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Wonder Spot to Close

Rich Dansky also points out to me (he’s a trove of information) that the Wonder Spot in Lake Delton, Wisconsin, is going to close after 59 years of trapping tourists in its strange and wonderful gravity storms. (There’s a Jimmy Buffett reference in there for those paying attention.) I hit more than one of these strange Mystery Spots during family road trips as a kid. They’re fun in a cheesy way, which is perfectly appropriate for an attraction near a hotbed of resorts in the middle of Wisconsin. Adios to the Wonder.

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  1. I think it is very sad that this wonderful attraction is going to be bulldozed. It seems that most of the good old family fun spots have been destroyed, all in the name of so called progress. The best progress we could actually do as a nation would be to stop developing and return to a simpler time. Save the land, the trees, the good ol’ fashioned family activities, save the family.

  2. I think it is very sad that this wonderful attraction is going to be bulldozed. It seems that most of the good old family fun spots have been destroyed, all in the name of so called progress. The best progress we could actually do as a nation would be to stop developing and return to a simpler time. Save the land, the trees, the good ol’ fashioned family activities, save the family.

  3. The Vortex can in most cases be moved by a radioclast machine with in one or two miles. I taken my kids and my grandchildren to a similar spot in Michigan. Roger [email protected]

  4. The Vortex can in most cases be moved by a radioclast machine with in one or two miles. I taken my kids and my grandchildren to a similar spot in Michigan. Roger [email protected]

  5. Who cares! We have the same attraction out here in California. It’s in the Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park. It’s all an optical illusion, the house is built on a hill and built at a slant.

  6. Who cares! We have the same attraction out here in California. It’s in the Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park. It’s all an optical illusion, the house is built on a hill and built at a slant.

  7. I visited a similar place called MYSTERY SPOT IN santa cruz california 2 times. IT IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE and not a hoax. I have photos of us standing sideways practically. As we walked up the small incline to get to the exact area, our legs felt as if something under the ground was pulling them. It was such a strong magnetic pull. Even inside and outside the little hut/cabin built on the spot- things were rolling in the oppposite direction. We couldnt stand straight. Felt like I was perpendicular to the floor. This place is no hoax at all. If the wonder spot is the same kind of place.. then its not a hoax either! Some areas of the earth have an extraordinary magnetic field, and these places happen to be found to have them. An awesome experience it was. Id recommend anyone to go visit one of these 2-3 known places!

  8. I visited a similar place called MYSTERY SPOT IN santa cruz california 2 times. IT IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE and not a hoax. I have photos of us standing sideways practically. As we walked up the small incline to get to the exact area, our legs felt as if something under the ground was pulling them. It was such a strong magnetic pull. Even inside and outside the little hut/cabin built on the spot- things were rolling in the oppposite direction. We couldnt stand straight. Felt like I was perpendicular to the floor. This place is no hoax at all. If the wonder spot is the same kind of place.. then its not a hoax either! Some areas of the earth have an extraordinary magnetic field, and these places happen to be found to have them. An awesome experience it was. Id recommend anyone to go visit one of these 2-3 known places!

  9. Whatwver place youre talking about in knotts berry farm is built to be an optical illusion. The other spots are NATURAL. Nature occurences!

  10. Whatwver place youre talking about in knotts berry farm is built to be an optical illusion. The other spots are NATURAL. Nature occurences!

  11. Sure is sad…seems just like another person selling out for a buck. Whether the city wants to build a road there or not..the place should be preserved as part of a “Norman Rockwell” portrait of what represents America, or what did. Our kids and theirs are never going to know some of the things that gave us the best memories in life…or if they do – it’ll be on a video game or TV. What’s happened to Real America?

  12. Sure is sad…seems just like another person selling out for a buck. Whether the city wants to build a road there or not..the place should be preserved as part of a “Norman Rockwell” portrait of what represents America, or what did. Our kids and theirs are never going to know some of the things that gave us the best memories in life…or if they do – it’ll be on a video game or TV. What’s happened to Real America?

  13. It is sad that it has to close, although I don’t think it’s a case of selling out. From the articles I’ve read, the community is putting a road right next to the Wonder Spot, which is in a narrow gulley as it is. It’s more a matter of being practical about it, at least from the owners’ point of view.

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    It is sad that it has to close, although I don’t think it’s a case of selling out. From the articles I’ve read, the community is putting a road right next to the Wonder Spot, which is in a narrow gulley as it is. It’s more a matter of being practical about it, at least from the owners’ point of view.

  15. I remeber going there as a child and teenager (I’m now 50) and how in awe it left me? Also it left me thinking about how or what made things behave differently there. I took my children there when they were too young to really think about it (nor remember it), but they certainlly enjoyed it while we were there. Many years later, after our annual fall hike in nearby Devil’s Head park, we made a short detour through the Dells. When I noticed that we had just driven past the “Wonder Spot” I made him turn around so my now teenage kids could go see it. They appeared to be closed for the season. Both of my kids were disappointed that we couldn’t go in, my son even wanted to make a special trip there during “On Season,” so he could see it. I wish we had now.

    Even if it is a “hoax,” it has stuck in my mind all of these years. It is one of those places that you bring your kids to see. It was an odd little family attraction that somehow seemed to find it’s way into many peoples memories. I will miss it.

  16. I remeber going there as a child and teenager (I’m now 50) and how in awe it left me? Also it left me thinking about how or what made things behave differently there. I took my children there when they were too young to really think about it (nor remember it), but they certainlly enjoyed it while we were there. Many years later, after our annual fall hike in nearby Devil’s Head park, we made a short detour through the Dells. When I noticed that we had just driven past the “Wonder Spot” I made him turn around so my now teenage kids could go see it. They appeared to be closed for the season. Both of my kids were disappointed that we couldn’t go in, my son even wanted to make a special trip there during “On Season,” so he could see it. I wish we had now.

    Even if it is a “hoax,” it has stuck in my mind all of these years. It is one of those places that you bring your kids to see. It was an odd little family attraction that somehow seemed to find it’s way into many peoples memories. I will miss it.

  17. Real or not, SteezJuice, it’s all meant in fun. I always enjoyed seeing the billboard for these tourists traps all over the place: Wall Drug, the House on the Rock, the Cave of the Mounds, etc. I remember them as much as the actual attractions.

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    Real or not, SteezJuice, it’s all meant in fun. I always enjoyed seeing the billboard for these tourists traps all over the place: Wall Drug, the House on the Rock, the Cave of the Mounds, etc. I remember them as much as the actual attractions.

  19. To all that have been there, tell and retell your experience to everyone. Why, you ask? Because ‘Real America’ is becoming a folk tale one day, just like the stories your grandma and grandpa tell. My kids now, look at me like, “yeah right”. I’m only 36 years old. My question (one of), a road? Where and who has to get to point A to point B, that is soooo important that they can’t make a turn here or there. Is nothing sacride anymore? I truely fear the future of America. Man made ‘wonders of the world’ are nice to look at, but a natural ‘wonder of the world’…………Is the almighty dollar more important? (By the way, what can you buy for a dollar now days?)

  20. To all that have been there, tell and retell your experience to everyone. Why, you ask? Because ‘Real America’ is becoming a folk tale one day, just like the stories your grandma and grandpa tell. My kids now, look at me like, “yeah right”. I’m only 36 years old. My question (one of), a road? Where and who has to get to point A to point B, that is soooo important that they can’t make a turn here or there. Is nothing sacride anymore? I truely fear the future of America. Man made ‘wonders of the world’ are nice to look at, but a natural ‘wonder of the world’…………Is the almighty dollar more important? (By the way, what can you buy for a dollar now days?)

  21. Losing the Wonder Spot is just one more tragedy for Wisconsin Dells. The charm and beauty is being replaced with mega waterparks for the sake of money. It’s so heartbreaking. Why are the people of the Wisconsin Dells allowing this to happen?

  22. Losing the Wonder Spot is just one more tragedy for Wisconsin Dells. The charm and beauty is being replaced with mega waterparks for the sake of money. It’s so heartbreaking. Why are the people of the Wisconsin Dells allowing this to happen?

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