Monday, July 5, 2010

Summer Fun

Holy cow! I recently poked around at the Travel Wisconsin site and found some very exciting, fun things to do in my state this summer. There's really something for everyone. Here are some of the highlights:

Of course, if you're a waterpark resort fan, Wisconsin Dells probably sounds familiar to you, and if it doesn't, you are really missing out!  It's the undisputed "Waterpark Capitol of the World!" In May, Trip Advisor named the Wisconsin Dells "Best Destination in the U.S. for Families."  It's open year-round, too.  Fun! Fun! Fun! Enough said.

If you have any interest at all in airplanes, you may have heard about about the E.A.A. (Experimental Aircraft Association) and Air Venture. If you have a passion for aircraft, Air Venture is the experience of a lifetime. Air Venture occurs for one week, every year, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and draws hundreds of thousands of people from all over North America and the world. I'm told it's the mecca of flight fans; the Woodstock of airplane folks. From what I've gathered, it's a wonderful combination of entertainment, education, and inspiration (and there's even shopping opportunities, Ladies!) To learn more about E.A.A., check out the video below (and if you're the impatient type, skip to 10 minutes for the airshow clips, 13 minutes for the "War Show Spectacular.") Air Venture will take place this July 26th-August 1st.

Did you know that The League of American Bicyclists ranked Wisconsin as #2 in the nation for Bicycle-Friendly States? If you live anywhere near southwest Wisconsin, your should check out Cycle Southwest Wisconsin and the new map of trails.

Golf fans will already know that the 2010 PGA Championship will be taking place at Whistling Straits golf course, in Kohler, Wisconsin. Tickets range all the way from $30 for Monday to $1200 for the week (and possibly rubbing elbows with a famous golfer or two!)

Love Betty Boop? Well then, you're in luck! In August, the Betty Boop Festival will be held in Wisconsin Rapids,  August 5th-8th..

Geo Caching fans will also find fun in Wisconsin! I've never done it, but I've heard it's a great family activity.

Kyle thought he'd died and gone to heaven (car freak that he is) when we took him to the Iola Old Car Show and Swap Meet, in Iola Wisconsin a few years back. This year, it starts this week (July 8th-July 11th) and has the theme of "Sensational Sixties."  Two thousand show-cars will be on display, and if you know anyone looking for old car parts, that place will be teeming with them! That, and lots and lots of guys talking about cars. Oh, yeah; the ladies go, too. I survived (there's a craft fair, too), but one day was enough for me.  For a very complete guide to what to expect this year at Iola, click here or download it from the homepage. (It might take a second-It's 100 pages!}

So now you know Wisconsin has a lot more to offer than cheese and football :)


  1. What a great list!

    Hope you guys had a wonderful holiday, B!!

  2. Wow. And all I thought Wisconsin had were cows and snow! :D

  3. It doesn't sound like such a bad place after all! I always associate Wisconsin with cheese and the Packers with the cheese heads and ugly uniforms.

  4. Hope you have a great summer close to home! I recently did the same thing and was amazed at how much there actually is to do here! Everything from touring victorian houses to Lakefront festivals and wine tasting.

  5. Your city certainly sounds like a super fun place to live : ). Kaish and Naji want to go to an indoor water park this summer. There are a couple close by. They are a little pricey though. We will have to see : )

  6. The water park would be so much fun!

  7. We have yet to make it over to the Dells. My boys are just a little too small yet.

    But my DH has mountain biked by Sealy, Hayward, ect for the Fat Tire festival. We LOVE Wisc!

  8. I love going to the Dells and Noah's Ark is the BEST!! Just don't go on the weekends because the place is jam packed.

    We have family in WI Rapids and they never told us about the Betty Boop Festival. Wonder if I have been missing anything...

    Car shows galore! I swear there is one every weekend around here.

  9. And you can't forget this iconic Wisconsin site:

    Gotta love a fish you can walk in!

  10. i'm just a hop, skip and a jump from the wisconsin border and go there often. some of these things I didn't even know about. i love the dells and riding the ducks!! geocaching is fun but kinda frustrating when you can't find what you're looking for.

    btw... found you through google reader. and i'll be visiting again. :-)

  11. So your second job is travel consultant? OK you've convinced me. Set up that cot in your den. I'm coming!

  12. Nice to "meet" another WI blogger! :) We have a great group of geocachers up here too. :)


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