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.

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.

Opens early August.

The cycling-themed property showcases antique and contemporary biking décor and rooms named after five-time winners of the Tour de France. (The Lance Armstrong room has the only king-size poster bed.)

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.

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

Play a round within walking distance of Elkhart Lake’s town center.