How to get there
Wisconsin Dells is 55 miles north of Madison, Wis. The lowest round-trip air fare between Madison and Boston at press time was $276 on
Where to stay
Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort511 East Adams St.
$99-$399 (up to four people, including water park access).
Settle into the Wild West with water slides.
Kalahari Waterpark Resort& Convention Center1305 Kalahari Drive
Standard rooms $109-$349 (up to four people, including water park access); luxury rooms/suites $600-$1,050.
Imagine yourself on safari in this African-themed resort.
RiverWalk Hotel1015 River Road
Doubles $39-$149; family suite $79-$209
Book a room with a view of the Wisconsin River.
Where to eat
Fields at the Wilderness511 East Adams St.
Dinner entrees: $16.95-$49.95
Dress up your steak with signature ''enhancers" -- mushrooms, merlot sauce, parmesan.
The Cheese Factory Restaurant521 Wisconsin Dells Parkway South
Try the Wisconsin beer cheese soup in this retro spot whose waiters wear striped shirts, suspenders, and bow ties.
Essen Haus German Restaurant414 Broadway
Lunch $6.95-$10.95; dinner $7.95-$29.95
Choose from 12 German beers on tap.
What to do
Dells Boat Tours107 Broadway
Adults $15.75-$25.75 depending on tour. Daily April-early November.
Marvel at the oddly shaped sandstone cliffs and gorges along the banks of the Wisconsin River.
Noah's Ark Water Park1410 Wisconsin Dells Parkway
All-day pass $28.99 plus tax May 28-Sept. 5
Ride the Black Anaconda, America's longest (¼-mile) ''watercoaster."
Kalahari Water Park1305 Kalahari Drive
Day passes for nonguests: $40
Surf indoors on the Flow Rider.
H.H. Bennett Studio & History Center215 Broadway
$5 adults, $2.50 children 5-12
Follow the career of the man who invented stop-action photography and put Wisconsin Dells on the tourist map.
International Crane FoundationE-11376 Shady Lane Road
Adults $7, seniors $6, children 5-11 $3.50, under 5 free. April 15-Oct. 31
Visit the only place in the world where you can see all 15 species of cranes.
Wisconsin Dells Visitor& Convention Bureau701 Superior St.