5 Wisconsin Trips for Spring Break With the Kids

By Pat Dillon
Special to TravelWisconsin.com

Choose a thoroughly Wisconsin spring break for boundless adventures. Explore ice caves or take in world class art. Hike or ski through the northwoods or be on the cusp of the spring sport season!

Pick your pleasure! Either way, excitement and fun awaits.

A Superior Spring Break

When Lake Superior freezes up off the shores of Bayfield, it’s fodder for exploration along its rocky shores. Settle into The Bayfield Inn— pick a luxury hotel room overlooking the water or a spacious condo or apartment—and then head out to the captivating Apostle Island’s ice caves accessed via Meyers Beach. Check weather conditions first.

Dog sled at Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing for a half day or a full day, or take a winter camping excursion with these hearty mutts. Skiers, head to Mt. Ashwabay three miles south of Bayfield, where fourteen downhill ski runs provide top-notch Alpine skiing.

End the day at any of the area’s fine restaurants, like Silver Screen-themed Greunke’s First Street Inn for some all-American cuisine. This spot promises to fill you up.

Skip to Summer in the Dells

Wisconsin Dells has the best of two worlds: the indoor water park extravaganza surrounded by the great outdoors. Great Wolf Lodge has three adjoining waterparks that offer options from floating the Lazy River to the thrillin’ Howlin' Tornado water adventure.

It’s an all inclusive adventure with out-of-the-drink activities like MagiQuest and the Great Clock Tower Show. Plus, you'll have four dining options at the resort, from steaks to a quick hot dog.

Sweet Syrup in the Northwoods

Nestled along the Eagle River Chain of 28 Lakes, a stone's throw from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, The Wild Eagle Lodge is Northwoods central lodging.

In nearby Phelps, the mysteries of the sugar bush and maple syrup-making are unveiled at the Phelps Maple Syrup Fest.

Get a trail map to hike or ski to the forest, or check out the truly fascinating Vilas County Historical Society Museum in Sayner, which displays the world's oldest snowmobile.

End the day at Eddie B’s White Spruce Restaurant & Tavern, housed in Eagle River’s oldest log cabin. Reservations are recommended.

Game’s On in Milwaukee

There’s no shortage of sports history or entertainment at Miller Park in Milwaukee, and you can tour this mammoth complex any day of the week besides game day.

April begins Brewers baseball season there, so pick a home game and start or end at Major Goolsby’s for a burger and a Sprecher soda (or beer) and see how real sports enthusiasts catch a ballgame.

Great Art on a Great Lake

Stay at Blue Harbor Resort and Spa in Sheboygan—kid-friendly water park and adult-friendly spa—to visit the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. This art museum simply does not disappoint.

Starting with its artfully tiled bathroom walls, the center places a premium on creating a stir. Exhibits run the gamut from outsider-art bizarre to downright surreal to simply beautiful and compelling.

Keep it local at Field to Fork for a wide lunch menu of locally sourced options. The second Friday of each month is Latin Night, with Latino cuisine for the kiddos and beer from Barcelona for you. 


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