Wisconsin is an agricultural state best known for its cheese production and rolling farmland. However, the state offers more than just fields and dairy farms. With shorelines on both Lake Superior and Lake Michigan, as well as many inland glacial lakes and rivers, the state offers many outdoor activities on the water.
A significant portion of the state is also covered in forests offering beautiful hiking trails, camping and more. Winter sports enthusiasts and adventure seekers flock to the northern wilderness. Families seek out the Wisconsin Dells area for a variety of theme parks and entertainment venues. Travelers of all types will find a range of resort options throughout the state ranging from cozy lakefront lodges to massive indoor waterpark resorts.
Let’s have a look at the best resorts in Wisconsin:
1. Destination Kohler
Destination Kohler is a five-star resort with a serious focus on health and wellness. The amenities are headed up by the luxurious, full-service Kohler Waters Spa. Fitness experiences include fitness tests and goal-setting help with fitness professionals at the Fitness Core who can work with you to develop a personalized workout plan.
To provide you fuel for your fitness pursuits and inspire your healthy lifestyle, Kohler’s chefs provide healthy cooking classes. Since you won’t ever want to go home, Kohler Design Center offers a stunning kitchen and bath shop so you can take a bit of the resort home with you and create your own soothing spaces.
2. Sundara Inn and Spa
Sundara Inn and Spa is a relaxing, adult-only retreat that is perfect for couples and individuals who wish to get away. Located conveniently near the Wisconsin Dells, the resort is nestled in acres of surrounding pines, offering a welcome retreat from the bustling Dells.
The entire resort has a spa-like environment, inviting guests to wear their robes throughout, even in the dining room. Speaking of dining, the resort focuses on healthy but delicious meal choices using local ingredients. Other amenities include on-site yoga classes and a golf course. Adding to the focus on health and relaxation, the resort is smoke-free and only allows electronics in the guestrooms.
3. Kalahari Resort
Kalahari Resort is a unique, African-themed, family-oriented resort that provides a one-stop family destination. Many flock to the resort for the massive water park attractions including the Flow Rider surfing attraction and an exciting array of rides, slides, and more.
In addition to the water park, the resort has an Indoor Theme Park that offers fun and adventure for all ages. Parents won’t be left out, there is exceptional dining, a fantastic salon and spa, and a championship golf course. Kalahari Resort has two midwest locations, there is one in Wisconsin Dells as well as a location in Sandusky, Ohio.
4. Stout’s Island Lodge
Stout’s Island Lodge is a historic lodge built in 1912 by Frank D. Stout and his family who became rich in the lumber industry. The lodge is modeled after resorts in upstate New York’s Adirondacks. The resort features many traditional style elements that reflect its historic past including wide-plank hardwood floors, framed family photos on the walls, and more.
There are 43 rooms and eight cabins some of which have sleeping porches with twin beds. There is a wide range of activities for guests at Stout’s Island including fishing or canoeing on the water, playing croquet, and much more. The praiseworthy on-site restaurant features fresh soups, hamburgers, and made-to-order steaks.
5. The Abbey Resort
The Abbey Resort is a lakefront retreat located on 90 acres on the shores of Lake Geneva. The resort is one of the few full-service resorts on the lake and offers plenty of activities on the resort’s property and the lake itself. The resort has its own marina that offers boat tours, water-skiing, parasailing, and other activities on the water. Accommodations include standard guest rooms and two-bedroom condos.
Many of the suites have been updated with more modern furnishings and appliances. All of them are nicely decorated and have comfortable beds, and lovely decor with exposed ceiling beams adding a nice touch. After a busy day enjoying the lake, unwind at the on-site Avani Spa or treat yourself to a delicious and hearty meal at the Waterfront Bar and Grill.
6. Wilderness Resort
Wilderness Resort is a massive, family-oriented resort in the Wisconsin Dells. The resort is the largest waterpark resort in the state and has four outdoor and four indoor water parks that are available exclusively to resort guests. The parks include a Wild West-themed park, an indoor wave pool, and an adrenaline-pumping tubing slide.
Other exciting resort activities include miniature golf, indoor go-carts, bumper boats, laser tag, and zip-lining. Accommodations include rustic-themed but upscale hotel rooms as well as well-furnished condos, villas, and cabins providing options for a wide range of budgets and preferences. Several cafes, restaurants, coffee shops, and retail stores are located on-site and provide fantastic options for dining and shopping during your stay.
7. Heidel House Resort and Spa
Heidel House Resort and Spa is a classic resort that opened in the 1940s and has expanded time and time again, reflecting its continued popularity. The property is nestled on the picturesque shores of Green Lake. The resort has a variety of rooms, packages, and amenities.
Activities on the property include cruising on a 60-foot catamaran, Escapade. Guests can also rent bikes, boats, or equipment for water sports at the resort, or play a round of golf at Tuscumbia, just across the street. There is also a spa and a popular restaurant at Heidel House.
8. Treeland Resorts
Treeland Resorts is a popular destination for family vacations. The property is located on the Chippewa River near the town of Hayward. The resort property offers six different vacation options ranging from 18 private vacation homes to 10 motel suites and cabin rentals. There are also RV and tent campsites available for those that prefer to rough it.
Much of the beautiful property offers lake views including the log lodge that has a dining area and large bar. There are plenty of amenities and activities for families including an ice cream fountain, a large, modern playground, tennis and volleyball courts, and an outdoor swimming pool.
9. Garmisch USA Resort
Garmisch USA Resort is one of the longest-standing resorts in northern Wisconsin. Since the 1920s, the resort has built a name for itself as a destination for honeymooners, fishermen, and family travelers looking for an escape in this beautiful part of the state.
Guests can choose from standard hotel rooms with straightforward amenities, upscale suites that look out over Lake Namakagon, or private cabins. The lodge has a gift shop, lounge, library, and a restaurant that serves up dishes inspired by old-fashioned family recipes. The on-site marina offers boat rentals which are the perfect way to explore the beautiful bays of the Chippewa.
10. The Osthoff Resort
This upscale resort features Victorian-Era furnishings that will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. The resort overlooks Elkhart Lake and features an iconic polished, white facade. However, behind this classic, Victorian front are all of the amenities you could hope for at a luxury resort.
The property has a luxurious, full-service spa, an exercise room, and a culinary school for guests. There are both indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a small beach on the lakefront. Guests can also rent bicycles and water sports equipment. The rooms range from standard guestrooms to well-equipped suites, some of which are newly renovated.
11. Great Wolf Lodge
Great Wolf Lodge is a chain of resorts that are a favorite among families across the country. Each of their resorts offers slightly different activities and amenities however, the highlights always include huge indoor water parks with slides and lazy rivers.
The Wisconsin Dells property also has an arcade, an ice cream-themed spa for children as well as a full-service adult spa for parents. There are a range of dining options at the resort including a pizzeria, a grill, and a candy store.
The rooms are casual but nice and can sleep up to 16 guests in a range of room sizes. For an extra special experience, book one of their themed suites that come with caves or faux log cabins.
12. Holiday Acres Resort
Holiday Acres Resort is nestled in the woods surrounding beautiful Lake Thompson and provides the classic North Woods experience that many tourists come to the area in search of. The family-owned property has been a popular option in the area ever since it opened in 1949.
Rooms offer modern conveniences such as wireless internet and flat-screen televisions and some even include whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. There are private cottages available that offer even more great features such as rowboats, firepits, and more. The property has an indoor pool and outdoor sports courts as well as a putting green and access to hiking trails.
13. Blue Harbor Resort
Blue Harbor Resort is a luxury resort on the shores of Lake Michigan conveniently located just off I-43 in Sheboygan. The sprawling property features amenities such as an indoor water park, a spa, a seasonal, outdoor pool, and an arcade.
The property has several options for dining including a bar and grill, a casual dining restaurant, two snack bars, and a small cafe. The room options include suites and spacious villas. Suites have patios or balconies with views, free wireless internet, flat-screened televisions, and the option to have a Jacuzzi tub. The villas are similarly outfitted but offer full kitchens.
14. Canoe Bay
Canoe Bay is a couples-only lodge located on 300 acres of lakefront property on Dead Goose Lake. The lodge features an upscale take on rustic accommodations. Room options include both standard rooms in the lodge as well as private cabins for more privacy. Rooms all have flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and mini-fridges.
Some of the rooms have fireplaces, saunas, and whirlpool tubs. As a nice touch, continental breakfast is served room-service style in the room, and there is an elegant restaurant on-site for further dining options. There are also both fitness center and massage services available.
15. Grand Geneva Resort and Spa
Grand Geneva Resort and Spa is a luxury retreat in Lake Geneva. The resort is one of only five AAA Four Diamond resorts in the state. The property features 335 guest rooms that range from their standard, casual guest rooms to airy luxury suites with living rooms, wet bars, and sleeper sofas.
The resort has a large range of recreational activities regardless of the time of year. There are two championship golf courses, a luxurious spa, salon, and fitness center, both indoor and outdoor swimming pools and tennis courts, an indoor/outdoor water park, horseback riding, and hiking. Seasonally, they also have a ski and snowboard park, hay or sleigh rides, and biking.