Family Vacations in Wisconsin

The picturesque sandstone cliffs of the Wisconsin Dells summon travelers from across the country.

Gracefully skirting Lake Michigan and boasting more than just cheese, Wisconsin is a family vacation destination with a lot to offer. Steeped in rich Native American heritage, Wisconsin has many sleepy beach towns perfect for a relaxing break, as well as modern, big-city enjoyments for the whole family.

Learn more about some of the many Wisconsin vacation attractions below. From the wet-and-wild thrills of the famous Wisconsin Dells to the behind-the-scenes look at the Jelly Belly factory, Wisconsin is a prime vacation spot for young and old alike.


The Wisconsin Dells

The Wisconsin Dells, a nationally famous collection of nearly two dozen water parks, continue to lure families year after year. And while the area is considered "the water park capital of the world," it also boasts majestic sandstone cliff tours, fine dining and luxury hotel accommodations. Add in some magic shows, museums, arcades and other "dry fun" attractions, and the Dells should find a spot on anyone's itinerary year-round.

The Jelly Belly Factory Tour

The Jelly Belly Factory Tour allows visitors to get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this popular candy. With tours of the factory floor, video presentations on the making of Jelly Belly beans, and a final stop at the taste-testing shop, this sweet vacation spot is a must-see (and must-taste) while visiting Wisconsin.

Door County

Door Country, the long, finger-shaped peninsula separating Lake Michigan from Green Bay, is known for its picturesque towns, relaxing beaches and scenic farmland. Rich with Scandinavian heritage and culture, this quiet vacation spot is perfect for the vacationing family looking to relax and take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Lambeau Field

Lambeau Field is one of those magical stadiums where the game experience evokes a rich past. The history of the stadium begins with Vince Lombardi, head coach of the Packers from 1958 to 1967.

Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion

Pabst Mansion is called "the Finest Flemish Renaissance Revival Mansion in America." With 37 rooms, 12 baths and 14 fireplaces, the mansion lives up to its name.


Taliesin, a National Historic Landmark, offers tours featuring many structures Frank Lloyd Wright built on the 600-acre estate: the Romeo and Juliet Windmill Tower, Hillside Home School, Tan-y-deri and Midway Barns.

Apostle Island National Lakeshore

A nature lovers paradise, the 21 islands of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore dot the coast of northern Wisconsin just off Bayfield Peninsula. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy everything from hiking to fishing and animal watching.

Milwaukee Art Museum

When you think of Milwaukee, beer, bratwurst and Milwaukee Brewers baseball come to mind. But while some weren't looking, Milwaukee turned into a sophisticated city with an amazing, world-class art museum. See works by Degas, Homer, Monet, O'Keeffe, Picasso, Rodin, Toulouse-Latrec and Warhol.

Continue on to the next page to learn about the summertime thrills and year-round beauty of the scenic Wisconsin Dells.

To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:

  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Wisconsin State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Wisconsin, as well as other recreational activities.
  • Scenic Drives: For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.