Sometimes you just want to get away for a couple hours and enjoy time with family and friends. If you’re looking for fun day trip ideas, check out our ideas right here in Walworth County. Plus, we’ve included some local favorites if you have time for a couple extra stops!
Take a Day Trip to go Cruising
Lake Geneva Cruise Line has cruises that run daily throughout the summer. The cruises, that start at the Riviera piers in downtown Lake Geneva, take riders on tours of Geneva Lake that can be as short as one hour or up to a two-hour Full Lake Tour. There are also specialty tours like the US Mailboat Tour, the Black Point Estate Tour, the Ice Cream Social Tour, and tours that include lunch, brunch, dinner, or cocktail hours.
Take a Day Trip to a Top-Rated Waterpark
Timber Ridge Waterpark located at The Grand Geneva is not only one of Wisconsin’s top rated indoor waterparks, but it also has two top golf courses, a unique horseback riding experience, and several restaurants. Timber Ridge’s Moose Mountain Falls is a 50,000-square foot indoor and outdoor water park with a 35-foot-high slide that takes you on a 300-foot ride full of twists and turns. For a slower water adventure, the Lazy River features more than 500 feet of floating. If you have littles in your group, the Tiny Timbers area is safe and keeps them entertained with swings, slides, spouts, and a new water table.
Take a Day Trip to Experience some Magic
For an exciting evening, head to the Tristan Crist Magic Theatre. The Tristan Crist Magic Theatre is Lake Geneva’s original magic and illusion theatre featuring a Vegas-style magic showroom with all 175 seats close to the action. The theatre hosts a magic and illusion show featuring master illusionist Tristan Crist, and several other shows including a sleight of hand show, a variety juggling show, a mind reading show, and other guests throughout the year.
Take a Day Trip to see The Dancing Horses
The Dancing Horses Theatre puts on a creative, artistic, and technical show that creates a magical experience for you and your family. The show is meant to evoke memories that many of us have from childhood with an array of horse breeds who perform alongside their trainers.
BONUS: 5 Cozy Coffee Shops in Walworth County
- Inspired Coffee
For coffee with a purpose, head to Inspired Coffee in downtown Lake Geneva. Inspired Coffee employs people with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. They serve several coffees that are roasted locally, along with espresso, tea, and coffee-free drinks. They also have locally baked goods that are gluten free.
- Boxed and Burlap
Boxed and Burlap is the place to go if you’re looking for a welcoming space and handcrafted coffee. With two (soon to be three) locations in Delavan and Lake Geneva, Boxed and Burlap is great for grabbing a coffee to go or sitting and enjoying the ambience for a while.
Hidden just outside of Elkhorn, Stillwater Coffee Company serves Stone Creek Coffee and other selections of tea and food. Their bright and cheery café is a great spot to chat with friends, enjoy a book, or grab something to eat.
- Coffee Mill
The Coffee Mill is a family-owned, community coffee shop located in Fontana (with two locations during the summer). They serve organic and Free Trade coffee and teas, hand-crafted drinks, fresh smoothies, and their homemade oatmeal bake in a relaxing and friendly environment.
The SweetSpot Café in Whitewater features a full drink menu, pastries, and breakfast and lunch options. Their large couch is perfect for catching up with friends or grab a table to get some work done.
BONUS: 5 Stops to Experience Wisconsin in Walworth County
The best part of heading to Walworth County is we have everything you think of when you think of Wisconsin. Grab some local cheese from The Cheese Box in Lake Geneva, head to East Troy Brewery for some fried cheese curds, grab an Old Fashioned at Mar’s Resort, stop at Duesterbeck’s for a craft beer brewed right on the property, and stop for a Friday Fish Fry at the Duck Inn Supper Club in Delavan.
BONUS: 5 Places to Get a Drink on the Lake
The only thing that makes a cold drink in the summer better is a waterfront view! If you’re on the west end of Lake Geneva, head to Chuck’s in Fontana. To hang out with the locals, head to DJ’s in the Drink on Lake Como or The Inn Between on Delavan Lake. After a day on Lauderdale Lakes, The Landing is the place to go. And if you’re out by Lake Beulah, head to Lulabell’s Dockside for food and drinks.
These are just some of the great places to experience Walworth County during a day trip. Once you get here, we bet you’ll find some unique stops on your own!