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Waupaca is a total gem and offers many great places to eat, shop and stay. It combines the best of both worlds with a lively downtown and access to the Chain O’ Lakes. You could easily spend a whole Summer exploring the area but what if you only had 24 hours? 


We’ve created the perfect itinerary for you to experience the best of Waupaca in just a day. Whether it’s a solo trip, a couple’s getaway or a family reunion, you’ll be sure to leave with several wonderful memories. We wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes a tradition!


11 AM – You’ve arrived! 

And it’s time to fuel up for the day. Grab an iced coffee or tea from Aquamos Coffee Collaborative downtown. 


Spend the late morning walking into some of the interesting shops along Main Street.


12:30 PM – Lunchtime

It’s hard to narrow it down but you need to grab the daily lunch special  and maybe a slice of pie at Little Fat Gretchen’s


1pm – It’s time to get on the water!

Head over to Wolf River Trips and Campground and enjoy tubing, canoeing and kayaking. There is also a bar and grill to grab a snack. 


5 PM – Check in and get ready for a night out!

There are several places to stay, just check out these options. Whether you like a traditional hotel, an airbnb or a cute B&B, there is something perfect for you. 



6 PM – Dinner

No doubt you’ve worked up an appetite and The Wheel House Restaurant is the perfect place. It’s right on the harbor and will have a great view of the sunset. We love to see the boats drive in too.


Need dessert? Head next door to Scooper’s for ice cream. 


8:30 PM – Enjoy a night cap

HH Hinder Brewery Co. is the perfect way to wind down after a busy day. Grab a local brew and have a seat in the gorgeous tap room. 


Remember, drink responsibly!


8 AM – Goodmorning, sunshine

Let’s grab some breakfast at Johnson’s Waupaca Woods Restaurant and head to the Farmer’s Market. Turner’s has the best local produce – I hope they have a carton of strawberries for you to try. Grab a plant on your way out as a souvenir too!


11 AM – Check out! 

It was great to have you, but it’s time for the next guest! 

Tags: Day Trip, Itinerary, Long Weekend, Summer, Waupaca

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