A sampler of must-dos - and this is just the beginning of your Fond du Lac area fun!
1. GREAT EATS
What ya hankerin' for? The tastes of Fond du Lac will delight! Breakfast at the iconic Wisconsin eatery, Schreiner's Restaurant, Bakery & Bernie's Pub. Take a delightful lunch at Sunset on the Water Grill & Bar on the shores of Lake Winnebago. Then dine at the renowned Schwarz Supper club in the nearby Holyland, recognized as one of Wisconsin's top ten Supper Clubs.
2. ROCKIN' & CHILLIN'
Yes, we all scream for ice cream — and the best in the U.S. is here! So climb up on the porch in a big old-timey rocking chair in the bucolic countryside of Eden, and enjoy a “Let's Go Cow Tipping” flavored ice cream cone from Kelley Country Creamery, recently recognized by Good Morning America as “The Best Ice Cream in America.”
3. HANGIN' AND HAVIN' FUN
Love art? Love music? Love good times? You'll be glad you're here. Take in the internationally acclaimed visual art at the stunning Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts — then stop by Thelma's outdoor live music venue in the heart of the downtown district and sip on a hand-muddled Old Fashioned while listening to Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys!
4. JUST ADD WATER
One of the country's largest inland lakes is your Fond du Lac area playground, so come ready to rock it. Warmer temps, take to the water in any kind of craft, from powerboat to kayak to stand up paddleboard, and all means in-between. Come winter, rocket across the ice propelled by a massive kite. Fond du Lac translates into “foot of the lake” - so put your toes in anytime!
5. SAY CHEESE
Few things are more appropriately Wisconsin than cheese, and Fond du Lac and the Lake Winnebago Region are cheese country central! Commune with an adorable baby goat at LaClare Farms, followed by a sampling of LaClare's delectable Evalon, a hard goat's milk cheese recently awarded the United States Champion Cheese!
6. GET LOST
With Fond du Lac at the center of it all, you've got fun facing you north, south, east and west. One suggestion: tour the quaint streets of neighboring Waupun, the City of Sculpture, and take in the larger-than-life “End of the Trail” haunting bronze statue, on the shores of the Rock River. You'll be truly moved.
7. SOMETIN' SWEET
We're sweet on the Fond du Lac area for good reason, and you will be too. Start with some vital, exhaustive research on the region's best homemade candy. Is it Confections For Any Occasion by Joel in Theresa? Guth's End of the Trail Candy Shoppe in Waupun? Or any of the many more candy shoppes and stops awaiting you. Mmm, research is delicious.
CHEERS TO YOU
Craft beers abound in Fond du Lac and the Lake Winnebago Region, so it looks like more tasty research is required. You could start with a house brewed handcrafted artisan beer at Knuth Brewing Company in the nearby college town of Ripon. Hey, is that Ripon College alum Han Solo - er, Harrison Ford - over there noshing on a Blue Fungi with Prosciutto wood fired pizza?!
9. BACK IN TIME
The history of our region was written hundreds of years ago, and history is fun. Start your day by opting to shunpike and instead travel the scenic roads between the Niagara Escarpment overlooking the mighty Lake Winnebago over to the “Everglades of the North,” Horicon Marsh. Then get your history on by exploring the Carriage Museum at the Wade House, before walking the shaded sidewalks of the Galloway Historic Village, among the lovingly restored buildings of yesteryear.
10. A Celebration of Winter and Really Big Fish
There's something about the prehistoric, predator-looking sturgeon that brings out the best of Fond du Lac — as well as thousands of visitors. So plan to redefine family fun with a very heavy dose of quirkiness thrown in for good measure at the annual mid-February festival, Sturgeon Spectacular — A Celebration of Winter and Really Big Fish. Comedy, lake hockey, snow sculpting, chili crawl, on-ice fireworks and a massive bonfire on the frozen surface of Lake Winnebago! All this fun in celebration of a fish so ugly you just gotta love ‘em!