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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Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

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Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

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'Culling' The Bullsh*t; Taking A Deeper Look At The Antibiotics In The Livestock Industry

You want the truth? Here it is.


As many people have seen around the internet, one of the hot topics is having cattle or other livestock antibiotic free. This has lead to a movement that is not only incorrect with their basic information, but they are hurting family farms across the nation. This stems from the idea that antibiotics contaminate meat products and will affect the consumer. In this article the main points that "justify" the antibiotic culture will be broken down and simplified. I hope by the end of reading this you will be more knowledgeable about this subject, and will make the best decision for you and your family.

1. "If you don't specifically buy antibiotic free meat, you will buy meat with antibiotics in it."

The FDA has control check on the processing line when livestock is processed. This means that the likelihood of any "antibiotic filled" animal to make it through is slim to none. If by chance a ranch or feedlot gets flagged by FDA, they will be fined with a bill in the thousands. This type of flag will make it difficult for that ranch to ever sell livestock in the normal market again. This is only one of the incentives for ranch owners to stay in the clear.

2. "Antibiotics are used to promote growth"

This statement is false. Antibiotics are used to treat an illness. Yes an animal might gain weight after treatment. But that is because when we are sick we tend to not eat as much. Once you start to feel better, it stirs up your hunger. Antibiotics are and have never been used to promote growth.

3. What happens to the animal on an antibiotic free farm when it gets sick.

Let's do a comparison example. If your child got sick what do you normally do? Take them to the doctor and if he prescribes a medication for them you would provide the correct amount to treat the illness. This is the same way with the livestock industry. Most antibiotics and medication in general are a prescription based. Therefore, a vet will need to sign off on the treatment of the animals. While most ranches will treat the illness and move on, antibiotic free farms need to move that animal off site to another ranch. Some of the time they have a secondary place where those treated animals go to live out their life. Not treating a sick animal is inhumane.

These are only a few of the antibiotic free lies that surround the livestock world. And I am not saying for someone to completely change their beliefs over one article, what I am saying is do your research. From both sides of the argument. Then base your final decision from what you have learned. The agriculture industry has many that oppose that will use fear-tactics to push their agenda. And although we are not a perfect industry, we are a very important part of society. And we hold high standards for ourselves because of that.

Thank you for reading,

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