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Just a short drive from Green Bay or Milwaukee, in the heart of Wisconsin, you’ll find Waupaca and the Chain O’ Lakes. This area is safe, serene and offers the perfect day trip for you and your kids or grandkids. There is a quaint downtown with restaurants and shops as well as parks, lakes and outdoor activities. 

Kids love the opportunity to explore, get messy and cool off in the lakes. Adults love having several food options for the pickiest of kids as well as safe lodging and access to downtown. Here, you get the best of both worlds – an outdoor escape and a safe town to call home base.

Places to Visit in Waupaca:


Tom Thumb Mini Golf

Round of putt-putt anyone? For the kids who love competition!


Scooper’s Ice Cream

Every Summer trip needs a visit to the local ice cream shop!


Hartman Creek State Park

Escape and go on a nature walk and have a picnic at the state park.


Adventure Outfitters

Rent kayaks and more and get out on the lake!


Evergreen Campsite and Resort

This campground has it all: a water park, game room, mini golf, playgrounds and a fishing pond. 


The Red Mill 

For the kids who want souvenirs and great ice cream!


Waupaca Bowl

Need to cool off from the heat? Check out the local bowling alley.


Events to look forward to this month in Waupaca:


June 11 – Park and Watch Movie at the Airport

7pm at the Waupaca Municipal Airport
Bring blankets and snacks and watch The Croods on the big screen!


June 13 and 20 – Waupaca Wisconsin Chain Skiers 

1:30pm at Bear Lake View from Bear Lake Resort by Tiki Hut
Kids will love watching from the shoreline as the skiers show off their routines on the lake.


June 19 and 20 – Strawberry Fest

A weekend of fun in downtown Waupaca
See more information here.


June 19 and 20 – Waupaca Model Railroad Show

Waupaca Rec Center


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Consider Waupaca for your next day trip – or the next time you run out of ideas to keep the kids entertained! Enjoy the beautiful summer weather and make memories the kids won’t forget at the Chain O’ Lakes.

Tags: Family Friendly, Kids, Summer, Things To Do

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