Hello, warm weather, and yay for a holiday weekend we love spending outside! Aside from the beloved backyard BBQ, these 10 activities in the Walworth and Jefferson County area will deliver a delicious Memorial Day weekend, fun for the solo traveler or the whole family.
Strap those bikes to the back of your car and head to 2 Rivers Bicycle in Fort Atkinson for a 14mi bike loop. 2 Rivers says it’s a “flat route to start with a ride down hilly Pond Road to get back.” Grab food before, during, or after your ride at Island Bar & Grill or Brickhouse Pizza Pub. Don’t have bikes? 2 Rivers has rentals!
For an eclectic evening over your Memorial Day weekend, enjoy “fine dining in a cozy atmosphere” at Whiney’s. First, pop into The Fuzzy Pig Antique Mall to peruse or purchase unique gifts. Then relax with wine, wood-fire pizza, and live music at Whiney’s to round out the night. Keep your eyes peeled for adorable farm cats and a peacock!
Travelpulse.com says that the best activity in Wisconsin is hiking, particularly the Ice Age Trail. We couldn’t agree more. Hiking the Ice Age Trail makes almost every list of must-dos we create. Not only do you get a glimpse of the results of glaciated land, you also never feel so close to the natural world. Whitewater and the surrounding area’s trails offer a reprieve from the bustle. Check out one or a few of these Walworth and Jefferson County segments: Scuppernong, Blue Spring Lake, Blackhawk, Whitewater, and Clover Valley.
📸: Turtle Lake Tap & Grill
Memorial Day is always complete with a sweaty cocktail and a beautiful lake. Swing over to Turtle Lake Tap & Grill for Friday Fish Fry. Or visit Saturday afternoon from 2-5p for live music and off-menu eats.
Nothing says Memorial Day weekend like camping out. Pack your best gear (be sure to include that grill!) and try one of these area campgrounds:
Looking for something a bit slower paced? Historic Old World Wisconsin has the perfect event for you. Enjoy a four-course meal with pairing notes. Then, tour the new Brewhouse and learn what they have planned for it in the future!
📸: Palmyra Parks & Rec
Grab your lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and bug spray, round up the kids, and head to Palmyra for a day of fun. Spend your Saturday enjoying food, drinks, music, kids events, raffles, and fireworks at dark. Free to attend.
📸: Robert Sivek
Love being on the water? Experience leisure on your boat (or rent from JNTs Parkside Marina!) out on Whitewater Lake. Surrounded by the gorgeous Kettle Moraine State Forest and stunning lake houses, you’ll get a great mix of nature and holiday festivities. Take a swim at Whitewater Lake Beach, take quiet time at Dr. O.R. Rice Picnic Peninsula, or get sweet treats at the Marina! Don’t forget your state park pass!
📸: Horizon Aerial Media Services
Warm weather, golf, and a holiday weekend go together like 1, 2, 3. Throw on a hat, lather on sunscreen, and check out one of these beloved courses:
📸: Lake Lawn Resort
“Hit the greens for a round of golf at Majestic Oaks, indulge in a full-body scrub that will leave your skin glowy and sunkissed at Calladora Spa, rent jet skis, watercraft, and other watersports equipment at the Marina, and enjoy time together poolside at our two outdoor pools.” Once the activities wind down, spend Sunday on the lawn with a pig roast to fill your bellies. $40.00 Adult Inclusive, $20.00 Child 4-12 yrs Inclusive, and no charge for ages 3.
Cheers to an active and festive kick-off to summer!