These three Wisconsin destinations are great places to shop and relax
Summer is winding down and the school year is on the way. That means back-to-school shopping. If shopping stresses you out, don’t worry. Just make your back-to-school shopping an excuse for a fun and relaxing getaway. Here are three destinations with plenty of shopping opportunities and everything you need for a great trip.
Onalaska is home to the largest shopping district in a nine-county area and offers everything a family needs to get ready for the new school year. Nearly all of Onalaska’s retail and lodging offerings are located along I-94, making this a very convenient place to shop and relax. Shoppers will find 90 retailers at the Valley View Mall, including four major department stores and a huge variety of brand-name clothing stores, from Aeropostale to Zumiez. While you’re in Onalaska, take a walk or bike ride along the 24-mile Great River State Trail, which follows the Mississippi River.
Oshkosh is home to the Outlet Shoppes at Oshkosh, home to more than 40 brand-name retailers offering bargain prices. Located on Highway 41, the shops are quite convenient. Clothe your family’s students in the latest fashions. The mall is home to several shops offering clothing just for kids, including American Girl, Carter’s Childrenswear, Gymboree Outlet, Justice, Oshkosh B’Gosh and The Children’s Place Outlet. When you’re finished shopping, take the whole family to the EAA AirVenture Museum, home to more than 250 aircraft, or the Oshkosh Public Museum, one of the Midwest’s best regional history museums.
Middleton is home to dozens of shops and retailers. Visit the stylish Greenway Station, a shopping complex featuring nationally known retailers and restaurants. Other shopping areas include downtown Middleton and the Discovery Springs area, which includes a Costco. You’ll find hotels within walking distance of all of Middleton’s shopping offerings. While you’re in Middleton, take a walk along the nature trails of Pheasant Branch Conservancy. Then, check out one of Middleton’s nearly 70 restaurants. For the grown-ups, there’s the Capital Brewery and Death’s Door Distillery, both of which offer tours.