Wisconsin

Wisconsin Travel Guide

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.

Warm up or cool off at the indoor/outdoor Moose Mountain Falls Waterpark.

The annual event offers rock bands on multiple stages.

The entire fleet runs on propane.

Experience iron mining in an underground train tour of 2,600 feet of drifts and tunnels—400 feet below the surface.

This museum houses the USS Cobra, a completely restored World War II submarine.

Explore this re-creation of working farmsteads and settlements.

Why It’s Cool: Stretching three miles along the Milwaukee River, this wooden-plank-and-concrete bike-and-walkway features such local haunts as the Wisconsin Cheese Mart, which stocks 175 state cheeses; its Cheese Bar sells beer-and-cheese flights pairing Wisconsin blue Affinée, G

This sanctuary amid 26 forest acres has a pretreatment ritual so soothing you may forget there’s more to come: start by scrubbing yourself down with Precambrian sandstone under a rainfall shower, then enter the fragrant steam and dip into the plunge pool.

Cool Wisconsin weather is no match for Miller Field’s retractable roof; the ballpark’s signature structure can open and close in about 10 minutes.

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