The Wisconsin Dells are large sandstone formations located in and along the shore of the Wisconsin River. They have been a tourist attraction since 1856, when Leroy Gates began offering boat tours of the region. Today, boat tours continue to be the best way to see the beauty and wonder of the Dells. There are several types of boat tours available from flat bottom boats to exciting jet boats to the always popular Ducks. Ducks are six-wheel drive amphibious trucks, built for the U. S. Military, by General Motors, during World War II. The name was originally DUKW. The “D” signified that the vehicle was designed in 1942, the “U” meant that it was a utility vehicle, the “K” denoted that it was all-wheel drive, and the “W” signified that there were two powered rear axles. Everyone called them Ducks, and civilians soon started spelling the name, Duck, since it seemed like a perfect name for an amphibious vehicle.
The atmosphere around the Dells reminds me of Niagara Falls, in that there are many highly commercialized areas, but there are also, places of quiet, scenic beauty.
If your family enjoys waterparks, the Dells are advertised as the “Waterpark Capital of the World,” featuring both outdoor and indoor waterparks. You will also find amusement parks, spas, shopping, auto racing, golf and many other indoor and outdoor activities.
Wisconsin is home to many Native American tribes. You can learn more about what tribes are located in Wisconsin and Wisconsin's history at this site.
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Wisconsin Duck Tours: Original Wisconsin Ducks