Best Things to do in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Looking for the best things to do in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin? I have put together a list of the top things to do in this beautiful lakeside city.


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Getting to Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva is a resort city located in southeastern Wisconsin. It is located about 49 miles from Milwaukee, 74 miles from Madison and 83 miles from Chicago.

While close enough for a day trip from Chicago or Milwaukee, I recommend staying at least 2 or 3 days. In fact Lake Geneva has been a popular weekend getaway from Chicago for decades.

(Make sure to check out my essential road trip packing list and road trip music playlist to make sure you have all your road trip essentials before you go.)

Best Things to Do in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Here are the best things to do in Lake Geneva.

Walk the Geneva Lake Shore Path

Geneva Lake Shore Path
Walk along all or part of the Lake Geneva Shore Path, a 21-mile trail around Geneva Lake, that offers stunning views of the forest, water and impressive waterfront homes. Each property maintains its portion of this public-access path, so the terrain varies.

Take a Lake Cruise

Lake Geneva Wisconsin

If you would rather not walk the Lake Shore Path, enjoy similar views by taking a cruise around Geneva Lake, the second deepest lake in Wisconsin.

The narrated boat tours by Lake Geneva Cruise Line give you the history of all those magnificent mansions that rim the shoreline. There’s also an evening dinner cruise and the famous U.S. mailboat tour with mail “jumpers” delivering the mail to piers with the boat never slowing down.

Spend Time at the Beach

Visiting Lake Geneva in the summer? Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities on the water, including boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, wake boarding and more.

If you would rather relax spend some time on the beach. Popular beaches include, Williams Bay Beach, Fontana Beach and Riviera Beach.

Tristan Crist Magic Theatre

Enjoy an hour of live magic, comedy, and illusion at the family-friendly Tristan Crist Magic Theatre-Revel just outside downtown Lake Geneva. The Tristan Crist Magic Theatre is home to illusionist Tristan Crist, known for his large-scale illusions performed up close and personal.

See the Ice Castles

Visiting ice castles in Lake Geneva Wisconsin is one of the best things to do in the winter
Ice Castles is a unique Lake Geneva winter attraction (they can be found in only five destinations in North America).  This award-winning frozen attraction is built using thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists.

I recommend visiting right before sunset so you can see the ice castles both in the daytime and at night when they are lit up in different colors.

Lake Geneva Wisconsin ice castles at night

Visitors can go also down ice slides designed for people of all ages, explore caverns and walk beneath archways adorned with hand-placed icicles and crawl through ice tunnels.

The Ice Castles is 100% weather dependent but they are usually open between early to mid January and late February to early March. Dates are announced about a week before their opening date and tickets sell out quickly.

Go Skiing and Snowboarding

You can go skiing and snowboarding in and around Lake Geneva at The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort, Vail Resorts’ Wilmot Mountain and Alpine Valley.

Other winter activities include sledding, ice skating as well as snow tubing (at Wilmot Mountain only).

Golf

Lake Geneva is one of the best places to play golf in the Midwest. You can find two 18-hole courses at Grand Geneva Resort designed by Jack Nicklaus. Geneva National Resort is home to a 54 hole award-winning golf course designed by Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Lee Trevino.

Where to Stay in Lake Geneva

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is a AAA Four-Diamond resort. Amenities include a spa, several restaurants, golf courses, ski center as well as indoor and outdoor pools. Click here to see latest prices.

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