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Best Ways to Make Memories in the Northwoods This Summer

Is your summer calendar filled with the same old things you do year after year? Bo-ring! Why not shake things up and make this summer one you won’t forget? Head to the Northwoods where you can paddle board with your pals, wine-taste with your partner, and roast marshmallows with your kids, all in the same day! Make time for everyone on your list (including you!) with unique activities sure to make your bucket list. Keep reading for our top picks with links so you can explore yourself!


Time passes quickly in our busy lives, and friends can take a backseat to family and work obligations. Make time to reconnect with friends this summer! Whether your crowd is adventurous or calm and collected, there’s no shortage of fun excursions in the Northwoods!

  • Get on the water at your speed. Go paddling or kayaking, float down the Chippewa River on a tube from Loopy’s, or go boating on one of the many pristine rivers and lakes.
  • See an outdoor concert! Check out the local music festivals from June to August here, and don’t forget performances at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair in July!
  • Tour and taste at a local winery, distillery or brewery. See the local favorites guaranteed to wow your circle here.
  • Plan a progressive dinner at the amazing local restaurants. From fine dining at a waterfront restaurant to a late night bite at a friendly bar, you’ll love these recommendations.

Summer in the Northwoods offers an opportunity to give kids some of the best memories of childhood. Let them run for hours, get their clothes dirty, and experience nature at its best. They’ll sleep soundly after the adventures that await them!


Do you remember family road trips and laughing around the campfire? We forget all the bickering in the backseat, but the quality time spent together is etched in our memories. Create those moments for your kids this summer with all the Northwoods has to offer.

  • Stay up late with a bonfire and s’mores in the Northwoods! Don’t forget to chase fireflies and watch for shooting stars.
  • Spend a day with rides, food, and fun for everyone at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair!
  • Have some fun family competition playing golf and bowling at Ojibwa Golf & Bowl. Don’t forget ice cream at Olson’s for the winner!
  • Spend an afternoon exploring the popular Irvine Park & Zoo. Kids of all ages will be in awe of the animals, from bears to tigers. Run off energy in the beautiful park, and complete the day with a trip to Chippewa Candy Shop where the whole family will find their favorite treats.

Don’t forget about time with your better half! You might go see a movie and go out to dinner this summer, but why not really impress your partner with a date that you’ll talk about for years to come.  

  • Take a boat out and watch the sunset on the water. Sunsets in the beautiful Northwoods make way for stargazing you just can’t get in the city. There are plenty of places to rent a boat of your choice, from kayaks to pontoons! Find out about boating in the Northwoods here.
  • Take a walking food tour and enjoy local food and beverages while you learn rich history about the Northwoods! Click here for details on this unique date!
  • Tap into your creativity and design a keepsake masterpiece at Glaze N’ Glass Creations!
  • Head to the Northwoods for amazing outdoor music festivals in picturesque locations. See the nation’s hottest stars at Northoods Blues Fest,  Rock Fest, Country Fest, and Country Jam.

Take a look at that summer bucket list you’re creating. Are you on it? Probably not! We always forget about ourselves. Make this the summer you actually put yourself back on the list. Let the beauty of the Northwoods ease away your stress and everyone in your life will notice.

  • Read a novel you can’t put down, preferably in a park, on a hammock, or on a dock! Click here for new summer book recommendations.
  • Take time out to hike or bike through nature and let the stress roll off your back. Lake Wissota State Park is a Northwoods favorite with over 11 miles of scenic trails to explore.
  • After connecting with nature, experience the next relaxing step in your Northwoods getaway with a day of total relaxation! Find a local favorite here for everything from massage to beauty treatments.
  • Shop til you drop (without worrying about your kids breaking something in the store!). Browse the shops in charming downtown Chippewa Falls at your own pace. Enjoy the luxury of sipping a coffee while you shop!

With all these unique ideas to add to your bucket list, this summer in the Northwoods is shaping up to be the best one yet!

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