Groups can embark on water excursions, nature hikes and garden tours.
Boasting a diverse topography and natural wonders, Wisconsin offers plenty of outdoor activities for an outdoor adventure. The state’s varied environments include Lake Michigan’s expansive coastline, kettle moraine landscapes along the Mississippi River, and lush forests interspersed with streams and waterfalls. If your group wants to stay close to major cities, metro areas in Wisconsin are home to reservations, zoos, and water tours that can let you explore the outdoors with minimal travel time.
Dells Boat Tours’
In the Wisconsin Dells, the classic activity is a relaxing trip past sculpted sandstone cliffs and narrow gorges along the Wisconsin River. Dells Boat Tours’ double-decker ships offer several options. From mid-April to early November, the 1-hour Lower Dells tour features unusual rock formations like Hawk’s Bill and Baby Grand Piano, while the 2-hour Upper Dells tour includes stops to browse cool passages from Witches Gulch and witness the famous dog jump at Stand Rock. Another must see of Dells is a frenzied ride on World War II amphibious vehicles which are the Original Wisconsin Ducks. This forest and water adventure is highlighted by descending Roller Coaster Hill and ditching the Wisconsin River and Lake Delton.
South of Milwaukee in Sturtevant is Apple Holler, a 78-acre attraction that oversees farmland, orchards, and a family-run restaurant dedicated to the delicious magic of apples. Groups can choose a self-picking adventure to admire the property’s 30,000 trees and dozens of apple varieties, relax in the Apple Cider Cafe, or experience American folklore on the Johnny Appleseed History Walk.
Step into Wisconsin’s thousands of years ago with a group tour to Horicon Marsh, a 33,000 acre landscape of protected wetlands. Pontoon tours can accommodate up to 50 people and will navigate the interconnected marshes to explain the importance of the environment as a nesting area for red ducks and great blue herons. Bird watchers in your group will be delighted to spot the hundreds of species that congregate in this freshwater oasis, including egrets, pelicans and majestic bald eagles. Groups can also stop at the Horicon Marsh Education & Center for a variety of interpretive programs and panoramic views of the hills.
Manitowoc is a quaint coastal community with a rich shipbuilding heritage and a charming downtown area. The jewel in the city’s recreational crown is Neshotah Beach, a six-mile strip with dazzling water views and unspoiled coastline. If your group is interested in a short hike, the nearby Point Beach State Forest offers 3,000 acres of shady forest to explore and access the Rawley Point Lighthouse. Built in 1894, this “skeleton-style” maritime monument rises to 113 feet and can attract sailors for miles with one of the brightest lanterns on the Great Lakes.
Outdoor enthusiasts will want to hike the trails and see the waterfalls of Amnicon Falls State Park at Douglas County. Wisconsin’s tallest waterfall home can pair your group with a guide to explain how the falls were created from ancient earthquakes and lava flows that resulted in deep ridges and dramatic fractures on the surface. of the earth.
Cruise line on Lake Geneva
Nicknamed ‘the Newport of the West’ for its opulent Victorian properties and views of the waterfront, the town of Lake Geneva and surrounding Walworth County draw visitors from across the country who wish to admire the architecture. sophisticated Victorian style, stroll through the charming downtown streets and embark on a waterfront cruise. Cruise line on Lake Geneva offers narrated tours aboard the Grand Belle GenÃ¨ve, which will pass properties once owned by the Wrigleys, famous for chewing gum, Samuel Allerton (the founder of Chicago’s stockyards) and meat tycoon Edward Swift. Other cruises include a tour of 1888 Domaine de la Pointe Noire, which was once home to a wealthy brewer, and the US Mailboat Cruise (where you can see a postman quickly get off the ship and deliver mail to waterfront homes before re-boarding). Lake Geneva Cruise Line can accommodate groups of various sizes and offers discounted group rates in addition to specialty meal excursions such as the Sunday Brunch Buffet and Jazz Dinner Cruise.
Interested in other outdoor activities in Walworth County? County of Walworth: Lake Geneva and beyond Offer several sample routes that highlight local state parks, farms, and nature reserves for groups to visit. The ‘Nature Calls’ tour includes several local botanical gardens such as Northwind Perennial Farm and Congdon Gardens, in addition to the 21 mile Lake Geneva Shore Path, which wraps around the lake and offers lovely views of various waterfront mansions. the water. Visitors can also embark on an agri-tourism adventure with the âDown on the Farmâ route, which can include cooking demonstrations at Pearce’s Farm Stand and wagon rides at the Royal Oak Farm Orchard.
With 11 historic lighthouses, scenic roads that run along 300 miles of coastline and acres of lush orchards, Door County is a destination full of outdoor activities. Orient your group to the peninsula with a coach ride on the Door County Coastal Byway, which stretches 66 miles beyond Sturgeon Bay, the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment, and magnificent views of Lake Michigan. Then, visit one of the region’s iconic cherry orchards or vineyards. Many offer tours and packaged meals, and you can purchase jams, jellies, and pies made on the spot to take home. Groups can also charter a cruise to pass coastal caves, 19th-century lighthouses, and historic marinas. Destination Door County can help your group charter a boat or walking tour to access these areas.