Wisconsin

Things to do in Wisconsin

No matter the season, there are always things to do in Wisconsin. In warmer months, the outdoors take center stage, with activities such as boating and fishing around the Great Lakes, cruises around the Apostle Islands, and hiking and camping in the national parks. For some kitschy outdoor fun, head to the iconic Wisconsin Dells—home to 21 water parks, mini-golf, water-skiing shows and more—or Dr. Evermor's Sculpture Park, a sprawling field full of futuristic creatures and structures made from scrap-metal and salvaged materials.

Known for its quaint towns and lively festivals and events (including the Fish Boil), Door Country has also become a big tourist draw in the last few years. In the urban centers, meanwhile, you'll find a unique array of museums and cultural centers, as well as plenty to eat and drink. In Milwaukee, don't miss the Harley-Davidson Museum, which pays homage to the bike brand (founded here) with interactive exhibits, and the Milwaukee Art Museum, home to folk and outsider art galleries, a notable Georgia O'Keefe collection, and a gorgeous section designed by Santiago Calatrava. Also in Milwaukee: the Miller Brewing Company, which offers free tours—and full-sized samples.

Explore this re-creation of working farmsteads and settlements.

Book an excursion on one of five full-time boats.

Originally planted by orchardist Ken Weston's grandparents as a hedge against the Depression, this orchard grew to inspire such respect that it once hosted Julia Child for a visit. Weston's offerings have grown over the years to include more than 100 apple varieties, many of them rare.

Save room for Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag.

The soaring Santiago Calatrava design is unforgettable.

View the area’s lighthouses and miles of shoreline on a 37-foot, award-winning, historic sailing vessel.

As a United States Olympic Team training site, Milwaukee's Pettit National Ice Center has hosted speed-skating stars like Bonnie Blair and Apolo Anton Ohno. But the arena also operates one of the largest skating schools in the nation.

The Sugar River State Trail in Brodhead offers up some 23 miles of biking trails, which wind through woods, fields, and farms, and by a beautiful covered bridge.

The garden features beautiful rose perennial, woodland, and herb gardens and promotes sustainable gardening practices and classes.

Hit the slopes on one of 17 trails; trek the 1.8-mile mountaintop snowshoe trail or challenge yourself with jumps and a quarter-pipe.