Travel Wisconsin: Family Getaways – WTMJ

Time spent together as a family creates the strongest and most lasting memories, and Wisconsin is full of family-friendly travel destinations and adventures. To creating those shared moments of joy.

For the family that loves milk, go to Thorp for a public art delight (Clark County)

Most people have seen Holsteins, but have you seen a cow wearing swimming trunks and a snorkel? Or one clenching a giant toothbrush between their teeth? Well, Thorp’s amazing grazing cows bring the imagination to life!

The 21 cow statues are located throughout the parish and are whimsically decorated. These cows reflect the spirit and heritage of Clark County, where farm jobs make up almost half of the county’s workforce. Tour the community to find all the amazing grazing cows, as well as five calf statues and six cow-shaped benches.

And a trip to Thorp would not be complete without visiting Marieke Gouda and tasting authentic and award-winning Gouda. Cheesemaker Marieke Penterman grew up on a dairy farm in the Netherlands. She missed the cheese from home enough to get a cheese-making license in Wisconsin and take an apprenticeship with two cheesemakers in Holland.

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Today, the cheesemaker makes a variety of flavored and aged Goudas. The Penterman Farm next door pumps raw milk directly into the dairy for real farm cheese on a daily basis. Self-guided tours are available year-round. You can stop by the hotel’s café to sample dishes made with Gouda, or browse the shop for a variety of local produce and groceries.

Fill a weekend with fun family activities in Washburn County

The Potter’s Shed in Shell Lake is part café and part art gallery. And on Saturdays, the company encourages children and adults to explore their creative side through artistic activities.

Decorate mugs, plates, bowls and other pottery for a practical, memorable experience. All pieces are microwave and dishwasher safe to ensure the art families who make them together will last for years. Your masterpiece can be shipped to you once Potter’s Shed has finished it in the kiln.

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For a second family-friendly activity, plan your trip for November or December to ride the rails with Santa! At nearby Spooner, the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad offers weekend rides with Santa. This popular 2-hour train ride offers families personalized pizza, drinks, and a visit to Santa’s private train carriage for photos. Enjoy hot chocolate and a Christmas cookie on the return trip to the train station.

Before leaving the area for the weekend, plan on stopping at the Riverstreet Family Restaurant in Spooner for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The large menu offers dishes for every palate. And the diner-style restaurant serves daily specials from Italian favorites to delicious specialty burgers.

Discover adventure and excitement in the Wisconsin Dells (Columbia, Sauk Counties)

Work together to solve puzzles, decode riddles, and investigate secret passages in Wizard Quest in the Wisconsin Dells.

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This interactive fantasy game is a beautifully decorated maze to explore. Families can decide which quests to complete while helping fantastic creatures. It recently moved to a larger location in downtown Wisconsin Dells, which means more space for larger-than-life tasks.

After completing your quest, visit Tom Foolerys Adventure Park in the Kalahari. It’s 100,000 square feet of excitement. Find classic rides like a Ferris wheel and a carousel and more exciting ones that spin and spin. Play a round on the black light mini-golf course, try to find your way out of the mirror maze, or keep your balance in two high ropes courses for kids of all ages.

To fuel up for your adventures, Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co. is a quintessential dining destination. Families will enjoy the large children’s menu, pizzas, and all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. And parents can enjoy the 12 microbreweries on tap.

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