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Pack up the car, load the kids and enjoy a scenic drive to the Chain O’ Lakes near Waupaca, Wisconsin this Summer. It’s less than two hours away and provides a quiet but fun getaway for a day trip to the lake. 


You’ll arrive before lunch and can check out the local shops downtown. You’ll find a bookstore, antiques and shops with gifts and stylish clothing. It’s never too early to start Christmas shopping, right?


All that walking around will get your appetite going. We love a good lunch at Little Fat Gretchen’s where there is something for everyone on the menu. Their specials of the day are always delicious! 


Drive down the road to The Red Mill for ice cream and to finish up your shopping. You can spend a lot of time exploring the various rooms of unique gifts and treats. We love picking out some good old fashion candy. 


Soon you’ll feel the Summer heat and want to jump in the refreshing cool lakes that wind through the area. There are numerous parks like Hartman State Park and campgrounds with pools and playgrounds to enjoy too such as Evergreen Campsites and Resort, Waupaca S’More Fun Campground and Wild West Campground and Corral. There are so many great options to explore the area and enjoy the day! 


Before you head out, grab dinner at Clear Water Harbor. We love to grab a cold drink and watch the boats at sunset on the patio. It’s picturesque and a great way to close out your day! 


Need other ideas? Here are a few of our local favorites to check out. 




When the local Milwaukee pools and parks are getting old, venture into the Wisconsin countryside for a beautiful day on the lake. Waupaca offers great food, shopping and outdoor activities with a small town charm. 


Be sure to tag us on social media with #WeAreWaupaca! We can’t wait to see you.

Tags: Chain O' Lakes, Itinerary, Summer, Waupaca

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