It’s no surprise that this spring break is going to be a lot different than the last few years. Although heading somewhere warm and sunny for spring break always sounds amazing; for some, finding a way to make Wisconsin your own little paradise. When trying these ideas out, make sure to visit websites for any COVID-19 related restrictions that might still be in place at this time.
State Park Day Trip
One of the cheapest and easiest day trips that I can recommend is visiting some of our beautiful Wisconsin State Parks! Whitewater is in a great spot of Wisconsin, making it easy to get to places such as the Blue Mounds, Governor Dodge state park and Devils Lake. If you haven’t been to any of these places, this spring break is the perfect time to go! Wisconsin has a lot of breathtaking scenery, meaning that by visiting some of these parks, you’ll feel like you’re in a different world. Before you go, make sure to check out the Wisconsin DNR website at https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Parks for a list of our state parks.
If you feel like exploring other parks throughout Wisconsin, make sure to give my “Top Wisconsin State Parks” blog a read at https://blogs.uww.edu/ucinfo/2020/06/29/top-wisconsin-state-parks/ where I go in depth on some of the top state parks to visit in Wisconsin!
Long Weekend in Madison
I believe that every Wisconsin resident should visit Madison at least once while living here. Madison offers a lot of good food, things to see, and makes for a perfect weekend getaway. Below is a list of some of the top things people recommend you do while staying in Madison!
- Olbrich Botanical Gardens
- Henry Vilas Zoo– Free!
- Lake Mendota
- State Street shopping and eating
- Capital Building
- Visit UW-Madison’s campus
Weekend in Milwaukee
Just like in Madison, there are a lot of fun things to do in Milwaukee. Being only about an hour away from Whitewater, Milwaukee serves as a great place for a weekend getaway, or even a quick day trip. Below is a list of the top things to do while visiting Milwaukee.
- Milwaukee County Zoo
- Lake Michigan
- Milwaukee Art Museum
- Milwaukee Public Museum
- Third Ward eating and shopping
Green Bay Weekend
Feeling like getting a little farther away from Whitewater? Try heading up to Green Bay for a long weekend, and stopping by some of these major tourist attractions.
- Packer Stadium (you can take a tour and eat here!)
- Green Bay Botanical Garden
- Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
Long Weekend in Chicago
This option is a little farther away than Madison or Milwaukee, but is still a great option for those looking for a quick, close trip over spring break. Here are some of the most visited places in Chicago, and places I highly recommend you visit!
Hometown Tourist for a day
Being a hometown tourist for a day is a great way to get to know your town a little better, and from a different point of view! Maybe there’s a lake nearby that you have always wanted to fish at. Maybe you’ve been meaning to stop by that new shop, but just haven’t had the time. Or maybe, you’re looking to visit some of your favorite places and spend a little more time in them. Either way, being a hometown tourist is easy and can be a really relaxing break right before finals. Here are a few tips for trying this out!
- Take lots of pictures
- Take new routes through town
- Visit your local museum
- Get a hotel room on the other side of town for a night
- Attend a local event that’s happening
Overall, just because you aren’t going somewhere tropical, doesn’t mean that you can’t make this spring break one of the best staycations yet! Remember to take some time to relax and enjoy the spring weather!