15 Things Wisconsinites Should Add To Their Summer Bucket List

15 Things Wisconsinites Should Add To Their Summer Bucket List

The great state of Wisconsin has so much to offer

With summer coming right around the corner many of us are making plans to go on extravagant vacations when there's plenty of fun things to do right here in our great state of Wisconsin. To out of towners, the state may just be a flyover state full of corn fields and little farm towns, but to us Wisconsinites this state is he perfect place to spend our summer vacation. Here's a list of 15 things all Wisconsinites should add to their summer bucket list!

1. Go to a music festival

Wisconsin has so many different music festivals to offer! One of the most popular ones is probably Summerfest, but there are many other music festivals during the summer months in Wisconsin including Rock Fest, Country Fest, Country Thunder, Country USA, and Country Jam. Each festival is uniquely its own and there's something out there for everybody, so this is definitely an item music lovers should add to their summer bucket list.

2. Take a trip to the Dells

Everybody knows that Wisconsin Dells is the waterpark capital of the world, so if you want to see what all the talk is about, take a day trip to the Dells and ride as many water slides as you can. And if water parks aren't really your thing the area has many other attractions to offer, like spending the day at Devil's Lake or hiking on the state park trails.

3. Visit one of the many state parks

Devil's Lake is just one of the 66 state parks Wisconsin has to offer. Each state park offers a different experience for visitors. Visitors can hike, bike, kayak, and observe nature at any of the parks across the state. It's a great place to visit for any nature enthusiast.

4. Get out on the water

Wisconsinites know how to enjoy the water, so it's no surprise they've come accustomed to lake living. Summer is the perfect time to take your boat out on the lake to soak up some sun or to do some fishing. Don't worry if you don't have a boat though because many Wisconsinites enjoy canoeing, kayaking, and even river tubing during the summer months.

5. Go to the Wisconsin State Fair

The Wisconsin State Fair has something to offer to everyone! There's a ton of rides for children (and kids at heart), there are endless amounts of great food, and here's a number of events and performances fair goers can enjoy.

6. Go strawberry picking

This is one of my personal favorites. I have pictures of me as a baby covered in strawberry juice because I found the bucket of fresh strawberries and I have countless memories of eating more strawberries than I save. Mid to late June is usually the peak time for the strawberry season, so if you love the sweet fruit as much as I do I urge you to go strawberry picking at your local strawberry farm.

7. Go to your local June Dairy Days

It only makes sense that Wisconsinites celebrate the national dairy month since we are known as America's dairyland. Many towns celebrate the June dairy month by having "June Dairy Days" the first week or so of the month. Some of the things the dairy days has to offer is a cheese chase 5K, tractor pulls, truck pulls, live music, and of course a carnival. It's a fun event to go to for any small town Wisconsinite.

8. Go to a small town food festival

Similar to the June Dairy Days, many towns have food festivals throughout the summer. One that I'm most familiar with is The Loyal Corn Fest, where they serve truckloads of corn on the cob on a conveyer belt. Fest goers pay somewhere around five dollars to eat unlimited corn on the cob for the duration of the festival. Some other food festivals across the state include a cheese curd festival, a strawberry festival, and a Bush's Baked Beans and Bacon Days.

9. Go camping

Camping is a fun and inexpensive thing that you should add to your summer bucket list! Wisconsin is filled with county and state parks, so there are countless areas for campers to tent up. It's a great way to disconnect from regular day to day life and reconnect with friends and family.

10. Visit Door County

This is another one of my personal favorites! I grew up going to door county every summer to go salmon fishing, but now that I've made the trip myself I've realized how much of a paradise it is for foodies, creative spirits, and nature enthusiasts alike.

11. Visit the state capital

If you're more of a city person, then Madison's the place for you! It has a ton of history and it's the state's most popular college town, so there's a wide variety of things to explore in the city. State Street is the place to go if you want to see the heart of it all.

12. Explore Wisconsin's ATV trails

For anyone that's never ridden an ATV, it's so much fun! It's a great way to see the nature our state has to offer when you don't necessarily want to break a sweat doing so. There are numerous ATV trails across the state and each one will show you a different side of Wisconsin's wildlife.

13. Take a brewery tour

Wisconsin is known for their love of beer, so there are numerous breweries across the state. There are large manufacturers and even small one man run breweries across the state. Each brewery offers their own spin on beer, so there's something for everyone to enjoy. Even if you're not a huge fan of beer this might be an interesting item to add to your summer bucket list.

14. Visit Cave of The Mounds

Cave of The Mounds is about 30 minutes west of Madison and it's definitely a must see. It's an underground cavern and tours are given every day of the week. Inside the cave, visitors can see beautiful limestone that has grown over the years.

15. Go Up North

Last, but not least, you should definitely go spend some time up north. It's a different place for everyone, but generally "Up North" is somewhere in the northern half of the state where people go camping or to a family cabin preferably on a lake. It's a place where you forget about the rest of the world and focus on spending time with the ones around you. It's a truly magical place!

If you find yourself in the state of Wisconsin this summer, you definitely should never murmur the words "I'm bored." This state has plenty to offer when it comes to opportunities to have a good time.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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15 Steamy Summer Date Ideas That Won't Burn Through Your Bank

Don't let date night get repetitive this summer...


With a new season, comes new opportunities for super fun date ideas to keep your love life fresh and fun. I'm sure your favorite brunch place is great, but why not take advantage of the beautiful weather and try out some new things with your significant other this summer?

1. Go to the farmers market.

There is something so refreshing about walking through a farmers market. How could you not be happy when surrounded by fresh fruit, coffee stands, and live music? This is such an easy way to get some sunshine and grab some AMAZING food. My farmers market used to have everything from freshly pressed lemonade to waffle sandwiches. If you want to take the date a step further, find a recipe before you go, and buy fresh ingredients to cook a yummy dinner together later that night.

2. Tie-dye matching T-shirts.

Tie-dye is messy, so take advantage of the beautiful weather and head outside where things can get as messy as you want! What a cute little date souvenir too!

3. Late night ice cream run.

Ice cream is cool and everything, but something about ice cream in the middle of the night seems way more adventurous than a mid-day scoop. And the only time of the year that its going to be warm enough out to get ice cream late at night is, of course, summer!

4. Draw with chalk.

Honestly, your possibilities with this are pretty endless. Drawing contests, hop-scotch, make a masterpiece together, whatever your heart desires. Bring a speaker and maybe some bubbles too while you're at it, sometimes embracing our inner child is a necessary, grounding experience.

5. Throw a barbecue.

Who says spending time together is limited to only the two of you? Cooking together for your friends can be great bonding time too. Invite the crew and spend the afternoon outside at a park or in a backyard. Bring some music and maybe some activities like frisbee or kickball and enjoy some beautiful social time.

6. Take partner dance lessons.

Salsa, tango, swing, rumba, foxtrot, your opportunities are endless. Nobody is saying you have to be good, but how fun will it be to have some new moves to show off next time you and your friends go out dancing or to a concert?

7. Float down a river.

Go with just the two of you or bring some friends, either way, this is a perfect way to spend a few hours out in the sun while staying cool in the water!

8. Take your dogs to the dog park.

Parks are already fun, but when they're full of dogs they're about a million times better! Also, who doesn't love watching their significant other play with puppies?!? It doesn't get cuter than that.

9. Go cliff jumping.

In a safe spot, of course! You know what they say, you should do something that scares you every day...

10. Go on a road trip

A road trip is perfect because it's not as huge of a commitment as going on a real vacation together, but it's still a good little getaway where you are sure to bond a ton. You will have the whole car ride to talk and jam out to each other's favorite songs, how could that not be a grand time?

11. Get artsy and do a photoshoot.

Even if you're not a photographer, its kind of fun to get creative with a camera! Pick a spot somewhere nearby with cool scenery (try golden hour for extra gorgeous photos) and be each other's models. It will be a nice simple date, plus you will get some good Insta content!

12. Go to a sports game.

Plan ahead and get some tickets to go see a sports game in your town or one nearby! Sports games have such a fun upbeat atmosphere, plus fun food, and they're a good excuse to get decked out in fun fan gear!

13. Go mini golfing.

SUCH a cute and fun date idea. Mini-golfing dates never fail to bring out peoples silly sides. Why not make it a competition? Loser buys ice cream for the two of you when you're finished.

14. Go rollerblading.

OK, this one scares me personally, but for anyone with the athletic ability to attempt this, I fully encourage (and envy) you! What cuter sight to see than the two of you holding hands gliding down the city walk together? Just please wear your pads!

15. Have a car wash.

I don't mean go to the car wash together! I mean break out the speaker, the buckets, the sponges, the hose, and get soapy and silly together in the sun. Who knew cleaning could be so much fun?!

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