Ultimate Summer Bucket List – 250+ Things to do this Summer

pollock pool oshkosh

Ready for summer adventures?! We have rounded up 150+ summer things to do outdoors in Northeast Wisconsin including the Fox Valley, Oshkosh, Green Bay, Door County, and beyond!

As the weather heats up our thoughts turn to summer and what summer will be like for us this year.

We try to be prepared for quick changes in plans or opportunities for unscheduled fun or adventure. The real trick is to remember to replenish and replace as you use items!

READ MORE: 60+ Things to Do at Home this Summer!

We try to be prepared for quick changes in plans or opportunities for unscheduled fun or adventure. The real trick is to remember to replenish and replace as you use items!

Photo Credit: Graham Images

Where to cool off?

With many pools closed this summer including Polock, Mead, and Erb Pool or are open but operating at reduced capacity and with residency restrictions such as Kaukauna and Little Chute, so we are getting creative on finding other local treasures. Find what local pools are open here.

  1. Hit your favorite pool or discover a new one!
  2. Cool off at a splash pad.
  3. Head to the beach! – Our favorites include Wisconsin State Parks Point Beach, Hartman Creek, and Kohler-Andre, Door County, and Fremont.
  4. Plan an adventurous beach day at a beach with inflatables
  5. Go white water rafting or leisure river-tubing.
  6. Eat ice cream – Take a road trip to Kelly’s Creamery, discover a unique local twist like Wonder’s or a classic like Frog’s in Sherwood.
  7. Explore by kayak or canoe – discover the beautiful Chain of Lakes.
Wisconsin Explorers Program
Wisconsin Explorers Program

Where to explore in nature?

An amazing thing about living in this area is the variety of destinations for families and incredible natural areas that are largely free or very low cost to enjoy. From trails to hike to rivers float down, there’s always something to do while enjoying the natural resources available to us. 

READ MORE: Engaging with Nature – Tips & Where to Explore

  1. Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton
  2. Mosquito Hill in New London
  3. Heckrodt Wetland Reserve in Menasha
  4. 1000 Islands Environmental Center in Kaukauna
  5. Navarino Nature Center in Shiocton
  6. Ledgeview Nature Center in Chilton
  7. Brillion Nature Center in Brillion
  8. Wisconsin Explorers ProgramInto the Woods: Discover Nature and Earn FREE Patches through the Wisconsin Explorers Program
  9. WaterfallsWhere to Find Waterfalls in Wisconsin within 2 Hours from the Fox Valley
  10. Wisconsin State Parks15 Awesome Wisconsin State Parks That Are Less Than Two Hours From Appleton
  11. Rocks! – Paint rocks. Search for rocks. Fox Valley Rocks – Our Community Rocks! And Rock On! Fox Valley Group Spreads Kindness Through Art
  12. Treasure Hunting –  Geocaching, Hidden Rocks, Letterboxing
  13. Go fishingKids Fishing Guide – Northeast Wisconsin
  14. Take a drive25 Picturesque Scenic Drives to Enjoy From Your Car Window
  15. Find a lighthouse
  16. Collect beach glass
  17. Cave Tour, Maribel Caves & Ledgeview
  18. Take a history tour and find local historical markers
  19. Gravity Trails in Door County offers a zip line adventure
  20. Climb an observation tower
  21. Experience Road America with an Off-Road Driving Experience
  22. Explore Washington Island with a UTV from Island Adventure Company
  23. Race go karts at Badger Sports Park
  24. Mine for gems and learn about rocks. We are not sure when the Weis Earth Science Museum will open but follow along on their Facebook page for information. Also join Great Lakes Rocks and Minerals Facebook Group. 
  25. Count birds. Download the iBird app and count how many different birds you can see or hear. Madison Audubon is a great resource and includes a FREE Bird Guide for Kids with 27 common birds, described in ways that kids (and adults!) can relate to. 
High Cliff State Park Hiking
High Cliff State Park

Run or Walk

  1. June 6, 2021: Oshkosh YMCA Kids Mud Run and Free Family Fest!
  2. July 17, 2021: Dirty Ninja Mud Run for Kids in West Bend
  3. July 17, 2021: Filthy Fun Kids/Family Runs in Fox Crossing
  4. Appleton Fun RunsAPRD, registration required
  5. Run the bases after a Timber Rattlers Game! On family nights, kids can run the bases and there are fireworks after the game.
  6. Walk a boardwalk – Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, 1000 Islands Environmental Center, Kohler-Andre State Park, North Side of Horicon Marsh off Hwy 28, Schmeeckle Reserve in Stevens Point and Riggs County Park in Ripon.
  7. Neenah Fun Runs: NPRD, registration requested
  8. Appleton Poetry WalkFind locations.
  9. 18 Fox Valley Nature Trails for Biking, Walking & Hiking
  10. 5 Oshkosh Area Nature Trails for Biking, Walking & Hiking
  11. 13 Green Bay Area Nature Trails for Biking, Walking & Hiking (and Waterfalls!)
  12. 11 Worth the Drive Hiking Trails about One Hour from Appleton
ram acres
Ram Acres

Gardens

10 Gardens In and Around Northeast Wisconsin including the Scheig Center at Memorial Park in Appleton, Butterfly Gardens of Wisconsin in Appleton, Green Bay Botanical Garden in Green Bay, Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh, Sisson’s Peony Gardens in Rosendale, Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum in Fond du Lac, Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan, Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Robert W. Monk Gardens in Wausau and Mitchell Park Horticulture Conservatory (The Domes) in Milwaukee.

  1. Sketch.
  2. Bird Watch.
  3. Count Butterflies.
  4. Learn about bees and eat some honey!
  5. Pick your own flowers at Ram Acres.
  6. Walk through Riverside Gardens.
Town Center Park Grand Chute
Town Center Park, Grand Chute

Parks & Playgrounds

Heading to the park is a great time to unplug and enjoy nature. Whether you are heading out to check out new(er) parks, like Pierce Park and Jones Park in Appleton, Hidden Pond in Menasha, Washington Park in Neenah or Menominee Park in Oshkosh, a classic favorite or hidden gem.

  1. Disc Golfing is a fun activity to get outdoors. A couple reader favorites include Triangle Sports Area, Perkins Park in Green Bay, Plamann Park, and Telulah Park.
  2. Remote Control CarsHobbyTown is a great resource if you are looking to get started. Here are 12 Tips for Beginners. Check out Clark RC Park in Reedsville
  3. Golf – Reid Municipal Golf Course or check out Winnegamie’s Junior Golf Program
  4. Mini Golf – Badger Sports Park, Funset Boulevard, Chubby Seagull, Bridgewood
  5. Relax in a hammock – While your bigger kids play or read books!
  6. Dig in the sand – make castles or play with trucks. Burry pennies for a scavenger hunt. Sand volleyball courts are a fun spot for littles. Patriot Park in Grand Chute has nice sand.
  7. Watch the clouds and learn about the weather
  8. Gaga Ball – Find a gaga pit (and youtube the directions). Memorial Park, Lions Park and Erb Park in Appleton have one.Play! – Our Park Series has features and pictures for many local parks and we will be adding to it all summer!
  9. Find a new slide!Ultimate slides in the Fox Valley.
  10. Wooden ParksPamperin Park in Green Bay and Chilton Morrissey Park & Playground
  11. Sign up to Be an Appleton Park Explorer today! PS… It’s FREE!
  12. Born Learning Trails – these play-based learning activities are typically painted on sidewalks and a series of interactive stations at 12 Fox Cities Parks including Erb, Memorial (Appleton), Pierce, Plamann (Children’s Farm), Fritsch, Fritse, Wittman, Jefferson, Smith, Memorial (Neenan), Doyle and Lion’s (Greenville) Parks.
  13. Roll (or run) down a hill – Head to your favorite sledding hill for a fun picnic spot and great view. See if you can roll or run down! Hills are also fun to run down with a kite.
  14. Run the bases. Find a baseball diamond and get some running in. The inclusive fields like the Memorial Park Miracle League is great for younger kiddos. 
  15. 8 Fun Games to Play on a Swing – Including Superman, Tornado, and Tug of War!
  16. Skip rocks – Lutz Park, Jefferson Park, and Fritse Park
  17. Take your favorite backyard games to the park! – Bocce Ball, Lawn Dice, Lawn Jenga, Ladder Golf
  18. Write activities on a beach ball (or roll a dice) – exercises, scavenger hunt, get to know questions, would you rather
  19. Go on a Scavenger Hunt – Nature Scavenger Hunt, Color Hunt, Bird Hunt, Math Scavenger Hunt, Gratitude Scavenger Hunt. Parks with scavenger hunts built-in – Kiwanis Park, Wanick Choute Park. 
  20. ABC Architecture Scavenger Hunt – Find the letters in nature! Bigger kids can make a collage or spell a word to create a digital art masterpiece
  21. Playground Bucket List – Monkey bars, fireman’s pole, zipline, teeter-totter… How many of these can you play on this summer? 
  22. Think beyond the playground! Open grassy area can be just as fun for a change of scenery and fun play. Try the classic outdoor games, Kick the can, capture the flag, Hot Potato Hide and Seek.
  23. School parks are also a great place to play. Many also are fenced in to keep littles from escaping! Many are closed until the end of June. They also often offer great blacktop activities – Four Square, United States map, Tether Ball…
  24. Many church playgrounds are also open to the community. Christ the Rock has a beautiful natural playground.
  25. Table Tennis – Purchase balls and paddles on Amazon or used on Facebook Marketplace and keep them in the car.  
  26. Archery – these parks have archery…Memorial Park in Appleton, Lions Park in Greenville. Woodfire Lodge in Brillion also has a sporting clay shooting course and 15 target archery course.
  27. Storytime  – Books about playgrounds and parks. Find a local story walk. Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan is open with reservations this year. Order on curbside at one of our libraries or purchase locally at 
    • The Swing 
    • Playground Problem
    • Bruno & Lulu’s Playground Adventures
    • How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?
  28. Skate Parks – Tellulah Park, Greenville, and Menasha, NEST
  29. BMX Biking – New Rider Clinics, Racing and Strider Racing for ages 2-5 at Winnebagoland BMX
  30. Outdoor Hockey – Rollerblading – Patriot Park in Grand Chute. Looking for gear? Check out Play it Again Sports.
  31. Scooters – Both Erb Park in Appleton and Menominee Park in Oshkosh have nice paths to scooter around. Park your car on the far end and scooter to the playground. 
  32. Soccer – Practice your dribbling and goals on the soccer field.
  33. Play basketball
  34. Picnic – Pack your own snacks or skip the dining room and order carry out. 
  35. Fly a Kite.
Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center in Manitowoc
Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center, Manitowoc

Animal Lovers

Many of our large favorite zoos have restrictions or modifications this summer. The Milwaukee County Zoo, NEW Zoo and Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison are working through reopening, consider finding a smaller focused zoo, animal rescue or farm to visit!

  1. Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Green Bay
  2. MToxins Venom Lab, Oshkosh
  3. Mulberry Lane Farm, Sherwood
  4. Shalom Wildlife Zoo, West Bend
  5. Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center, Manitowoc
  6. Pony Playce, Appleton
  7. Ride a Horse – Horseback Riding
  8. Doc’s Zoo, Bonduel
  9. Animal Haven Zoo, Weyauwega
  10. Lakeside Park, Fond du Lac
  11. Larson’s Famous Clydesdales in Ripon – see fourteen Famous Clydesdale’s in a 90 minute guided tour and a short Grandstand Show.
  12. Siberian Outpost in Malone – Contact for a private tour for your family to learn about dog sledding, the history of the Iditarod and the training. 
  13. The Door County Dog Sleds also has an Education and Discovery Center.
  14. LaClare Farms, Malone
  15. Alligator Alley, Alligator and reptile farm, Wisconsin Dells
  16. Timbavati Wildlife Park, Wisconsin Dells
  17. London Dairy Alpacas, Two Rivers
  18. Menomonee Park Free Zoo, Oshkosh
  19. Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue, Rock Springs
  20. Wilderness Walk Zoo, Hayward
  21. Play with cats and enjoy lunch or drinks at The Pawffee Shop Cat Cafe, Appleton
  22. Bear Den Zoo & Petting Farm, Waterford
Heritage Hill Wisconsin State Park Green Bay
Heritage Hill Wisconsin State Park, Green Bay

Educational Experiences

  1. Old World Wisconsin, Eagle
  2. Heritage Hill, Green Bay
  3. Plunkett Observatory, Belgium
  4. Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, Pepin
  5. History Museum at the Castle, Appleton
  6. Oneida Nation Museum, De Pere
  7. Hearthstone Historic House Museum, Appleton
  8. EAA Aviation Museum, Oshkosh
  9. Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc
  10. Wade House Historic Site, Greenbush
  11. Historic Farm Museum, Two Rivers
  12. Hutchinson Historic House, Waupaca
  13. National Railroad Museum, Green Bay
  14. Aztalan Museum, Jefferson
  15. Wisconsin River Papermaking Museum, Wisconsin Rapids
  16. Portage WWII History Museum, Portage
  17. Peshtigo Fire Museum, Peshtigo
  18. Menominee Logging Camp Museum, Keshena 
  19. Twig’s Beverage tour, Shawano
De Pere Mural
De Pere

Arts and Crafts

  1. Einstein’s Sandbox is a mobile creativity lab coming to Appleton, Oshkosh and Green Bay
  2. Find Murals in Appleton
  3. Find Murals in Neenah and Menasha
  4. Find Murals in Little Chute
  5. Find Murals in Kaukauna
  6. Find Murals on the CE Underpass in Kimberly 
  7. Find Murals in Green Bay
  8. Find Murals in New London 
  9. Find Murals in De Pere
  10. Oshkosh Mini Murals
  11. The Fire in Appleton
  12. Fire Escape in Oshkosh
  13. Find a new hobby or projects at Hobby Town
  14. Jurustic Park in Marshfield
  15. Stevens Point Sculpture Park
  16. Appleton’s Sculpture Valley
  17. Little Chestnut Studio
  18. The Art Garage, Green Bay
  19. The Art Spark, Appleton
  20. Pinot’s Palette, Appleton
  21. The Draw, Appleton
  22. Find a car show!
Einstein's Sandbox
Einstein’s Sandbox

Read!

  1. Appleton Public Library’s Summer Reading Program
  2. Kaukauna Public Library Summer Reading Program
  3. Neenah Public Library Summer Reading Program
  4. Oshkosh Public Library Summer Reading Challenge
  5. Brown County Library Summer Reading Challenge
  6. Free little libraries – Clean up your library and drop off some books to an empty Free Little Library.
  7. Find a storywalk. Visit Memorial Park for a Storybook Garden Walk. A different book will be featured every 2 weeks all summer long.
  8. Find vintage titles and childhood favorites at Half Priced Books

Cultivate Giving & Kindness

Summer provides kids with some extra time to think about others that might not be present during the busy school year. There are many organizations within our community that can use help even from small hands!

  1. The Appleton Public Library has compiled a list of books to help parents and teachers talk about racial equity with children, young adults, and adults.
  2. Volunteer, Donate and Support the work of Jake’s Diapers
  3. Send cards to a Nursing Home
  4. Bring treats to the police station, fire station or Harbor House
  5. Make blessing bags for the homeless or less fortunate 
  6. Send a thank you to a local farmer
  7. Make birthday boxes for low income families
  8. Join a pen pal program and share words of kindness
  9. Buy lunch for your neighbor or friend
  10. Surprise your postal worker with a treat and note in the mailbox
  11. Pay for someones meal behind you in a drive-thru or restaurant line
  12. Make and hide kindness rocks
  13. Clean up your local park
  14. Support your local small businesses, pop up shops and entrepreneurs 
  15. Organize a school supply drive for your school or make supply backpacks to give
  16. Help clean pews and garden at local churches
  17. Spend time with adoptable animals at the local animal shelters
  18. Help clean an elderly neighbors yard, garden or home
Zesty's Frozen Custard, Green Bay
Zesty’s Frozen Custard, Green Bay

Treats

Summer is the perfect time to grab a sweet frozen treat in the Fox Valley!

  1. Ice Cream – Soft serve, gelato, hand scooped and more – eat your way through this list while supporting our local dairy farmers!
  2. Donuts – We have so many great options! Simple Simons has a Donut House in the parking lot on Saturday mornings. Happy Bellies Bakeshop has a yummy baked cinnamon donuts. Or enjoy a classic from Manderfields, Mom & Pop’s Bakery or Hill Top Bakery.
  3. Cheese Curds – Here are other ways to celebrate June Dairy month along with 10 delicious cheese stops!
  4. Donut Kits, Cookie Kits at Home
  5. Kids Eat FREE
  6. FREE School Lunch Programs
  7. Candy shops – Head to Crazy Sweet in downtown Appleton
  8. Shaved Ice – Snow Biz in Kimberly, Snowy Cabin in Neenah
  9. Homemade Popsicles – Stop by Drop Bar Cafe for a homemade popsicle on your bike ride on the CE Trail in Kaukauna or follow Fox Pop on Facebook to find where the popsicle bicycle will pop up next
  10. Eat Homemade Popcorn – Mike’s Popcorn or Archie’s Famous Popcorn at Downtown Neenah Dairy Queen or the Neenah Dairy Queen Grill & Chill
Plank Road Outdoor Dining
Plank Road Pub and Grill, De Pere

Outdoor Dining

Spending lots of time outdoors in the summer often includes meal times! We’re not sure what sort of magic is involved but food tastes so much better on a sunny day on the grass or a patio. Pack a picnic and head to a beautiful spot or check out somewhere new that has outdoor service.

  1. Eat your way through the alphabet with The ABCs of Summer Snackin’: A Bucket List of Local Goodies! 
  2. Drive-Ins
  3. Outdoor Dining in the Fox Cities
  4. Outdoor Dining in Green Bay
  5. Outdoor Dining in Oshkosh
  6. New Food Truck Mash-Up: look for events at WG&R Furniture. Follow Fox Valley Food Truck Rally on Facebook for upcoming events.
Drive in Movie
Field of Scenes, Freedom

Outdoor Movies

Northeast Wisconsin is usually full of local parks and businesses offering free and very low-cost summertime entertainment like outdoor movies. Many venues haven’t announced their plans for summer movies. But here’s where you can catch a drive-in movie near the Fox Valley in Kaukauna or Chilton.

  1. Field of Scenes, Freedom 
  2. Get Reel Chilton Twilight Drive-In Theater, Chilton
  3. Grab a blanket and watch a Community Outdoor Movie. These are generally FREE!
  4. Kids Dream Family Summer Film Series from American Family Insurance is currently being planned — stay tuned for updates!
Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek Door County
Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek Door County

Camping

  1. Go camping!
  2. Reader Recommended Wisconsin Campgrounds
  3. Try a new campground treat Smores, Pudgie Pies and more
  4. Kid-Friendly Camping Recipes – Check out these Camping Recipes!
  5. Camp and visit the Plunkett observatory at Harrington Beach State Park
  6. Coming soon: Sensory considerations for successful family camping trips!
Stevens Point Sculpture Park
Stevens Point

Plan a Day Trip

Here are some of our favorites outside to help you start to plan your day!

  1. Appleton – Downtown Appleton, Lawrence University, Jones Park, City Park, go karts, mini golf and batting cages at Badger Sports Park, mini golf at Funset Boulevard
  2. Grand Chute – Bubolz Nature Preserve, Town Center Park
  3. New LondonMurals, Kist Kandies & Ice Cream, Mosquito Hill
  4. Neenah – Downtown Neenah, Riverside Park, Kimberly Point Lighthouse
  5. Menasha – Ice Cream at Lemon Loves Lime
  6. SherwoodWanick Choute Park, High Cliff State Park, Ice Cream and Mini Golf at Chubby Seagull
  7. Brillion – Lion mural, Brillion Nature Center
  8. ChiltonLedge View Nature Center, Caves, Wooden Park & Ice Cream
  9. Oshkosh – Menominee Park and Zoo, Paine Art Center and Gardens
  10. Fond du Lac – Lakeside Park
  11. Kaukauna – 1000 Islands Environmental Center, Dick’s Drive-In
  12. Green BayMurals, Pamperin Park, Heritage Hill, Zesty’s Frozen Custard, Bay Beach, Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Titletown District 
  13. De PereMurals, Art, Sunset Point Love Lock Tradition, St. Norbert College, Fox River Trail
  14. Door CountyThing to do in Door County with Kids
  15. Waupaca – Hartman Creek State Park, Red Mill
  16. Stevens PointFeltz Family Farms and Dairy Store, Stevens Point Sculpture Park, Green Circle, Schmeeckle Reserve, Downtown Murals, Ice Cream at Belt’s
  17. WausauQuarry hike at Rib Mountain State Park, Riverlife Park, JoJo’s Jungle
  18. SpartaSleep in a caboose!, Largest Bike Wheel, Elroy-Sparta state trail
  19. Wisconsin Dells (beyond the water parks) – Downtown Wisconsin Dells, Downtown Candy Shops, Devil’s Lake State Park, Wisconsin Deer Park, Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, Duck Tour, Paul Bunyans for Breakfast, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Wizard’s Quest
  20. Baraboo – Devil’s Lake State Park, Circus World Museum, Lavender Farm, Oschner Park and Zoo, Downtown Baraboo, the Baraboo Hills, New Life Lavender and Cherry Farm
  21. MilwaukeeMilwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee Museum, Discovery World
  22. Madison – Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Henry Vilas Zoo
  23. SheboyganBookworm Gardens, Kohler-Andrae State Park, North Beach and Playground, Lottie Cooper Shipwreck, Acuity Flagpole
  24. Two Rivers – Point Beach State Park, Washington House
  25. Weyauwega – Evanswood Outdoor Village shops, Animal Haven Farm and Zoo
  26. Shawano – Yoder’s Bakery, Shawano Lake, Twig’s Soda Museum
  27. Manitowoc – USS Cobia, Beernsteen’s, Screamin’ Cronuts, Sputnik Crash site
  28. Minneapolis – we have lots of ideas for a fun road trip!
olbrich botanical gardens madison
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison

Wisconsin Roots

  1. Watch the Milk Bottling Process Live at Lamers Dairy, Inc.
  2. Take a selfie with Bernice the giant fiberglass cow at Cedar Crest Ice Cream Parlor
  3. See a calf be born at Land O’ Lakes Birthing Barn at Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center
  4. Check out vintage farm equipment at the Historic Farm Museum
  5. Learn how to milk a cow at Mulberry Lane
  6. Observe the cheese-making process at Marieke Gouda and Scray Cheese
  7. Attend the Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival
  8. Whip up your own butter or make homemade ice cream
  9. Learn more about sustainability and ethical farming at the G Farm
Urban Air Adventure Park Appleton
Urban Air Adventure Park Appleton

Indoor Places to Play

These things are normally family favorite things to do during the summer but because of the current situation many have many modifications and some people may choose not to do. Check with business before visiting for modifications due to COVID-19

  1. Urban Air Adventure Park
  2. Building for Kids
  3. History Museum at the Castle
  4. Paper Discovery Center
  5. Trout Museum of Art
  6. Weis Earth Science Museum
  7. Green Bay Children’s Museum
  8. Neville Public Museum – Dinosaur exhibit
  9. EAA Air Venture
  10. Archery
  11. Art & Craft Studios
  12. Bowling – Kid’s Bowl FREE
  13. Bumper Cars & Boats
  14. Children’s Clothing Stores
  15. Children’s Museums
  16. Haircuts
  17. Home Depot FREE Kids Workshops
  18. Ice Skating
  19. Indoor Play Areas
  20. Libraries
  21. Manicures / Pedicures
  22. Movie Theaters
  23. Rock Climbing
  24. Roller Skating
  25. Swimming Indoors
  26. Toys, Games & Hobby Stores
Burger Fest Hot Air Balloon Festival
Burger Fest Hot Air Balloon Festival

Events are Back!

  1. Children’s Week in Appleton: July 25 – 31, 2021
  2. County Fairs
  3. Community Festivals
  4. Kite Festivals
  5. Hot Air Balloon Festivals, Rallies, and Glows
  6. Mile of Music in Appleton: August 5 – 8, 2021
  7. Breakfasts on the Farm

What’s on your Summer Bucket List? We would love to hear what you are up to!

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  1. Something that may be of interest – Every year, the 3rd Saturday in July (this year it’s July 18th) is Wisconsin Aquaculture Day. Aquaculture is “Fish Farming”….numerous Fish Farms around the state offer tours & information, fee fishing & other activities that are open to the public & something interesting to both children & adults. We own a Trout Farm in New London – Wilderness Springs & are open May thru September on Saturdays & Sundays from 9am-4pm for fee fishing of Rainbow Trout. You do not need a fishing license, trout stamp or limit of fish you can catch. We supply simple cane poles & bait at no cost. You pay for the fish you catch by the pound & we will also clean your fish, bag & ice them. For a list of places that are open for Aquaculture Day you can go to http://www.wisconsinaquaculture.com under Events for a complete listing.

  2. Trying to enjoy summer with our 9 year old after a very expensive ivf cycle….finding many low price free options in the valley we never new were here!!! Last summer as a family of 3 trying to make it a fun one!

  3. We are enjoying our summer with camp outings, swims at the Meade pool and playing at parks! We especially enjoy Memorial Park in Appleton! We would love to win one extra fun for this summer 🙂

  4. We enjoyed our summer by staying local going to Bookworm Gardens, Green Bay Packers Family Night, West of the Lake Botanical Gardens Manitowoc, Neshoto Beach Two Rivers, Green Bay Botanical Gardens, Bay Beach, Camping in the backyard and a mini vacation to Guernee Mills Six Flags and Rockhounding vacation to Minnesota.

  5. We have been enjoying our summer by heading to new parks in Door County, swimming at the Kaukauna Pool, having lots of fires complete with S’Mores and of course the family trip to Bay Beach!

  6. Cookout at Plamann Park on the 4th of July!
    Went to The Millwakee Zoo with the Family!
    Went Bay Beach/ Bay Beach wild life
    Went to South Rico’s in Kimberly for Ice Cream!
    Breakfast on the Farm!
    The Mulberry Farm with family&Friends on Mother’s Day!
    went Swimming and played the Gymnastics area at Heart Of The Valley YMCA!
    Went to Paper Fest with my daughter’s had a blast with the sawdust coin finding!
    Went to the Splash Pad in Sherwood for the first time! The kids had a blast!
    Had a early Bithday party for my youngest daughter at High Cliff State Park!
    Went to Art At The Park! ( City Park in Appleton)
    Went to Family Fun Fest at Little chute Doyle Park/swimming in the pool!
    Elks club drug free life ! Free swimming at Kaukauna Pool!
    Home Depot free kids workshops!
    Played at the school park’s!
    Went to Cheese Fest !

  7. Ann Brennenstuhl

    We are enjoying summer by exploring the valley. We just moved up here a month ago and have found Sunset Beach, Doyle Park, and Little Chute Library. We are looking forward to trying many other ideas on the list.

  8. Our family has had an amazing summer!! Most of our summer has been spent at the beach in Freemont – an amazing place to swim and hang out for the day at! We would love to finish it up by visit a few local places!

  9. Lots of swimming, playing tennis, backyard kickball, nightly walks, etc… Still plan on bay beach, and bookworm gardens! Oh and farmers market;)

  10. We’ve had an unusually busy summer but have done lots of swimming, ice cream eating, and park visiting. We’re planning to squeeze a trip to Bay Beach into this month.

  11. We’ve enjoyed our summer by going to the pool mostly! Outdoor movies, bay beach, NEW zoo. Would love to do a few more things with the kids before school starts!

  12. We’ve enjoyed our summer by going to the pool mostly! Outdoor movies, bay beach, NEW zoo. Would love to do a few more things with the kids before school starts!

  13. Michelle Middleton

    We’ve enjoyed summer by visiting family in Canada, having backyard fire pits and lots of time outside riding bikes, scooters and trampoline jumping!

  14. Our family enjoyed this list,if you ask my kids they will tell you that they had a awesome summer,I check go valley kids everyday for such awesome ideas to do with the kids,I love seeing the smiles on their face,we spent a lot of time at pollock pool in Oshkosh it’s our favorite place to go with the warm temperatures this summer. The bucket list is almost complete were planning on going to the Milwaukee zoo yet and one more trip to bay beach,thank you for such great ideas summer of 2016 was a blast thanks to go valley kids

  15. We’ve been to Little Amerrika, Wisconsin Dells, and Neshotah beach. We try to do day activities. Hard to plan things sometimes when your husband is a police officer..days off aren’t always days off. 🙂

  16. We’ve been doing lots of swimming, library reading program, parks, camping, Bay Beach, timber rattler game, picnics, and every other fun thing we can fit in! Great list above, Go Valley Kids!

  17. Going to the parks, and buboltz nature place, bay beach, splash pad. Haven’t made it to a baseball game yet though

  18. We are currently crossing the last few things off of our bucket list – the Milwaukee County Zoo, State Fair and Bookworm Gardens!

    Still need to just do the wildlife sanctuary, Brown Co fair and Resch aquatic center!

    LOVED this summer with my two kids!

  19. We went to Mulberry Farm for the first time and loved it! Timber Rattler game and Bay Beach were other highlights. We still have lots to do in our last few weeks.

  20. We’ve been getting in several camping trips, visiting the library, ice cream stops, Bay Beach, planning for the fair now.

  21. We went to Deyoung zoo, new zoo, pools, beach, outagamie county fair, splash pad, EAA, library events, strawberry picking

  22. Brewer game, timber tattler game, a trip to the mall of America, and kayaking when the weather permits. #lovesummer

  23. Tamara Brockington

    We took the kids to the national parks in Utah. It would be nice to do some things in the local area. Thank you sooooo much for doing this!

  24. Elizabeth wichmann

    We’re learning how to play outside with balls and crusing around on everything. And this weekend we’re going swimming! (First time for my little man)

  25. Summer is winding down, and we are just starting on our bucket list! Finally went camping, went to a trats game, and bay beach. Also went to two rivers/manitowoc for a beach day because of your post about it. We loved it! The zoo, bookworm gardens and building for kids is left.

  26. Our family has enjoyed swimming at many different pools in the area, hiking at 1000 Island, Bay Beach, Chickenfest, camping in Canada and Door county, farmers markets, library reading program, strawberry picking, and several trips to Mulberry Lane.

  27. Cina Jeffers-Fox

    Too many fun things to remember…we’ve enjoyed a lot this summer including Bay Beach, Swimming at the MANY pools and lakes in our area, Noahs Ark, Great America, Splash Pad in Sherwood, Winnebago Cty Fair….

  28. So far we have enjoyed our summer by vacationing in Door County, swimming at Sunset and Pollock Pools, hunting for Pokemon at many different parks, and Mike of Music. We would love to try to squeeze in a few more adventures before summer is over!

  29. We did a lot this Summer and still have more on the calendar this month!

    We went strawberry picking, visited several parks (made it to 13/15 on our list), spent several afternoons at the beach, library, and lots of days enjoying our backyard and pool!

  30. Your website is such a great resource for families! Recently we went to the Tall Ships Festival and a T Rat game. Lots of fun days trips throughout the summer. Great America was a blast too!

  31. Finishing my summer with a Brewer game and golfing…It goes by way too fast!!! My kids get to go up North and enjoy nature with the grandparents.

  32. This summer we have gone hiking at many parks, enjoyed fresh produce at the Farmers Market, gone swimming at Sunset beach and in Two Harbors, planted a garden, and spent some Fridays at the Timber Rattled games!!! We love Appleton!!!!

  33. We have been enjoying all the things our great city of Neenah has to offer. We LOVE the out to lunch concert series, the great concerts at Riverside Park, and especially all the awesome activities our Neenah library has to offer!!

  34. We’ve been enjoying our summer by attending some local events like Touch a Truck and A Day Out With Thomas, but also by relaxing and going to the beach (Elkhart Lake) and camping in Peninsula State Park – we got there twice this year!

  35. My daughters and I have picked strawberries out at Cuff farms, so yummy, wandered around the Farmers market, tasted our way through the Food Truck Rally, cooled off at the splash pad in South Park, took advantage of kids bowl free and even relaxed in the new dreamlounger seats at the movie theater one hot summer evening!

  36. Heather Gonzalez

    We spend a lot of time outside playing in the water, going to a few baseball games, traveling to the Shedd aquarium and Milwaukee zoo. Mostly we have had so much fun just being together and making new memories

  37. We have done a lot of camping, swimming, trips to family in Illinios, childrens museum and much more! Would love to win

  38. We got pool passes for the first time for Neenah Pool, so we have spent lots of time at the pool. A great way to cool off and spend time together as a family. 🙂

  39. Every summer I have tried to get the kids out and about, away from the tv and ipads! But this year has been a struggle being pregnant. All i want to do is relax and stay in for AC but i know thats not good! This summer i have waddled and hobbbled through many kids events that i can thank Go valley kids for informing me. Gotta love facebook! So far, we’ve gone to WI dells, camping, Wi state fair, along with some nearby county fairs. We go to the city pools and the Y as well.

  40. Had a blast at the Thomas the Train Your in June! Planning to cross of several more things still in August. Special Memories Zoo in Greenville and Milwaukee County Zoo were a couple of other highlights. Fireworks at Catfish Extravaganza Family night was a first and well worth it!

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