Gluten-Free in Wisconsin Dells

by Angie Anew on March 3, 2012

My family just returned from a trip to Wisconsin Dells — the self-proclaimed “Waterpark Capitol of World!” We had a fabulous time. Our resort — Wilderness Territory — was a kid paradise, with three water parks, a mini golf course, a couple of indoor arcades, a large indoor play area and more. But the food? The food wasn’t great. So I thought I’d share some tips on how I ate gluten-free in Wisconsin Dells.

First, the truth is that we should have stayed at a different resort if I wanted gluten-free options on-site. Although some Wisconsin Dells resorts offer gluten-free fare (I’ve heard good things about Great Wolf Lodge), Wilderness Territory has a long way to go in terms of special diets. Even the corn chips at the snack bar contained ingredients (oat flour) that might cause concern for those maintaining a strict gluten-free diet. Because I don’t have diagnosed celiac disease, I felt comfortable ordering a burger without a bun at one of the restaurants. I doubt, however, that someone with celiac disease or a wheat allergy would have risked it.

Hotel Mini Fridge Stocked With Healthy, Gluten-Free Food

On the plus side, our room contained a relatively large mini fridge, which I stocked with our usual healthy-on-the-go foods:

  • A dozen hardboiled eggs
  • Unsweetened nut butter
  • Natural, gluten-free deli meats
  • Green apples
  • Clementines
  • Kombucha
  • Salsa
  • Milk for the kiddos
  • Juice for the kiddos
  • Plain yogurt and maple syrup for the kiddos
  • Cheese for the kiddos

We also brought along several pantry staples for easy breakfasts and snacks, including:

  • Corn chips
  • Olives
  • Natural fruit snacks
  • Granola bars
  • Gluten-free cereal
  • Fruit pouches

The food we brought along allowed us to avoid eating out for breakfast and lunch, which meant that we could spend more time having fun!

For dinner, our resort proved a fairly poor option for gluten-free fare. But a nearby restaurant, Uno Chicago Grill, offered a large gluten-free menu and free delivery. Among the items I enjoyed…

Uno Chicago Grill Gluten-Free Veggie Pizza

Veggie pizza on gluten-free crust.

Uno Chicago Grill Gluten-Free Steak and Shrimp

Steak and shrimp with roasted vegetables and smashed red potatoes.

Everything we ordered was delicious, and the delivery was fast. We could have ventured out to the restaurant, but toting two tired kiddos into the world after a day of water-soaked fun seemed too daunting.

Overall, it was a great experience. But my body will thank me for getting back to my usual healthy eating routine, which includes far less sugar, alcohol and starchy snacks. And the next time we visit Wisconsin Dells, I think we’ll try Great Wolf Lodge.

PLEASE NOTE: I’m not affiliated with or compensated by any of the resorts or restaurants discussed in this post. Please see my disclosure page for more information about reviews on Angie Anew.

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Shelly November 16, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Hi Angie! Found your site after googling “Gluten Free Wisconsin Dells”. We’re headed up there Sunday – Tuesday for a family get away. Our son has Celiac and we’re staying at the Great Wolf Lodge – I’ll let you know how it goes. Just knowing there is an Uno near by is great! Thanks for this blog post!

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Angie Anew November 16, 2012 at 1:23 PM

I’m glad the post was helpful to you! Definitely let me know about your experience at Great Wolf Lodge. We’re looking for a nearby spot for a winter getaway with the kids!

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Ted Exley April 26, 2013 at 6:58 PM

The food looks absolutely delicious. It’s nice to hear that some Wisconsin resorts offer gluten free food. Do you know of any great restaurants that do the same?

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Krista B December 18, 2013 at 9:41 AM

The Sprecher Restaurant has a great GF menu that is kid-friendly too – and they are so wonderful about it. I highly recommend them!

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val July 2, 2013 at 6:55 AM

Thank you so much for the reviews. My daughter’s blood work came back negative for celiac; but she is very classic celiac. She is gluten free and minimal dairy. I am gluten free because I feel SO much better physically! :-)

We are heading to the dells for 5 days in August. I always do an internet search for ‘safe’ restaurants. It is nice that Uno has GF pizza. We will definitely eat there one night.

We also bring a lot of GF snacks/choices with us to make sure we are not eating out all the time. We have been GF 100% for 1.5 years and I am a bit of a ‘nut’ when it comes to cross contamination especially for my daughter.

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Angie Anew September 5, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Hope you had a great (and safe) trip!

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Krista B December 18, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Thank you for sharing this – I wish I had seen your thoughts a couple of weeks ago, before we booked at The Wilderness. We have stayed there before, but that was pre-gluten-free days. When we were in the Dells for a day trip this summer, we ate at the Sprecher restaraunt and had a great GF experience – they even have a great kids GF menu.

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