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.

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.

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.

Sunning not skiing? Cruise Lake Geneva and view historic estates.

Scale back a little at the 76,000-square-foot Great Wolf Lodge, where the “Fort Mackenzie” attraction is a don’t-miss, thanks to 12 levels of treehouse outfitted with suspension bridges and water games.

Travel by land and water on an amphibious vehicle; take trips through the Red Bird Gorge, over a sandbar, or into the river.

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center draws as many visitors to its famed washrooms as it does to its art exhibitions. These six gorgeous spaces-each commissioned to a different resident artist-are meant to symbolize the connection between art and industry. The Kohler Co.

Do like the UW Badgers and hang out at this Italianate-style palace, with a terrace that has prime lake views.

Grab your suits and hit one of America’s largest indoor waterparks, the 125,000-square-foot park at Kalahari Resorts.

Sit back in a horse-drawn carriage and view a mile of magnificent cliff-walled gorges.

In warm weather, the museum’s roof is the setting for concerts and films.

Get a breath of country air while you can camp, hunt, fish, hike, and picnic.

The park offers seasonal sports and spectacular views of famed Door County sunsets.