Located in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions, Wisconsin is the 23rd biggest state by size and the 20th biggest by population. It has borders with Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, and Iowa, as well as stretches of shoreline along Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. The biggest city in Wisconsin is Milwaukee and the state capital is Madison. Known as 'America's Dairyland', Wisconsin has a rich history associated with the production dairy products, with farming consistently being a big part of the state's economy. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Overview

Overview
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Wisconsin makes a huge percentage of America's cheese, exporting its products all over the nation, with tourism also being a big part of the state's economy due to its proximity to the Great Lakes and many unique tourist attractions like the circus World Museum of Baraboo, the House on the Rock at Spring Green, and the Dells of the Wisconsin River. Lots of annual events are held all around Wisconsin each year too, including Summerfest and the Oshkosh Airshow, with hundreds of thousands of people heading to the state each year to take part in the festivities

Not only that, but Wisconsin can also boast of many lakes and rivers, making it a prime spot for water based activities of all kinds, with areas like Door County being perfect for boating and fishing. With a lot to offer for visitors of all ages, Wisconsin is a great state to explore. Lots of magical memories can be made in the Badger State, with plenty of campgrounds and RV parks all around to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. See below for contact info and full detailed overviews of a few of the best RV parks in Wisconsin.

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2.Fox Hill RV Park & Campground

Fox Hill RV Park & Campground
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Located in the little city of Baraboo, which is the biggest city in Sauk County and sits on the banks of the Baraboo River, Fox Hill RV Park & Campground has consistently ranked as one of the very best RV parks in all of Wisconsin. It's in a really nice location, conveniently close to some great restaurants, bars, and stores, while also offering easy access to some stunning natural areas like Devil's Lake State Park, Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area, Lake Wisconsin, the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area, and the Pine Island State Wildlife Area. So no matter what kind of activity you're looking to enjoy in Wisconsin, you'll find it here.

Fox Hill RV Park & Campground is spread out across 50 acres of picturesque woodland, with tall trees and wonderful wildlife being spotted all around. This park offers spacious, big rig friendly, full hook-up RV sites with 20/30/50 amp service and more. All guests at Fox Hill RV Park will also be able to benefit from the following features and amenities: free Wi-Fi, a heated swimming pool, a play area for young children, a camp store, a snack bar, a games room, a pet area for your furry friends to have some fun, spotless bathrooms, hot showers, scenic walking trails, a large pavilion, outdoor games and sports courts, laundry machines, and more.

E11371 N Reedsburg Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913, Phone: 888-236-9445

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3.Stoney Creek RV Resort

Stoney Creek RV Resort
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Situated in the small city of Osseo in Trempealeau County, Stoney Creek RV Resort lets visitors enjoy a different side to Wisconsin. Nearby attractions and points of interest include the Buffalo River and its Buffalo River State Trail, as well as various charming local towns and cities, and even quite convenient access up into Eau Claire. So if you want to see and experience a quiet slice of authentic Wisconsin life, this is a fine RV park to choose and has received a big number of 5-star reviews from past guests for its safety, cleanliness, and comfort ratings.

You'll find majestic views and big rig friendly RV sites at Stoney Creek RV Resort, with this RV park catering to all shapes and sizes of motor home. Rental cabins and tent sites can be found here too, and there's a really pleasant camping community feel all around this location which definitely helps to make it such a warm and welcoming place. On-site amenities at this Wisconsin RV park include a swimming pool, a smaller pool for children, multiple sports courts for games like volleyball and basketball, a skate park for the teens, an 18-hole mini golf course, foam machines, train rides, a restaurant, and so much more. Guests will also adore the camp mascot, Morey the Moose, and can have tons of fun with the scheduled activities and games that run all through the camping season.

50483 Oak Grove Rd, Osseo, WI 54758, Phone: 715-597-2102

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4.Plymouth Rock Camping Resort

Plymouth Rock Camping Resort
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It's not quite the same as the historic 'Plymouth Rock' everyone knows, but you'll definitely fall in love with Plymouth Rock Camping Resort if you choose to spend a few nights here. Many people visit Wisconsin to enjoy the state's scenic shorelines along two of the five Great Lakes of North America, and if you're heading down to WI to see one of the big lakes for yourself, this is a good RV park to choose as it's only a short drive away from the shore of Lake Michigan.

Beloved by people of all ages, Plymouth Rock Camping Resort is part of the Encore RV Resorts chain, which has enjoyed a lot of success all over the nation and really excels at providing amazing levels of customer service and extra long lists of amenities. The on-site amenities at this RV park, for example, include over 600 individual RV spaces with full hook-up services, waterfront views, fishing areas, a swimming pool, Wi-Fi access, a mini golf course, laundry machines, lots of picnic tables and BBQ areas, boat rentals, a restaurant, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, storage facilities, restrooms, hot showers, play areas, and so much more.

N7271 Lando St, Plymouth, WI 53073, Phone: 920-892-4252

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Attraction Spotlight: Chazen Museum of Art

The Chazen Museum of Art shows and collects works that support the studies, teaching, and research of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The museum consists of two buildings, the Elvehjem Building and the new Chazen Museum of Art Building, collectively offering a total 176,000 square feet of space. The majority of the museum’s public space is dedicated to exhibiting the permanent collection. The Elvehjem Building’s third-floor gallery offers visitors a look at ancient art in addition to European and American art through the 20th century. The new building houses the Asian and African collections as well as European and American modern and contemporary art of the 20th and 21st century. Specialty sub-collections are found throughout both buildings and include American and British ceramics, contemporary Japanese ceramics, Chinese export porcelain, Native American baskets, glass and medallic art.

The European and American paintings collection spans the 1300s through the present. The oldest painting in the collection is The Mourning Madonna by Andrea Vanni. Notable works include Orpheus Greeting the Dawn by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and The Schoolboy by Albert Gleizes, which was the first cubist painting in the collection. Sculpture at the museum spans ancient to present time, from Africa and Asia to Europe and the Americas. The oldest piece is a relief from Egypt’s Old Kingdom. Newer works include sculptures by Alexander Calder and Raymond Duchamp-Villon. Drawings, watercolors, and prints represent the 1400s through present day. There is a photography collection as well as a collection of applied and decorative arts. Notable collections from private donors (on which the museum solely relies) include the Joseph E Davies Collection of 89 paintings representing life and the ideals of Soviet socialism, donated to the museum in 1937. The Hollaender Collection consists of paintings, works on paper, and sculpture from the 1950s through the 1970s, from the Americas and Europe. The E.B. Van Vleck Collection of Japanese Prints showcases 4,000 Japanese woodblock prints, previously owned by Frank Lloyd Wright.

In addition to the permanent collection, the museum is home to the Kohler Art Library and the university’s Department of Art History. A prints study room and an objects study room are available by appointment for the special viewing of objects in the new building. The second floors of both buildings are reserved for temporary installations and events.

History: The Chazen Museum of Art first opened in 1970 as the Elvehjem Art Center. At the time, the museum housed the 1,600 paintings and works on paper that the university had been acquiring since 1885. Today, the collection has grown to over 20,000 works of art spanning cultures, media, and time.

The Conrad A. Elvehjem building opened in 1970. The 90,000-square-foot building was designed by Chicago-based architect Harry Weese, who played an important role in 20th-century modernism. In October of 2011, an 86,000-square-foot expansion was added. This newer building was designed by the Boston architectural firm Machado and Silvetti Associates. The two buildings are joined by way of a third-floor bridge, itself a gallery, which unifies the two buildings aesthetically and metaphorically.

Ongoing Programs and Education: In line with the university’s mission of public service, the museum strives to offer educational programming for children, students, and adults. Programs for the general public include mini-courses. These fee-based courses are taught by museum curators over a 3-week period and emphasize direct, hands-on examination of art in the permanent collection. Drop-in guided docent tours of the permanent collections are available twice weekly. Guests may reserve these and check the schedule by calling the museum ahead of time. Complementary educational programming highlights each of the museum’s temporary exhibits. These programs include artists’ talks, docent tours, films, workshops, and family activities.

Past and Future Exhibits: The Chazen museum hosts up to 12 temporary exhibits each year. Temporary exhibits are drawn from the museum’s own permanent collection or from works on loan from other institutions. Current exhibits include Samurai: The Way of the Warrior, an exhibit of more than 90 artifacts from Japanese warriors on loan from Museo Stibbert in Florence, Italy. Middle Child: Photographs by Alex Orellana is a photography exhibit by the winner of the 2017 Chazen Museum Prize for an Outstanding MFA Student, which explores gender identity. Upcoming exhibits include a collection of German expressionist prints collected by UW alumna and art historian Barbara Mackey Kaerwer, and Certainty and Doubt, showing paintings by Chicago-based artist Dan Ramirez, Professor Emeritus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

750 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706, Phone: 608-263-2246

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Attraction Spotlight: Henry Vilas Zoo

The Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin, promotes a human understanding of animals through recreation and education to encourage conservation and the protection of the living natural world. Admission is free at this community-supported zoo. The Big Cats exhibits feature African lions and Amur tigers. The cats can be seen all year round, as the enclosure features heated rocks for their comfort in the winter.

In the Tropical Rainforest Aviary visitors can see tropical plants, fish, and birds as they walk through the free-flight aviary. Outside of the aviary, otters play and swim in their waterfall, and the world’s largest rodent, the capybaras, can also be viewed. The Primate House is home to “pre-monkeys,” monkeys, orangutans, and other apes. In the Discovery Center and Herpetarium, visitors learn about the museum’s cold-blooded animals, including the green anaconda, and the largest of the tortoise species, the Aldabra tortoise. The Arctic Passage is the newest exhibit at the zoo and houses polar bears, grizzly bears, and harbor seals. There is also underwater viewing of the stream in which the polar bears fish. The Savanna and High Plains Exhibit is home to animals from high plains all around the world, including African giraffes, Bactrian camels from Asia and South American alpacas. To learn about wildlife from areas closer to Madison, Wisconsin, visitors will want to stop at the North American Prairie Exhibit to see the bison and the prairie dogs, which have their pups on display each spring. The new Wisconsin Heritage Exhibit features three American badgers and a rescued sandhill crane.

History: The Henry Vilas Park opened in 1904 with a donation of 63 acres of land from William F. and Anna M. Vilas. Their only stipulation was that admissions could not be charged. In 1911, the zoo officially opened in the park with the first animal exhibits. Bears were introduced in 1913, lions in 1917, and the first primates in 1929. In 1937, the City of Madison purchased the zoo and the Vilas Park along with several other local parks. Additional animals were introduced over the years, and their housing and exhibits were expanded. In 1983, the City of Madison transferred zoo ownership to Dane County in a process that would not be complete until 1993. In the early 2000s the zoo saw substantial updates with the introduction of a $1.2 million visitors center in the former aviary and the subsequent completion of the new $4.2 million Tropical Aviary. Both of these additions are part of the plan of a $27 million Zoo Century capital campaign. The Arctic Passage Exhibit (2015) and the Wisconsin Heritage Exhibit (2016) are the latest zoo additions. Today, the zoo is funded primarily through Dane County and contributions from the non-profit Friends of Henry Vilas Zoo.

Ongoing Programs and Education: Although all exhibits at the zoo are educational, the Animal Health Center is not only used as a hospital and quarantine center, but offers a classroom space where the next generation of zoo vets can learn about animal care. The Children’s Zoo includes the Red and Green Barn, which house a goat herd, red pandas, and aardvarks, and offer several activities for children including carousel and electric train rides. Zoo camps, zoo sleepovers, and group tours offer guests a behind-the-scenes look at the zoo, visits with zookeepers, and exclusive animal interactions. Bleacher Talks allow day visitors up-close interactions with animals, which they learn about in detail with a 30-minute talk. Several of the zoo’s programs are related to its commitment to conservation education. The Monarch Waystation, for example, is a garden just outside the aviary, in which migrating monarch butterflies may rest and find food. This program is in partnership with Monarch Watch of the University of Kansas. Catching Hope is a program that repurposes snares collected from poached wild animals and makes them into handcrafted goods such as dreamcatchers and keychains. Money raised from the sale of these crafts supports the IUCN Saola Working Group (SWG) to train more anti-poaching teams in Laos and Vietnam. Zoo Doo is a product made of lion and tiger feces, which is sold to locals to be used as deer deterrent in gardens.

Past and Future Exhibits: The Henry Vilas Zoo is host to both private and public events. Events in 2017 include the Rendez-Zoo fundraiser, which offers guests an “Out of Africa” culinary experience. The Zoo Run Run is an annual 5 or 10-kilometer run or walk, with a mission to raise funds for the zoo and keep it “forever free.”

702 S Randall Avenue, Madison, WI 53715, Phone: 608-266-4732

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Attraction Spotlight: Herbert and Katherine Jacobs First House

The First Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House is a Frank Lloyd Wright home in Westmorland in Madison, Wisconsin. The home was designed and built between 1936 and 1937 and is considered one of the most famous and purest examples of Wright’s Usonian style of architecture, a term which refers to a group of approximately 60 homes that Wright designed for the middle-class: Single-story dwellings without garages or much storage.

The 1,550-square-foot, 2-bedroom home has an L-shaped, open plan. The home has a small cellar containing a laundry room and the two small boilers for the radiant heating system. From the cantilevered carport roof, there is a “hidden” entryway into the open kitchen, which leads to the living room. The focal point of the living room is the fireplace. An alcove in the living room offers space for a built-in writing desk and is surrounded by a long row of built-in bookshelves. Opposite the bookshelves is a full wall of window doors, opening towards the spruce tree-lined sunken garden and patio picnic area. In the dining area of the home, which is connected to the living room, visitors may find the original dining table and chairs designed by Frank Lloyd Wright around 1920, along with a built-in cushioned bench. Ceilings throughout the house are of the same ponderosa pine and redwood design, which “reflects” the exterior of the home. On the exterior, the walls are interrupted by red brick piers which support the “floating” flat roof. A corner flower box between the carport piers and the front wall of the home was finally built during a major 1983 restoration, in keeping with Wright’s original plans. Plans for a full perimeter fence and additional outdoor patios were never realized.

History: Herbert Jacobs was a Madison newspaperman and an acquaintance of Wright. Jacobs challenged Wright to build him a home for less than $5,000. The result, referred to as Jacobs I or Usonia No. 1, is now renowned as the most famous and best example of Wright’s Usonian architecture. Out of the 1930s Depression era, Wright enjoyed a resurgence of his career with a few famous projects, among which was Broadacre City, a hypothetical 4-square-mile planned development based on ideals he had been working on his whole life. Among the ideals of Broadacre City was Wright’s idea that the United States of America should be renamed “Usonia” and families should be provided with simple homes that functioned in harmony with nature, as opposed to being set apart from it. Usonian homes were to reflect organic architecture and be made from wood undisguised by paint, baked clay, or stone. Large glass walls should offer the sensation that the home was merging with nature.

In fact, Wright forced Jacobs to give up the original plot of land they purchased for two lots across the street in order to better situate the home within the natural landscape. Although Frank Lloyd Wright built close to 300 Usonian homes after this one and before his death in 1959, the Jacobs First House is noted for honoring the original intent of Wright’s Broadacre City homes in its simplicity. It’s open plan layout, with a kitchen directly adjoining the dining area, is noted for its historical importance in influencing many of the American Ranch Style homes that inhabited the suburbs of the post-war era. In 1983 the home underwent a major restoration project. The years-long project aimed to correct damage due to age and wear, but also to return the home to its original design. Working plans and drawings for the restoration were provided by John Eifler, a renowned Frank Lloyd Wright restoration architect. Significant repairs were made to the foundation and roof as well as the heating system. The living room window doors were completely replaced, and exterior pine boards were stripped of 1950s preservatives and paint. The home was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2003.

Ongoing Programs and Education: The Jacobs First House is one of the most viewed Frank Lloyd Wright homes due to its worldwide fame. Tours may be arranged by contacting the current homeowner, James Dennis, a professor of American Art at the University of Wisconsin. Contact information is available on the website.

What’s Nearby: Visitors to the First Jacobs House would be interested in visiting the Wisconsin estate of Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin, in Spring Green.

441 Toepfer Avenue, Madison, WI 53711, hone: 210-420-8803

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