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Bois Brule River


Photo by Wisconsin Department of Tourism

A Wisconsin family vacation is all about woodland wildlife and the great outdoors. Enjoy birdwatching at a wildlife refuge. Peddle for miles both on and off-the-beaten Wisconsin biking trails. Fish for musky, walleye and bass on one or more of the state's countless inland lakes. Cast a line for king and Coho salmon, steelhead and lake trout on the open waters of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. Canoe, kayak or tube thousands of miles of river. Walk or stroll forested hiking trails where, apart from the happy squeals of the kids, there is little to dull the sound of the wind. And while the wooly mammoth no longer roams the state, in Wisconsin, wildlife abounds. In winter, ice fish, cross-country ski, snow tube and sled or motorize your family adventure with a snowmobile or atv (all terrain vehicle). Check out one or more of the Wisconsin attractions from indoor waterparks to museums that offer an alternative to rain, snow and even sun. And while family travel to Wisconsin may not produce the adrenalin of a mountain holiday or emotion of a trip to the deep blue sea, it is a top destination for old-fashioned family fun.
Getting There
Family travel to Wisconsin will likely be by car or air. In addition to Milwaukee's Mitchell airport there are numerous regional airports scattered throughout the state. Car rental is advisable for families wishing to fully explore the state or local environs. Wisconsin Coach Lines provides a regularly scheduled bus service from Milwaukee's Mitchell and Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports to several points north and west. Train travel is an alternative for families traveling from Chicago or St. Paul/Minneapolis to Milwaukee, Wisconsin Dells and La Crosse and points in between.
Getting Around
While a family vacation in Wisconsin really requires a car, city buses make moving about Milwaukee and Madison both easy and fun. Regularly scheduled intercity buses connect most points north and south and are offered by a variety of bus companies. In Wisconsin, trails and rivers abound. Hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and canoeing offer an alternative to the automobile and are a fun and healthy way to explore this midwestern state.
When to Travel
Wisconsin enjoys four distinct seasons, spring, summer, fall and winter. While family activities are to be had year-around, fishing and watersports are ideal from June to August whereas cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are best from late December through March. Fall colors, often referred to as Colorama, attract visitors to Wisconsin, in particular Door County and the Northwoods, in September and October.
Health & Safety
Car seats are required for children 4 years of age and under and weighing 40 pounds or less. Booster seats are required for children under the age of 8 or less than 4 feet 9 inches tall. Children under 12 should sit in the back seat and buckle up.
Things to Keep in Mind
In Wisconsin, the weather varies considerably, even in summer. Pack rain gear as well jackets and sweaters. If you plan to rent a boat or other equipment that requires towing, make sure your vehicle has the capacity to pull the desired load.
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