16 Fun Things To Do In Northeastern Wisconsin This Summer

16 Fun Things To Do In Northeastern Wisconsin This Summer

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Summer is finally upon us! No more exams, homework or stressing about school. Summer is my most favorite season because of the warm weather and fun stuff that goes on throughout it, especially where I'm from.

Summer may be super cool and all because it involves no school but sometimes sitting around and doing nothing can get pretty old real fast. Sometimes you'll sit there wondering what you possibly could do with your friends that's enjoyable and affordable. Here are 16 ideas for some amusement this summer here in Northeast Wisconsin!

1. Sno Biz - Kimberly, WI

Sno Biz is one of my top places in the summer. It's located in Shopko's parking lot in Combined Locks. It's cheap and super delicious. Grab your date and chill out and enjoy some shaved ice. Who doesn't love a good snow cone?

2. Field Of Scenes - Freedom, WI

If you love movies like my boyfriend does, you'll love heading out to Freedom for the outdoor movie theater. They always show 2 movies so you're there for more than an hour. There's also a little food place that serves great food and drinks if you get hungry during your movies.

3. High Cliff State Park - Sherwood, WI

High Cliff is always an adventure no matter what. Whether it's watching the sunset go down on top of the observation pavilion or simply just hiking through the rocks. There's always so much to explore there.

4. Downtown Appleton Farm Market - Appleton, WI

The farmer's market in Appleton starts in June and has so many tents set up filled with treats, meats, bakery goods, and handmade gifts. Since the market is on College Ave in Appleton, there's also many restaurants and shops you can visit as well. You'll even get to squeeze in some exercise from all the walking!

5. Attend a Timber Rattlers game - Appleton, WI

The Timber Rattlers are Northeastern Wisconsin's minor league baseball team. Games are always going on throughout the summer and a lot of times you can score free tickets! Get some friends and head on over to the Fox Cities Stadium and watch some baseball.

6. Country USA - Oshkosh, WI

Country USA, or as many call it "CUSA," is one of the largest country music festivals. It's a 5 day long festival that involves food, country music, beer and having fun with your friends. Usually you can score a ticket for cheap. 2018's dates are June 19-23!

7. Fireworks - Fox Cities Area, WI

For the 4th of July, head on over to Memorial Park in Appleton to enjoy food, games and a concert followed by fireworks! Another favorite spot of mine is Jefferson Park in Menasha. You're right along the lake so you get great views!

8. Rock USA - Oshkosh, WI

If you're not a big fan of country music, Rock USA is a perfect substitution. Located at the same spot CUSA is which is at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, you can enjoy a straight 3 days of non stop rock!

9. EAA - Oshkosh, WI

The EAA event that happens in the summer attracts people from all around the states. It includes many neat air shows, games, exhibits and so much more fun.

10. Mile of Music - Appleton, WI

Calling all music lovers! The Mile of Music is located downtown Appleton along College Ave. It includes up to 225 different artists on many different stages up and down the Ave! Also, it's quite cheap since most shows are free to attend.

11. NEW Zoo - Green Bay, WI

The NEW Zoo is located in Green Bay and features tons of animals and fun. They even have a petting zoo!

12. Berry picking - Bonduel, WI

Head on over to Porter's Patch in Bonduel to pick some of your favorite summer berries. Strawberry season is right around the corner. Who doesn't love freshly picked berries?

13. Bay Beach Amusement Park - Green Bay, WI

Bay Beach is fun for anyone at any age. It includes little rides for the tikes to a roller coaster for the bigger kids (or adults too)! Sit back and enjoy the view of the Bay of Green Bay while you ride the little train.

14. Wolf River tubing - New London, WI

Tubing down the Wolf River is one of my favorite things to do in the summer. It's the perfect time to get a tan, relax and enjoy some quality time with your best buds while cruising down a river.

15. Paradise Island Grill & Ice Cream - Appleton, WI

Paradise Island is my favorite ice cream place to go to in the summer. They have so many varieties of ice cream along with some great smoothies and food. This place really does always remind me of summer.

16. ____fest - Fox Cities, WI

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Wherever you look there is always a fest going on in the summer. Whether it's Cheesefest, Paperfest or even Chickenfest. Go to one and expect tons of live music with great food, rides and games.

There's always so much to do in the great part of Northeastern Wisconsin. Wherever you look there is always something fun going on somewhere. This list is just to start you off... Happy summer!

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As a cast member, you can get free entry to the Disney theme parks. So why not make use of your tickets to head over to Disneyland to see where all the magic originated?

1. Freak out about the history.

Walt Disney LITERALLY walked these grounds. Not that you're freaking out or anything, but you are. Let's talk about Main Street, Sleeping Beauty Castle, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more. Walt Disney literally had a hand in all of it. This is the original park where all the magic was designed and created and you can't help but geek out.

2. Compare the attractions.

They're the same, but they are also different. Let's talk about the facade of The Haunted Mansion. Loving it in New Orleans Square! Thunder Mountain: the same but mirror opposites. Space Mountain you have a riding buddy, but on Splash Mountain you don't. As a Cast Member, you notice all these small differences and can't help but geek out a little when you notice things you like better.

3. Admire the costumes.

They're SO CUTE! When you get used to seeing and wearing the same costumes all the time it is really cool to freak out over the new and unseen ones from a new land.

4. Appreciate the additional discounts.

Food. All the food. I feel like a VIP with all these food discounts!

5. Run back and forth between the parks...because you CAN!

You can get from California Adventure to Disneyland in about one minute! It's so close! What a dream! No busses, no monorail. It's just so convenient! You can hop back and forth all day without losing much time at all!

6. New Orleans Square.

Let's talk about how cool this land is! Walt Disney World is TRUELY missing out here. Without a doubt this is my favorite land in all of the Disney theme parks! I love that the Haunted Mansion is here. I LOVE the Mickey shaped beignets. The shopping is super cute. And you cannot forget about the Blue Bayou inside Pirates of the Caribbean.

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There's literally no contest here. After riding Radiator Springs Racers you'll never care about riding Test Track again. The story is just so immersive on Racers. And you actually are racing someone. It's so cute you could just ride over and over again.

8. Suddenly discover that Disney World is massive in comparison.

Walt Disney World is SO BIG! It really is its own world in comparison to Disneyland. Also, let's talk about the fact that Disneyland is literally right in the middle of LA. There has to be something said for the fact that Walt Disney World is all on its own. The experience is a bit more immersive in that way in Florida.

9. Plan your next trip back.

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Seriously though. The trip is just so short, even when you spend a couple of days at Disneyland. Despite its smaller size, there is still so much to see and do that you feel like your trip is inevitably too short no matter how long your stay is. The only thing to do is brainstorm to start planning your next trip out!

Walt Disney World will always be home, but as a Disney Cast Member, it's always good to go back to the place where the magic originated.

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After graduation, I boarded a flight to Denver, Colorado. I was alone on a plane going 1,000 miles west to a place I've never been. In a short amount of time, I knew I had made the right decision.

I spent eight months in the Rocky Mountains learning how to do the "adult thing." I worked 40+ hours a week in freezing temperatures and a ton of snow, making ten dollars an hour. In a resort town, ten dollars is not a lot of money. I lived on Wonder bread and eggs, I cooked on my hotplate on the top of my mini fridge. I was shown what it's like to work for the things I want, and it taught me to appreciate everything I've always been handed so easily, and that was something I really needed.

Throughout my adventure, I met so many different people in all different stages of life. I think that's the most important aspect of my entire trip. By working and living with people young and old, I learned different skills, living habits, and ways of life which I am forever grateful for. These people had shown me more about life in eight months than I had learned in my entire life, and without this experience, I would have never been introduced to half of the things I was introduced to.

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