Top 10 Things to do with Family

There is nothing like a house full of family members for the holiday season. The meal has been eaten, dishes done and the game is over… now what? How do you entertain your visiting family? There are plenty of fun family things to do in Wisconsin! Here are ten charming local cities with ten unique attractions that you and your family can be sure to enjoy!

Laumbeau Field and Packers Hall of Fame*
Green Bay, WI

Touch down year round at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Home to the World Champion Green Bay Packers on gameday, and touted as the most legendary stadium in the National Football League, Lambeau Field is also open (almost) every other day of the year as well. On all other days of the year, the Lambeau Field Atrium is home to: The Packers Pro Shop, Curly’s Pub, Packers Hall of Fame*, and the Stadium Tour.

The History Museum at the Castle
Appleton, WI

Inside the walls of the History Museum at the Castle, the past comes alive through the stories, photographs and artifacts of people of the Fox Valley. Their mission is to inspire appreciation for the rich history of the Fox River Valley area communities through the collections, exhibits and education at the History Museum at the Castle. Owned and operated by the Outagamie County Historical Society, the History Museum holds the collections representing the history of the Fox Valley dating back to 1840s.

Cady Cheese Factory
Wilson, WI

Cady Cheese Factory produces many different varieties and flavors of longhorn cheese. Over 50,000 pounds per production day! Their cheese is made into traditional 6" diameter longhorns and specialty 4" diameter Deli, or Mini-Longhorns. In our view, cheese is better when it is made in smaller form. It has better body, better consistency and better flavor! As a modern cheese plant, they pride themselves on producing consistent high quality products with process controls that preserve the art of successful cheese making recipes. They provide our customers with the best quality and service possible.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Madison, WI

Step into a tropical paradise in the Bolz Conservatory at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, filled with exotic plants, flowers, orchids, birds, and a waterfall. Or, stroll 16 acres of outdoor gardens featuring stunning landscapes and Midwest-hardy plants. Outdoor Gardens are free and open daily. Conservatory admission is $1 and free on Wednesday and Saturday, 10 am to noon.

Circus World
Baraboo, WI

The Ringling Bros. Circus was founded in Baraboo, WI, in 1884 by five brothers: Al, Otto, Charles, John and Alf T. Ringling. Ringlingville was the name for the original Ringling Bros. Circus winter quarters in Baraboo. Today Circus World encompasses approximately 64 acres of land with approximately 30 permanent structures; including four original winter quarters buildings and the original Ringling Bros. Circus Train complex. Circus World's collection of circus artifacts is perhaps the largest in the world. It includes over 210 original wagons and vehicles once used by American, English and Irish circuses.

Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin connects innovation, science, technology and the environment with exploration and learning through interactive exhibits and experiential learning programs. They are dedicated to helping people positively impact their communities by developing a better understanding of technology and the environment while fostering both innovation and creativity. Discovery World is a 120,000-square foot facility that includes interactive science, technology and freshwater exhibits, learning labs, theaters, television and audio studios, and fresh and saltwater aquariums.

Myrick Hixon EcoPark
La Crosse, WI

Myrick Hixon EcoPark welcomes you to a world of environmental education, hiking, birding, prairie restoration,ecosystem exhibits, and many wonderful community events. Myrick Hixon EcoPark (MHEP) is a non-profit organization whose vision is to achieve community understanding of, and respect for nature, and to protect the environment for future generations. Their mission is to create a unique destination with dynamic educational programming, interactive displays, and ecosystem exhibits that will advance the appreciation and conservation of our natural resources.

Cave of the Mounds
Blue Mounds, WI

Cave of the Mounds - National Natural Landmark provides an excellent introduction to caving in the midwest. The Cave is a great place to learn about science and history, as well as discover neat general caving facts like nicknames given for various formations, meanings of spelunking, and safety tips!

Northwoods Children’s Museum
Eagle River, WI

The Northwoods Children's Museum is a great place for children and their grownups to play, explore and learn together. They believe in a hands-on approach to learning and that's why all 23 of the exhibits are interactive and educational. The museum also provides a variety of programs and special events throughout the year. Check out our Calendar of Events and see what's happening at the museum for your next visit. Come for an hour or an entire day. You won't be disappointed!

Jurustic Park
Marshfield, WI

Jurustic Park documents the efforts of amateur paleontologist Clyde Wynia to excavate and recreate as best as possible the now extinct creatures that inhabited the large McMillan Marsh near Marshfield, Wisconsin during the Iron Age. The flesh and bones of all the marsh creatures were ferrous metal, usually mild steel, but occasionally stainless, high carbon or various types of more exotic alloys.

*The Packers Hall of Fame is currently closed for renovations and is scheduled to reopen in 2015. Stadium tours and other youth programs are still available during renovations. For more information, please visit http://www.packers.com/lambeau-field/hall-of-fame/visit.html

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