Let’s be honest.  Sometimes the weatherman’s predictions are… well, not always so accurate. It’s ok, don’t fret!  When a sunny, cloudless day turns into a passing storm, all you need is a slight change in plans. Thankfully, we’ve put together a fun-filled list that is exploding with exciting rainy-day activities. Grab your umbrella and check ’em out!

Cave of the Mounds

Here’s your opportunity to escape the rain the way Mother Nature intended – with a stroll through the geologic wonder that is CAVE OF THE MOUNDS. No umbrellas needed down here, as you explore the cave at your own pace or sign up for a guided tour. Either way, prepare to witness a stunning array of colorful crystal formations on paved, lighted walkways. Budding spelunkers, rejoice!

Circus World

When the weather gets intense, try staying in tents… One very BIG one, to be exact!  Be a kid all over again when you rediscover the magic and wonder within the walls of the Big Top at CIRCUS WORLD MUSEUM! This one-of-a-kind attraction combines the rich history of the Ringling Brother’s circus with wildly fun, original entertainment.  Stay comfortably dry as you explore the museum or take in a live performance featuring everyone’s classic circus favorites – high flying aerialists, silly clowns, talented jugglers, elephants, horses and so much more!

Mid-Continent Railway Museum

Oh no… a little rain can’t stop this train.  So, all aboard!  Experience a trip back in time with a 7 mile, 55-minute round trip ride aboard the meticulously restored railroad cars at MID-CONTINENT RAILWAY MUSEUM!  Guests depart from the historic wooden depot, as the authentically-dressed conductor shouts “all aboard” in anticipation of your journey.  Upon your return, explore the museum, featuring over 40 train cars, locomotives, and restorations from the “Golden Age of Railroading.”

Balanced Rock Winery

Dry wine on a wet day – Balanced, as all things should be!  If the clouds are bringing out your sour side, start your wine-ing and dry off inside the spacious and modern BALANCED ROCK WINERY.  Year-round winemaking and tasting rooms just beg to be explored, with live musical performances complimenting your visit.  Pair any of the 17 wines with an assortment of delightful bites prepared fresh from the on-site kitchen.  Between the fine foods, local wines, and live music, you might just want the rain to stay a little longer!

Dells Escape Rooms

Chances are, you can escape the rain, but the real question is, can you escape these rooms?  Test your ingenuity, observance, and deduction skills with the walls of any of the five, fully-themed rooms at DELLS ESCAPE ROOMS. Do your friends and family have what it takes to free yourself in a race against your wits and the clock?  You’ll face puzzles, clues, and riddles with varying degrees of difficulty, based on your room adventure selection.  It doesn’t take a detective to see why DELLS ESCAPE ROOMS is a perfect addition to your vacay, regardless of the weather conditions.

FYP: 80’s

Raining cats and dogs? Well, don’t have a cow!  Step out of the rain and into TOTALLY 80’s to bring heaps of nostalgia to your cloudy day!  Only here can you expect to explore a world of retro-inspired fantasy, while snappin’ some seriously sassy selfies for your page. Scale the giant Rubik’s cube with your posse, strap on the brightest leg-warmers you can find (no, seriously), and get lost in this pop culture experience of pure bodacious bliss! At Totally 80’s, you’re encouraged to go beyond viewing the nostalgia-inducing exhibits. Travel back in time to our favorite decade, select the ultimate, rad outfit from hundreds of authentically 80’s pieces, and moonwalk your way through the entire experience!

Haunted Mansion

Is there any better time to explore a haunted mansion than on a dark and stormy day? Get your spook on with a Dells haunted attraction. Check out what chilling mysteries lie within this suspiciously dark abode. Will you encounter spirits, enigmas, or unexplained phenomenons? There’s only one way to know for sure. You might be out of the rain, but not out of the dark that lies within the Haunted Mansion. 

Old Abe’s Old Time Portraits

The sun might be hiding, but your smiles don’t have to. Immortalize your incredible vacation with one of Old Abe’s Old Time Portraits photoshoots! Journey back in time with one of sixteen unique sets and over fifty fun themes. Choose from incredible sets like the Wild West, Civil War, SteamPunk, Speakeasy, 1870’s Casino, Bath House or even Vampires! You’ll have so much fun living in the past that you’ll forget about the current cloudy weather. Your photo is ready in just minutes, but the memories will last a lifetime.

Tommy Bartlett Exploratory

Rain or shine, boost your brainpower at TOMMY BARTLETT EXPLORATORY, a can’t-miss experience for all ages.  The exploratory is packed with more than 175 interactive, hands-on activities, including an authentic Russian Space Station MIR core module!  But, that’s just the beginning.  Amaze your friends when you lift a 5000 lb car off the ground using a giant lever!  The best part?  Tommy Bartlett Exploratory isn’t just great family fun – it’s fun AND educational!  Guests will learn the science that makes all of the interactive exhibits function.  Escape the rain, and come out smarter than you started!

Wild Fun Zone

It might be dreary and gray outside, but a visit to WILD FUN ZONE is sure to brighten your day.  Home to the largest arcade in Wisconsin Dells, the Wild Fun Zone has a little something for everyone!  Blast your buddies in the laser tag arena, shoot for a hole-in-one at the mini golf course, or crush the high scores in the arcade.  So little sunshine… but so much fun!