues offer the perfect balance of meeting accommodations and family fun. Located in the heart of Wisconsin, just 53 miles from Madison, 166 miles from Milwaukee and 188 miles from Chicago, Wisconsin Dells boasts a sought-after Midwest location - and much more. Known as "The Waterpark Capital of the World!", the just over 19-square-mile community of Wisconsin Dells is home to the most waterpark resorts to be found anywhere, including more than 20 indoor waterparks, three outdoor waterparks and hundreds of waterslides that require more than 16 million gallons of water.

Planners will find world-class convention and meeting amenities, including dozens of meeting venues in Wisconsin Dells: close to 4,500 hotel rooms, fine dining establishments and more than 90 attractions to visit between meetings. Wisconsin Dells is the perfect business location to bring the family along; in fact, the community was honored with the title of "#1 family vacation spot in the U.S." in the 2010 Travelers' Choice awards from TripAdvisor.

Wisconsin Dells is easily reached by car, plane, bus or train. Madison's Dane County Regional Airport is located 55 miles southeast of Wisconsin Dells. The gateway to the Madison area, Dane Country Regional serves more than 85 daily flights with nonstop service to key destinations throughout the United States. Wisconsin Dells is also home to its own Amtrak and Greyhound stations; both just minutes from the community's many resorts and attractions.

Finding a convenient convention center in Wisconsin Dells is easy. Many of the area hotels and resorts offer meeting facilities. The Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center, for example, features the state's largest resort convention center, totaling 100,000 total square feet of meeting space. Meeting spaces include two ballrooms, two junior ballrooms, 15 breakout rooms and four boardrooms, with such amenities as customized teambuilding sessions, audio-visual and catering services and resort-wide Wi-Fi. Beyond its meeting capabilities, Kalahari features 752 guest rooms and four on-site restaurants, as well as the state's largest indoor waterpark, an indoor theme park, 27-hole golf course and 15-screen movie theater.

Another top-rated Wisconsin Dells resort and conference center, Chula Vista Resort offers 200,000 square feet of multi-functional meeting space. The resort is home to the 90,000-square-foot Wisconsin Dells Center, two grand ballrooms, an 8,000-square-foot conference center and 25 breakout rooms to accommodate up to 2,000 guests. Chula Vista meeting amenities include full audio-visual and catering services, business center and Wi-Fi, while resort amenities include 620 guest rooms, four on-site restaurants, 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor waterparks, a hot springs spa and an 18-hole golf course.

Yet another favorite, Wilderness Territory comprises of the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness and Wilderness on the Lake. With over 30 different lodging options to choose with rooms that accommodate up to 20 people, the options are endless. The Glacier Canyon Lodge and Conference Center facility can accommodate groups as large as 1,700 people, serving guests with cutting edge equipment, the highest level of hospitality and service and a gorgeous rustic interior. Over 40,000 square feet of versatile banquet space, including break out and beautifully landscaped outdoor areas, help to meet the needs of almost any size event that can be held within their space guidelines. The various indoor and outdoor waterparks create over 12 football fields of waterpark fun to explore. For a drier experience, try one of their exciting attractions including go-karts, mini golf, laser tag and Zip Line Canopy Tours. Additional resort amenities include 1,180 guest rooms, seven on-site restaurants, 18-hole and 9-hole golf courses and the ever relaxing Sundara Spa.

Beyond its resorts, Wisconsin Dells is home to a number of unique venues perfect for smaller group functions, meetings and outings. A Wisconsin Dells landmark and old-time river excursion concession stop in Wisconsin Dells has been transformed into a scenic, private retreat area for small group gatherings. A historic stone building - the Pavilion - is the centerpiece of the Cold Water Canyon site, which is operated by Dells Boat Tours and is now available for booking business meetings, wedding events and other small group gatherings. Set amidst the dramatic sandstone cliffs of the region, Cold Water Canyon is a tributary glen that cuts deep into the east bank of the Wisconsin River. The site was once a regular stop for Dells Boat Tours, which operates river excursions from spring through fall. The site is now reserved exclusively for private gatherings such as wedding ceremonies and banquets, family reunions, special occasion dinners, meetings and business retreats. The interior of the 800-square-foot Pavilion has been refurbished in stone and wood decor, along with stylish wrought iron lighting that is suitable for elegant affairs or more casual gatherings. The Pavilion is equipped with a built-in bar service area, a lighted dance floor and a gas fire place. The space is wired for audio/visual needs and features indoor/outdoor speakers.

Groups can gather - and laugh together - at Circus World in nearby Baraboo, the founding place of the Ringling Brothers Circus. The museum houses the world's largest collection of parade wagons and showcases a collection of circus ads and posters, photographs, programs and circus performer artifacts. The museum also offers elephant, pony and carousel rides, as well as private gathering spaces and group tours.

After touring Wisconsin Dells' many attractions - and perhaps jetting down a waterslide or two - any visitor is sure to work up an appetite. No problem there, as Wisconsin Dells is home to nearly 90 restaurants. Fine dining options include the beautiful Ishnala Supper Club, which overlooks Mirror Lake and serves savory fare from land and sea. Frank Lloyd Wright student James Dresser designed two of the community's restaurants, Field's at the Wilderness and Del-Bar; each restaurant serves delicious American cuisine in beautiful Prairie-style settings. Set along the Wisconsin River, Mexicali Rose serves authentic Mexican fare, while Chula Vista Resort's Kaminski Bros. Chop House specializes in hand-cut, dry-aged beef in a signature steakhouse setting and House of Embers is renowned for its hickory smoked ribs and matriarch Barbara's cinnamon dinner rolls.

About Wisconsin Dells, WI / Additional Info

The perfect spot for family fun and relaxation, Wisconsin Dells offers Midwest charm and endless recreational opportunities. This year-round tourist destination community welcomes more than 3.1 million annual visitors. No matter the season, visitors can enjoy Wisconsin Dells' waterparks, as it's always a balmy 80°F within the community's more than 20 indoor waterparks!

Wisconsin Dells first became a tourist destination in the late 1800s, fueled by visitors coming to the community for row boat tours and later steamboat tours of the Wisconsin River. The region enjoyed a steady tourism climb throughout 20th century, until the indoor waterpark resorts sprang up throughout the region in the early 1990s. Today, Wisconsin Dells is home to a number of luxury resorts and exciting attractions, including the country's largest outdoor waterpark, state's largest indoor waterpark and country's largest indoor/outdoor combination waterpark resort.

Many of the community's waterparks are housed within area resorts. However, Noah's Ark Waterpark - the country's largest waterpark - is a stand-alone attraction that features more than 80 family activities. Noah's Ark is home to Scorpion's Tail, the country's first looping waterslide, as well as 49 waterslides, two huge wave pools, two endless rivers, four kiddie pool areas, a four-dimensional theater, 18-hole mini golf course, bumper boats and arcades.

The community also boasts access to natural areas and state parks, including Mirror Lake State Park. Known for the sandstone bluffs that surround half of the lake, the 2,200-acre park boasts spectacular fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, boating, biking, hiking and cross country skiing throughout its 20 miles of trails. As Wisconsin's most popular state park, the 10,000-acre Devil's Lake State Park offers miles of hiking trails, two large sandy beaches, swimming and even a one-mile-long interpretive nature trail.

Families can also tour the Tommy Bartlett Exploratory - Interactive Science Center, which features more than 150 interactive exhibits focusing on science, virtual reality, music, robotics, magic and more. Visitors can also tour one of the three original Russian MIR core modules; with one of the three modules packed away in a warehouse and another had disintegrated after service in 2001, the Exploratory's module is the only one in the world open for public view - in fact, visitors can step right inside it.

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