Our first real family vacation outside the state of Colorado was to our family lake house in Three Lakes, Wisconsin. While the long drive with two very young children was somewhat challenging, the experience was rewarding.
Location: Three Lakes, Wisconsin
Drive time: 18 hrs, split up over two days
Lodging: Family lake house, but I would encourage you to check out some of the AirBnBs and hotels in Three Lakes.
Dates/Weather: End of July – Ideal and minimal mosquitos
Bring stroller?: Yes! plenty of beautiful forest roads that are great for walking and jogging. Our double BOB was perfect for the varied terrain.
Must See/Do: Our favorite must do on the lake was to listen to the loons at sunset, the kids were fascinated. Our favorite thing in town was to frequent the ice cream shop called Lick-a-dee Splits.
Don’t forget to check out the Aqua Devils Ski Show for free and exciting entertainment. Other “musts” include: a winery, fishing and a beautiful bike path that takes you on bridges over marshland to another larger (but still small town) called Eagle River.
How was the children’s museum?: The Northwoods Children’s Museum has been our favorite museum we have ever visited outside our home state. I loved the Northern Wisconsin/outdoors theme. It was bursting with creativity and fun.
Be sure to pack: bug spray, a light warm layer for evenings and children’s life vests. (Note: the ever-popular Puddle Jumper life vests are US Coast Guard approved for boating.)
Cost: Estimated $1450 if we were to have paid for 7 days of lodging as well. Groceries are a bit more expensive in Three Lakes due to it being a small town.
Fun Fact: Three Lakes was voted the “Single Best Town in America” by a Craft Singles contest in 2010.
**Please note that I have never visited either the AirBnB or hotel mentioned and cannot personally recommend them.