Are you getting ready to travel to Wisconsin? Looking for some fun vacation activities?
Wisconsin is a great vacation spot with something for every! Nearly one-third of Americans live within a 500-mile radius of this great state, so it’s the perfect location for a drive.
If you enjoy nature, museums, small-town fun, breweries, and sports, you can find an activity for you! Keep reading for some tourist activities to make the most of your Badger state vacation.
The Wisconsin Dells
Brace yourself for the spectacular five-mile gorge on the Dells of the Wisconsin River. The natural beauty takes your breath away as you observe cliffs, sandstone rock formations, and canyons—some of which are higher than 100 feet!
The area around the Dells is also full of unique fauna and flora like cliff cudweed that is found in only one other location. Keep your eyes out for more than six species of the dragonfly.
Ride a boat tour to see all the beauty. You can take excursions that take you to the lower and upper regions of this beautiful area.
After a tour, there are plenty of activities for the kids and grown-ups. There are wonderful state parks in this area, including Devil’s Lake. You can also have fun at some of the water parks for heat relief and to entertain the kids (big or small).
If you are a Harley fan, no vacation in Wisconsin is complete without a visit to the Harley Davidson Museum. The Harley-Davidson motorcycle is an American classic and icon, so this museum in Milwaukee pays tribute by displaying more than 450 motorcycles and artifacts.
The museum also has displays and exhibits about racing, the design of these motorcycles, and the history of Harley-Davidson. The museum’s building is a unique design in itself. It is nearly 20 acres and has great views of the Milwaukee River and city skyline.
House on the Rock
One of the more unique tourist attractions is Frank Lloyd Wright’s House on the Rock. It sets high on Deer Shelter Rock in Spring Green. And like other Wright homes such as his nearby Taliesin East home, it has a mix of antiques and oddities to explore.
A big highlight is the 218-foot Infinity room, which appears to disappear when you stand in it. You can stay in a larger complex with a nearby inn and resort.
Cave of the Mounds
Located close to Blue Mounds, this cave is known as a “jewel box” of caves. It has breathtaking limestone formations.
This cave was found accidentally by quarry workers when they were blasting rock. You can see the gorgeous stalactites as you explore through the cave. Don’t worry, there are walkways and lights to help guide you and highlight the cave’s natural beauty.
Take a Hike on Numerous Trails
You can explore the beauty of Wisconsin all year on the state’s numerous trail networks. You can ride a bike, hike, or try cross-country skiing in the winter. There are several trails that showcase the state’s landscapes that were shaped by glaciers, like the Ice Age Trail, which is a 1,000 mile-long National Scenic Trail that travels from Potawatomi State to St. Croix Dalles.
You can also check out the North Country National Scenic trail that expands from North Dakota to New York. Nearly 117 miles of this trail are in Wisconsin. There is also the Geneva Lake Shore Path with some of the state’s classic estates.
Winter is a great time to get out the snowmobiles or skis and explore. Check out some ice fishing at Puckaway Lake and stay at a modern and cozy winter cabin with your entire family and enjoy the beautiful wonder of nature covered in snow.
Green Bay Packers Museum
It’s hard to be in Wisconsin and not see some king of Packers paraphernalia. The football team is legendary, and the team is synonymous with the state. You can check out more about the history of the team at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
This museum is interactive and has a large number of audio displays and videos to view. They contain recordings of famous Packers talking about their careers. It has one-of-kind items like the team’s championship trophies and a replica of Vince Lombardi’s office.
You can also take a look at Lambeau Field which opened in 1957 and is still one of the longest-occupied stadiums in the NFL today. The Packers are also the third-oldest team in the NFL.
You can also take a self-guided tour of Packers’ landmarks including Walk of Legends and Packers Heritage Trail. Walk of Legends showcases 24 statues that celebrate Green Bay’s football history from 1895 until today.
The National Railroad Museum
While you are in Green Bay, you can check out the National Railroad Museum that has more than 20 steam and diesel engines along with numerous railroad memorabilia and artifacts.
You can check out the Eisenhower collection that features a vintage British engine for pulling Dwight D. Eisenhower’s military train across Europe during World War II. They also have fun events like haunted train rides at Halloween and other trains decorated like Thomas the Tank Engine for the little kids.
Historic Third Ward
If you are heading to Milwaukee, you should check out the Historic Third War that has some of Milwaukee’s most historic tourist activities like the Third Ward Riverwalk and Milwaukee Public Market. There are more than 70 historic buildings that have some of the most extensive theaters, boutiques, art galleries, and creative culinary choices.
You can ride an electric Hop streetcar system in the district and check out all the pubs, shops, and more. There are also numerous concerts and special events all year long for your enjoyment.
Enjoy Wisconsin Vacation Activities
As you can see, the Badger State has several vacation activities. These are just some of them. You can get your fill of nature, outdoor activities, museums, international cuisine, art, and more. You can take on the cities like Milwaukee or Madison or stay in the peaceful areas of nature—it’s really up to you!
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