Football fans in the state of Wisconsin are known as the “cheeseheads,” and for a good reason. This north-central state is known as America’s Dairyland and is one of the nation’s leading producers and is famous for its tasty cheese products. Tourism in the state of Wisconsin is a major industry. The state has many tourist attractions and things to see and do like the House on the Rock, Summerfest, the Wisconsin River, Circus World Museum and many recreational activities. The state has a large number of lakes and rivers, and there is lots of swimming, hunting, fishing and other fun activities. Here are some of the top things to do in Wisconsin on your trip!
Summerfest, one of the best things to do in Wisconsin
Summerfest is a big deal for the state of Wisconsin. It is considered the world’s largest music festival and consists of 11 days every summer from the end of June into July on the shores of Lake Michigan in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Nearly a million people attended last year’s event, and there are over 800 bands that play, as well, like food, drinks and a good time for all. Parents can bring their kids and listen to the music or visit some of the many vendors available. This is a trendy event, and many people return year after year because it is so much fun. Get out and enjoy the lovely Wisconsin summer weather, have some fantastic food and listen to some great music.
Lambeau Field is home to the Green Bay Packers of the NFL and was established in 1957. It is the oldest stadium that still operates today and has some great history to it. Tours are given if you’re not there to catch a game and the Hall of Fame tour and the Lambeau Field Champions Tour are excellent tours and very interesting as well. Visitors report that the guides are fantastic and informative and they are glad they attended. Tours will take you from the very top of the stadium, the skyboxes, down to the field and throughout the stadium. Don’t miss this chance to see the home of one of the most favored football teams in the states and one of the most historic stadiums as well.
Circus World Museum
Located in Baraboo, Wisconsin, the Circus World Museum relays information and exhibits and even performances of circus-related events and history. The summer months are the best time to visit when there are live performances from mid-May through Labor Day. The museum has over 60 acres of open-air exhibits, structures, and seven different buildings. There is a lot to see and experience here! Live animal encounter and rides are offered on the grounds during the summer performance season as well. There are snacks available for purchase and a grill to dine at for lunch or dinner on site. Enjoy all the wild animals, the exhibits and make sure to catch a circus show!
Basilica of St. Josaphat
The Basilica is well worth a few hours of your time on your trip to Wisconsin. The church is breathtaking, with ornate wood, architecture to admire and many other intricate details and embellishments. It was once a Polish parish and was the third basilica designated in the U.S. Murals and paintings adorn the walls and visitors report that even though some were not overly excited to visit a church, they left amazed and impressed. The basilica has the appearance of a European style church that has been misplaced in the states. Make sure to see the undercroft and of course the main sanctuary. The basement has a history of how it was built and also has facts and information on St. Josaphat.
Rick Wilcox Magic Theater
Be prepared to be amazed! The Rick Wilcox Magic Theater is a family and visitor favorite. The shows are said to be amazing and the tricks unbelievable. The show is supposed to have a nice mix of magic and comedy and is comparable to the big shows held in Las Vegas. The show is kid friendly, and the illusions will leave you to wonder “how did he do that?” Audience participation is involved, and you may end up on stage. The magic show is a great and entertaining event and fun for all to enjoy.
Milwaukee Art Museum
The Milwaukee Art Museum is a building that can’t be missed. The unique design and architecture are well-known throughout the U.S., and the art exhibits start with the building itself. The “wings” that are created on the exterior of the building open and close twice daily. It is located right along Lake Michigan it has wonderful panoramic views of the water from the top deck. The collections and exhibits themselves are impressive, and both art lovers and non-artsy visitors will enjoy the experience. The collections are always of high quality, and they are always well arranged.
The Milwaukee Riverwalk is a pedestrian walkway that creates better access to the waterfront and strolls through downtown Milwaukee. Art displays can be found along the walk such as the famous RiverScuplture. The Riverwalk extends from the well-known and historic Third Ward area and links several other parks, plazas, and trails. There are boat tours and water taxis to cruise around on the water and lots to do and see. There are many restaurants to choose from if you get hungry and some breweries as well for a cold beer. It is easy to walk on the sidewalk to see the sights and get right back on to continue your journey. The Riverwalk is free and clean, and many people enjoy seeing the most popular city in the state as well as seeing the beautiful water right on edge.
Tourists Love Wisconsin
There are a lot of things to do in Wisconsin for tourists! If you’re there during the Summerfest festival make a stop and enjoy the amazing atmosphere. Make a stop at the Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee or the Harley Davidson museum that both motorcyclists and visitors rave about. The Milwaukee county zoo is family fun for all, and there are brewery tours galore to try some of the best beers around. Miller Park is another fan favorite, and the stadium is incredible. Don’t forget about all the boating and fishing opportunities to be had with the water at your doorstep. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Country home can be found in Spring Green, and the National Railroad Museum is a neat stop in Green Bay. There are some amazing trails to be found in the state too. The Ice Age Scenic trail and the Geneva Lake Shore Path are amazing ways to see the state and the scenic features it has.