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Happy Father’s Day Dad!  I have a feeling you had something to do with Father’s Day landing on the longest day of the year this year…  Always looking for ways to maximize family time, aren’t you?

If you’re looking for something fun to do with dad this weekend, check out the list from around Wisconsin below:
Apple River Country Splash, Somerset, June 18-21CountrySplash
With such big name stars as Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum and more, this is sure to be a favorite among country music-loving dads!  Shuttle buses are available from area hotels in Hudson and New Richmond.  As always, find places to stay at

yellow_river_echoesYellow River Echos, Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park, Danbury, June 19-21
History buffs will enjoy seeing the fur trade come to life with this expo featuring Native American crafts, skills and foods.  Experience life in Wisconsin long before the advent of Blackberrys, Blu-Ray or Kindle.


Big Granite Inline Marathon, Ashland, June 20
Does your dad spend every free moment with inline skates strapped to his feet?  Then head north to Wisconsin’s northern shore for this 13.1 mile half or 26.2 mile full inline skate marathon on Saturday, June 20th.  Even if he doesn’t compete, he’ll enjoy watching racers roll through the beautiful Wisconsin landscape from Marengo to Ashland.

RoadAmericaSprintsJune Sprints, Road America, Elkhart Lake, June 18-21
Racing fans will find plenty to cheer about as they watch 25 different types of vehicles race in nine groups over this four-day weekend.  Click on over to the Road America site for the full schedule, fan activities and more.  If camping at Road America isn’t quite your speed, find Elkhart Lake-area lodging at

Horicon Rock’n River Jam, June 18-20Rock'nRiverJam
This third annual event features carnival rides for the kids, beach party & mini golf by the pool and a K9 obedience and agility contest featuring the Horicon police department.  Help support the Rock’n Food Drive by bringing a non-perishable food item as well.

MilwaukeeMileNASCAR at the Milwaukee Mile, June 19-20
Kicking off with the NASCAR Truck Series on Friday and the Nationwide Series on Saturday, NASCAR fans will want to be at the Milwaukee Mile this weekend.  Really want to please your NASCAR dad?  Then don’t miss your chance to get him some autographs on Friday afternoon begining at 3:30.  See the full lineup of events then find your Milwaukee-area lodging here.

Finally, if you’re heading to the Milwaukee-area with dad, see a full list of free things to do with dad compiled by


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Free is my favorite price & this weekend, you can get out for some outdoor fun for FREE with Free Fishing Weekend (Saturday & Sunday, June 6-7) AND State Park Open House Day on June 7th.

Wisconsin Free Fishing Weekend, June 6-7
No fishing license (or trout/ salmon stamps) will be required to fish in state waters over this free weekend, June 6-7.  In addition, take advantage of the many free clinics & special activities planned as well.

NorthernGreatLakesCenterAnnual Kids Fishing Day, Ashland
The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center is offering fishing clinics, plus fishing gear is provided.  Hear from “biologists, ecologists, fishing enthusiasts and dedicated sportsmen” on techniques to attract and & catch fish.  Fun for kids & adults alike!

TomSawyerDayTom Sawyer Day, Verona
Or, spend some time helping maintain the Sugar River with the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association and enjoy food, prizes, and fishing at Tom Sawyer Day.

Check out this DNR web site for the full line up here.

State Parks “Open House” Day, June 7
Enjoy free admission to “all Wisconsin State Parks, Forests and Trails” on Sunday June 7th.  Many parks will also offer special events including:

pointbeachkidsBreakfast in the Forest
Head to Point Beach State Forest in Two Rivers for their “Breakfast in the Forest”.  Find directions and contact information here.

blazingstarPrairie Walks
Accompany naturalist Bob Lee for an informational stroll through the La Crosse River State Trail in Rockland.  Contact information & directions here.

fallsssummerArt Along the Willow
Check out this Art Fair on the beach at Willow River State Park in Hudson. Get directions and contact information here.

See the full line up of State Park events at this DNR site.

As always, start your trip planning at, then get out & hit the road for some free fun this weekend!


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