Best Wisconsin Day Trips

Sometimes you have got to just get away, am I right? But not one of those getaways that involves expensive airline tickets and requires you to pack up half of your house just so you can spend a night at a hotel. I’m talking about day trips. A wonderful way to get out of town on just one tank of gas and take a break from your tiny little pocket of the world. Now, with Chicago being the amazing area that it is, there is definitely something to be said for Wisconsin. Our neighbors to the North know a thing or two about beer and cheese, but they also offer so much more for families. As long as you don your Bears gear to ward off the cheese heads, Wisconsin has so much to offer in terms of day trips, GUARANTEED.

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Jelly Belly Tour

Location: Pleasant Prairie, WI

Distance from Chicago: 57 miles

Highlights: Free tour, Jelly Belly samples, and interactive displays

Must Pack: Cameras and some restraint so you don’t eat too many jelly beans and end up with a stomach ache!


Milwaukee’s Museum Campus

Location: Milwaukee, WI

Distance from Chicago: 92 miles

Highlights: Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World, Milwaukee Public Museum, Harley Davidson Museum, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum (Read all about my family’s take on Milwaukee here)

Must Pack: Maps of the museums, versatile umbrella stroller, comfy layers for going in and out of museums


Grand Geneva Compound

Location: Lake Geneva, WI

Distance from Chicago: 83 miles

Highlights: Timber Ridge indoor and outdoor water park, as well as the horse back riding and other outdoor activities available at the Grand Geneva resort (You can learn all about my family’s experiences at the Grand Geneva here)

Must Pack: Swim suits, labels for EVERYTHING, comfy pillows to sleep on in the car on the way back home!


Madison Farmer’s Market

Location: Madison, WI

Distance from Chicago: 147 miles

Highlights: Hundreds of local artisans selling everything from microgreens to hand dipped candles, homemade BBQ sauce and so much more

Must Pack: Cute bags to collect all of your Farmer’s Market finds,  hats, and sunscreen for a day of fun in the sun


Cave of the Mounds

Location: Blue Mounds, WI

Distance from Chicago: 171 miles

Highlights: Tour the caves, explore the park, and engage in hands on activities such as cracking geodes

Must Pack: Comfortable shoes, baby carriers, and a sense of adventure


Overwhelmed with all of the day trip options? Don’t be. Simply narrow down the right amount of travel time that will work well for you family and narrow in on an activity that everyone in your family can enjoy. And in terms of packing, make sure you have a great bag to contain it all and don’t sweat it if you have to make a quick stop at Walgreens. I mean, that’s why they exist!

Have fun!
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