Wisconsin may not be your first thought when it comes to a spring break vacation destination, but this lakeside Midwestern state offers plenty of exciting activities and attractions. From the numerous ski slopes and indoor water parks to cozy spas perfect for rejuvenation, there is something for everyone in this humble state. Book a stay at a Wisconsin vacation rental for your upcoming spring break. Take a look at the most popular cities and towns in Wisconsin.

1. Wisconsin Dells

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If you can’t get to the beach, Wisconsin Dells offers the next best thing with plenty of indoor water parks and amusement areas sure to keep you warm and entertained during spring break. Book a vacation rental in a central destination to make it easy to explore several different parks over the course of your stay. Head to the Kalahari Resort for water slides, a surfing simulator, and the 60-foot drop of the Screaming Hyena. A day at Great Wolf Lodge offers a huge pool for a beach-like experience, plenty of thrilling water rides, and an oversize game room for fun outside the water. Check out the crazy trampoline area at Knuckleheads Bowling and Indoor Amusement Park then challenge your buddies on the indoor go-kart track. The park’s cosmic bowling center takes your fun into the night with adult beverages available at the lane-side bar.

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2. Bayfield

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Take advantage of some of Wisconsin’s best cold-climate features with a spring break in Bayfield. In March, the ice is typically still cold enough for a venture to the beautiful ice caves near the Apostle Islands in the Bayfield area while the warming daytime temperatures make for a more pleasant visit than the frigid winter months. Always check the ice conditions with NOAA’s CoastWatch online or with a phone call before heading out onto the Lake Superior ice. For a truly unique spring break experience, sign up for a dogsled trip with Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing. Let trained guides take care of the details of your adventure, or learn to drive the team yourself with instruction from Wolfsong’s expert mushers. Most trips include a hot hearty lunch and time to get to know the dogs who pull the sleds. If you love skiing, spend a day or two enjoying the hills at Mt. Ashwabay Ski and Recreation Area. At dinnertime head to Greunke’s Restaurant for one of their fabulous fish boils served in front of a roaring fireplace.

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3. Sheboygan

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Enjoy some pampering with Sheboygan as your spring break vacation destination. Head to Breaker Bay indoor water park for 12-levels of watery fun and the temperatures of the tropics. With dueling tube slides, the Riptide Double Surf Simulator, and several pools to meet your personal needs, consider a two or three-day pass to this Blue Harbor Resort attraction. When you’re all partied out, head to Reflections Spa for a relaxation package with massages, facials, and hot soaks sure to have you reinvigorated in no time. While you’re in the area, consider stopping by the Road America Motorplex. This year-round facility offers a full motorsports schedule and the chance for you to try your hand at driving a Superbike or race car. If the arts are more your thing, head to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center for exhibits, performances, and workshops to extend your creativity.

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4. Phelps

governor nelson state park cross-country ski trail
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For great cross-country skiing plus a chance to get a taste of the season’s first maple syrup, book a vacation rental in Phelps over spring break. Stop in at the Vilas County Historical Society Museum for a trail map, or head to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest for some back-country skiing off the beaten trails. Many trails are also accessible for snowshoeing. Keep your eyes open for wildlife, including deer and black bears. For information about maple sugaring, check out the park area next to Phelps school. Throughout the month of March into early April, displays provide information on the sugaring process, and many area sugar bushes offer weekend tours and fresh maple products for sale. Visit the Maple Cafe for great maple tastes for breakfast or lunch. For a delicious dinner in a historic location, try Eddie B’s White Spruce Restaurant & Tavern, housed in the oldest log cabin in the region. The tavern’s Tiki Bar is open year round to fuel your appetite, and the restaurant’s delectable smoked ribs, prime rib, and famous fish fry are the perfect way to quench it.

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5. Wilmot

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If your ideal spring break is packed full of winter sports, select Wilmot as your vacation destination. Wilmot Mountain is the perfect place for days full of downhill skiing, snowboarding, and tubing for snow-lovers of all levels. Wilmot Mountain offers winter-sport equipment rentals to meet the needs of most sizes and ability levels, but a spacious vacation rental makes it easy to bring along all your own equipment if you prefer. Lessons are available for beginners or to help you move to the next level, and the Wilmot Terrain Park gives you a chance to use your best snowboarding skills on progressively more difficult challenges including a full ropes terrain course. With a snack bar, cafeteria, full-service restaurant, plus two bars on site, there are plenty of places to warm up and enjoy great food and drink after a day outside. Additionally, Wilmot Mountain’s high-quality snow-making machines help keep the snow levels just right even through unseasonable thaws. If you’d like to add some cross-country skiing to your trip, head to nearby Kenosha whose park system offers many excellent trails.

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6. Waukesha

beautiful lake sunset

For a fun spring break right in Wisconsin, get your friends together and head to Waukesha. Start your fun at Laser Tag Adventure with a laser battle through the Jungle Ruins followed by a game of trampoline dodge ball in the Volcanic Crossfire arena. Grab some pizza, and spend some time surfing through the arcade, and then finish your night with a round of cosmic bowling, hurling glowing balls down the Lava Lanes. This entertainment center is also suitable for families with special areas set aside for youngsters. After dark, explore Waukesha’s nightlife with a stop at Boscos Social Club for live piano music and laid-back conversation plus your favorite adult beverages, or check out the dancing at Hot Water & Wherehouse, with different themes every night of the week.

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7. Green Bay

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Plan on a spring break in Green Bay, and reserve passes for a day or two at Tundra Lodge Resort Waterpark. Designed to emulate a rustic mountain camp, this indoor water park offers over 30,000 square feet of aquatic play space with plenty of thrill rides, all polar-themed. If you just want to relax, head for the oversize jacuzzi, and when you’ve had enough water play, the water park’s arcade offers a combination of vintage and modern games ready to entertain you and test your skills. For a little tropical heat, add a tour of the greenhouses at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens to your vacation itinerary, and if you love shopping or dining, Bay Park Square is the perfect place for retail relaxation and the chance to explore a variety of cuisine in the Supper Bowl food court area.

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8. Fontana

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Fontana offers fun spring break options regardless of the weather. If your trip ends up looking more like winter than spring, head to The Mountaintop for some skiing. If an unseasonably warm front has moved in, take a hike along the Lake Geneva shore path, keeping a lookout for spring blooms. If it won’t stop raining, head to the Avani Spa for a therapeutic massage and facial. The Avani Spa also has an onsite pool and sauna for relaxing. Spend your evenings drinking in front of the fireplace at Chuck’s Tavern, or check out the live music acts at The Waterfront. A lakeside vacation rental makes it easy to enjoy gorgeous views of the lake.

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