Sightseeing & Tours

LaCrosse is very well situated in the state of Wisconsin making several exciting day trips available to IC participants. Tours are being offered online for Thursday, June 8th and Saturday, June 10th and space is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Upon registering online you will get an immediate confirmation and please note that minimum participation may apply. All tours are “TICKETLESS” so please bring your online confirmation and have the team coordinator reconfirm your reservation(s) at the HMI hospitality desk at registration. Students must be accompanied by an adult chaperone on the tours.

Check in for all tours will be on campus at the Eagle Recreation Center and please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure. All motor coach drivers’ gratuities are included in the tour price. All tours are non-refundable.

TOURS AT A GLANCE
  TOUR A
 
  The Wisconsin Dells- Mt. Olympus Indoor Water Park
Thurs. June 8 (8:30 am – 5:00 pm)
Sat. June 10 (8:30 am – 5:00 pm)
 
  TOUR B
 
  Shopping at The Outlet at the Dells
Thurs. June 8 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm)
Sat. June 10 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm)
 
  TOUR C
 
  The La Crosse Queen Paddlewheel Cruise
Thurs. June 8 (11:00 am – 12:30 pm OR 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm)
Sat. June 10 (11:00 am – 12:30 pm OR 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm)
 
  TOUR D
 
  Niagara Cave
Thurs. June 8 (12:30 pm – 5:00 pm)
Sat. June 10 (12:30 pm – 5:00 pm)
 

Tour "A" - The Wisconsin Dells- Mt. Olympus Indoor Water Park

Thursday, June 8 (8:30 am – 5:00 pm - Full Day)

Saturday, June 10 (8:30 am – 5:00 pm - Full Day)

No matter the weather, the time of year nor your taste in water and theme park attractions, Mt. Olympus beckons as a land of myth and adventure where the only thing you will never be, is bored. Lose yourself in an ancient world as you brave four thrilling lands. There are thirty-seven steep and slippery slides and six hair-raising roller coasters, plus eight curve-hugging go-kart tracks. www.mtolympuspark.com

  • Zeus’ Playground. Outdoor adventures that will test the spirit of even the most stalwart heroes. Ride Zeus’ own collection of roller coasters, including the Hades. With the world’s longest underground tunnel, it will plunge you into a mythic underworld that will terrify and delight. For wiser mortals, go-kart tracks will tempt with twists and turns through underwater tunnels and even into the belly of the Trojan horse.
  • Neptune’s Water Kingdom. An outdoor realm with water slides and rides of all shapes, sizes, and speeds. Dare you face Poseidon’s Rage, whose awesome force comes in the world’s tallest waves -- over 9 feet! But fear not: Neptune also offers interactive pools for the young and an enchanting Endless River to refresh the weary.
  • The Parthenon. The Dells’ first indoor theme park, open all year, which offers a cornucopia of fun, games and rides for everyone: indoor coasters, bumper cars, tea cups, a spectacular arcade and much more.
  • Medusa’s Indoor Water Park. Beware of Medusa’s watery indoor lair: Her Anaconda will plunge you down a 10-story water slide, while the Mayan River promises the world’s fastest lazy river. And if Medusa’s other marvels finally defeat you, drown your sorrows in the relaxing Jaguar Hot Tub.
  • Don’t forget your bathing suit and a towel – playtime will be approximately 6 hours.

Want to Learn More about Mt Olympus?

This park has 9 different pool attractions! You can see each of them and learn more about this park online by CLICKING HERE

Package Includes:

  • Roundtrip bus transportation (90 minute ride each way)
  • Admission to Mt. Olympus Theme Park
  • Box lunch
  • Minimum participants apply

Tour Cost: $47.00 per person

Tour "B" - The Wisconsin Dells Tanger Factory Outlet Center

Thursday, June 8 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm - Full Day)

Saturday, June 10 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm - Full Day)

Sit back and enjoy a 90 minute deluxe motor coach ride to OVER 60 BRAND NAME OUTLET STORES!!! Mall opens at 10:00 am and you’ll be departing the center at 3:30 pm. Visit them online at http://www.tangeroutlet.com/wisconsindells and see all they have to offer.

View or Download the Directory Map of all the stores and shops along with their locations:

Package Includes:

  • Roundtrip bus transportation (90 minute ride each way)
  • Box lunch
  • Tanger Outlet Coupon Booklet
  • Minimum participants apply

Tour Cost: $35.00 per person

Tour "C" - The La Crosse Queen River Cruise

Thursday, June 8 (11:00 am-12:30 pm)

(1:30 pm-3:00 pm)

Saturday, June 10 (11:00 am-12:30 pm)

(1:30 pm-3:00 pm)

Climb aboard the authentic La Crosse Queen paddle wheeler for 90 minutes of scenic delight on the upper Mississippi River! As the La Crosse Queen paddles the main channel of the river your guide will explain facts and trivia of the historical and present day river, along with local points of interest. Watch for eagles and other wildlife as we cruise past steep bluffs adjacent to the Great River Road -- designated by AAA as one of the most scenic areas in America! At Lock & Dam No.7 at Dresbach, MN, the locking process will be explained. The La Crosse Queen is a modern-day replica of the Grand River boats that plied the Mississippi River in the late 19th Century. She is one of the few authentic Mississippi River paddlewheel river boats still in operation in the country today. In keeping with early traditions, she was built with stern wheels that are her only means of propulsion. The La Crosse Queen has a split stern wheel and each is run by a twin diesel engine that powers hydraulic motors which turn the paddles. This is in contrast to most Mississippi River paddle wheelers in operation today that have a "freewheeling" paddlewheel at the stern of the boat for visual effect, but have traditional screw-type engines hidden for their real means of propulsion.

Package Includes:

  • Roundtrip shuttle transportation to the dock in La Crosse
  • Sightseeing cruise fare

Tour Cost: $38.00 per person

Tour "D" - Niagara Cave in Harmony, MN

Thursday, June 8 (12:30 pm – 5:00 pm )

Saturday, June 10 (12:30 pm – 5:00 pm )

Niagara Cave is one of the most fascinating and unique geological attractions in the United States and is rated one of the top ten in the United States. Over 400 weddings have been performed in the Niagara Cave wedding chapel. During the one-hour guided tour, visitors will witness a waterfall, nearly 60 feet high, stalactites both delicate and massive, calcite flowstone, and fossils that have been dated to over 400 million years old.

NOTE: Niagara Cave is a constant 48 degrees year round, so a light jacket or sweatshirt is suggested. Walking shoes are recommended.

After or before your tour, you may want to try your luck mining for real gemstones or genuine fossils. Just purchase a bag of mining rough from the gift shop and take it to the sluice outside. Pour your rough into the screened trays provided and watch for gemstones or fossils to appear before your eyes. Use the identification board to see what you’ve found or ask at the counter.

Package Includes:

  • Roundtrip bus transportation (90 minute ride each way)
  • Entry fees into Niagara Cave
  • Minimum participants apply to each time offering

Tour Cost: $39.00 per person