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 joy of the festival, this itinerary will fill your time with all the summery goodness. On the fence about visiting over the 4th of July? Enjoy this sneak peek of the festival fun.

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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

The Best Summer Weekend Day One



Jessica's Family Restaurant - A skillet or eggs benedict will get you fueled up for a day of adventure and exploration.


Cruise Hwy P to Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive for great views of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

Hidden Gem:

Hop off the Scenic Drive onto Clover Valley Rd. and head to the Whitewater Flowing Well for a drink of the best water you’ve ever tasted.

Flowing Well



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.


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


Rather sweat from heat instead of fear? 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!


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.

The Best Summer Weekend Day Two



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


Grab picnic fixin’s before heading back out to the Kettle Moraine and lakes. Rent kayaks and spend your morning on Rice Lake.



Picnic at Dr. O.R. Rice Picnic Area. Ideal spot for lounging in the shade of the oak trees. Enjoy views of Rice Lake and the Kettle Moraine State Forest wildlife.


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). 


Not 4th of July weekend? Book a wine tasting at Staller Estate Winery. Sip the evening away on the patio overlooking their vineyard.


The Best Summer Weekend Day Three


Pack up and check out.


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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