The beach at Lake Ripley Park is a wonderful place to take the kids. From the beach front playground, to the basketball courts, tennis courts, disc golf course and concession stand, you can’t do wrong! There is a small entry fee. More info here.
The Highway 18 Drive-In is a quick 10 minute drive from The Victorian. There is a playground for the kids and vintage cartoons are shown before the first run movies. There are 2 movies a night. No food or drink can be brought into the drive-in, but they have a great concession stand which supports this wonderful place! Link to website.
This is a great, old fashioned, well kept and immaculate, family owned amusement park full of a ton of cool rides for the kids. This is a day the kids will remember for a long time! We recommend that you start at the unirail ride so that you can get an overview of the entire park and all the rides. They have recently built The Meteor, a throwback to the great, past wooden roller coasters like the ones that you rode when you were a kid. There’s a great 3 mile train ride where you’ll see ostriches, sheep, bulls, horses, zebras, and other animals. In the October, there is a Halloween Pumpkin Train at Little Merricka. This is a great fall outing with the kids. For one price, you get the 3 mile train ride and in the middle of the ride, each person gets to pick out a pumpkin to keep from a wonderful pumpkin patch. Located at 700 East Main St., Marshall, WI 608.655.3181 Link to website.
Jefferson Speedway (Racing & Flea Market)
See some great stock-car racing at this race track. It’s a 10 minute drive from Cambridge. On Sundays, you can enjoy the flea market where you may see some cute puppies, stroll and treasure hunt. Located at W8135 US Hwy 18, Cambridge, WI (take 18 East just past A). Look for it on your right (South) side. Link to Website
This museum is housed in the restored Cambridge School Building. It’s located at 213 South Street (one block south of Main St between Lawn and High Street). Link to website.
Bowling at Lake Ripley Lanes
LakeRipley Lanes Bowling Alley – Enjoy a game and a beer at this laid back classic WI bowling alley. They just added a wiffle ball field & beach volleyball court. Located on the corner of Route 12 & Park (just East of downtown Cambridge) 608.423.3233
Hinchley’s Dairy Farm: Enjoy a farm tour of this local dairy farm from April 1 – October 31st. A hayride is included with the tour. There is a corn maze and Halloween activities in the fall (on Rt. 73 just south of Route 12). Located at2844 Hwy 73, Cambridge, WI 608.764.5090
Busy Barns Adventure Farm W7675 Hwy 12 (between Cambridge & Ft. Atkinson) (920)691-6742 This is a new local pumpkin farm. Open during the fall (late Sept – late Oct). They have U-Pick Pumpkins, Corn Maze, Obstacle Course, etc. It’s very close and fun for the whole family.
Schuster’s Playtime Farm, Inc 1326 Hwy 12, Deerfield, WI 53531 (608)764-8488
This is another farm which provides tours and an area for the kids to interact with farm animals.
This is a great outdoor aquatic center with a zero depth pool, slides, diving boards, sand playgrounds, volleyball courts, etc. Located at 1300 Lillian St, Fort Atkinson. Link to website.
A local history museum with many interesting stories to share, the Hoard Historical Museum is like no other. Here you’ll find out about Sauk warrior, Black Hawk, and the 1832 Black Hawk War. Discover what kind of soldier young Abraham Lincoln was and learn how “Fort Atkinson” came to be. Explore the contributions of two locals of whom we’re very proud: William Dempster Hoard, the father of the Wisconsin dairy industry; and Lorine Niedecker, world famous poet. In between all this, you’ll see amazing collections of artifacts, artwork, and much more. The museum’s new permanent exhibit, Mysteries of the Mounds, is now open for viewing.
Visitors will also enjoy The National Dairy Shrine’s Museum, which features a multimedia show that captures the sights and sounds of dairy farming: past, present, and future.
401 Whitewater Ave., Ft. Atkinson, WI 53538 920.563.7769 Link to Website
A great children’s destination in a great downtown location. You can enjoy it for an hour or two, then have lunch at one of the great Madison restaurants or go to the Veterans or Historical museums or the Capitol building which are all within 1 block of each other. Located on the capitol square at100 Hamilton Street in Madison 608.256.6445. Link to website.
Thundering Acres, LLC: Thundering Acres is located in Lake Mills, WI and gives horse drawn wagon and carriage rides at their farm or at an event. They also offer winter horse-drawn sleigh rides on the farm. Link to website.
Karberg’s Apple Orchard (Fall months), 355 Hwy 12 & 18, Cambridge
Eplegaarden 2227 Fitchburg Road, Fitchburg, WI
Door Creek Orchard(608)838-4762 2227 Fitchburg Road, Fitchburg
There’s a million things you can do in Madison. Here’s a link to some fun activities.