Family Fun In Lake Geneva

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We spent Memorial Day weekend in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and there was a lot more to do with kids than I thought there was going to be. It’s definitely a town I’d recommend if you are looking for a quick vacation this summer! I wanted to share some of our favorite activities that we did while we were there along with suggesting a great place to stay and a couple places you may want to eat at.

Paradise Miniature Golf

This 18-hole miniature golf course is fairly inexpensive fun in a touristy town. The course was nice and well-maintained though the waterfall seemed to be under construction or not turned on yet for the season (which didn’t impact play in any way).  The course only had a few other families using it while we were there so it was quiet. We enjoyed playing and had a lot of laughs when a couple of our balls ended up in the water and we had to try to fish them out.

Moose Mountain Falls Indoor Waterpark (Located Inside Timber Ridge Lodge)

Guests staying at Timber Ridge Lodge can enjoy full access to Moose Mountain Falls indoor waterpark and the outdoor pool areas. The indoor waterpark is perfect for rainy day fun and easily won the “favorite thing to do” title from the boys. I like that the indoor waterpark was split in to two pools- one that was great for babies and toddlers and one for everyone else. The deeper one had basketball hoops on one end and Jacob ended up spending most his time there. There are two large water slides- a tube slide and a raft slide- that the boys loved going down along with two smaller slides. There was also an “adults only” hot tub (though I didn’t have a chance to try it out) and a lazy river. The outdoor pool areas are a little small in my opinion but if it’s nice out you probably don’t want to be sitting around the hotel anyway! Parents of young children will appreciate that the little kids have a separate pool area to play in.

Geneva Lake Museum of History

I’m going to be honest- visiting the history museum wasn’t on my list of things to-do when I headed to Lake Geneva. We had arrived at our lunch restaurant an hour before it opened so we had some free time and the museum happened to be across the street so we decided to go. I’m so glad we did! The boys, especially Lucas, really liked exploring it and I enjoyed checking it out as well. The first part was a “Main Street” that had replica homes you could go in to see how people lived during certain time periods. There are also a number of exhibits including a shoe exhibit, military exhibit, and train exhibit. Kids get in free to this museum and to make it even more fun for them, make sure to ask for a BINGO game they can play while walking through the museum!

Downtown Lake Geneva

One of my favorite things to do is walk around towns that have cute little downtown areas and Lake Geneva’s did not disappoint. Downtown Lake Geneva is fairly large with lots of great stores to check out and plenty of restaurants with outdoor seating areas. The boys enjoyed playing Pokemon Go as we explored the area. They also discovered a comic book store and a children’s book store which they thought were awesome. I enjoyed shopping at all of the stores with “lake life” decor as I imagined furnishing my dream lake home. Another great thing about the downtown area was that parking was so cheap! It was only $1 an hour to park downtown which will shock those from nearby cities like Chicago or Milwaukee.

Riviera Beach

Located right in the heart of downtown Lake Geneva, Riviera Beach provides the perfect way to cool off when it’s hot outside. Though the city was packed last weekend, the beach itself wasn’t as crowded as I thought it would be. The beach area was clean and had lifeguards watching the water. There was a charge to get in the beach area but, if you are looking to save money and don’t care about getting in the water, there is a large grassy area right behind the beach that’s great for picnics and doesn’t cost anything to enjoy. Make sure to stop in the adjacent Riviera Pavilion for some ice cream, too!

OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS:

If you are traveling via car make sure to stop by the nearby Jelly Belly Factory for a free tour and candy. The Mars Cheese Castle is a great place to stop for lunch and some snacks on your way to Lake Geneva as well!

Families will love staying in a suite at Timber Ridge Lodge for waterpark access. (They also have giant jet tubs for a little end of the day relaxing….)

We ate at a handful of restaurants but a couple I’d suggest are Carvetti’s Bar & Grill and Popeye’s. Carvetti’s has a nice patio area and, best of all, kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal! Popeye’s is right across from the beach and has nice lake views. I loved sitting in their outdoor table area and their food was really good.

Have you visited Lake Geneva before? If so, I’d love to hear about your favorite family-friendly activities!

 

Comments

  1. Lake Geneva sounds like a great place for a family vacation. There’s so much to do there. Thanks!

  2. Jennifer says:

    I’ve been to Lake Geneva a few times, and it is a ton of fun. It’s got a family friendly atmosphere that you really can’t beat. And even when you’re not with kids, it’s a great place.

  3. susan says:

    This looks like such a fun place to stay, love the indoor water area. It is a great place to enjoy the outdoors as well, we love to fish!

  4. Jeanette says:

    That sounds like it is a great place to visit! I LOVE To travel and so posts like this help me expand my list of where I want to travel to!

  5. Connie says:

    I have never been to Wisconsin. Lake Geneva sounds like a wonderful place to visit. I love the family activities available.

  6. Liz Mays says:

    Wow, this really is a nice place for a family getaway. I’m glad there are so many places the kids can enjoy nearby. I’d definitely want to check out the Jelly Belly Factory.

  7. robin rue says:

    That sounds like so much fun! I would LOVE to take my family there for a getaway!

  8. Claudia Krusch says:

    I would love to visit Lake Geneva someday soon. It looks so beautiful there and very family friendly.

  9. Dawn Lopez says:

    Lake Geneva looks like a great family vacation location. I think we would love the mini golf and Riviera Beach.

  10. Amy Desrosiers says:

    This place looks really fun for families like mine. I love how fruity and bright that drink is! Yummy!

  11. Patty says:

    Lake Geneva looks like a great place to visit. I’ve never been to Wisconsin but maybe some day!

  12. reesa says:

    WHat a beautiful, family friendly place!!! We’ve never been out that way before.

  13. Jennifer G says:

    Looks like you had a wonderful time. Great place for a family getaway! I may have to check this out for our summer plans this year!

  14. Natasha says:

    Alicia, you know I’m all about family vacations that are relaxing AND full of things to do. So you know, you don’t have to feel like you need to take a vacation FROM your vacation! I’m not sure how we haven’t been to Lake Geneva yet, but I’m going to have to remedy it soon!

  15. Stacie says:

    Lake Geneva looks like a great place to visit. I would love to check out the museum and my girls would love the indoor waterpark.

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