Wisconsin Road Trip

Wisconsin Road Trip Guide

Do you like to travel? Looking for some awesome local road trip ideas and some great gems within driving distance of Lake Country? Wondering what is a good day trip from Waukesha County? Where is the best 3 hour road trip from my location? Look no further, Lake Country Family Fun has you covered!

Thanks to our guide sponsor, Kwik Trip, we compiled a list of road trip ideas for you when you are looking to get away (but not too far away). This great state of Wisconsin (and a few neighboring states) have some awesome family-friendly and fun places to check out.  Below are the areas with some top suggestions. We have organized our suggestions into categories by distance (in hours).

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Wisconsin Road Trip Guide

Before you make your travel plans, figure out where the Kwik Trips will be on your way.  Just go to the locator tool on their website OR download the Kwik Trip app to use the locator tool on the go!  Kwik Trips are a great place to stop for your Wisconsin Road Trip travels!

  • Downtown Milwaukee
    • Contemplate art at the beautiful Milwaukee Art Museum
    • Make education fun at the Milwaukee Public Museum (currently closed)
    • Learn with the littles at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum (currently closed)
    • Enjoy the awesome areas of the Discovery World Museum
    • Take in the beautiful lakefront of Lake Michigan
    • Enjoy Summer Festivals (in 2021)
    • Be wowed at the Milwaukee Domes (currently closed)
    • Read more about visiting Milwaukee with kids in our post here
  • Racine/Kenosha
    • Visit the Dinosaur Discovery Museum in Kenosha
    • Head to the Racine Art Museum (currently closed)
    • Visit the animals at the Racine Zoo
    • Shop the Outlet Malls of Pleasant Prairie
    • Attend the popular Bristol Renasissance Fair (closed in 2020)
  • Lake Geneva
    • Experience the magic of the family-friendly Ice Castles in December – February of 2018/2019/2020
    • We recommend staying at one of the Geneva National hotels – The Ridge (pictured below) , The Inns or The Cove  if you are looking to make this day trip into an overnight trip. You can read about Lake Country Family Fun’s Reviews of their hotels here.
    • Take a walk along the Geneva lake Shore Path
    • Take a boat cruise to see the famous mail boat jumpers in action
    • Attend a special event like Winterfest or Restaurant Week
    • Enjoy the lake!
    • Check out the Tin Man giant metal art sculpture in Walworth County.

The Ridge Hotel Lake Geneva Ice Castles Lake Country Family Fun

  • Other Ideas (30 min – 1 hour)
    • Pet animals and hold kittens at Green Meadows Farm
    • Visit Possibility Playground in Port Washington or attend Fish Day
    • Tour the Shalom Wildlife Center in West Bend
    • Attend a show at the Fireside Theatre in Fort Atkinson
    • Hit up the outlet shops at Johnson Creek
    • Attend the Dancing Horses Theatre in Delavan
    • Go to a Brewer game (in 2021)
    • Have a blast at Little Amerricka Amusement Park in Marshall
    • Swim and hike at Pike Lake in Hartford
    • Climb Holy Hill
    • Visit the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Brown Deer
    • Bird watch at the Horicon Marsh

Know any hot spots 30 minutes to 1 hour away? Let us know in the comments so we can add to the list!

Before you make your travel plans, figure out where the Kwik Trips will be on your way.  Just go to the locator tool on their website OR download the Kwik Trip app to use the locator tool on the go!  Kwik Trips are a great place to stop for your Wisconsin Road Trip travels!

  • Wisconsin Dells Area
    • *LONGEST duo racing zip line course in the United States
      • Per a press release dated 3/25 from the Chula Vista:
        • Chula Vista Resort announced today it is adding Soar Like an Eagle, the Midwest’s first racing prone zipline course, to Dells Zipline Adventures, the outdoor aerial park complex at the resort. Participants race “flying superhero style” down nearly 2,000 feet of parallel ziplines into the forests along the Wisconsin River.
        • Soar Like an Eagle is a 10-story high racing competition that stretches nearly a half mile between three towers. From 100
          feet in the air, racers fly prone (flat on belly, face first, superhero style) on dual parallel race ziplines into the forest. The entire course is a combination of traditional sitting and new prone zipping.
        • This new racing prone course officially opens Memorial Day Weekend 2021.
    • Experience the circus nostalgia at the Baraboo Circus Museum
    • Take a ride on the Mid-Contineetal Railroad
    • Splash the day away at Noah’s Ark or other great water parks
    • See all the species of cranes at the International Crane Foundation
    • Take in the sights on a Devils Lake Hike
    • Tour awesome landscapes in a duck boat tour
    • Leatherberry Acres Sunflower maze & more
    • Woodside Ranch Mauston
    • Great Wolf Lodge Groupon!
  • Chicago
    • View sea creatures at the Shedd Aquarium
    • Enjoy the FREE Lincoln Park Zoo
    • Attend a classic Chicago Cubs Game (while rooting for the Brewers)
    • Take a Ferris Wheel ride at Navy Pier
    • Scream with joy at Six Flags in Gurnee Mills
    • Read more about visiting Chicago with kids in our post here.
  • Sheboygan
    • Treat your kids to a day at Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan
    • Splash around at the Blue Harbor Resort
    • Hike the state’s tallest wooden observation tower at Broughton Sheboygan Marsh Park
  • Madison Area
    • Tour the FREE  Henry Vilas Zoo
    • Spend the day at the Madison Children’s Museum (currently closed)
    • Enjoy the sights at the Olbrich Gardens
    • View the wonder of our state’s Capital Building and enjoy a farmer’s market right downtown on a Saturday
    • Spend time down at the beautiful Lake Monona
    • Read more about visiting Madison with kids in our post here.
  • Other ideas (1-2 hours)
    • Feel Swiss in New Glarus, “America’s Little Switzerland”
    • Tour awesome formations in the Cave of the Mounds near Mt. Horeb
    • Splash the day away at Magic Waters water park in Rockford, IL
    • Camp or picinic at Kohler Andre State park on the shores of Lake Michigan
    • Monroe, WI Cheese Days held every 2 years. Lots of fun, cheese and a huge parade with live cows and more.

Know any hot spots 1-2 hours away? Let us know in the comments so we can add to the list!

Before you make your travel plans, figure out where the Kwik Trips will be on your way.  Just go to the locator tool on their website OR download the Kwik Trip app to use the locator tool on the go!  Kwik Trips are a great place to stop for your Wisconsin Road Trip travels!

  • Door County 
    • Hike, bike or sight-see at Peninsula State Park
    • Get ice cream at Not Licked Yet
    • Try a famous Fish Boil
    • Let your kid experience a real farm at The Farm
    • Eat Swedish pancakes at Al Johnson’s
    • Shop in one (or all) of the towns
    • Read more about visiting Door County with kids in our post here.
  • Green Bay / Appleton / Oshkosh aka the “Fox Valley”
    • Cheer on the Packers at Lambeau Field
    • See the history and trains at the National Railroad Museum
    • Spend the day at Bay Beach without breaking the bank
    • Tour the famous EAA Museum
    • For more local fun in the Appleton area, check out Go Valley Kids (it’s the Lake Country Family Fun version of the Fox Valley).
    • Read more about visiting Green Bay with kids in our post here.
  • Minoqua
    • See tons of animals at the Wildwood Wildlife Park
    • See a free ski show at one of the Min-Aqua Bat shows
    • Bike the Bearskin Trail
    • Get in one of the lakes – fish or swim (you’ll find one of the highest concentration of freshwater lakes here)
  • Lacrosse Area
    • Take the kids to the Children’s Museum of LaCrosse
    • View the majestic bluffs at Grandad Bluff Park
    • Take a ride on the Great River State Trail
    • Cross the mighty Mississippi into Minnesota
  • Other ideas (2-5 hours)
    • Visit the history of the Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien
    • Drive down the Great River Road and view the Mississippi and spot bald eagles
    • Take a tour of our historic brewery in Chippewa Falls
    • Take the Lake Ferry Express over to Michigan and tour the dunes or Grand Rapids

Know any hot spots 2-5 hours away? Let us know in the comments so we can add to the list!

Before you make your travel plans, figure out where the Kwik Trips will be on your way.  Just go to the locator tool on their website OR download the Kwik Trip app to use the locator tool on the go!  Kwik Trips are a great place to stop for your Wisconsin Road Trip travels!

  • St. Louis, MO
  • Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Apostle Islands in Northern Wisconsin
  • Twin Cities – Minnesota
  • The Upper Peninsula (U.P.)

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