11 Best Summer Getaways in Wisconsin

The glory of a Wisconsin summer is a joy best experienced firsthand. We find fun in the winter too, but the experience of the sunshine and warmth is especially sweet when it’s only seasonally available. Wisconsin is a treasure trove of beautiful and unique natural wonders as well as fantastic dining and entertainment. 

At Conklin Construction Co., we’ve been area experts for more than a decade. As Wisconsin natives ourselves, we’ve had some fantastic local adventures and taken note of a few for another day. We want you to experience everything this fantastic area offers. Wisconsin is a great place to call home! From mini-vacations to longer treks, if you’re planning a city getaway, a commune with nature, or a family-friendly retreat, we’ve got you covered! We’ve amassed a comprehensive list of the best summer getaways in Wisconsin so that you can get the most out of your next adventure in our favorite places!

Most Scenic Summer 

Stays in Wisconsin

Kickapoo River Valley

Recreation is delightful on the Kickapoo River. Camp in the valley. Hike or bike the beautiful trails! Try kayaking, fishing, or tubing in the river. There is something for every speed in this breathtaking setting.

The Apostle Islands

The Apostle Islands are a group of small islands reached by kayak, boat, or water taxi. Reached through the City of Bayfield (where there is also plenty to do), there is plenty to explore on The Apostle Islands. Home to 9 lighthouses, a wide range of unique migratory birds, campsites galore, and unique red sandstone sea caves, The Apostle Islands are a unique and fascinating experience.

Amnicon Falls and Pattison State Park 

Amnicon Falls State Park is home to world-class trails with waterfall surprises around each unexpected bend. Enjoy the view from the covered bridge or better yet, check out the designated swim areas! Just down the road, Pattison State Park is home to both Big and Little Manitou Falls, which comprise the highest waterfall in Wisconsin.

Chequamegon-Nicolet Forest

This National Park comprises 1.5 million acres of beautiful forest and multiple appealing camping options. Don’t miss Copper Falls or Lake Chippewa if you visit.

Most Romantic Getaways in Wisconsin

Lake Geneva

Rent a cozy cabin and hit up the Tristan Crist Entertainment Theater for a magical experience. Stay at Grand Geneva Spa or pay a visit for some couples TLC and visit delicious restaurants like Flat Iron Tap or Lake City Social.


Madison is full of classic date night options and adventures for everyone! We recommend Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Henry Vilas Zoo, Memorial Union Terrace, Chazen Museum of Art, or Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. If you’re looking for a great dining experience, try Oakcrest Tavern, L’Etoile, Naples 15, or Tempest Oyster Bar.


Milwaukee is full of fascinating history and fun. Visit Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes), Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee Public Museum or Manfred Olson Planetarium. Tour Historic Pabst Brewery. Stroll along the river walk. Eat, dine and shop in The Historic Third Ward. Take in a show at the Broadway Theatre Center or enjoy the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

Family-Friendly Summer Trips in Wisconsin

The Dells

The Dells are bursting with opportunities for family fun. Indoor and outdoor waterparks, amusement parks, and gaming opportunities of all kinds can be stimulating ways to fill the day! Visit Witches Gulch. Check out Tommy Bartet’s Exploratory for some science-themed fun. Take in a play or magic show! 

Have a close encounter at Wisconsin Deer park! Eat, drink and be merry at one of the many wineries and breweries with stellar offerings.

Door County

The landscape of Cave County Park is not to be missed. Explore the underwater caves, hiking trails, and limestone cliffs with the whole family! Hit up the beautiful beaches, and state parks. Explore the county’s storied lighthouses or learn more about them at the Maritime Museum. Take a ferry to Washington Island and book a tour! July is a great time to visit because cherries will be in season!

Unique Stays in Wisconsin

Devils Lake State Park

Located in Baraboo, Wisconsin, Devils Lake is a unique outdoor experience. It hosts some of the only rock-climbing available in the region and beautiful natural swimming opportunities. Visit Devil’s Lake Nature Center for up-to-date intel about the park’s seasonal visitors and events.

Elkhart Lake

Elkhart Lake was home to a heart-pounding road race in the ‘50s. Every summer, this fun is still honored with races at the Road America track. Take a pontoon cruise, rent some wakeboarding time, or a bicycle and get moving!

Area Experts in Wisconsin

At Conklin Construction Co., we love watching people fall in love with their new home and neighborhood. Let’s talk about how we can use our process to realize your home remodel or custom home dreams! Reach out if you’re lucky enough to reside within our service area (Cottage Grove, Deforest, Windsor, Waunakee, Sun Prairie, and the surrounding areas of Greater Madison, WI).


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