Summer Vacation Spots in Wisconsin

Planning a summer vacation in Wisconsin?  If so, see below for our round-up list of popular summer destinations in Wisconsin:


Milwaukee is without a doubt, one of the most popular summer vacation spots in Wisconsin (if not the most popular) and it isn’t hard to see why.

Milwaukee boasts a beautiful Riverfront, and a ton of summer festivals such as the Summer Solstice in June and renowned Summerfest, which is one of the most popular summer festivals in the US.
Summer Vacation Spots in Wisconsin
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Visiting the city attractions is also one of the popular things to do in Milwaukee in summer and the best thing is that there is plenty of interesting attractions to visit such as the Harley-Davidson Museum, the Discovery World-Pier and the Milwaukee Public Museum (see more places to visit in Milwaukee).

If love the beach, Milwaukee is also home to some of the best beaches on Lake Michigan such as Bradford Beach which hosts every summer volleyball and soccer league competitions.
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Another great thing about a vacation in Milwaukee is the opportunity for a fun day trip on the Lake Express High Speed Ferry to Muskegon WI where you can visit Michigan's Adventure amusement park.

Peninsula State Park

If you’re looking for a relaxing outdoors/ beach vacation spot, Peninsula State Park in Door county is probably one of the best summer vacation spots in Wisconsin.
Peninsula State Park in Wisconsin
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Peninsula State Park faces the beautiful Lake Michigan, and boasts a lovely sandy beach shoreline, many nature trails, campgrounds, an 18-hole golf course, and a nature center which offers fun programs for families.

Lake Winnebago

Lake Winnebago is the largest lake in the state, and it's one of the most popular summer vacation spots in Wisconsin for a boating vacation.
Summer Vacation Spot in Lake Winnebago
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Lake Winnebago offers plenty of angling opportunities for walleye and sturgeon, as well as plenty of private homes and condos rental on offer.

Oshkosh, Fond Du Lac and Appleton are three great vacation spots in Lake Winnebago, though Fond Du Lac is perhaps the most popular spot for water sports as it boasts several launch ramps, a Yatch Club and a full service marina.
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Fond Du Lac is also home to the popular "Fond Du Lac Skyport" in the County Airport where you’ll be able to charter a ride on a small plane and get amazing views of Lake Winnebago and Fond Du Lac.

By the way, if you decide to visit Fond Du Lac, be sure to add a visit to nearby Ripon for a tour of Larson's Famous Clydesdales to see the huge Clydesdales horses!

Kettle Moraine State Forest

Kettle Moraine State Forest is another of the top summer vacation spots in Wisconsin to experience the outdoors.

Kettle Moraine is home to the recreational areas of Whitewater Lake and Ottawa Lake which boast hundreds of camping sites with hook-ups and lakes nearby for swimming.
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Both Whitewater Lake and Ottawa Lake recreation areas are also located nearby a town so, you’ll be able to easily stock up on food provisions.

Besides camping, Kettle Moraine forest boasts lots of nature trails for easy day hikes and mountain biking as well as a 46-ft tall observation tower which is located on top of Lapham Peak.


Madison is without a doubt, one of the best summer vacation spots in Wisconsin for a family vacation hands down!
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On the one hand, you have city attractions such as the children’s museum, the zoo, the botanical gardens, the Museum of Contemporary Arts and the National Mustard Museum where you’ll be able to sample of kinds of mustards.

On the other, Madison boasts a ton of music summer festivals and events such as the Forward Music Festival in august, the Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival and the Art Fair on the Square in July.
Madison Vacation Spot in Wisconsin

Another great thing about Madison is that it boasts two massive lakes right in town where you’ll be able to enjoy lakefront activities such as swimming, canoeing and windsurfing.

Jefferson County

Jefferson County is nestled between Wisconsin's two largest metropolitan areas - Madison and Milwaukee.  Jefferson County epitomizes the best of both worlds - green farm fields and lush parks balanced with exceptional economic development and bustling downtowns.

Top tourist attractions in Jefferson County include The Fireside Dinner Theatre, Johnson Creek Premium Outlets and a number of quality restaurants and shops.  Events throughout the County include the Jefferson County Fair, the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival, Madison Classics Car Shows and Watertown's Riverfest to name a few. Visit for more information including a full event list.

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