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9 Family-Fun Getaways | Wisconsin Vacation Spots Guide

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Family vacation time: it’s the gift that keeps on giving. It’s filled with in-the-moment laughter, sunshine, excitement, and exploration, while creating appreciated and vivid family memories that last a lifetime.

To kick off your summer planning, we’ve put together seven Wisconsin favorites for family vacations. Whether you’re a Northwoods family or one that enjoys thrill and adventure, our vacation guide will have you packing for a road trip in no time.

Browse this list and share your favorite family vacation memories on Facebook. Plus, we have something special up our sleeve to help make your summer vacation even more affordable. *Wait for it*

1. Eagle River Retreat

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Photo courtesy of the Chanticleer Inn Facebook page

Explore the state’s Northwoods in Eagle River, Wisconsin–a hot spot that’s become increasingly popular over the years but still offers the secluded Up North experience you’d imagine. Home to the world’s largest chain of freshwater lakes, visitors can enjoy boating, fishing, kayaking, ATVing, and more. If you’re looking for a cozy and rustic place to stay, head to the Chanticleer Inn with private houses, villas, and suites with stunning views of surrounding nature.

2. Door County Shores Escape

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Photo courtesy of Meleddy Cherry Farm

Door County is one of Wisconsin’s most beloved vacation spots. From biking in Peninsula State Park to crafting at Hands On Art Studio or cherry picking at Meleddy Cherry Farm, a lack of family-fun activities will never be an issue. Rent a cottage or townhouse alongside the deep blue waters of the bay at Cliff Dwellers Resort in Sturgeon Bay for picturesque views and a spot-on location.

3. Downtown Milwaukee Adventure

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Photo courtesy of Jim Bauer, Flickr Creative Commons

Take a trip to Milwaukee during Summerfest or the Wisconsin State Fair for some delicious fried foods, buttery corn on the cob, and the famous, dairy-filled cream puff. Spend a few extra days in the city and head to the popular Milwaukee Zoo, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Historic Third Ward, and Harley-Davidson Museum.

4. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Venture

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Photo courtesy of Jim Sorbie, Flickr Creative Commons

Another popular local getaway location is in Bayfield, Wisconsin, where you can visit the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. This truly magical spot is known for its spectacular 12-mile lakeshore lined with layers of rock, sea caves, and an abundance of wildlife. Hike, kayak, or sail alongside historic lighthouses, shipwrecks, and beautiful underwater formations seen through crystal clear waters.

5. Mississippi River Houseboat

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Photo courtesy of Fun ‘N the Sun Houseboat Rentals

If you’re an up nort’, summer boating kind of family, a long weekend on a houseboat along the Mississippi River might be right up your alley. Businesses like Fun ‘N the Sun in Alma, Wisconsin, know that not all families have experienced houseboat drivers on board, so they take time to train a captain until you’re comfortable. Live, sleep, eat, and play on a large family-sized houseboat and enjoy cruising along the river during the day, while having all the housing amenities on board at night.

6. Madison-Area Getaway

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Photo courtesy of Jonathan Miske, Flickr Creative Commons

Whether you’re in the Madison area for one day or a long weekend, there are plenty of activities to experience with your family. Some favorites include the Dane County Farmers’ Market in Capitol Square, shopping small businesses and boutiques along State Street, hiking around Devil’s Lake, touring the State Capitol, and checking out Madison’s food cuisine scene. Other local favorites include biking and kayaking and enjoying the views at The Terrace.

7. Up North Minocqua Escape

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Photo courtesy of Roderick T. Stent, Flickr Creative Commons

Watersport, boating, and fishing lovers: travel north to Minocqua, Wisconsin, where you’ll find more than 3,200 lakes, streams, and ponds between the Lakeland Area of Vilas and Oneida Counties. This location is a long-time summer vacation favorite for Wisconsinites. From all the water activities to the Sheer’s Lumberjack Show and impressive waterski performances, you’ll find the perfect blend of activity and serenity here.

8. Cozy SOO-Line Caboose Expedition

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Photo courtesy of Caboose Cabins

If your kids are train-enthusiasts or you simply want to vacation in a truly rare and secluded spot, head to Sparta, Wisconsin, and stay aboard a 1968 SOO-Line Caboose! This fully restored tiny-house caboose and outdoor space has all the necessities to comfortably sleep two adults and two children—bring a tent if you have a larger family! While you’re there, watch videos and learn the history of trains while sitting on the porch, or simply use the spot as a destination to enjoy the outdoors. The caboose site is located one block from the Elroy-Sparta State Trail, and near the La Crosse River and hiking trails.

9. Wisconsin Dells Vacation

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Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau Facebook page

Known as the Top Midwest Travel Destination and the Waterpark Capital of the World, Wisconsin Dells has so much to offer for a fun-filled family getaway. From water and amusement parks like Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, to outstanding resorts such as the Kalahari and the Great Wolf Lodge with all the thrilling amenities on-site, or one-off adventures like ziplining, go-karting, or the famous Original Wisconsin Ducks tour, you’ll never run out of things to do.

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We’ll be handing out 4-packs of Wisconsin Dells Season Opener Cards to the first 500 people at our Grand Chute branch on Tuesday, May 22 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

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At Unison Credit Union, we understand how important family time is. We’re people-people who truly care, and we strive to Empower You and your family to make memories in fun and affordable ways. Whether we provide tips and tricks for financial spring cleaning, sit down with you for financial planning, or help you find ways to consolidate debt so you can live more comfortably, our trustworthy Member Advisors are here for you.

If you’re stretched for cash or want to ensure you don’t dip into the funds in your savings account, our U Choose loans allow you to borrow the money you need to do what you want. With a rate as low as 6.99% APR* and the ability to borrow up to $30,000, you can find the financial freedom to live the life you want. Visit one of our conveniently located branches in North Kaukauna, South Kaukauna, Little Chute, Grand Chute, Wrightstown, or De Pere, message us online, or give us a call at 888-878-8806.

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