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June 29, 2017



Festive summer parades

Grab your blankets and chairs—it’s parade season in Wisconsin, and the floats are on the move! Many of these classic summer parades have existed for decades, for good reason—these events never grow old. They are spectacles that have it all: lively bands, festive floats and endless handfuls of candy flying through the air! These parades are fun for all ages and a perfect place to take the kids. Here are a few of our favorites.

Good Neighbor Festival, Middleton

This annual three-day event has been a summer celebration in Middleton since 1964. The festival features a 5k run/walk, live bands and a craft fair, but two parades steal the show. At 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 25, children will take to the streets for a special Kiddie Parade. Two days later, people will line the streets for a full-sized parade at noon on Aug. 27.

4th of July Parade, West Bend

West Bend celebrates Independence Day with a bang on July 4 with a family parade at 9:30 a.m. A patriotic float contest ensures there will be plenty of red, white and blue. Head to Regner Park after the parade for root beer floats and fun events like the duck derby. A fireworks show that night caps off the celebration. See more West Bend summer events.

Three Lakes July 4th Parade, Oneida County

“On Wisconsin” is the theme of the July 4th Parade in Three Lakes. This 9 a.m. parade in the heart of beautiful Three Lakes is hosted by the American Legion. Food and beverages will be available at the event. Oneida County visitors can find other patriotic parades in Rhinelander and St. Germain. See more Oneida County events.

Boulder Junction Star Spangled Jubilee, Boulder Junction

On July 4, a parade down Boulder Junction’s charming Main Street kicks of Independence Day in this Northwoods community. That night, catch the fireworks display at the Boulder Junction Airport. It’s one of many festive events in town. Check out what else Boulder Junction is celebrating.


June 1, 2017


Photo by William Lorman

Take a ride

Some of the best mountain biking in the Midwest can be found in the heart of Wisconsin. Some courses offer technical single track that traverses wild streams and rocky gorges, and others pass through remnants of native prairie and cool evergreen forests. Explore breathtaking views while carving through fields and forests. Here are a few of our favorite trails.

Middleton Bike Park, Middleton

Just minutes from downtown Madison, you’ll find some of the best riding in southern Wisconsin. This fantastic route in a wooded landscape features three main components: a pump track, a jump line and a short single-track loop. You’ll find the park entrance off the Pleasant View Golf Course parking lot.

Mud Lake Trail, Rhinelander

Rhinelander is home to a mysterious creature called the Hodag that people have reportedly spotted ambling about in the forest. Good luck spotting him while riding the Mud Lake Trail—the riding here is a scenic as it is challenging. You’ll want to keep your eyes on the trail as you navigate steep ravines, uphill climbs, plank ramps and narrow ridges. Take your time and enjoy the ride—but if you want to test yourself, consider entering one of the two mountain bike races held here each year. The trail is located three miles north of Rhinelander, off Crystal Lake Road.

Razorback Ridges, Sayner-Star Lake

Northwoods trail riding heaven is located just outside Sayner. Razorback Ridges is a beautiful trail system filled with winding single track. You’ll find a variety of loops with rides suitable for various abilities. To get to the trails, take County Highway N about two miles west from Sayner to the parking area and trailhead on Razorback Road.