A Weekend

Here in Wisconsin, we know how to celebrate the weekend. And if a weekend is all you have time for on your next getaway, you’ll find there’s more than enough to see and do here. 

When & Where

When first planning a weekend getaway to Wisconsin, you’ll need to pick a destination with what you want to do in mind. Do you want an activity-filled weekend in Madison or a nature retreat in Door County?

Maybe you want to plan your weekend getaway around a cultural or sports event. Catch a Green Bay Packers game at Lambeau Field after exploring the city’s craft brewery scene.

Or maybe you have a season in mind. If you envision white slopes and hot cocoa, book a weekend ski trip to Granite Peak. If swimsuits and lake fun are on the itinerary, rent a lakeside cabin at a resort and spend the weekend on the water. 

Whichever destination you choose, our major cities and small towns are home to a diverse selection of accommodations perfect for a family reunion, friends trip and romantic getaway.

Big City Fun

For a jam-packed urban vacation, spend a weekend in Milwaukee.

Start your weekend with an afternoon Brewers game at the American Family Field. Afterward, visit a local brewery, like the Milwaukee Brewing Co. Then, grab dinner at Engine Company No. 3, where you’ll find locally sourced options on the menu.

Fuel up Sunday morning with brunch at Buckley's Restaurant & Bar before enjoying the rest of the day. Depending on the season, you can spend the day indoors — catch a live show at a local theater or visit a museum (there's the Milwaukee Art Museum, for starters). For a day outside, shop at a local farmers market or enjoy every water activity you can think of — from canoeing to sailing — on Lake Michigan.

Nature Getaway

If a weekend getaway out in nature is more what you’re thinking, we have refreshing outdoor destinations all across Wisconsin perfect for you, your friends and your family.

Stay at a cabin or at a campground in a national or state park. There are many to choose from, including Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, which has family and group campsites. One is open year-round while the others are only seasonal and some feature electricity. 

Once you've settled in, spend the day at the lake fishing for trout and northern pike. Cast a line from the lakeshore or charter a boat to take you around to all the best spots. In the wintertime, cut a hole in the ice and see what bites. Perhaps cook your catch for dinner or drive into town for a craft beer and all-American cuisine at the Tumbled Rock Brewery & Kitchen.

The next day, slip into your hiking boots or snowshoes and hit one or two of the 29 trails. Every turn will reveal a new, breathtaking view of the lakeshore or meadows. Cool off afterward at one of the two freshwater beaches at Devil’s Lake. 

And before the weekend’s over, we bet you’ll start making plans for your next getaway to explore more of our state.


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