Many of you attended graduation parties, gorged yourself on brats at BratFest, took in the polar bears at the new exhibit at the Henry Vilas Zoo and spent timing honoring the military over the past weekend. Those events signify the beginning of summer…hurrah!
A few years ago, when gas prices were very high, I did a post on a Staycation; “stay” close to home and explore all southern Wisconsin has to offer. Well, gas prices have come down, but a Staycation is still a great opportunity to grab a mini-vacation for a day or two here and there throughout the summer. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
This unusual attraction began in 1945 as the brain-child of Alex Jordan who envisioned a retreat built on top of Deer Shelter Rock. The attraction is open year round and includes the house, the Inn and the Resort.
Get lost in the life of a rural Wisconsin resident of the late 19th century at Old World Wisconsin. The living museum is a re-creation of working farmsteads and settlements established by European immigrants looking for a better life.
At the confluence on the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers in the town of Wyalusing, the park offers spectacular views, hiking and camping. It’s the perfect destination for a day trip or an overnight camping experience.
Not much time? Take a scenic drive north on Hwy. 113 and take the Merrimac Ferry across the Wisconsin River from Merrimac to Okee. It’s the only free ferry in the state and runs 24 hours a day seven days a week from April-November. Grab an ice cream cone at the Ferry stop while you wait!
Whatever you summer plans, be sure to take advantage of all Madison and the state have to offer. The opportunities are endless. Enjoy!