We’re proud to call Wisconsin home. Many Wisconsinites spend the summer traveling and taking weekend adventures with family and friends. We’ve rounded up our top 10 adventures around the state to share with you.
- Parfrey’s Glen – Baraboo
Parfrey’s Glen features a narrow gorge scattered with enormous sandstone-and-quartzite, moss-covered boulders. Bring your hiking boots and hike the stream bed to the end where a small waterfall awaits.
- Apostle Islands – Bayfield
These rough shaped, colorful red-orange rock islands in Lake Superior are a must see. The cave views are best experienced from the water. Head out on a warm summer day and schedule a guided kayak tour.
Head up north and experience a variety of outdoor activities. With 3,000 lakes in Vilas and Oneida counties, swimming, fishing, and water sports are easy to find. Add in bike trails, hiking paths, ziplining and your weekend is complete!
- The Wisconsin Great River Road – Mississippi River
The Wisconsin Great River Road parallels the Mississippi River along 250 miles of the state’s western border. It’s one of the most scenic roads in the Midwest, lined with sandstone bluffs and historic river towns. Popular stops along the river include state parks, fishing, birding and antique shops.
- Elroy-Sparta State Trail – Elroy/Sparta
This abandoned railroad line was repurposed as a popular 32.5 mile bike trail. The Elroy-Sparta’s three old railroad tunnels connect five small towns.
- Peninsula State Park – Door County
Pitch a tent at Peninsula State Park campground in beautiful Door County and enjoy entertainment for the whole family including an outdoor theater, 18 hole golf course, sandy beach and a historic lighthouse.
- Chain O’Lakes – Waupaca
These 28 interconnected lakes are the largest inland chain of lakes in the world. Each lake has its own characteristics leaving options for whatever activities you like – waterskiing, tubing, pontoon cruising, fishing, kayaking – you name it!
- Tubing Trips
If you prefer a laid-back river experience, check out tubing trips around the state including the Sugar River, Apple River and Wolf River.
- Olbrich Botanical Gardens – Madison
Stroll through 16 acres of outdoor gardens and landscapes at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Then, head to the tropics indoors at the conservatory filled with exotic plants and flowers.
- Devil’s Lake State Park – Baraboo
Hiking, biking, camping and a lake, this summer hot spot has it all! Enjoy the sandy beaches and Devil’s Lake views after a hike in the bluffs. Also, Baraboo is just a few miles away from the famous sandstone rocks in Wisconsin Dells.
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