Escape from the busy streets and crowded Lake Michigan beaches to Waupaca, Wisconsin this Summer. Nestled in the serene Chain of Lakes, Waupaca offers a summer camp, small-town feel with things to do for the entire family. Shop downtown and eat at one of the many local restaurants then head to the lakes and plunge into the cool water for a break from the summer heat.
When it comes to where to stay, you have many options. Choose a classic hotel or experience a local B&B or privately owned vacation rental. You could also stay at one of the many campgrounds if you are feeling adventurous.
There is always something to do in Waupaca during the summer. Monthly craft fairs, shopping, evening concerts, camping and lake activities. There are also many local events to look forward to such as the annual Strawberry Fest in June, the Mid-Western Rodeo in July and the County Fair in August.
HH Hinder Brewing Company
As the first brewery in Waupaca, HH Hinder Brewing Company brings a lot of character and tasty brews to the area. The taproom offers a cool spot out of the sun with several must-haves on tap as well as other favorites such as wine and cider. And don’t forget the food, Hinder has several bar bites and pizzas to enjoy! Sit back, stay a while and enjoy a Waupaca local hang out spot.
Turner’s Fresh Market
Turner’s is open seasonally from May to October so you can enjoy fresh produce and flowers during your summer getaway. This market has been around in some form since the early 1960s and is rooted in Waupaca’s history. Nothing quite compares to a fresh carton of strawberries from Turner’s on a hot summer day!
Tom Thumb Miniature Golf
Hello, nostalgia! Bring your family or have a fun date night at the Tom Thumb Miniature Golf in Waupaca. The 18-hole course is well shaded and is sure to be a lot of fun on a summer afternoon. Don’t forget to stop at the Snack Shack and game room!
Scoopers Ice Cream
Located across the parking lot from the Wheelhouse Restaurant, Scoopers Ice Cream has all of your ice cream favorites and homemade treats. Stop by on your morning walk to grab a cup of coffee and after a full lake day for a delicious malt or sundae.
Hartman Creek State Park
The park offers camping, boating, swimming, horseback riding and mountain biking opportunities as well as several picnic opportunities. Located conveniently outside Waupaca, you can have the best of both worlds – a great outdoor experience while also having access to local shopping and restaurants nearby.
Kayak rentals at the Chain O’Lakes
Adventure Outfitters has 3 locations in the Waupaca area with everything you need to get you geared up on the lake, river or trail. They both sell and rent all the gear you’ll need to explore Waupaca and the Chain O’Lakes. Go on your own or book one of their guided trips! Kayaks, paddle boards, bikes, snow showing and cross country skiing – they have it all.
Waupaca is a hidden gem you’ll want to bring your family back to year after year. It has everything you are looking for when it comes to a long weekend stay away from the city: local charm, unique experiences, great food and the Chain of Lakes. Pack your bags and make your own Waupaca memories.