If you’re still in school (or have kids who are), you know that the small talk around this time of year starts to turn from what’s happening with the weather to where you’re going to escape from it come March or April. There’s always an obscene amount of people going to Florida, a big group of kids going to Mexico together, and even a few classmates touring colleges or graduate schools, depending on your age.
You might also be familiar, then, with the sudden, strange dread of being asked that big question when you’re plans are… well… aren’t. Maybe you or your family’s finances are limited this year, or maybe you can’t get off of work. Whatever the reason, staying in Wisconsin over Spring Break doesn’t have to suck. It is still a break, after all. Whether you have just a few free days or the entire week to kill, I’ve put together a few ideas to make this year’s staycation you’re best Spring Break yet! (Well, almost).
Staycation #1: Milwaukee
Whether it’s your hometown or just your home airport, MKE is one of America’s largest cities (Did you know its population is larger than Miami‘s?!) and is jam-packed with things see and do. Even if the Marquette Interchange is a part of your daily commute, you could probably surprise yourself with how much of the city you still have yet to explore.
Staycation #2: Wisconsin Dells
You’re probably familiar with the Waterpark Capital of the World, but did you know that this summer attraction is actually a year-round destination for people of all ages? Even though the Tommy Bartlett Show hasn’t started yet (my favorite thing to see in the Dells, but I’m biased), there is still a ton to do at the confluence of Wisconsin’s driftless region and northwoods in early spring!
Staycation #3: Madison
To say historic stuff happens here would be an understatement, and it’s a valuable experience for every Wisconsinite to visit their state’s capitol at least once. Arguably the largest city in the country (world?) on an isthmus, there’s never a shortage of great views or outdoor activities here, including early spring.
Staycation #4: Green Bay
Milwaukee’s a business city, Madison’s a government city, Green Bay is a… football city? The namesake of Wisconsin’s legendary franchise has much more to offer than football, though a tour of Lambeau Field should always be at the top of any Green Bay travel itinerary. The city’s downtown is a hidden gem and the actual Green Bay bay is breathtaking!
Staycation #5: Lake Geneva
It has been a resort town for Chicago residents since the 19th Century, and with good reason. Located less than two hours away from Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, Lake Geneva is home to the second deepest lake in the state and is replete with both architectural wonders and natural places to explore. The communities surrounding Geneva Lake are each unique, but together make for an eclectic vacation destination.
Regardless of where you’re headed for Spring Break, I hope you have a fun and safe trip! I’d love to hear what you have planned in the comments below.