Wisconsin’s College Towns in Summer

Wisconsin is home to over 80 colleges and universities, and with school out for summer, it’s the perfect time to visit for a quieter, more intimate experience. We’re talking gorgeous natural recreation, drool-worthy dining and one-of-a-kind scenery. The best part of all? There’s no application required.  

La Crosse

Home to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, this western-Wisconsin city borders the Mississippi River and is home to the famous La Crosse Bluffs. Relish in the sunshine and scenery at Riverside Park enjoying the water or sipping on one of the 400 beers offered at the historic (and some say haunted) Bodega Brew Pub

After a day of enjoying La Crosse’s natural beauty, catch a La Crosse Loggers ball game at The Lumberyard or plan a visit to the UW-La Crosse Planetarium.

Eau Claire

Kick back, soak up the sun, grab a tube and float down the brilliant waters of the Chippewa River during the hot summer days. Afterwards, recharge at Mogie’s Pub and grab an order of Spuds O’ Plenty (a heaping pound of golden potato rounds, stuffed with cheese) —a local favorite. 

More of a land-lover? Venture through the rich pine trees and try your hand at disc golfing at Mount Simon Park. This prime disc golfing spot is close to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s campus and offers picnic areas, pavilions, swimming and volleyball courts. Be sure to snap a picture on top of Mount Simon for a frame-worthy memory.

Green Bay

We know, we know. You’re thinking Packers, but this college town has plenty to offer beyond the green and gold. See the city in style on a Segway tour, or dive into Lake Michigan with Green Bay’s very own Scuba lessons. Explore the UWGB Arboretum Trail and see if you can spot the trail’s impressive architectural features.

Wind down after a day of exploring with food and drinks at Fridays on the Fox, a weekly celebration featuring live entertainment on the beautiful CityDeck waterfront. 

Stevens Point

Spend a day or two in the land of the pointers. The UW-Stevens Point campus is home to the Schmeeckle Reserve, where you can bike, hike and explore 275 acres of beautiful wetlands, forests and prairies. Make sure your itinerary also includes a tour of the Point Brewery, or for a more family-friendly option, get a scoop (or three) at Belt’s Ice Cream

And, of course, the list of Wisconsin’s college towns wouldn’t be complete without mention of Madison and Milwaukee. These two towns are home to a number of private and public colleges and universities including Marquette, Cardinal Stritch, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Madison and Edgewood College. Needless to say, there is no shortage of college-town fun for every traveler.

Are you a big-time fan of other Wisconsin college campuses? Share your favorites in a comment below!

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