15 Summer Activities for $15 or Less

Zoom School is out for the summer!  With so many changes in our summer plans, its time to think about keeping your kiddos busy and entertained in the dog days of summer.  Never fear – we’ve got your back! We’ve come up with a list of fun-filled family activities for less than $15 a person.  Time to build your summer bucket list for maximum fun:

Go On the Delavan Walldog’s Scavenger Hunt: From its prudent beginnings, through Delavan’s Circus age, to modern day, the murals tell our town’s story in a way words cannot. And while you’ve certainly seen them, have you ever taken a closer look? We invite you to take the Walldog Mural Tour and participate in the Walldog Scavenger Hunt. Put your seeking skills to the test and match each clue to the mural numbers on the map and be entered to win an exciting prize or Delavan Walldogs Kids T-Shirt.  Download the clues and get to hunting!

Cost: Free

Cast A Line at Rushing Waters Fishery: Open year-round, this is a great place for kids to learn how to fish – and it’s educational.  Rent a pole and purchase bait on-site.  With no entrance fee or fishing license required, this is a great budget-friendly day!

Cost: $9.50 Cleaning Fee per Pound

Try Out a Game Of Disc Golf: Get outdoors and engage in a little family competition with a game of Disc Golf at Duck Pond Disc Course.  Don’t know how to play? No problem! Its as easy as mini golfing! Don’t forget your frisbees!

Cost: Free

Visit Farmers Markets:  Teach your kids about their fruits and veggies on an outing to the Farmers Markets.  Pick out local ingredients to make fresh family meals together in the kitchen.  Who knows, this could even become your weekly tradition.  Learn more about Walworth County Farmers Markets here.

Cost: Free Admission

Summer Reading and Activities: School may be over for the summer, but learning never stops.  Take part in digital programming from Aram Public Library designed for family members of all ages.  Engage in digital sewing classes, the Beanstack Summer Reading Challenge, or Mindfulness sessions all at the tip of your fingertips.  The best part is, its completely free!

Cost: Free – Some Activities Require Library Card

Get Up Close and Personal With Furry Friends: Visit the Animal Gardens in Delavan.  Admission gets you into the baby animals barn, outdoor petting zoo, and the exotic bird show!  This beautiful park is home to 16 species of exotic animals and over 60 hay-eating animals.

Cost: Ages 3+ $8, Ticket Upgrades Available For Extra Fee

Take a Trip Back In Time: Visit the Geneva Lake Museum and step into the past.  Walk the brick streets of yesteryear and explore old-fashioned stores plus a fire engine house.  Who knew history could be so fun?!  Great rainy day activity!

Cost: Children under 13 Free, Adults $8

Bike White River Trail: Rent a bike (or bring your own) at Pedal & Cup, located on the White River State Trail.  This trail is an easy trail for any level of biking experience.  Grab a bike and hit the trails today! After your ride, grab a scoop of ice cream to cool off. 

Cost: Bike Rentals Start at $7/Hr

Go for a Swim: Go jump in the lake! No really! Visit the beaches of Walworth County and make summer a splash.

-Lake Geneva: Children Under 6 Free, Children (7-12) $4, Adults $8 – Season Pass Upgrades Avaliable

-Fontana: Children Under 5 Free, Children (6-11) $5, Adults $12 – Season Pass Upgrades Avaliable

-Delavan Community Park: Children Under 5 Free, Children (6-12) $2, Adults (13-64) $3, Seniors $2 – Season Pass Upgrades Avaliable

Get Your Groove On: Catch a free concert in the park at Phoenix Park Bandshell in Delavan most Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the summer.  Check in often for the most updated show schedules.

Cost: Free Admissions – Concessions Available for Purchase

Cruise the Lake: Did you know that Kids cruise for only $1 the entire month of June at Lake Geneva Cruise Lines? Hop aboard and see Lake Geneva from a whole new perspective. Book your voyage today!

Cost: Ticket Prices Vary by Date.  Kids Cruise for $1 Through 6/30.

Plant a Summer Garden: Take a trip out to Northwind Perennial Farms where you can pick out a garden’s worth of beautiful flowers! Create your gardenscape right in your own back yard and watch it bloom with love.

Cost: Plants range from $3 – $30

Paddle the Day Away: Treat the kiddos to a day on the lake with kayak rentals from Lakeside Bait and Tackle in Delavan.  For just $10 you can rent a kayak with life jackets for a two hour adventure. 

Cost: $10/2hrs

What will you do this summer with your kiddos? Let us know in the comments below!

Dreaming of Walworth County

With the safer at home order extended until May 26th, we suspect you are feeling a little cooped up right now. We are finding our minds wandering often to better days, thinking about where we will travel next.

For many, we long for summer days spent lakeside on Geneva Lake, crisp morning hikes through Four Seasons Nature Preserve, and indulgent afternoons taking in the many shops and restaurants Walworth County has to offer.

Just because we cannot travel right now, does not mean we cannot dream of the coming days when we can.  We want to encourage you to dream, to be inspired and to plan. That is why we would like to bring Walworth County to your home – with beautiful pictures, emotional videos and entertaining stories.

Whether you’re looking for  luxe resort-style accommodations at Grand Geneva, family friendly cabins at Camp Wandawega, or secluded cozy cottages at Seven Oaks Bed and Breakfast, your next getaway is just on the horizon.

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We want to share with you experiences like a signature Lake Geneva Cruise Line lake tour, or a virtual tour of the East Troy Electric Railroad Museum Depot.  We want to bring the stories of Black Point Estate and Garden to life, right in front of your eyes.  We want to share the stories and craft behind our favorite brews from East Troy Brewery.

 

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Take a  bird’s eye view tour with Lake Geneva Ziplines and Adventures.  Or take the slow and scenic route on Walworth County’s Rustic Roads.
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Take a peek at whats in store at your favorite boutiques like Cornerstone Shop, River Valley Ranch, and Studio Winery.
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Tease your tastebuds and peek at delicious menus from supper clubs, local favorites, and upscale stakehouses.
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We want you to know that your personal well-being and
the well-being of your families are always on our mind. If there is anything we can do for you and it is within our ability, please ask – we are in this together.
We are in the office daily answering phone calls, accepting deliveries, completing visitor requests, and trying to keep up with everyday life. If you need assistance – please give us a call – even if you just need someone to talk to or get excited about your next getaway with.
Please stay safe and healthy. We are here for you.  We can’t wait to see you soon.

 

 

 

Dream Now, Travel Later: Planning Your Next Getaway

Many of us have had our travel plans put on hold, or at worst cancelled, due to Covid-19.

But here at Visit Walworth County, we’re encouraging you to keep dreaming and planning your travels with our Top 40 places to shop, stay, play, and dine in Walworth County (in no particular order because that would be impossible).  Now is the perfect time to get excited, plan for, and book your next escape.

1. Grab a Drink At The Apothecary Bar at The Maxwell Mansion

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2. Go Wild With Safari Lake Geneva

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3. Drink Like Locals At Champ’s Sports Bar

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4. See Lake Geneva From A Bird’s Eye View Lake Geneva Canopy Tours

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5. Bee Cozy At Humble BNB

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6. The Avani Spa At The Abbey Resort

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7. Shop Till You Drop At The Cornerstone Shop and Gallery

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8. Get A New Do At Clear Waters Salon and Spa

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9. Savor The Flavor Of Popeye’s on Lake Geneva

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10. Cruise In Style With A Boat From Gage Marine

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11. Its Always Burger Time At Gordy’s Boat House

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12.  Uncork And Unwind At Staller Estate Winery

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13. Dive Into History At Old World Wisconsin

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14. Rleax And Rejuvenate At Well Spa at Grand Geneva

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15. Enjoy A Classic Wisconsin Meal At The Duck Inn Supper Club

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16. Take A Cruise Around The Lake With Lake Geneva Cruise Line

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17. Enjoy A Craft Brew From East Troy Brewery

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18. Stay In The Heart Of It All At Main Street Manor

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19. Get In Touch With Nature At Paul Lange Arboretum

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20. Touch The Clouds With Lake Geneva Balloon Company

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21. Explore the Gardens Of Black Point Estate

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22. Pamper Yourself At Jasmine Salon

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23. Golf Like The Pros at Geneva National Resort

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24. Sip In Style At Studio Winery

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25. Caffeinate With Culture at Stillwater Coffee Company

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26. Ride The Rails With The East Troy Electric Railroad

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27. Toast To Great Times At Northleaf Winery

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28. Craft Your Personalized Candle At The Candle Mercantile

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29. Enjoy The Greens At Hawk’s View Golf Club

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31. Be Amazed With Mystery At Tristan Crist Magic Theater

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32. Enjoy Lakeside Living At The French Country Inn

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33. Dine on Deliciousness Al Fresco At Pier 290

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34. Enjoy A Performance The Young Auditorium

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36. Make A Splash At Timber Ridge Waterpark

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37.  Indulge In Dinner And A Show At The Fireside Dinner Theater

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38.  Lodge In Luxury At The Ridge Hotel

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39. Catch Your Dinner And Eat It Too At The Trout House at Rushing Waters

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40. Turn Your Eyes To The Skies At The Yerkes Observatory yerkes_3.jpg

For more vacation ideas and sample itineraries, visit www.visitwalworthcounty.com! We can’t wait to see you when everything settles back down.  Stay safe, stay positive, and stay dreaming! We’ll be here for you when you’re ready.