Many of you attended graduation parties are being attended, BratFest brats have been gobbled down, and the new polar bear exhibit at the Henry Vilas Zoo is open.  Those events signify the beginning of summer…hurrah!

A few years ago, when gas prices were very high, I did a post on a Staycation; “stay” close to home and explore all southern Wisconsin has to offer.  Well, gas prices have come down, but a Staycation is still a great opportunity to grab a mini-vacation for a day or two here and there throughout the summer.  Here are a few ideas to get you started:

House on the Rock – Spring Green, WI

This unusual attraction began in 1945 as the brain-child of Alex Jordan who envisioned a retreat built on top of Deer Shelter Rock.  The attraction is open year round and includes the house, the Inn and the Resort.

Old World Wisconsin – Eagle WI

Get lost in the life of a rural Wisconsin resident of the late 19th century at Old World Wisconsin.   The living museum is a re-creation of working farmsteads and settlements established by European immigrants looking for a better life. 

Wyalusing State Park – Wyalusing, WI

At the confluence on the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers in the town of Wyalusing, the park offers spectacular views, hiking and camping. It’s the perfect destination for a day trip or an overnight camping experience.

Merrimac Ferry – Merrimac, WI

Not much time?  Take a scenic drive north on Hwy. 113 and take the Merrimac Ferry across the Wisconsin River from Merrimac to Okee.  It’s the only free ferry in the state and runs 24 hours a day seven days a week from April-November.  Grab an ice cream cone at the Ferry stop while you wait!

Whatever you summer plans, be sure to take advantage of all Madison and the state have to offer.  The opportunities are endless.  Enjoy!