While visiting the Dells we spent all of our days
lounging playing hard by the pool and then in the evening we picked a couple of things from word of mouth and trip advisor to do. If you don't use trip advisor when you travel, you should. They always have some hidden gems on there and again they didn't steer us wrong.
First stop was Buffalo Phil's Saloon (the same owner as Moose Jaw Pizza which we went to as well).
Buffalo Phil's was on our list because you can make a reservation and request a train table. What is a train table you ask? A table next to a small train track that brings your food and drinks to you! PERFECT for our choo-choo loving children!
Not only is Buffalo Phil's amazing becuase of the train delivery, it is also connected to a LARGE arcade and indoor rides park. We got 2 free rides just for eating at Buffalo Phil's and then we bought a few additional points for the ride below - a fan favorite. Mommy/Daddy had to ride with Solon because he was too short to ride alone...twist our arms, right?!
We took one ride before dinner and the guy was so nice and gave us an extra few bounces...
Then off to dinner...and watch the trains go by!
The train came by our table for all the tables food in our area so we saw it bunches....and then when the train wasn't busy dropping food and drinks, it would travel by carrying little toys and silly things including a working bubble machine! It was one of the funnest places we have taken our kids to eat!
Sorry for the poor quality pictures - but just like at Moose Jaw they give you hats but this time conductor hats instead of moose antlers!
We grabbed the coupon and off we went to ride the airplanes and train for free!
And of course we had to this ride again - daddy's turn!
Then it was time for some games...we all had fun racking up the points and then Grace, Lance and Solon split the winnings evenly and picked out their little prizes. Solon picked 5 tootsie rolls and 2 whoopie cushions - anyone surprised. Good thing to as the 1st whoopie cushion didn't make it to the end of vacation!
We are horrible about getting group photos (well who wants to take a group photo in a swimsuit looking like a drowned rat, not I!) but this was my sisters-in-law and me at Buffalo Phils!
Okay another night we went to the #1 restaurant according to Trip Advisor - I knew it would require some fun loving souls as it was called Rail Dog....ha! A restaurant served out of a caboose all made by the polish owner, a very sweet guy who then gave us a full tour of his caboose hotel room. He especially loved Josh and so Josh was in charge of our 12 person order....he only took cash but let us eat first and then run to the gas station to get money and pay after!
You could go in the caboose and make their signal ding...
Their specialty was the dells taco which was sold out and then their polish taco (which consisted of a polish sausage with hot peppers, relish and rolled up in a deep fried tortilla). I will try anything once and it was better than I guessed...the kids had their hot dogs and they loved them!
You can rent this caboose for the night...the owner recently completely restored it and graciously gave us a tour! Solon was in heaven, we had a train restaurant theme going for sure!
That night we took the kiddos home and had a siblings date...first up mini golfing. The dells has many choices when it comes to mini golf. The place we chose had 6 courses.
After mini golf, we hit up some dairy queen for dessert before calling it a good night.
The last day it was just us and the Malin's so we took the kiddos out to play mini golf again, they all loved it!
They truly are the bestest of friends - we hit the cousin jackpot. We wish we could be with them more...
Solon working hard (note his tongue is out because of his deep concentration)
Just watching the crew...
All the fun holes with all their special features kept the kids busy!
After golfing we picked yet another trip advisor pick...#2 Monk's Bar and Grill. We had delicious cheese covered fries, burgers and of course while in Wisconsin, you have to have cheese curds - yum!
Brother and sister...
I was in tears by this point because we had to say good-bye for a YEAR. They were off to Minneapolis and after 10 days away from home, we needed to get back. Note Vera's photo bomb with a frisbee on her head. We just love the Malin's sooooo much and can't wait until they move home so we can be together more and go on lots of fun vacations together!
What a great fun-filled vacation 2013. We are blessed!