48 Hours in the Lake Geneva Area

48 Hours in the Lake Geneva Area, Walworth County WI. Getaway Plans and Itinerary.

Looking for a short getaway in an affordable area with delectable dining, fantastic attractions, and a little adventure? Visit the Lake Geneva area to enjoy beautiful lakes, rich history, and small town charm.

48 hours of fun and adventure in the Lake Geneva area. Walworth County, WI.

To  learn more about these area attractions and restaurants, please visit their websites. For more information on Walworth County and the Lake Geneva area, have a look at www.visitwalworthcounty.com.

Grandma Vickie’s Cafe

Yerkes Observatory

PIER 290

Geneva Lake Museum

Champs Sports Bar & Grill

Tristan Crist Magic Theatre

Egg Harbor Cafe

Black Point Estate & Gardens / Lake Geneva Cruise Line

Lake Geneva Pie Company

Lake Geneva Canopy Tours

Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub

 

 

Getting Your Adrenaline Rush On at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours

As some of you know, I’m relatively new to the Lake Geneva area. That said, every experience I have in Walworth County is a new one for me. I’ve been welcomed with open arms by so many local attractions and businesses that I’ve been able to cover a lot of ground in the area in just a short time, and for that I’m grateful.

One of my recent adventures in Walworth County was a visit to Lake Geneva Canopy Tours. I tried not to let it show, but deep down I was ridiculously excited to try zip lining. Most people in the area don’t know this about me, but I am a retired glazier. Believe it or not, that does not mean that I was at the donut shop bright and early glazing your favorite morning pastry. Rather, I was a Journeyman Glazier where I installed windows in high-rise, commercial buildings. I LOVE heights. And I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie, too. Zip lining was a chance to enjoy heights and get a bit of an adrenaline rush all at once, especially on the zip they call “The Beast.” On top of that, I also got an interesting eco-tour of the site and the guides were hilariously awesome, so I was in stitches throughout the entire tour!

Caitlyn and John - Tour Guides from Lake Geneva Canopy Tours

When you first arrive for your canopy tour, you’ll meet your guides and the other people in your group. Once the introductions are through, you’ll move on to gearing up for your adventure. A harness, a helmet, gloves and a trolley are necessities, and your guides will make sure that everything is appropriately fitted to you before you head to the course. As soon as everyone is set, you’ll hop a short ride to the course where you get a quick lesson on the “Ground School” zip to learn everything you need to know to conquer the course.

Safety Gear worn for zip lining at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours

Clearly I didn’t have any issues making the leap on the first of eight zips on the course, however; there were a couple hesitant participants in my group. I do believe that when this course was designed, the possible hesitation of some was taken into consideration because they start you off small. The first zip was short, sweet, and not too far off the ground. The “Butterfly,” which is about 100 feet long and 15 feet high, was a pleasant little teaser preparing you for what was yet to come. My only hitch was the “landing” at the end of the zip line. There are landing logs on the platforms, and admittedly, I wasn’t very good at landing on them. I always tell people that you’ll never hear my name and the word “graceful” in the same sentence. I proved that statement correct once again, because I seemed to be the only one consistently missing the block.

I won’t lie, the zips get longer, and some higher, as the course goes on, but by the time you reach “The Beast,” you’re pretty confident about making it across without any worry. “The Beast,” by the way, is only 841 feet long and about 70 feet high. You will certainly pick up a bit of speed on this one, but it’s nothing that a few pats from a gloved hand can’t slow down.

The zip lines alone make the canopy tour a blast. Add the sky bridges and spiral stairways, and your adventure level sky rockets to an even higher level of awesomeness…literally and figuratively! The longest sky bridge is a mere 240 feet long. There’s a bit of a shake as everyone treks their way across the bridge, but even for the fainthearted, the wobbliness is well worth it as you take in an incredible view from the treetops. The spiral stairways are a rush to climb, and offer an impressive view over the course and fellow zip liners.

Sky Bridge at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours, Lake Geneva, Walworth County, WI.

Here’s a few fun eco facts about Lake Geneva Canopy Tours:

  • The course was built on the site of a reclaimed quarry of a non-metallic mining facility.
  • Only eight mature trees were removed in construction of the course, in which the trees were then used for benches, landing logs and obstacles.
  • All of the platforms can be adjusted as the tree grows. Telescoping arms are attached to the platforms (not the trees), allowing for easy adjustments without causing damage to the trees.

After two and a half hours of zipping and climbing, I was asked if I would do it again. My answer: Heck yea! I don’t know if fun like that would ever get old, no matter how many times I did it. And who knows, maybe if I did it enough I might find a little grace in my landings. Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?

For more information on the Lake Geneva Canopy Tours, or to schedule a tour, head over to their website and search them out on social media.

Fall into Fun in Walworth County

It’s pretty clear that the Walworth County Visitors Bureau loves Halloween…(have you seen our 31 Days of Halloween?! yeah…we LOVE Halloween!), but it’s actually much more than that. We LOVE fall!  Picking pumpkins, apple orchards, fall foliage, bonfires, hot chocolate, and chilly nights…what’s not to love?!  So, we’ve put together a list of our favorite fall activities, and all of these can be done right here in Walworth County.  It doesn’t get much better than fall in Walworth County!

  1. Take a scenic drive on any of our beautiful roads – including our five official Rustic RoadsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  2. Visit an apple orchard; we have pre-picked apple stops OR pick your own here in Walworth County!ApplePicking13
  3. Go horseback riding on the beautiful trails throughout Walworth County.  Both Dan Patch Stables and Fantasy Hills Ranch offer horseback riding for all skill levels!Horses_Trail_Riding_A
  4. Find that perfect pumpkin for carving at one of the following places: PumpkinPatch
  5. Experience fall colors in a whole new way – eye level.  Zip through the trees with Lake Geneva Canopy Tours!  Ziplining Fall
  6. Visit one of our great local haunts on weekend nights, now through Halloween!hauntedscene
  7. For the best view, you have to get on the water!  Take a tour with Lake Geneva Cruise Line for a scenic tour of the fall foliage – and the beautiful mansions, of course. They are offering daily tours now through the last weekend of October. fall cruise

Now let’s hear from YOU!  What’s your favorite fall activity in Walworth County??