Ahhhh, summer at the lake. Sailboats, sunshine, and sandcastles. What’s not to love about a summer spent at one of the Midwest’s greatest lakes? Here are three Great Lakes escapes to fit every traveler, perfect for a long weekend adventure this summer.
Door County, Wisconsin
If you’re a traveler who loves outdoor adventures …
This scenic peninsula, once known as Death’s Door by French explorers, is home to five state parks, making for plenty of hiking, biking, and camping adventures. Peninsula State Park is located on more than six miles of gorgeous lakefront and offers over 400 campsites as well as the Sunset Trail, a 5.1-mile trail that loops through hardwood forests and marshes.
Head to Potawatomi State Park for boating, canoeing, and fishing: this 1,225-acre state park is located on stunning Sturgeon Bay. Don’t miss the popular fish boils, or a slice of cherry pie, both common features of area restaurants. Door County is also home to eight wineries, perfect for winding down after a busy day of outdoor activities. For more information, visit doorcounty.com.
If you’re a traveler with kids looking to have a blast …
Sandusky, Ohio, located along the shores of Lake Erie, is perhaps most famous for being the home of a 365-acre Cedar Point amusement park. Best known as “America’s Roller Coast” for its lake vista and 17 woworld-classoller coasters, this is the destination for families looking for fun.
Consider staying at Hotel Breakers, a historic beachfront hotel that’s just a 3-minute walk from Cedar Point park. If you ever manage to tire from all that amusement park fun, head to the sandy beaches to catch some rays or explore one of the many historic area lighthouses. For more information, visit shoresandislands.com.
If you’re a traveler looking for an urban lakeside adventure …
From climbing to the beacon of a historic lighthouse—to designing your own virtual Harley-Davidson—Milwaukee makes for a fab family getaway. Located on Lake Michigan’s Western Shore, this city is filled with fun summertime festivals and fairs. The stunning Milwaukee Art Museum is Wisconsin’s premier arts institution, housing more than 30,000 masterpieces. The North Point Lighthouse is a picture-perfect, restored 19th-century lighthouse that also houses a small maritime museum.
Don’t miss the indoor Milwaukee Public Market, where you’ll find a wide range of Wisconsin-made products, including housemade chocolates, artisan cheeses, pretzels, and creamy frozen custards, but you’ll also find the flavors of the world here. Sip the best beers of Brew City at Sprecher Brewery, which offers a fun brew tour. For more information, visit visitmilwaukee.com.