32 of Northeast Wisco’s Best Sand Beaches

Do you ever feel like sitting in the warm sand with toes in the water of a beautiful beach – but just don’t have a clue where a decent beach is located in Wisconsin? This list will help that change with the snap of a finger. Today we’re bringing you a list of 32 beaches in Northeast Wisconsin alone so you never have to question again where to enjoy your day-cation.

Note: No man made swim lakes are included in this list. Sand beaches only.

Manitowoc County

1. Point Beach State Forest

Two Rivers, WI
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2. Neshotah Park

Two Rivers, WI
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3. Manitowoc Silver Creek Park

Manitowoc, WI

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Sheboygan County

4. Kohler-Andrae State Park

Sheboygan, WI

Note: Paid Entry

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5. Deland Park

Sheboygan, WI

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6. King Park

Sheboygan, WI

Note: Includes Blue Harbor Beach.

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7. South Shore Beach

Sheboygan, WI

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8. Fireman’s Park & Swimming Beach

Elkhart Lake, WI

Notes: Paid Entry.

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Door County

9. Egg Harbor Beach

Egg Harbor, WI

Notes: Watersport Rentals Available.
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10. Fish Creek Public Beach

Fish Creek, WI
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Door County

11.Sister Bay Beach

Sister Bay, WI
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12. Haines Beach

Sturgeon Bay, WI

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13.Newport State Park (Europe Bay Beach)

Ellison Bay, WI

Notes: Two separate beaches. Both technically in Newport State Park. Europe Bay is free parking, Newport is paid.

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14. Nicolet Beach

Fish Creek, WI
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15. Bailey’s Harbor Ridges Park

Bailey’s Harbor, WI
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16. Beach Front Stage

Sister Bay, WI
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17. Whitefish Dunes State Park

Jacksonport, WI

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18. Clark Lake

Jacksonport, WI

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19. Portage Park

Sturgeon Bay, WI

Notes: Secluded
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Waupaca County

20. South Park Beach

Waupaca, WI

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21. Little Silver Beach

Wild Rose, WI

Note: Paid Entry.

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22. Hartman’s Creek Beach at Hartman Creek State Park

Waupaca, WI

Note: Paid Entry. Watersport Rentals.

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Shawano County

23. Shawano Lake County Park

Shawano, WI
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Brown County

24. Bay Shore Park

New Franken, WI
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Oconto County

25. Oughton Park

Townsend, WI
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26. Oconto Falls East Side Beach

Oconto Falls, WI
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27. Little Newton Lake Beach

Athelstane, WI
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Marinette County

28. Red Arrow Park

Marinette, WI

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Kewaunee County

29. City Park

Kewaunee, WI

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30. Crescent Beach & Boardwalk

Algoma, WI

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Fond Du Lac County

31. Mauthe Lake Beach

Campbellsport, WI
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32. Wolf Lake County Park

St. Cloud, WI
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Which of these Wisconsin beaches have you tried out for yourself? More importantly – which one are you going to visit first? No time to waste – snow is just around the corner!

See you all next time.

Calling All Wino’s – 26 Wineries in Northeast Wisconsin to Sip On

If you love learning about wine, trying new wines, or spending an afternoon sippin’ with your buddies you have got to check out some of these amazing spots. We’ve compiled a list of 26 different wineries here in Northeast Wisconsin (yes, just Northeast – it’s nuts) for you to skim through and enjoy on your next Sunday Funday.

Door County

1.Door Peninsula WineryCarlsville
5806 Hwy 42, Carlsville WIDoor-Peninsula-Winery2. Stone’s Throw WineryBailey’s Harbor
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3. Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market Fish Creek
9197 State Hwy 42, Fish Creek 

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4. Harbor Ridge WineryEgg Harbor
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5. Door 44 WinerySturgeon Bay
5464 County Road P, Sturgeon Baydoor446. Simon Creek Vineyard & WinerySturgeon Bay
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7. Red Oak WinerySturgeon Bay
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Kewaunee County

8. Von Stiehl Winery Algoma
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9. Parallel 44Kewaunee
N2185 Sleepy Hollow Road, Kewaunee
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10. Cold Country Vines & WinesKewaunee
E3207 Nuclear Road, Kewaunee

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Marinette County

11. Forgotten Fire WineryMarinette

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Brown County

12. Duck Creek Vineyard & WineryDenmark
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13. Captains Walk WineryGreen Bay
345 S. Adams Street, Green Bay
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14. Mona Rose WineryGreen Bay
2696 South Packerland Dr., Green Bay
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15. Trout Springs WineryGreenleaf
8150 River Road, Greenleaf
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16. LedgeStone VineyardsGreenleaf
6381 WI-57, Greenleaf
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Outagamie County

17. Kerrigan Brothers WineryFreedom
N2797 St HWY 55, Freedom

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Winnebago County

18. Rushford Meadery & WineryOmro
8389 Liberty School Rd, Omro
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19. Vines & Rushes Winery – Ripon
410 County Rd E, Ripon

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Fond Du Lac County

20. Armstrong Apples, Orchard, and WineryCampbellsport
W853 County Road B, Campbellsport
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Sheboygan County

21. SoLu Estate Winery & Meadery – Cascade
W8269 County Road F, Cascade
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22. The Blind Horse WineryKohler
6018 Superior Ave, Kohler
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Oconto County

23. Woodland Trail WineryLakewood
17153 Big Hill Rd, Lakewood
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Manitowoc County

24. Silarian WineryCato
11715 Hilltop Road, Cato
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25. Wild Hare VineyardReedsville
11807 Hilltop Rd, Reedsville
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Waupaca County

26. Winemakers DaughterManawa
327 S Bridge St, Manawa
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Phew – you made it through the list. Be sure to share this blog with your wine-loving friends and comment below about your experiences and favorite Wisconsin wineries.

Enjoy! 

Wait… I can find THAT at the Oshkosh Farmers Market? Camille’s Blog

What are your Saturday mornings filled with? Pancakes in bed, maybe catching up on some Netflix shows, or a nice morning walk? How about a trip to your local farmers market? That is one of my favorite things to do on my Saturday’s once the summer rolls in. I love seeing all the flower and fresh vegetable stands with local vendors sharing their stories of their locally grown products, and the smell of all the local businesses selling some early afternoon snacks. So, Camille’s Choice took a trip down to the local Oshkosh farmers market to sample three things from three local businesses to show the Fox Cities some of the many things the market has to offer.

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Our first stop: coffee of course. You can’t start off your Saturday the right way without enjoying a nice cup of coffee – at least in my book. What better way to enjoy your coffee than fresh and locally made?! We stopped over at JSA Roasting and went with something classic to do a true taste test. I tried their pecan flavored roasted coffee with just a splash of some almond milk creamer.

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Truthfully, the coffee didn’t need any sort of additive at all. The flavor was bursting from the moment I took the lid off and took a smell. The pecan flavor was subtle but mouth-watering good. I finished my cup of (hot) coffee within 10 minutes easily in the middle of an 80 degree day – THAT’s how good it was. I normally can’t drink straight black coffee, but from JSA it would have been easy.

Next up we went to the stand literally right next door – The Roxy Club. My options were a breakfast wrap with assorted things inside (eggs, peppers, seasoning, hot sauce, sausage, etc.) or something called a kraut kuchen. Yeah trust me, the kraut thing wasn’t my first option. However, I do Camille’s Choice for a reason and that is to try new things, right? So, I went for it. I ordered out of my comfort zone and soon found myself eating a pastry stuffed with ground beef, cabbage, onions, and something called dusseldorf mustard. Going into something not wanting to eat it (like – at all) normally ruins it for people, especially me. Not even close to the case with this. It was a pleasant surprise with a flavorful and unique dish. It had a lot of bold flavors that combined perfectly. It reminded me of a classic home cooked meal with some mixed in flavors and spices that I had never tried before. Overall, it kicked me out of my comfort zone and surprised me in the best way.

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Last on our list was Compassion Creamery. Who else serves ice cream nachos?! No one that I’ve heard of! Talk about a unique and fun idea. It caught my attention enough, and we had to order them. The two initial flavors we ordered were their chocolate (duh) and their vanilla with Lucky Charms cereal mixed into it. And, as if we couldn’t make it anymore sweet, we added MnM’s to our chocolate. To make the ice cream a “nacho” tray, they add little wafers to the side of your platter to scoop your ice cream with. The wafers reminded me of little flat sugar cones, but way softer and really sweet. Everything tasted really great, but I have to say I liked the chocolate way more with the wafers. Just a little less sweet than the vanilla, and I love chocolate anything and everything. 10/10 recommend trying ice cream nachos at some point in your life though – they’re so fun!

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This Camille’s Choice experience was so fun and unique – and I visited three places I had never had the chance to try before and learned about them each as a local small business. There is so much Oshkosh (and other Wisconsin cities) have to offer at their farmers market that you may have no idea about. Be sure to check out the Oshkosh market, or surrounding cities to discover something new. You won’t be disappointed.

The Oshkosh farmers market is right on Main Street in downtown Oshkosh. It runs from June – October every Saturday from 8:00 to 12:30.

March Events in Northeast Wisconsin

March 2019 Events in NE Wisconsin

We have a short list of great events in Northeast Wisconsin this March 2019, but we know event season is right around the corner! So is spring, and I could not be more excited.

Cheese Champion

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When? March 7th – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where? KI Convention Center – Green Bay

Alright Wisconsin people.. $30 and you can enjoy beer sampling, 50 different cheese samples and a cash bar. There is no better way to embrace our (hopefully) last few freezing cold weeks of the winter than by eating and drinking! Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cheese-champion-tickets-54142100480

The Britins  

When? March 9th – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where? Bridgewood – Neenah 

Live bands are a no brainer if you’re looking for something fun to do with friends or a date night. There will be a silent auction prior to the band and the proceeds from this will benefit the Neenah Historical Society! The timeline for the evening looks like this:

6 PM – cash bar and hor d’oeuvres

7 PM – dinner buffet

8 PM – the Britins.

You can purchase regular tickets for $34.99 plus tax and gratuity, or if you’re feeling extra special this month, VIP tickets are offered for only $39.99 plus tax and gratuity.

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Everybody’s Rummage Sale 

When? March 9th – 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where? Resch Center – Green Bay 

Rummage Sale season is here! …. kind of. This is an indoor rummage sale where anyone and everyone is welcome. Join community members at the Resch Center in Green Bay as some shop and others sell (or both!) It costs $35 to sell at the rummage sale, which allows you to rent a 10’ x 10’ space. Once the event is over, items may be left at the Resch Center to be donated to St. Vincent.

If you are only looking to buy, admission is $4 a person or $2 if you bring in two non-perishable goods for The Giving Tree. You’ll also find free parking at Lambeau! Go on, get your spring cleaning done early this year and gather your goods to sell!

Artigras

When? March 9, 10 AM to 5 PM & March 10, 9 AM to 4 PM
Where? KI Convention Center – Green Bay

Even the name of this event is fun! Here you will get to see art from 100 different artists from all over the Midwest. That in itself is an incredible opportunity, but besides just viewing their art, you will also have a chance to purchase their creations to support them. There will be several types of artists demonstrations and various creative art and music activities for children to participate hands-on. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at Festival Foods in Green Bay for $7, or $10 at the door. FREE weekend parking at the Main Street Ramp.

Food Sensitivity Open House

When? March 12 – 5 PM to 6 PM
Where? Synergy Sports Performance – Hobart 

Ever think that something you eat fairly often, that is known to be healthy, could actually be the cause of your bloating? Inability to lose weight? Join Nutritional Healing at their office inside of Synergy Sports Performance for a FREE informative conversation about foods that may be making you sick without you even knowing! Call 920-358-5764 or email frontdesk@nutritionalhealingllc.com to reserve your spot at this free informational event!

Paper Night Out

When? March 13 – 6 PM to 8 PM
Where? Paper Discovery Center – Appleton

The Paper Discovery Center is looking into starting a fun new event. This first round of “Paper Night Out” will be free and have a limit of 30 people. You will be provided with paper crafting activities, fun, appetizers and even better, wine! In order to participate you must register and at the end, give your imput on the event. Go on, you have nothing to lose!

Cuisine for a Cause 

When? March 15 – Begins at 5 PM
Where? Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel – Appleton

Food for a good cause. I don’t know about you, but I was sold after those few short words. This is the 7th annual Food for a Cause event to support Rebuilding Together Fox Valley.  Cocktail attire is recommended for this extravagant event. Four chefs from some of Appleton’s best restaurants, will make you four

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courses and each course is two different dishes! You will get the opportunity taste all of them and then vote for best one. – Tickets for this event start at $100.

12th Annual Shamrock Shuffle

When? March 16th – 10AM – NOON
Where? UW Oshkosh

Who doesn’t love running? Join an awesome crowd for the Shamrock Shuffle 5k to benefit the Oshkosh Area United Way, the UWO PD K9 unit, and the Student Rec & Wellness Scholarship fund. Register alone or as a team here.

Sinfonia Saves the Day : A Concert Saluting Superheroes

When? March 16 – 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Where? UW Fox Valley – Menasha

This sounds like an event you don’t want to miss – especially if you’re a music lover! This unique event will feature 61 local people playing an instrument… these people have only had FIVE lessons with the instrument and FOUR group rehearsals. This is a must-hear event that will benefit the Fox Valley Symphony. Tickets are $30.

Pollinator Bed Build

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When? March 23 – 1 PM to 3 PM
Where? Heckrodt Wetland Preserve – Menasha

Within the next few weeks, we will start seeing our multi legged friends come out of the woodwork as the weather warms up. Join the Heckrodt community to learn about why native bugs are so essential for a healthy ecosystem in your backyard, and then build your own “Pollinator Hotel”!

Maple Syrup Saturday

When? March 23 – 8:30 AM to 12 PM
Where? Bubolz Nature Preserve – Appleton

Enjoy a Pancake and Porkie Breakfast followed by a hike to the Sugarbush and a guide through the Maple Syrup making process – finish off your morning with ice cream topped with maple syrup! This is an awesome event for both kids and adults. Tasty and

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educational! Tickets cost $9 per adult, $6 for children ages 4-12, and FREE for kids 3 & under. You’ll be amazed at how this sweet and sticky breakfast delight comes to fruition!


As we said, the list of events in March is short, but the one’s we found we thought were pretty solid! If we missed any or you know of some great events in April or May, let us know! If you go to one of these events, send us a good picture, and we’ll post it on our Instagram! Don’t worry, this summer is going to be packed with awesome events, and we’ll make sure you see the best ones.

Five Reasons Hartman Creek State Park Should Be Your Next Adventure

Hartman Creek is the most versatile state park I have been too within an hour of Appleton! During the two hours I spent there exploring and watching all the different activities going on there I was truly in shock with how much potential this park has to so many people. So, the whole point of writing this is to give you the insight you need to get out there and experience this truly awe-inspiring place! I had the opportunity to visit with my girlfriend this fall, and our journey was great.

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Hiking

At Hartman Creek the beauty of their hiking trails is spectacular! I had the personal opportunity to hike these awesome trails. My favorite ran right along the water, and gave us an amazing view of Allen lake and the number of trails is enough for you to hike all day if that’s what you desire to do. But I highly suggest going in the fall, the true beauty of all the fall colors on your hike is amazing. Just looking across the lake and seeing the trees filled with oranges and reds is sure to drop your jaw in awe.

Fishing

Hartman Creek has some amazing fishing! We know that’s the truth because Hartman Creek was once a fish hatchery before it was even a state park! Fun fact! Plus, all the lakes around it are all spring fed. That makes for great fishing! You can expect to catch largemouth bass, perch (my favorite), blue gill, and other types of panfish. There are four lakes to choose from at Hartman Creek: Lake Allen, Lake Hartman, Lake Grebe, and Lake Middle. Along with that if you don’t have fishing gear you can rent it for free right at Hartman Creek! If you end up going to Hartman Creek don’t forget your fishing License.

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Winter Activities

Winter is just as much fun at Hartman Creek as the fall and summer are. You have winter activities like cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat tire biking trails! When snowshoeing you have free reign to venture off the trials or stay right on path. There are six miles of cross-country skiing trails and three and a half miles of snowshoeing trails! That’s a lot of winter wonderland to explore!

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Kayakers can launch from Manomin Lake and paddle through Pope Lake, and Marl Lake. Don’t forget to stop and look at the crystal clear water and all the amazing red and orange colors from the trees surrounding each lake.  Then you can stop and have a lunch break at Whispering Pines picnic area!

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Swimming

Hartman Creek provides an amazing 300 foot sand beach which is great to bring your family to or go on a date! What’s even better is that the beach is right next to a three acre, multi use area which is perfect for social games like spike ball and bags or just having grill outs and getting together with family and friends for the weekend! Along with that if you’re from further out of town, they have plenty of camping sites for tents and Trailers!

From hiking to swimming and all the things in between you can clearly see how amazing Hartman Creek is. Not only a great stop during the spring and summer, but a place to explore all year long. So why not head out to Hartman Creek for an adventure?

Outdoor Spotlight: 1000 Islands Nature Center

1000 Islands is an awesome nature spot in the Fox Cities. Located right off of downtown Kaukauna, you can find 7.2 miles of hiking trails. Including 1 mile of trails along the Fox River!

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The Fox River at 1000 Islands. Source: FoxCities.org

The land is set aside for the public to enjoy. According to the Conservancy, the land is set aside, “with the idea of teaching good conservation practices and preservation of natural resources.” We at Venture Wisconsin support this sentiment! Our goal is to show you that awesome places like this exist, and to convince you that they are worth visiting!

Activities: Hiking, sight seeing, wildlife viewing, classes, snow shoeing, fishing, canoeing, and any classic outdoor activities (frisbee, catch, picnics, etc.) are welcome. If you’re running out of ideas of outdoor activities, we made you a list of a few!

What else? There is an amazing nature center, full of awesome displays and information about our local natural history, and other cool things!

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Inside 1000 Islands Nature Center.

1000 Islands is open year round, and unfortunately, no pets allowed. Seriously though! Go visit! Leave yourself some time to hike. It’s worth it. What’s your favorite way to enjoy the outdoors?

Looking for something more?? Something you didn’t already know?! We did our first Neature Feature episode at 1000 Islands! Oh, also, they rent different items to enjoy the outdoors in a new way!

Check out our Neature Feature episode below on 1000 Islands. (Recorded February 2018)

“There is nothing to do around here!” Many people, mostly young people, complain of the Fox Cities. At Venture Wisconsin we’re taking it upon ourselves to lay out all the awesome things to do, as well as create awesome things to do across Northeast Wisconsin. This is why we spotlight outdoor areas to explore via our Neature Feature series, and our Instagram account.

11 Fun Hangouts in The Fox Cities This Winter Break

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If you live in Wisconsin, you’ve no doubt had a conversation and either defended or cursed the Wisconsin winter. Although we agree that the winters can get dragging and sometimes make it difficult to get out of bed, we at Venture Wisconsin know that Wisconsin winters are what you make of them. If you are looking for ways to not be bored this 2017-2018 winter season, here are some suggestions to start getting you into the season.

1. See Larry the Cable Guy

Oshkosh just built an awesome new stadium next to Lake Winnebago for their new basketball team. The benefits of that new stadium are opportunities for awesome live events. Live events like Larry the Cable Guy! Buy tickets and watch The Cable Guy live on January 27th.

2. Candlelight Hikes Through the Woods

Hike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski through Northeast Wisconsin’s landscapes via candle light. A few state parks, nature centers, and public lands are hosting candlelight hikes and walks like this through January, including: Navarino Nature CenterHartman Creek State Park, and Horicon Marsh. Check out this link for DNR sponsored candlelight walks across the state this winter.

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3. Keep warm with a show at the PAC

The PAC has a few events this winter. Most notably The King and I and The Nutcracker. Either way, it’s worth checking out. Buy a friend tickets to go with you to a show this winter or plan a date night!

4. Go to the Green Bay Garden of Lights

Bring some friends to the classic Green Bay Botanical gardens for their annual Garden of Lights. It’s their 21st year of operation in Green Bay, and they have some special events this year.

5. View Christmas Lights with Your Friends

Warm up the car and take your friends on a cruise around the Fox Valley or Northeast Wisconsin in general checking out some of the awesome Christmas decorations that people work on. Go Valley Kids even made it easy, they have a list of the best lights in town here.

6. Watch a Laser Light Show at Barlow Planetarium

Barlow has a great variety of popular music and holiday based light shows. Some of the music shows include classic albums like Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, or groups of artists like their Laser Tribute, which features the mega hits of music superstars of the past that have passed away. Either way, at $10, it’s a new experience to have while the weather outside is below freezing.

7. Go Ice Skating

You could skate at indoor locations like Memorial Park in Appleton, or you could head up to Green Bay and check out the new Titletown Skate Rink near Lambeau Field! The outdoor skate rink resembles something that you would see in Chicago, and is definitely worth checking out.

8. Remember Bowling?

For some people bowling is what they do. Many who aren’t in bowling leagues often don’t think of bowling when looking for things to do. The Fox Cities has a good number of bowling alleys waiting for you to visit.

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9. Visit the Theater

Visit one of the local movie theaters this winter and enjoy the newly updated recliners at many of the locations.

10. Go Cross-Country Skiing

Nature spots on the West side of Lake Winnebago are pretty easy to count on both hands, and many of them have cross-country skiing available. There are many more places for cross country skiing once you go east of Lake Winnebago. Here is a list to check out. We recommend the Reforestation Camp in Green Bay by the NEW Zoo.

11. Go to One of Northeast Wisconsin’s Museums

If you are stuck inside and want to get out on your day off, check out one of Northeast Wisconsin’s niche museums. Northeast Wisconsin doesn’t have much outside of the Appleton History Museum and Neville Public Museum for regular exhibit museums. NE Wisconsin does however, have many crazy weird niche museums focusing on things like paper, paper weights, airplanes, railroads, many artists, and more. For some museums you can check out this list.

8 Outdoor Things to do in Door County that the Tourists Don’t Know About

In 2016, I was a kayak tour guide for the summer. I lived among the locals for 3 months, and while there, I decided that I would find unknown or underappreciated gems in the county. Although this is a good list of some of the hidden gems in Door County, I had to leave a couple secret beaches out for the locals to continue to enjoy. So it looks like you’ll have to do some more digging if you want more true hidden gems. For now, enjoy these secrets of Door County that most tourists never find.

Door County Land Trusts

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Land Trust in Ephraim! Credit: Door County Land Trust

Starting with the Land Trusts is crucial. These are truly hidden gems! There are 14 land trusts in Door County, which are just pieces of land set aside for the public to enjoy that keep the native nature and wildlife in tact. These are all unique ecosystems with diffhttps://wordpress.com/post/venturewisconsin.blog/1690erent sights and trails to see. The Land Trusts are run by a non-governmental organization which is why they are under advertised.

Cana Island Light House

One of Door County’s 11 lighthouses (the third most lighthouses in any US county.) Being off the beaten path and on an island on the Lake Michigan side of the peninsula, Cana Island is not as well advertised of an attraction. If you want a unique Door County experience, walk across the land bridge and explore the Cana Island light house!

Newport State Park

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It’s hard to call a state park a hidden gem, but of the FIVE state parks in Door County, Newport State Park is the least know among tourists. A mile or two off the beaten path, Newport is actually IDA certified as a Dark Skies Park and Wisconsin’s only wilderness-designated state park. What that means is that Newport is a huge nature reserve that has very limited infrastructure, so that visitors can get a genuine nature experience!

Mink River Estuary

The Mink River almost cuts through the northern tip of the Door Peninsula. Located just West of Newport State park, the river is spring fed and runs into Rawley’s Bay. A Ramsar certified Wetlands of International Importance. Click the link and ctrl+f “Door County Coastal Wetlands.” The Mink River can be toured via your own kayak or canoe or rented from local companies. The Mink river is home to a large variety of birds and mammals, and is very pristine. SECRET: A hidden gem within a hidden gem is the grass beach and the only public place where you can access the Mink from land! Click the link for approximate directions!

Europe Beach

Another hidden gem on the East side of the peninsula, Europe Bay, Europe Lake, and Europe Beach are basically attached to Newport State Park on the north end. If you visit, you will find an intense and well maintained beach that overlooks the vast Lake Michigan. You will also find peace and quiet. This beach is much less visited, so if you visit the area, especially during the week, you may be visiting it alone. At least with many less people than say, Peninsula State Park’s beach. As for Europe Lake, it joins Clark Lake and Kangaroo Lake as the three impounded lakes of Door County. What’s an impounded lake? You’ll have to visit the nature centers and ask! Mention Venture Wisconsin if you ask. 🙂

Garrett Bay

I would argue Garrett Bay is in the top 3 for hidden gems on this list. It is a small, quick stop that has something for everybody. Just a mile-ish off the main path (Hwy 42), Garrett Bay has a public boat launch where you can skip perfectly flat rocks at the stone beach, launch you kayak, or just look across the bay at the Deathdoor Bluff. If you do bring a kayak or book a tour of the bay with a local kayak tour company, you will find the Fleetwing Shipwreck right off the shore and an amazing view of Door Bluff County Park and the rest of Door County to once you get around the corner. (If you read this far and are wondering which corner, it’s around the left corner.)

Door Bluff County Park

Right next to Garrett Bay, Door Bluff County Park is the hidden gem version of Ellison Bluff County Park. (Another kind of hidden gem you should check out.) The cliffs of limestone become more prominent as you travel north on the peninsula. So naturally Peninsula State Park is not the only spot where you can catch a beautiful bluff. Drive to the flat stone beach at Garrett Bay, skip some stones, and drive 2 minutes to the park to see trails less traveled and a unique perspective of Lake Michigan.

Pick Thimbleberries

Thimble berries are unique to the great lakes region, and are relatively unknown within the general public as they are not sold at many market places. These sweet red berries are widespread in the norther half of Door County. If you are a visitor, a common place you will find them and didn’t even know it is Whitefish Dunes State Park along the hiking trails! Note: They are very soft, so don’t be concerned if you think they are too ripe.

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This is what Thimbleberries look like!

This article should be titled, “The Lake Michigan side of Door County.” Most of the larger towns, shops, and attractions are on the Green Bay side of the Door Peninisula, so don’t be afraid to explore the East side and use these suggestions as an excuse! I hope you like this list and at least check out a few of these awesome things to do outside while you visit one of the Midwest’s favorite touring regions! If I missed any or you try them out, and want to share your tips and experiences with others looking for the less traveled trails of  let me know in the comments.

16 Ways to Enjoy Northeast Wisconsin Before Winter Arrives

Fall colors in Wisconsin

Even though the Earth is warmer and summer hasn’t seemed to end yet in Wisconsin, we are still nearing our dreaded “Wisconsin Winter.” If you aren’t fortunate enough to have a second home and seasonal work, chances are you will be joining Wisconsin for its annual six month frozen rain festival! But hey, as long as things go somewhat normal, we have two good months of fall before the frost comes. In order for you to thoroughly enjoy this autumn, we took the time at Venture Wisconsin to find you a BUNCH of things to do this fall!

1. Door County Trolley Tours

From now until the end of November, Door County Trolley Tours are running! Check their website for tours that include a lighthouse tour, haunted pub crawl, wine tour, bloody mary and and brunch tour, and more!

Ephraim-Hill
Ephraim Hill. Credit: Door County Trolley Tours.

 

2. Windigo Fest in Manitowoc

The first ever Windigo Fest in Manitowoc on October 6th and 7th was developed for the Halloween inclined. There will be a parade, dark arts performances, and music from a few groups including The Bad Piper who was a finalist in Australia’s Got Talent. Definitely worth it to see the first ever!

3. Green Bay Packer’s Spooktacular

A free event starting at 9am on October 7th at Lambeau Field. Expect a whole line up of entertainment. Bring your coats for the nonprofit Coats for Kids program.

4. Pumpkin Patch Festival in Egg Harbor

October 7th and 8th in Egg Harbor starts at 10am both days and is packed full of crafts, kids activities, live music, carnival rides, and food! Enjoy the fall colors next weekend, and did we mention admission is free?

5. Visit Burial Chambers in Neenah

An award winning haunted house complex, Burial Chambers is for sure something to check out this fall. They event provide free ponchos if it rains, so there is really no excuse.

6. Fall Fest in Sister Bay

Enjoy the beauty of Door County in the peak of fall with the 72nd annual Fall Fest. October 13-15 includes food, live entertainment, classic car show, and more. Check out their link for the full line up.

Fall Fest Sister Bay
Fall Fest Sister Bay. Credit: DoorCounty.net

 

7. Halloween Candlelight Cave Tours

On October 20th and 21st you can head to your local cave (in Chilton, who knew?) and partake in the “Halloween Candlelight Cave Tours!” Say that as fast as you can three times, and it might sound something like this. The event is at the Ledge View Nature Center in Chilton.

8. Be Spooked at Terror on the Fox in Green Bay

Terror on the Fox is a world class haunted attraction in Green Bay. They have been terrifying Wisconsinites for over 20 years! If you are looking for something fun to do before the snow hits us, then look no further.

9. Fright Night in Greenville

Fright night is going on its 20th year, and includes hay rides, a haunted pavilion (basically a smaller haunted house), and a bonfire. This event is five separate days, October 20, 21, 26, 27, 28.

10. Do a Corn Maze or Pick a Pumpkin!

Being an area with an abundance of agriculture and fall spirit, Northeast Wisconsin has many traditional fun things to do in the fall like corn mazes, gourd painting, pumpkin picking, and more. Click the link to find a great list of local farms that have all of the above.

11. Romp in the Swamp in Appleton

The 24th annual event takes place at Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton on October 21st. This outdoor event supports nature conservation and education and includes tractor hay rides, trick or treat trail, and a bonfire with s’mores!

 

12. Costumes and Cocktails Cruise in Green Lake

On October 28th you can explore beautiful Green Lake with this boat tour! For $25 you can go out on a tour of Green Lake with the Heidel House Resort. See the fall colors, enjoy the drinks and company!

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Green Lake. Photo Credit: Heidel House

13. Enjoy the Fall Colors

Wisconsin has many trees and thus, great fall colors. As for where to enjoy the colors, start with the Fox River Trail; Washington Island; and lookout towers at High Cliff, Pottawatomie, and Parnell Tower at Kettle Moraine State Forrest. Door county is known locally for their fall colors, so that is a good place to start if you can swing it.

14. Jack O’ Lantern Days in Fish Creek

A community festival that claims to put the “eeek” in Fish Creek on October 28-30! A festival full of pumpkin carving, costume parties, and trick or treating. To top it all off there is a Halloween parade!

15. More Candlelight Hikes in Navarino

At the Navarino Nature center you can enjoy a mile long looped night hike via candle light. Enjoy a new experience on Saturday Oct 28th or Nov 4th!

16. Turkey Trot

The Turkey Trot is put on every year by Festival Foods right before Thanksgiving. This year there are 10 race locations, 5 of them being in Northeast Wisconsin communities. The Trot is a 5 mile run, 2 mile walk, or 2 mile dog jog.

Here is a good starting list. Write some of them down, put them in your calendar, or tag your friends so that you get out and do some of these. There are tons of events and things to do that we missed, but when you aren’t watching the Packer’s play, this list is a good starting spot for fall activities! Thanks for reading and enjoy the season.

How to See 6 Firework Shows in 4 Days: Guide to Northeast Wisconsin Fireworks

Fireworks Display

If you have your annual fireworks spot, we understand. With so many cities and towns all doing their own awesome fireworks displays at different times, you may as well see as many as you can! Here at RatedVenture we find the best things to do in Northeast Wisconsin for you to enjoy. Read on for fireworks displays in the Fox Cities and the rest of Northeast Wisconsin for the 4th of July 2017. Look for our recommendations at the end.

Friday June 30th

Village of Howard Community Fireworks – Green Bay, WI – Starts at 9:30pm

Fireworks at Meadowbrook Park. 670 Hillcrest Heights in Green Bay, Wisconsin 54313.

 

Saturday July 1st

Fish Creek Summer Festival – Fish Creek, Door County – Starts at Dusk

Located at Clark Park off of Main Street in Fish Creek. Make the trip past Sturgeon Bay to enjoy fireworks over Lake Michigan.

Brats, Beer, and Beethoven – Appleton – Starts at Dusk

Free event at Fox Cities Stadium. There will be fireworks, food, and the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra!

Brillion Fireworks – Brillion – Starts at Dusk

Festivities begin at 5pm. Music, food, and other activities at the Deer Run Golf Course at 912 Fairway Drive Brillion.

 

Monday July 3rd

Clintonville Fireworks – Clintonville – Starts at Dusk

Music starts at 5pm. Festivities located at Olen Park in Clintonville.

Maplewood Community Fireworks – Maplewood, Door County – Starts at Dusk

Fireworks located at Robert Baumann Memorial Ball Park at 7705 County H in Maplewood, Wisconsin 54235.

Appleton Fireworks – Appleton – Starts at 9:30pm

Fireworks at Memorial Park with performances from Boogie and the Yo-Yo’z and Eminence starting at 4pm.

Kimberly Fireworks – Kimberly – Starts at 9:30pm

Sunset Park fireworks! Live music at the amphitheater preceding the fireworks.

Egg Harbor Fireworks – Egg Harbor, Door County – Starts at 9:30pm

Show takes place at Harbor View Park.

 

Tuesday July 4th

Here are 10 fireworks shows on Independence Day in Northeast Wisconsin.

List of Fireworks in Northeast Wisconsin
10 Fireworks Displays on the Fourth!

To see six shows in four days, first, visit the Village of Howard Community Fireworks near Green Bay on June 30. Then choose your show of choice on the July 1 and July 3. On the Fourth of July visit visit the Firecracker 5k in the morning. At night go to Shiocton’s fireworks at 9:15pm (dusk). If you leave by 9:35pm you can make it to New London’s show by 9:45pm. Let us know if you make it!

Our picks for the best shows are as follows:

July 1st: Beer, Brats, and Beethoven – Appleton

July 3rd: Kimberly Fireworks – Kimberly

July 4th: Fire Over the Fox – Green Bay

If we missed any firework shows or you have different picks for the best shows lineup, let us know in the comments. Enjoy your holiday weekend!