2018 is shaping up to be a big year in Wisconsin, with new waterslides, breweries, festivals, family attractions and more all set to make their debut in the coming months. We’ve rounded up some of the can’t-miss fun to be found around the state this year – take a look!
Noah’s Ark Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells is adding a new king cobra-themed waterslide for 2018…and we're not talking about just any cobra-themed waterslide. The tallest and longest of its kind in the world, “Raja - The World’s Largest King Cobra” will have riders racing side-by-side on two-person tubes from six stories up, snaking through more than 335 feet of twists and turns at speeds up to 30 mph. The ride finale is a 37-foot plunge into the mouth of the massive king cobra. This one is for the brave!
Milwaukee Brewing Company is getting new and massive digs in the former Pabst Brewing Company distribution facility known as Building 42. The new downtown location is expected to open this summer, and will include a large tasting room and rooftop patio with incredible views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan. Stop in on a warm summer night to enjoy any of Milwaukee Brewing Co’s handcrafted beers, including the much-loved Hop Freak.
The Green Bay Botanical Garden is hosting the exciting LEGO exhibit “Nature Connects” this summer. Sixteen larger-than-life sculptures inspired by nature – think monarch butterfly, hummingbird on a trumpet flower, and pansy in bloom – made from a half-million LEGO blocks will be on display May 25 - August 19. The largest of the sculptures is a herd of deer, quite fitting for Wisconsin and coming in at a whopping 84,442 pieces. You won’t want to miss out, as this is the only stop in Wisconsin for this nationally touring exhibit.
The Geneva Theater has undergone an extensive historic restoration, bringing back some of the original elements from this 1928 building while adding modern amenities like surround sound, rocking leather chairs, and a dinner and wine menu. Along with films, 2018 will see the return of live chamber music to the stage here, so you and your family can experience the theater as it was decades ago.
The Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center in Manitowoc is set to open in July. This ag center, the largest of its kind in Wisconsin, is dedicated to the discovery of where food comes from, how it’s produced, and who’s producing it. One feature that’s sure to be popular is the birthing barn, where you can watch calves being born. While dairy will be the main draw, you’ll also find displays showcasing the diversity of Wisconsin agriculture, from cranberries to potatoes!
A new Oktoberfest is coming to Milwaukee, September 27 - October 7 in MacArthur Square. Grab your stein and lederhosen and prepare for a good time, as this event is being billed as the largest Oktoberfest in Wisconsin’s history!
Giant Jones Brewing Company, opening in Madison, will be the very first certified organic brewery in Wisconsin. Set to open at the end of 2018, their boutique-style tasting room on Madison’s east side will be the place to sample their craft brews, from double IPAs and imperial stouts to four seasonally-rotating styles of barleywine.