Small-town charm on the lake meets a buzzy bar scene.
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, marries the calm vibe of a waterside town with a buzzy bar scene. There are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the outdoors — Big Foot Beach State Park and Riviera Beach are great places to start — but the downtown neighborhood offers a respite with plenty of reasons to shop, eat and drink. And when you need a quick disconnect from the busy downtown area, there's always the Geneva Lake Shore Path, which weaves through the town’s central neighborhood.
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Located right on the shore of its eponymous body of water, Lake Geneva's downtown neighborhood is full of locally owned boutiques and casual dining spots. You'll also find a bar on every corner, all of which become especially rowdy when there's a Packers game on the schedule.

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Shopping, Dining, Beaches

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This college town has easy access to protected lands for hiking and biking, including Kettle Moraine State Forest and Natureland Park. The downtown neighborhood is full of family-owned restaurants and small businesses, often filled with students.

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College Campus, Parks, Bars, Restaurants

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Along with a theme park and a major outlet mall, this city along Lake Michigan is a hot spot for intriguing museums devoted to art, history, dinosaurs and the area’s historic lighthouse.

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College Campus, Parks, Bars, Restaurants

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From Fish Fries to Bar-Hopping: Spend Three Days in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

A simple breakfast of scrambled eggs

Enjoy Classic Midwestern Eats and Beach Time

Grab a hearty breakfast before heading downtown to shop and get a lay of the land (with a detour to the beautiful Geneva Lake Shore Path). Beach time, Bloody Marys and an iconic Wisconsin fish fry follow.

Boat giving tour on the lake

Take a Unique Boat Tour

After a classic diner breakfast, you’ll step aboard a one-of-a-kind boat ride — consider it an architecture tour of sorts. From there, you’ll visit a brewery in an old Gothic church and take a bike ride around town before settling in for a supper club dinner and a magic show.

Red alcoholic drink in glass

Go on an Outdoor Adventure and a Supper Club Cruise

This day is dedicated to all things (naturally) beautiful. After fueling up with a breakfast burrito, you’ll head off to Big Foot Beach State Park to enjoy the hiking trails. End your trip with a supper-club-themed dinner cruise and bar-hopping the Wisconsin way.

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