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Anything to do between Milwaukee and Minny?

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Anything to do between Milwaukee and Minny?

We are planning our annual baseball trip and we will be seeing the Brewers and the Twins this upcoming August.

We plan on driving between the two cities, before flying back to New York.

We are 4 guys in our fifties. On last years trip we stopped over at Lake Havasu in Nevada and had a really good time.

I was wondering is there is any lakes that have a similar feel to Lake Havasu, along the way?

Or, if not, is there anything exciting to do along the way?

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1. Re: Anything to do between Milwaukee and Minny?

Madison is a great city and definitely worth a stop.

Wisconsin Dells has Lake Delton.

Devil's Lake State Park is beautiful.

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Wisconsin Dells is a huge tourist area, a lot of activities are geared toward kids and families but there are scenic boat and amphibious duck tours. Devils Lake State Park near the Dells is very nice, more like a mini Lake Tahoe than Havasu. It is not commercial, just beautiful scenery.

I always suggest a meal stop at the Norske Nook in Osseo, Wi, just south of Eau Claire. They have fantastic pies and home made everything. You might consider a stop at the Leinenkugel Brewery in Chippewa Falls.

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or, this might be of interest:


right in MKE...try to go on a tuesday, it's cheap day...

if you're into aviation, this is a bit out of the way (not much if you take route 29 east out of eau claire to wausau, then US 10 from stevens point to oshkosh):


and, if you happen to be in transit between the 2 cities late july/early august:


if that ain't your thing, then the wisc dulls area, as mentioned, is your best bet.... other popular boating lakes to check out that that i'm familiar with in the same general area are green lake, lake delavan, lake geneva, lake winnebago and lake butte des morts...all a bit out of the way, but not that bad....

IF you're willing to venture into the Northwoods almost due east of minny and about 1.5 hours north of green bay, and the river conditions are right (not likely in august, but ya never know) :



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Norske Nook in Osseo (pie) and Leinie's Brewery are always my suggestions. Add to it Dave's Brewfarm in Wilson just off I-94 and down the same road the best fresh cheese curds ever at Cady Cheese (former Pres. Bush even stopped there once).



Hudson, American Sky Brewing is a unique hangar style location:


Interstate State Park, north of Hudson along the river is fantastic to check out on both sides.



you could do a boat tour

or in Stillwater, MN there are great river boat tours as well.

As far as lakes others gave great suggestions, considering the areas.

Black River Falls has a great Northwoods feel if you want to check it out.

Hudson, WI and Stillwater, MN have great dining and Bayport, MN (next to Stillwater) has a great dining spot in Bayport BBQ.

One Wisconsin must do if you haven't is House on the Rock (Madison/Dells Area) in Spring Green www.houseontherock.com It is very eclectic architecture and fascinating collections. Three tours are worth it and will take you about four hours. It's definitely worth checking out if you get a chance.

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5. Re: Anything to do between Milwaukee and Minny?

These are all great ideas, I definitely must heartily recommend Madison, it's absolutely gorgeous and has amazing restaurants and bars. The University of Wisconsin campus is worth checking out, including State Street, which is for pedestrians only (and buses.) Devil's Lake State Park, located nearby is also really beautiful. This would be my first choice I would tell you guys to stop.

I also would recommend Leinenkugel's in Chippewa Falls if you head that way.

In my humble, personal opinion, I think you can skip the Dells unless you want to check it out just for the tourist scene. It's really mostly family-oriented and it can get crowded, not to mention overpriced. I just don't see how it would be a ton of fun for men in their 50s. Sure, there are a few fun bars and there's a kitschy atmosphere, but I think the other suggestions already offered are much better. I'm in my 30s and unless I visit the Dells with my nieces and nephews I think it leaves a lot to be desired.

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Pay attention to construction lane closures, it can add quite a bit of time to your MKE - MSP drive.

There is already a mess where I-94 meets i-894 and Hy 45 in west Milwaukee.

Wisconsin's DOT site is usually reliable.

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7. Re: Anything to do between Milwaukee and Minny?

The Mississippi Valley is great if you like water. It's a little longer drive but taking I90 to La Crosse and following the Great River Road up to the cities is beautiful and there are a few large lakes along the way.

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i hate when people post and ask questions, and never follow up.... shame on them.

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