8 Last-Minute, Budget-Friendly Vacations in Wisconsin That the Whole Family Will Love!

We’ve been talking a lot lately about going back to school. While schools everywhere are gearing up for students to grace their hallways once more, there’s still that tiny sliver of summer left for families to take hold of and enjoy before the school year begins. The wonderful thing about getting away before the school year begins is that it doesn’t have to be expensive or far away – in fact, there are several fun places in the beautiful state of Wisconsin that are perfect for the family, easy to get to, and are easy on the budget.

Read all about the 8 great places we’ve chosen in Wisconsin below!

Amnicon Falls State Park – Our first selection takes us about 20 miles southeast of Duluth, Minnesota in the western expanses of the state. This stunning park is home to beautiful waterfalls, swimming holes, and a lovely covered bridge, which spans the waterfalls. You and the family can enjoy short scenic trails that dot the park. Stop and smell the roses and take in the sound of water falling over stones while you’re there. This is the perfect place if you want to get away from it all and come back feeling rejuvenated!

Bayfield – In the same area as Amnicon Falls State Park, Bayfield is a gorgeous treasure tucked away in the northern reaches of Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior. Bicycling is quite popular in this small town, so rent bikes for either $6 an hour or $25 a day to enjoy everything Bayfield has to offer or to just spend time at the Bayfield Bike Route. You can also head down the Brownstone Trail for an easy ride to the Great Lake nearby. Don’t forget to check out Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, which is a 22-mile archipelago in stunning Lake Superior. Known for its rocky hiking trails, beautiful lighthouses, sea caves, and jaw-dropping views, this is one destination that travelers of all ages will appreciate.

Door County – Not sure where Door County is? Check out a map of Wisconsin – it’s that little jut on the east side of the state that shoots out into Lake Michigan! You might not think just by looking at it, but that tiny bit of land boasts more than 250 miles of shoreline, which is home to several family outdoor activities including biking, swimming, kayaking, hiking, and, of course, exploring. The kids will enjoy steering a steamship at the Door County Maritime Museum and creating pretty mosaics at Hands On Art Studio. The family can catch a ferry to explore nearby (and beautiful) Washington Island. Make sure to stop by for some tasty root beer and malts at Wilson’s Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor while you’re out that way!

Green Bay – Do you enjoy railroads, sports, and being close to the great outdoors and the city in one convenient place? Check out Green Bay! You can enjoy checking out one of the nation’s largest rail museums (and you can take a train ride there, too!). Sports fans will love visiting the famous Lambeau Field, home to the Green Bay Packers, as they take advantage of behind-the-scenes tours, fun photo ops with a bronze statue of legendary coach Vince Lombardi, and trying on those famous Cheese Heads! Afterward, head outside to take in the sites at the Green Bay Botanical Garden, which boasts 47 acres of tranquil beauty.

Madison – This city isn’t just on our list because we share the same name; it’s also home to several fun things for the entire family to do, including the Madison Children’s Museum! The museum allows children of all ages to get creative and explore the world around them. From a giant gerbil wheel that you can run yourself to dinosaur-bone bridges and more, the museum is loads of fun for the family. Afterwards, take the family out for some delicious ice cream at Babcock Hall Dairy Store on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, or enjoy a free tour of the Wisconsin State Capital.

Minocqua – If you love water and resorts, then this is the place for you. Minocqua is surrounded by some of northern Wisconsin’s 4,200 lakes, and families come back years in a row just to enjoy lake sports and check out the local events and attractions, along with chowing down on tasty fudge and popcorn. The kids will enjoy feeding the animals at Wildwood Wildlife Park, learning at Eagle River’s Northwoods Children’s Museum, and cheering on competitors at Scheer’s Lumberjack Show. There’s never a dull moment in Minocqua!

Racine – East Wisconsin has plenty of relaxing activities to do, especially in Racine. Kick back and relax on the pristine beaches of Lake Michigan, start up a volleyball team and enjoy a game in the sunshine, or take the kids to Kids Cove, a fun playground nearby. Want to get out into the water? Check out Racine Yacht Club’s marina to get your watercraft afloat! You can also rent a kayak or another type of watercraft at Pier 29 Water Sport Rentals for just $15 an hour, which buys you peace and beautiful views on gorgeous Lake Michigan.

Wisconsin Dells – If you’re a fan of water parks both inside and outdoors, then the Wisconsin Dells is perfect for you! It’s fun, it’s one of the most child-friendly vacation spots in the Midwest, and it’s smack-dab in one of the most beautiful spots in Wisconsin. When you’re done zipping down the slides of the giant water parks, check out the Dells, which are the unique, craggy bluffs that sit over the beautiful Wisconsin River.

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