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77 Things to Do this Summer

Summer is short but sweet! Especially here in WI, where we squeeze so much fun into three short months. Summer 2021 is shaping up to look like a mixture of summer 2019 + summer 2020. Public pools and beaches are opening, live music is making a comeback, some festivals are on, some are not.  Despite all this, I’m beyond ready and excited for the warm weather!

Let’s Jump Into Summer with 77 fun things to do!

Take advantage of the wonderful Lake Country area and resources and have a fun filled adventure while the kids are out of school and the air doesn’t hurt our faces!  Lake Country Family Fun has put together a great summer bucket list of ideas of things to do in and outside of the Waukesha County area with your kids this summer. After all great parenting isn’t about spoiling the children with things, it is spoiling them with memories!

And while having all the fun, please remember to be safe, especially around water with little ones. Stephanie has written some Lake Safety Tips for families and you can find the helpful information here, at Lake Effect Co. 

A few things to note about summer 2021:

  • Road construction has returned.  

When enjoying these fun activities and limited events this summer with your family, share on Instagram (IG) with #lovelcff. We love to see our readers out having fun!

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  1. Visit Madison and check out a Mallards Game. The season is back on for 2021 with restrictions, so be sure to check those out before you go. 
  2. Enroll your child in a local summer camp! Yes, many are filling up fast, but there are still openings for late registrants (like me).
  3. Go pick some strawberries! ***Strawberry picking is usually mid-June. Last year we picked at Mayberry Farms and loved the experience!

    Go Pick Some Strawberries Local U-Pick Strawberry Picking Guide Lake Country Family Fun
  4. Enjoy Waukesha County’s beautiful lakes. Usually you could find us on a lake at least once a week in the summer, pending weather. This year will be different, but we hope to still get out on the water. Share your fun on Instagram, tag us @lakecountryfamilyfun, so we can follow your lake fun though our Lakes of Lake Country Guide!
  5. Take a hike at Lapham State Park.  (Admission to the park is required or purchase a state park pass and use it all summer.)
  6. Head to Ottawa Lake at the Kettle Moraine State Park Southern Unit. There is a beach there and plenty of picnic tables, so pack a lunch! Admission fees do apply. 
    Fun Fact – last time I was there, there was a (nonpoisonous) snake skimming across the top of the water! You bet I ran out of there like a scene out of JAWS 😉 
  7. Watch a drive in movie at the HWY 18 Theater. Opening up in May 2021!
  8. Go HIKING on a new trail. These 3 trails aren’t just for spring!

    3 Great Spring Hikes in Waukesha County For Families

  9. Go on a road trip – camping-style!
  10. Stroll the Pewaukee Lake Front taking in the sights, shops, and eateries!
  11. Catch some tunes at Waterfront Wednesdays at Pewaukee Lake at Lakefront Park. They start July 9, 2021!
  12. Visit the Hartland Splash Pad. A must on 90 degree days. It’s OPEN for the SUMMER, starting Memorial Day weekend.
  13. Visit any of the 18 best ice cream spots in and around Waukesha County to get some custard under their neon lights. New in summer 2021 is Mullen’s moving to the boardwalk in Oconomowoc. 
  14. Swim at City Beach or Bender Beach in Downtown Oconomowoc or venture to these other great beaches in Waukesha County.
  15. Take the kids to the Waukesha Airport for Food Truck Fridays! Check out how awesome this is that you can grab lunch on the runway/next to the Terminal Building and watch the planes come and go! It’s outside! *They are encouraging people not to eat at the airport as in summers past.  (TBD in 2021)
  16. Visit Cushing Park in Delafield and walk the trails.
    Best Photo Locations Lake Country Waukesha County Julie Collins
    Image taken by Julie Collins Photography at Cushing Park in Delafield
  17. Check out Mukwonago’s Maxwell Street Days.
  18. Try kayaking or stand up paddleboarding! Our guide is a great reference for navigating the many waterways in and around Waukesha County. 
  19. Do you need a list of great lake side dining, burger spots or hiking spots? Grab a sitter and check out our Summer Date Guide.
  20. Visit the Milwaukee County Zoo! We love the train ride after seeing all the animals.
    1. Plus, check out the 2021 special exhibit: Sean Kenney’s Animal Super Powers made with LEGO® bricks
      Sponsored by Sendik’s Food Market

      May 29 through Sept. 6, 2021
      Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

  21. Try Pizza on the Farm! 3 different venues!
  22. Visit the Waukesha County Park system and go for a hike or a swim. We really enjoy the beaches at Naga-waukee park + Fox Brook Park.
    Admission fees apply or purchase a park pass to save money and go often. 
  23. Enjoy all that Festival Week in Oconomowoc has to offer in August. {2021 TBD}
  24. Change up the pace and head down to the Racine Zoo.
  25. Swim at the Ingleside during their “Summer Weekday (Monday – Thursday) Twilight” hours. These passes are valid 5pm to close for a special rate of $17 per person.  This special is available select dates June 14 – August 26, 2021. Passes must be purchased online prior to 4pm the day of arrival. 
  26. Go camping! We prefer to camp in our backyard, but you can find great camping around Waukesha County HERE.
  27. Visit a farmers market every day of the week!Menomonee Falls Farmer's Market Local Farmers Markets Hartland Farmer Market Menomonee Falls Farmer’s Market Lake Country Family Fun West Allis Farmers Market New Berlin Farmers Market Oconomowoc Farmers Market Mukwonago Farmers Market Watertown Farmers Market Menomonee Falls Farmer's Market Dousman Farmers Market
  28. Eat Pancakes in the Park for free in Dousman on the second Sunday of the month in June, July, and August! (TBD in 2021)
  29. Fly a kite at the Milwaukee Lakefront at Veterans Park.
  30. Go mini golfing! To survive mini golfing with my kids, feed tehm first. It greatly decreases their frustration level 😉 Golf courses are open, too.
  31. Smell the flowers at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners. They opened for the season in May. 
    1. Admission is $8 adult, $6 juniors, $5 students, free for kids under 5. Milwaukee County residents get discounted entry with ID.
  32. Visit the Vilas Zoo in Madison. It’s FREE!! 
  33. Watch a movie under the stars. Find all the outdoor movies HERE.
  34. Bowl for FREE all summer long!
  35. Watch a ski show. There are SO many in summer 2021!
  36. Find the 27 Best Local Parks picked by Lake Country Family Fun followers.
  37. Enjoy a beer garden with friends, a date night, or with your family!
  38. Too hot outside?  Check out an indoor movie – you can event rent out theaters through Marcus Theatres throughout Waukesha County or the Watertown Towne Cinema. 
  39. Find a pool to cool off. There are 10+ public pools open this summer!
  40. Explore Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan. They are open as of May 1, 2021!
  41. Check out an Indoor Play attraction on a rainy or steamy day.
  42. Dance the night away at Nixon Park at the Hartland Street Dance – which is now Party in the Park
  43. Take in a local show – streaming or potentially in person with Lake Country Playhouse in Hartland.
  44. Spend your day at Hartland Kids Day! This year it is Wednesday, July 28 at Nixon Park! We’re moving it back to classic booth style spread out at Nixon Park.
  45. Have the kids join the Summer Reading program at their local library.
  46. Celebrate the 4th of July with some fireworks. PS. Find more fun in our 4th of July Guide.

    4th of July Event Guide Lake Country family Fun fireworks parades celebrations

  47. Celebrate our waterways at the 6th annual Watershed Paddle in Oconomowoc in July.
  48. Hop onto the East Troy Electric Railroad.
  49. Practice swim safety at Goldfish Swim School in Brookfield or have your child’s birthday party there.
  50. Ride a ride at Little Amerricka. They plan to open on May 29, 2021!
  51. Find a treasure at the Dousman Community Rummage Sale in August or any other rummage sales throughout the summer.
  52. Go frolfing at Harnischfeger Park, Wales Community Park, Dretzka Park or the New Berlin Disc Golf Course.
  53. Head to Okauchee Lions Days Fest and Festival event and check out the newer playground in June 2021!
  54. Embrace history!
    1. Schedule a private tour of the New Berlin Historical Society building or park. 
    2. Really into history – check out the Elmbrook Historical Society as well! They will be open for guided tours the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month, June through October (excluding Labor Day weekend).
  55. Take in live music on a week night along the lake at this concert series
  56. Take a family bike ride! You could try a new route every week!
  57. The Yellow Brick Road 5K and Kids Fun Run is coming back to Oconomowoc in June 2021.
  58. Visit the Shalom Wildlife Zoo in West Bend. 
  59. Venture to a petting zoo at Green Meadows Petting Farm.
  60. Go to a safari – right here in WISCONSIN at the Safari Lake Geneva. It’s drive thru!
  61. Dine alfresco with on one of these amazing patios – both on and off the lake! Our family favorite spots include Lucky Chucky’s, Bass Bay Brewhouse, and Foolery’s (but don’t do Foolery’s on the weekend unless you have unlimited time to wait. They will be BUSY!).

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  62. Have a staycation with an amazing deal from the Ingleside and Springs Water Park this summer!
  63. Try out a new to your family experience at the Club at Lac La Belle. We’ve done lunch, yoga on the green, and tried our hand at golfing all 18 holes. 
  64. Pick Raspberries! They are sometimes more delicious than strawberries!
  65. Do curbside pick up or takeout from your favorite local restaurant and have a picnic!
  66. Take an active role in keeping our habitat clean at the Habitat Restoration Workday event. 
  67. Watch the Hartland Hometown Parade on June 27, 2021!
  68. Take a field trip to Storybook Trail at Brandt Quirk Park  in Watertown. 📚 We go seasonally! 
  69. Attend Cinderella at the Fireside late July – September 2021.
  70. Venture just 25 minutes north of Oconomowoc to Pike Lake State Park for a day on a beach including kayak rentals, dog swim area, picnic areas, a playground on the beach and more.
  71. Play in your backyard with a yard game from local small business JnJ Handmade or with these 3 fun ideas from the Town of Mukwonago Park and Recreation Department.
  72. Love Food Trucks? Try out a Food Truck Tuesday event at the Bowery Barn. These events are EVERY Tuesday from June through August 2021.
  73. Go on a Sassy Cow Creamery Farm Tour in June! Just outside of Lake Country near Columbus/Sun Prairie.
  74. Have a family pizza night! Kids get to pick the toppings – bonus if you grill it!! 
  75. Stay cool in your home with a virtual playdate from the Lake Country Family Fun YouTube Channel.
  76. Venture out into the great outdoors with inspiration from our Ultimate Guide to an Outdoor Summer
  77. Chalk your Walk! OR see amazing Chalk Artists create works of art at the Corners of Brookfield in June 2021.

Don’t forget to share your summer fun with Lake Country Family Fun on Instagram (IG) with #lovelcff. 

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4 thoughts on “77 Things to Do this Summer”

  1. I’ve done most of these 77 things last summer and will definitely do the rest on the next summer season. We really had a great summer this year.

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