Updated: May 23
Today we’re excited to share with you our Top 5 Family Friendly Outdoor Activities in Wisconsin. All of these activities offer you opportunities to travel across the state, explore new areas, try out a new adventure, and are even pet friendly. Let’s get started with our top family friendly outdoor activity in Wisconsin:
Canoe or Kayak on the Wisconsin River
There’s no better feeling than spending a day out on the Wisconsin River. Take a break from the chaos of the Wisconsin Dells, and rent kayaks or canoes for a paddling adventure trip you won’t forget. Contact Wild Wisco Waters for your canoe and kayak rental services. Day and overnight trips are offered. Feel more comfortable with a guide? Check out their guided services, which includes canoeing or kayaking for beginners or an entire guided fishing package. And don’t forget to bring along your favorite four-legged pal for your canoe and/or kayak trip. Wild Wisco Waters is pet friendly!
Bike the Elroy-Sparta State Trail
With over 32 miles, you and your family are sure to enjoy the crushed limestone path that passes by wetlands, prairies, farmland, and unglaciated areas. The trail even features three rock tunnels along its route. The bike route goes through four communities, and has a few picnic areas where you and your family can stop. If you’re up for camping, options in the area include walk-in campgrounds and state parks. You don’t want to miss one of the most popular trails in the country by biking on the Elroy-Sparta State Trail.
Visit a Wisconsin State Park June 4-5.
Wisconsin is home to 49 state parks, 15 state forests, and 44 state trails. With the state park admission and trail fees waived statewide June 4-5, you and your family won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to explore a new destination. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is also waiving the fishing license requirement for the weekend for those who may want to try out fishing for the first time. With plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, swimming, canoeing, and more, adventure awaits!
Head on over to Warrens Cranberry Festival
When summer has concluded, be sure to check out the Warrens Cranberry Festival, the last full weekend in September. This festival is the largest arts and crafts festival in the country. Between the marsh tours, parade, various contests, and local artists, there is plenty to keep you occupied. And don’t worry about preparing snacks or lunch; there are many options available to you at the festival, including the Giant “Cranberries Jubilee” made in a giant fry pan. With more than 60% of Cranberries grown in the United States are from Wisconsin, the festival offers plenty of options to try out cranberries.
Hit the Slopes!
In Wisconsin we know that the only way to survive winter is to bundle up and get outside, so why not try out skiing. Wisconsin offers many opportunities for downhill and cross country enthusiasts and first-timers. Many of the downhill ski areas also offer an opportunity for tubing. Known as the “Baraboo Bluffs” by locals, the Wisconsin Dells and Baraboo area features several places for downhill skiing and cross-country skiing. Get outside with your family for a skiing family adventure you don’t want to miss!