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All About Lake Geneva
Located on the eastern shore of Wisconsin's Geneva Lake, the town of Lake Geneva is known for its dense, beautiful forests and historic Victorian-style mansions that dot the waterfront. Despite the town's small size and population, it draws travelers from Chicago and Milwaukee who come to take part in its abundance of recreational activities like boating, swimming, hiking, and more adventurous options such as ziplining and hot air balloon rides.
Several interesting cultural attractions can be found throughout the region, like the Yerkes Observatory, which after completion in 1897, served as the largest astronomical telescope in the world for several years. In addition, a vibrant downtown community plays host to weekly farmers markets, art galleries, trendy cafes, and popular events like the Venetian Festival — with its live music, fireworks show, craft fair, and carnival.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Lake Geneva
Temperatures and general weather conditions vary drastically throughout the year in Lake Geneva. Summers in the area tend to be temperate, with conditions conducive to water activities, hiking, and other outdoor recreation. If you're looking for Lake Geneva vacation rentals from around May to October, you can expect to find several weekly farmers markets taking place where you can purchase fresh produce, cheese, flowers, bread, jams, and local honey.
Despite the town's reputation as a summer getaway, winter has its draws. Be sure to bring heavy layers and boots as the temperature falls quite dramatically during this time, along with regular snowfall. The surrounding mountains provide sublime skiing and sledding, while the lake itself freezes for a chance to partake in the local tradition of ice fishing. Around the beginning of February, you can attend the Lake Geneva Winterfest, enjoy s'mores, bonfires on the beach, and watch teams from across the country compete in a 72-hour snow sculpting competition.
Top things to do in Lake Geneva
Geneva Lake Museum
The Geneva Lake Museum dedicates itself to preserving and showcasing the local history through interactive exhibits and regular events. Inside the museum is a recreation of the town from the mid-1800s through the 1930s. You can find businesses, homes, and everyday items that represent the period in either full scale or miniature form during your visit.
Geneva Lake Shore Path
This 21-mile walking path circles Lake Geneva while winding through historic neighborhoods and tranquil beaches. You’ll find stunning views of the lake, antique fishing vessels, and the Victorian estates along the lake shores. The path varies between dirt, pavement, and brick, depending on which property maintains the trail. The trail can easily be broken into smaller sections for a less daunting outing than the entire 21 miles.
Located on the George Williams College of Aurora University, the Ferro Pavilion is open for public use and contains native landscaping and picnic areas that overlook Lake Geneva. Several events are held here throughout the year, like Music by the Lake in the summer. This rotating festival is an ongoing concert series administered by the college, with live music across a variety of genres at the open-air venue.