As we head into August, families may be hard-pressed to find new activities for a weekend getaway. Why not pack up the kids and have some fun at these Wisconsin destinations? Most are just a short drive from Lake Country so more time may be devoted to family fun!
Drive up to Titletown USA and take a Lambeau Field Stadium Tour. Visitors can choose either the Classic Tour (60 minutes) or the Champion's Tour (90 minutes) and have the ultimate behind-the-scenes fan experience. Learn the exciting history of the Green Bay Packers, experience the thrill of running out of the tunnel used by the players and see the field from a luxury suite. Be sure to spend time visiting the two-story Hall of Fame exhibit. Fans visiting Lambeau in August are also allowed to watch the Packers practice outdoors at the Ray Nitschke Field and to watch the players ride to the practice field from the stadium on bikes loaned by their youngest fans. (Bring your children's bikes and one of their heroes may borrow one for a trip to the field.) Visit Packers.com for a complete practice schedule.
See "BUGS! Larger Than Life" at the Milwaukee Zoo. This exhibit has been open since the end of May, so crowds may be thinned as the summer goes on. This fantastic display features 13 robotic bugs, each more than 200 times actual size! See their bright colors, hear their buzzes and chirps and watch them move in their specially-built outdoor habitat. In addition, there is an indoor display, "Live Bugs," where children can observe real insects. "BUGS! Larger Than Life" is located near the Small Mammals building, easily accessible from the west entrance to the Zoo. Admission is $2.50 in addition to the regular zoo fees and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Sept. 5. Milwaukee is an easy-drive destination - turn it into a weekend get-away by booking a local hotel with a great indoor pool!
If you've always wanted to take the family on a fishing excursion, then a visit to the Port Washington Marina is in order. There are a number of options and all fishing captains are licensed by the US Coast Guard. Visit portwashingtoncharterfishing.com for a list supplied by the Charter Captain's Association of Port Washington. While in the area, be sure to visit the 1860 Lighthouse and Light Station Museum at 211 Johnson St. Climb the steps of this lighthouse to see a phenomenal view and hear the stories shared by knowledgeable docents. Open from noon to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Mirror Lake State Park
Spend some time outdoors and enjoy a myriad of family-fun activities. This park on Highway 12, south of Wisconsin Dells, offers camping, hiking, fishing and a boat launch with canoes, kayaks and bikes for rent. The park is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., and state admission and hiking stickers are required. As an added bonus, visit the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Seth Peterson Cottage, on the south side of the lake outside of Lake Delton and open for tours from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. This tiny cottage is a jewel nestled above the water and is a beautiful example of Wright's unique style. Visit dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/mirrorlake or sethpeterson.org for complete details.
The Vitense Golfland is a year-around resort that offers indoor and outdoor mini-golf, batting cages, a climbing wall, junior golf, water wars and so much more. Located at 5501 W. Beltline Road, Vitense offers great activities for all ages and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and until 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Visit vitense.com for details.
And while you're in the area, stop by the State Capitol and visit the Dane County Farmers Market. The largest producer-only market of its kind in the country runs outdoors from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through October. Find out more at dcfm.org/.