Welcome to a series on the must see and do in our amazing communities here in Lake Country and the greater Waukesha County and Metro-Milwaukee area. Our first community that we are going to explore is Oconomowoc. It is the birthplace of Lake Country Family Fun and home to so many lakes that make this area a destination for tourism and settling in to raise a family.
Summer is on the mind of everyone right now and City Beach is a must see and do for many residents and visitors to the area. There is so much to do here. It is located on Lac La Belle near downtown Oconomowoc. There is a playground, plenty of sand to build castles on, and rentals available to explore Lac La Belle. Want to try out paddleboating, canoeing, kayaking, or paddle boarding? City Beach is the place to go!
City Beach is also the location for summer concerts at the Band Shell. The American Legion Band performs weekly concerts on Wednesday nights, while on every other Friday, the beach is full of people for the summer concert series to “rock the dock”.
Right next door to City Beach and Lac La Belle is Fowler Lake. Fowler Lake is a beautiful lake to walk around anytime of the year, and it is only about a 2 mile walk. It takes between 30 and 45 minutes to walk around the lake, depending on any stops taken. Be sure to stop at the bridge at the dam between Fowler Lake and Lac La Belle to watch people fish or just to catch the gorgeous views of the lakes. With kids in tow, a stop at Fowler Park is a must. It’s a Lake Country Family Fun favorite! When we go for walks, we generally park downtown and follow Wisconsin Ave west, then north onto Main St., then right onto Lisbon Rd., then right again onto Greenland Ave, then right onto Oakwood Ave., then right again on Pleasant St., which brings us back to downtown in the municipal parking lot by the boardwalk.
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In the summer, Fowler Lake and Fowler Park, become the home of monthly Badgerland Ski Shows in conjunction with Moonlit Movies. These summer nights are must have events in anyone’s calendar. The kids have a blast, and it is so wonderful to watch the community come together while everyone leaves with amazing memories. In the winter, Fowler Park has a great sledding hill.
By now you might have noticed a theme with City Beach, Fowler Lake, and Fowler Park all generally seated near downtown Oconomowoc. In fact, downtown Oconomowoc is a gem in and of itself. There are a number of niche restaurants, bars, and boutiques all within walking distance to these beautiful natural resources. Stroll on through downtown to shop and grab a bite to eat with your family!
Frozen custard anyone? If so, the Kiltie is a must do! It brings that nostalgic feeling along with delicious ice scream treats. What better way to experience summer than a drive-in and yummy treats? Lake Country Family Fun pick? Go with the Bonnie Banana 🙂
Saturday mornings are bustling in the summer with people at the farmer’s market. There is fresh produce, fresh flowers, artisans, and delectable food! The farmer’s market doesn’t end in the summer though. Oconomowoc has a winter farmer’s market at Oconomowoc High School, which has vendors from all around the area with produce, meat products, cheeses, baked goods and more. This is a wonderful indoor market sure to please the whole family!
Need a park for the kids to let their imaginations explore and create lasting memories? Take the family to Imagination Station, Oconomowoc’s fully accessible, community-built playground. Children of all abilities and needs can feel at home to play here and even with wheels can access the highest point in the play structure.
What is your must see and do in Oconomowoc?
Please continue to follow this series as we explore Hartland, WI next!