The 10 Best Summer Activities in Wisconsin!

When the sun is out, Wisconsinites will play. For the months that yield warm weather, we have your exclusive pass for enjoying those days to their fullest. Water park fun, trips to the ice cream parlor, and evenings at the winery are just a few ways to capitalize on these summers. Here are the 10 best summer activities to enjoy in Wisconsin! 

1. Make a splash in the Dells

Wisconsin Dells is the water park capitol of the world. When Wisconsin delivers a beautiful, sunny, summer day—you must head up to Wisconsin Dells. Dive into the deep or make a splash through the water slides at Mt. Olympus. They have an entire outdoor water and theme park, perfect for a summer day! 

2. Enjoy a cold treat at Frostie Freeze

Frostie Freeze is a seasonal ice cream parlor located in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. From banana splits to your favorite classic soft serve cones—Frostie Freeze delivers it all.  They have an old-school vibe with their counter serve and outdoor dining experience.  When the weather turns warm, cool down with an ice cream treat from Frostie Freeze.  

3. Stop by the Henry Vilas Zoo

Spend the summer day outside taking a stroll around the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison. On top of exotic animals, Henry Vilas offers free admission. When the sun becomes too much to bare, hunker down in their indoor exhibits and learn a thing or two about your favorite reptiles and monkeys.

4. Spend a day at Bradford Beach

Bradford Beach is the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day. There are tons of activities to stay busy with. Bring a volleyball and play a pick-up match, toss the football around with a few buddies, the frisbee, or soak up the sun and layout. Milwaukee residents are frequent Bradford beach goers.

5. Catch a Brewers baseball game

When summer rolls around, that can only mean one thing—it’s baseball season. More importantly it’s Brewers, baseball, beer, and tailgating season. The only way to enjoy a day at Miller Park is to stock up on grilling food, ice cold beers, and sunscreen. Peanuts and Cracker Jacks not included. 

6. Ride on the Milwaukee Pedal Tavern

Grab a group of friends and sign up for the Milwaukee Pedal Tavern. Think of the excessive as canceling out the beer drinking. Most groups will stop at 3-4 bars during the duration of the excursion. 

7. Visit the Door Peninsula Winery

Visit Door County’s oldest winery—Door Peninsula Winery. It’s the perfect place to get outdoors and enjoy a beautiful Wisconsin summer day. Tour, taste, shop, and stay for a bite to eat at the winery. Tours are relatively cheap so it makes for a great adventure.

8. Rent a bike at High Roller

Waukesha, Wisconsin, is home to the Riverwalk along the Fox River. It’s a beautiful stretch inside of Waukesha’s Frame Park. Instead of walking, try renting a bike to mix things up. If biking and walking doesn’t suit you, they also offer paddle boards, kayaks, and more.  

9. Hike Grandad Bluff

Everyone knows the bluffs in La Crosse are absolutely stunning. Why not make a day or exploration by hiking Grandad Bluff? At the top lies a well-kept shelter, and breathtaking views of La Crosse. They have many bluff side hiking trails for you to wander off and explore!

10. Rent a boat at Minocqua Lakeside Boat Rental

Minocqua has been known to be a touristy town during the summer months.  Vacationers come from near and far to experience the great outdoors in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. If you don’t own a boat rent one from Minocqua Lakeside Boat Rentals to solidify you summer experience. Lake Minocqua is conveniently connected to a few other lakes in the area so the water fun never has to stop—well until vacation is over at least!

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