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About Lake Geneva

With its proximity to both Chicago and Milwaukee, Lake Geneva is a desirable vacation destination in Wisconsin. From beautiful scenery and fascinating history to spacious Lake Geneva vacation rentals, there’s no shortage of things to do or places to stay in this Wisconsin town.


Lake Geneva enjoys four distinct seasons, with cold winters and warm summers. January temperatures tend to dip down into the 30s, while July temperatures top out in the low 80s. Summers tend to be the wettest time of year, while winters are drier. Though the summer usually draws the largest crowds, spring and fall are also popular times to visit Lake Geneva.

How to Get Around

Both Chicago and Milwaukee are an easy drive away from Lake Geneva, so plan to fly to O’Hare International Airport, Chicago Midway International Airport, or Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport. Once you land, the drive to the lakefront takes about two hours from Chicago or about one hour from Milwaukee. At the lake, you’ll need a car to get to most state parks, hikes, and other scenic destinations. Most Lake Geneva vacation rentals are right on the lake, so you can enjoy beautiful views and quick access to the area’s top activities.

Food & Dining

When you’re looking for a solid breakfast spot in Lake Geneva, look no further than Simple Café. Menu highlights include stacks of buttermilk pancakes, Eggs Benedict, apple crumble French toast, and other hearty dishes. For lunch, you won’t want to miss a meal with cheese curds, a Wisconsin specialty. Head straight for Sprecher’s Restaurant and Pub, and try the burger piled high with cheese curds or the classic Wisconsin fish fry. Wash it all down with a craft root beer or a Black Bavarian lager.

Things to Do

In the Lake Geneva area, the biggest attraction is, of course, the lake itself. Both Lake Geneva Beach and Riviera Beach offer sandy spots to catch some rays, take a swim, or even go boating. Rent a speedboat, a pontoon boat, or even a wave runner at Marina Bay Boat Rentals, and have a blast riding the waves or taking a relaxing cruise along Geneva Lake. The Lake Geneva Cruise Line and the Bay Tour also provide a relaxing, scenic tour of the lake. 

Another popular destination on the lake, Big Foot Beach State Park, offers six and a half miles of relatively easy hiking trails, swimming on Big Foot Beach, and canoe and kayak rentals. Visitors can also fish with free rental poles, as well as hunt and trap. In the summer, there’s plenty of space to picnic and play volleyball, and in the winter, visitors can take advantage of the park’s cross-country skiing trail.

For a taste of the area’s history, visit Black Point Estate, built in the late 19th century by Chicago beer baron Conrad Seipp. One of many similar mansions built by wealthy Chicagoans at the turn of the century, Black Point Estate captures Lake Geneva’s longstanding resort history in 20 luxurious rooms and immaculate grounds.

Numerous shops in the city provide opportunities for window-shopping or for finding that perfect item by which to remember your vacation. There are also several water parks in town, including Timber Ridge and Moose Mountain Falls, which provide summer fun. 


While Lake Geneva vacation rentals are popular year-round, certain seasonal events often draw more tourists than other times of the year. The Fourth of July is one of the best times to visit the area, and there are wonderful events that take place, including spectacular fireworks displays. Also during the summer, visitors can enjoy the Lake Geneva Venetian Festival, a five day event that features a carnival, craft fair, musical events, ski show, and much more. The Lake Geneva Paint In, Lake Lawn Arts Festival, and Art in the Park are other events with an artistic flair that the area is known for. In the fall, the Lake Geneva Oktoberfest celebration attracts many visitors to the area before the year wraps up with the Festival of Lights at the Riviera. 

You might not be able to stay in this Wisconsin resort town’s turn-of-the-century mansions, but the many waterfront Lake Geneva vacation rentals make for the ideal home away from home. All Lake Geneva residents who own waterfront property are required to allow some of their land to be used in a walking path that surrounds the lake, so you can easily get a firsthand view of the area’s natural beauty and experience the close-knit feel of the community no matter where you stay.

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