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June 19, 2019

YOUR GUIDE To Wisconsin’s Best Family Beaches

Wisconsin family beachesThe top family beaches in Wisconsin

With more than 11,000 lakes, Wisconsin is a state made for beach lovers. Some beaches rise above the rest—they might not be well-known, but they’re worth seeking out and provide an unforgettable way to experience a Wisconsin summer day. Here are three classic beaches to visit this summer.

Nichols Beach, Boulder Junction

A short bike ride (or drive) from Boulder Junction’s charming downtown, you’ll find Nichols Beach, a popular Northwoods swimming spot. At just 37 acres, it’s not a large lake, but the north side features a spacious public beach that’s ideal for summer relaxation. From Boulder Junction, follow Hwy K west, turn left on Hwy H and then left onto Nichols Lake Lane. Nichols Lake Lane will dead end at the parking area for the beach.

Regner Community Park, West Bend

After a short drive from Milwaukee, you’ll find yourself in the charming community of West Bend. While West Bend is known for attractions like the renowned Museum of Wisconsin Art, it’s also a great place to take a family on a warm summer weekend. In West Bend, Regner Community Park features a soft sand beach that’s perfect for small kids. There’s also a splash pad and a cafe serving concessions, so it’s a great place to spend the day.

Maple Lake Beach, Three Lakes

With more than 1,100 lakes, you’re never far from a soft stretch of sand in Oneida County. Maple Lake in Three Lakes is one of our favorite little beaches in the Northwoods. Located in the heart of Three Lakes, it’s got a public beach, and it’s a small lake, so the water is always calm (and often a little warmer than larger lakes in the Northwoods). There’s also a pavilion that can be reserved for special events.


June 17, 2019

Tune into these live performances

Catch live music this summer in Wisconsin

Is the thought of a summer concert music to your ears? Bright lights, balmy nights, your best friends and your favorite tunes. Of course you know about Milwaukee’s big music festival, but what about some of the state’s smaller concerts? They have smaller crowds and better views—and sometimes the admission’s free! These performances may be smaller in scale, but you won’t run short on fun. Here are a few shows you should check out this summer.

Hodag Country Festival

Rhinelander July 11-14, 2019
Country music fans, join the fun! For more than 40 years, the Hodag Country Festival has been bringing some of the biggest names in country music to the Northwoods, and this year’s lineup is no exception. Marquee acts like LOCASH, Lady Antebellum and Neal McCoy will all take the stage at this four-day extravaganza.

Music on Main Street

Boulder Junction – Wednesdays during summer, 7-9pm
Music on Main in Boulder Junction is perfect for the eclectic music lover. This weekly concert series features Midwest bands of all genres, from R&B and jazz to country, pop, folk, rock and bluegrass. Come early and shop Boulder’s charming downtown and grab a tasty dinner, then spread out a blanket or relax in a lawn chair for a musical treat.

Summer concerts at the Bier Garten

Middleton – Evenings throughout the summer (check schedule for details)
Capital Brewery specializes in brewing German-style lagers and has won over 240 medals, but it also has great entertainment on tap. The outdoor Bier Garten hosts concerts throughout the summer, with bands performing everything from polka to modern rock. Grab a refreshment and enjoy the show!

Music on Main Street

West Bend – Thursdays, 6:30-9:30pm
Every Thursday night from June 7-September 6, free concerts take place in Old Settlers Park in downtown West Bend. The concerts are sponsored by the Downtown West Bend Association. Admission is free, food is available and there are raffles every week. There are some great featured acts this summer, including rock, pop, country and jazz performers.

Concerts At McKee

Fitchburg – July 18, 2019, and August 15, 2019, 6pm-9pm
It’s a party in the park! Be sure to mark your calendar for the third Monday of June, July and August for this lively party at McKee Farms Park. Bring a picnic basket and a bottle of wine, or get dinner and drinks from one of the many food and beverage carts on hand. Food and drink carts open at 6pm, and headliners take the stage at 7pm.


June 6, 2019


Capital Brewery Bier Garten in MiddletonRelaxation is on tap

Wisconsin’s vacation destinations across the state are serving up summer refreshment—one glass at a time. After exploring the state’s soft sand beaches and lush woodland trails, head to a craft beer bar, put in an order for some hot cheese curds and take a look at the beer menu. You won’t be disappointed—you’ll find seasonal beers only available now and summer refreshers that have been quenching the thirst of vacationers for decades. Here are some of our favorite Wisconsin summer brews.

Where to go: Capital Brewery, Middleton

This award-winning brewery’s Bier Garten is the place to be in Middleton on warm summer nights after enjoying Middleton’s great summer shopping or expansive trail network. Capital produces a lot of great beers, including many that are only available seasonally.

What to drink: Lake House. This is the perfect summer choice. Slightly malty and lightly hopped, this refreshing beer is only available from May through July. Enjoy it while you can!


Where to go: Aqualand Ale House, Boulder Junction

Boulder Junction is a Northwoods destination popular with anglers, hikers, bikers and nature lovers. At the end of the day, you’ll find many of them at the Aqualand Ale House, a well-stocked craft beer bar with pleasant outdoor tables. It’s close to many of Boulder Junction’s lodging properties, so many people walk or bike to the Ale House.

What to drink: When in Vilas County, drink a Vilas County beer. Try the Blueberry Train Wheat, a fruit beer produced by Tribute Brewing Company in Eagle River. All aboard—it’s as refreshing as the Northwoods air.


Where to go: Blue Heron BrewPub, Marshfield

There are a lot of new things brewing in Marshfield’s historic buildings. The Blue Heron is a brewpub located in a circa-1941 ice cream factory. It’s close to the impressive Wildwood Zoo and a great place to relax after taking in the sight of twin Kodiak bears.

What to drink: Honey Blonde. This golden beer has the perfect flavor balance for a warm summer evening: a mix of Wisconsin corn, aromatic hops, clean malt and a bit of local honey from Hauke Honey Corporation.


Where to go: Rhinelander Brewing Company, Rhinelander

Rhinelander has been serving up summer beers for about as long as people have been enjoying vacations in this charming Northwoods destination—the first beers were brewed here in 1882. While there have been many chapters in the Rhinelander brewing history, it’s a place where you can count on finding relaxation and refreshment. Pay a visit to the new taproom and gift shop in downtown Rhinelander!

What to drink: Pick up a Rhinelander Export (Shorty)—the beer that started the stubby beer bottle craze! This beer, which comes in 7-ounce bottles, has found its way into plenty of beach coolers, fishing boats and campfire koozies.