Wisconsin’s #1 Park Place Is a Stunner

Regarded as Wisconsin’s Park Place – for good reason – Janesville is a total gem of a city. I think travelers have overlooked Rock County’s largest community but I know firsthand that Janesville has plenty to offer its visitors, whether you’re into enjoying the great outdoors or trekking the shops of the community’s downtown district. Join me on a journey to this south-central Wisconsin destination: Beautiful Parks Let’s begin with what Janesville is perhaps best known for: its 56 parks. For a very modest admission fee, you’ll want to tour the magnificent Rotary Botanical Gardens. Quick tip for you: Keep an eye on the Gardens’ upcoming

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16 February Festivals to Attend in Wisconsin

By the time February rolls around, Wisconsin has already endured a couple months of winter. Hibernate? Nah. Celebrate? Of course. Here are some of Wisconsin’s best February festivals:   Winterfest (Lake Geneva) Vote on snow sculptures at the U.S. Snow Sculpting Championship and enjoy music, food, helicopter rides and family entertainment. (Feb. 1-5) Hot Air Affair (Hudson) A festival full of fireworks, a torchlight parade, a craft fair, smoosh boarding, balloon launches and evening moon glows. (Feb. 3-5) Winter Festival (Fish Creek) It’s hard to find a festival more unique than one that involves a toilet-seat throw, pie tin toss,

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12 Events You NEED to Check Out at Lake Geneva’s Winterfest

  There are lots of winter festivals out there, but nobody does it quite like Lake Geneva’s Winterfest. Between the snow sculptures, food tastings, cocoa crawls and snow races, Winterfest has no shortage of winter family fun.   The Abominable Snow Race at the Grand Geneva (1/28/17) A wintry race…on foot! No skis, dogs, or sleds; just you, three to five miles of snowy course, more than 20 obstacles and the abominable Wisconsin weather. Warm up after at the Yeti’s Lodge with drinks, music, games and a fire pit. Winterfest U.S. Snow Sculpting Competition (2/1/17-2/4/17) The U.S. Snow Sculpting Competition,

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11 January Festivals to Attend in Wisconsin

Wisconsin winters are no joke, and the state surely knows how to celebrate the subzero temperatures and blankets of snow. The season can be beautiful, after all, and it gives us an excuse to sip on some hot cocoa and slip on some cozy hats, scarves and mittens. Check out a few of the upcoming festivals celebrating winter:   Carp Fest (Prairie du Chien) Take part in some ice fishing, snowmobiling, sledding, skiing and hiking by torchlight in La Riviere Park, and drop by on New Year’s Eve for snowmobile rides, fireworks, carp sampling, a bonfire, and the unique but beloved

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4 Dog-Friendly Destinations in Wisconsin

For Wisconsinites with dogs, traveling pup-less can seem incomplete. Our furry companions are part of the family, so what’s a family vacation without them? Luckily, Wisconsin has many pet-friendly destinations. From lodging and restaurants to outdoor activities, we’ve dug up some trips that are fun for the whole family.   Apostle Islands Stay in the historic 1872 Isaac Wing House in Bayfield. Located across from the Bayfield Harbor, the house has five suites and beautiful views of Lake Superior and Madeline Island, and offers guests (dogs included) modern amenities. Venture down the road for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore – a

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Spine Chilling, Costume-Donning, Pumpkin-Picking Wisconsin: 10 Halloween Activities to Check Out This Fall

Spooky costumes, haunted houses, pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, changing trees, falling leaves, crisp air and apple crisp – the Halloween season is simply the best, and Wisconsin does it right, whether you’re up for a day on the farm or a night of fright. Here are some of the state’s most beloved Halloween activities:   Abandoned Haunted House Complex (Mount Pleasant) Voted Best Overall Haunted Event and Best Haunted Houses by the Chicago Halloween Guide, Abandoned is a state-of-the-art haunted house with spine-chilling attractions. Hysteria is the horrifying interactive haunted house while Ambush is the high-startle and attack haunted house.

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6 Wisconsin Fairs You Won’t Want to Miss This Summer

It’s fair season, folks! Deep-fried food, exhilarating rides, flashing lights, fascinating magic shows, adorable petting zoos, winning oversized teddy bears in carnival games and locals coming together to celebrate the season…what’s not to like? After our 5-month winter hibernation, there’s nothing quite like Wisconsinites getting out for a good fair during the summer. Here’s a round-up of some of our favorites: What: Wisconsin State Fair When: August 4-14, 2016 Where: 640 S. 84th Street, West Allis Why: Because it’s the “fairest” of them all! With performances by Shawn Mendes, Rascal Flatts, Pat Benatar, Phillip Phillips, Matt Nathanson, and the Beach

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10 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Wisconsin

Wisconsin, on a sunshiny summer day, offers endless outdoor activities no matter where you go; however, the rainy days can be just as eventful if you look hard enough. From movies to mini-golf, West to East and North to South, Wisconsin’s got you covered on the rainy days. Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort Whether you’re looking for a way to keep the kids busy or you’re due for an adult getaway, Wilderness Resort offers something for everyone – even on a day when the weather is less than ideal. Cubby’s Cove, one of Wilderness’ five indoor waterparks, features a sport pool

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10 Things to Do in Milwaukee

  With so many different places to see in the Wisconsin’s largest city, there is literally something for everyone in Milwaukee. Whether you want to spend some time relaxing on the beach of Lake Michigan or make your way to a concert, Milwaukee has you covered! Here’s just a sampling of what this great city has in store for you: Wisconsin State Fair Have you ever had fried Twinkies or fish and chips on a stick? How about the Original Cream Puff? The Wisconsin State Fair is the best place to get everything imaginable fried and on a stick. But

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Two Wisconsin Towns You Need to Visit…

I love to brag about any towns that are just a short drive from me. Marshfield and Wisconsin Rapids are a couple of those very towns! So here is my “brag list” of things to do in both areas: Embark on a Standup Paddleboard History Tour on the Wisconsin River Sure, you can stand-up paddleboard almost anywhere on any of Wisconsin’s lovely lakes or rivers. But on the Wisconsin River, you can get a history lesson as well with SUP the Rapids in Wisconsin Rapids. It’s like a classroom on the water! Say “Hi!” to Kodiak cubs Munsey and Boda Over

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