Lake Geneva got its start as a tourist destination for Chicago’s wealthiest families, which lead to the impressive number of historic mansions that still surround the lake. Today, Lake Geneva welcomes visitors from all over to enjoy its sunny beaches, unique shops and awe-inspiring attractions like the nearby Yerkes Observatory and a Safari adventure. Read on to find ideas for your next visit to Lake Geneva.
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Cruise Around the Lake in Style
One of the best ways to truly appreciate Lake Geneva is to hop aboard a boat and experience it first-hand. Lake Geneva Cruise Line offers tours that include awesome sunset cruises, upscale champagne brunch boat rides and local history tours.
Explore 130 Years of History
The Black Point Estate & Gardens is a Queen Anne-style mansion built on Lake Geneva in 1888 by Chicago beer baron Conrad Seipp. Arrive for your tour of the estate (available May through October) the same way the family visited the home—by boat! With no roads that lead to the house, you and your crew can book a visit through the Lake Gevena Cruise Line that includes a 45-minute scenic boat ride on Geneva Lake.
Hit the Greens Together
Golfers, remember to pack your clubs. Lake Geneva is the perfect getaway for friends and families who love the sport. Here you’ll find some of Wisconsin’s best golf courses, including 54 holes of perfection at Geneva National Golf Resort & Club.
Stroll Through Fall Colors on the Lake Geneva Shore Path
Whether for a romantic stroll or as a way to stretch little legs, Lake Geneva Shore Path is a popular choice. The 20-plus miles of public walking paths showcase the history of the area and some of the state’s most beautiful homes. During the fall, the path transforms into a sea of orange, red and yellow. Already got your steps in? Lake Geneva boasts four different scenic drives that are especially popular in the fall.
Storybook Winter Festival
Every February, Winterfest transforms Lake Geneva into a true winter wonderland. You can watch the incredible artistry of the US National Snow Sculpting Competition, catch an aerial view of winter beauty with a helicopter ride or go on a tasty hot-cocoa crawl with friends.
Explore more of Lake Geneva in the quiet season with this inspirational itinerary.