The Best Summer Weekend

Summer in Whitewater was made for you. Especially when that weekend is during Whitewater’s beloved multi-day 4th of July Festival. Whether you’re taking a weekend away to escape the hustle and bustle of the city or visiting for the magic of the festival, this itinerary will fill your time with all the summery goodness.

Where to stay:

Uniquely Whitewater: Camp at Whitewater Lake Campground (more primitive) or Scenic Ridge (family-friendly) – Nestled in the Kettle Moraine State Forest, both parks offer a primo way to experience the beauty of Whitewater and its surrounding lakes.

Not a camper? Fairfield Inn & Suites – Air conditioned, indoor pool, and cushy beds.

Scenic Ridge Campground

Day One


Breakfast: Turtle Lake Tap & Grill Biscuit Company

Indulge in a biscuity breakfast at this lakeside tavern. Pair The Wisconsite with a Hard Coffee and you have yourself a great start to your morning. Open Sat. & Sun. 8a-11a.

Explore: On your way back into Whitewater, cruise Hwy P to Kettle Moraine Scenic Dr. for great views of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Hop off the Scenic Dr. onto Clover Valley Rd. and head to the Whitewater Flowing Well for a drink of the best water you’ve ever tasted and relax in the countryside. Nap or wade in the creek.

Flowing Well


Lunch: Taco Fresco

Pop into this fresh lunch spot for light Mexican fare with a twist. Eat outside on their patio for optimal time in the sunshine.

Play: Hang glide over Whitewater at Hang Glide Wisconsin. Always wanted to soar like a bird? This is your place. Book ahead of time to ensure you get the tandem flight time you want! Pro tip: The higher you fly, the higher the price.

Alternative: Rather not sweat from fear, just the heat? Walk one of the paved paths at UW-Whitewater Nature Preserve.

Bench overlooking a field


Dinner & Play:

The 4th of July Festival is where it’s at for food and fun at night. Fresh squeezed lemonade, funnel cake, and ferris wheel please!

Alternative: Not visiting over the 4th? Enjoy s’mores over the fire at your campsite or dinner and a craft brew on the patio at 841 Brewhouse.

Day Two


Breakfast: The Cafe

Delight in one this friendly coffee shop’s open faced toasts with delicious toppings and their beverage of the month. 

Adventure: Grab picnic fixin’s before heading out to The Boat House Marina. Rent kayaks and spend your morning on Rice Lake.


Lunch: Picnic at Dr. O.R. Rice Picnic Area.

Ideal spot for lounging in the shade of the oak trees and enjoying views of Rice Lake and the Kettle Moraine State Forest wildlife.

Play: Bop across the street and pass the afternoon away swimming at Whitewater Lake Beach.


Dinner and Play:

Time for round 2 of food and fun at the festival. Take in a concert and fireworks (if they run this night). 

Alternative: Not the 4th of July weekend? Book a wine tasting at Staller Estate Winery. Sip the evening away on the patio overlooking the vineyard of Whitewater’s countryside.


Day Three


Pack up and check out.

Breakfast: The Bakehouse

Pick up a breakfast sandwich or pastries and a cold brew from this favorite local bakery before you hit the road.

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