Rich with history and ripe with scenery, Lake Geneva caters to a broad spectrum of tourists.
Even beyond golf, Lake Geneva is the perfect setting for a quiet getaway.
“What’s nice is that there is so much to do in the area that if you’re traveling in couples or bringing family members, there’s plenty for those that aren’t golfing – whether it’s at a resort or in downtown Lake Geneva,” said Darien Schaefer, president, Lake Geneva Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
“It’s really a walkable town,” said Schaefer. “There’s shopping and restaurants and attractions right in that area as well as really cool things to do around the lake.”
Give yourself an introduction to the city and the area’s biggest attraction–Geneva Lake–by boat. The Lake Geneva Cruise Line offers daily scenic cruises where you can experience the beauty around the lake and explore its storied history.
With eight boats in operation, the Lake Geneva Cruise Line tours operate from mid-April to mid-November from the Riviera Docks in downtown Lake Geneva with sightseeing tours that include the Geneva Bay Tour, Full Lake Tour, Ice Cream Social Tour, Sundowner Cruises and the famous US Mailboat Tour.
Lake Geneva Cruise Line also offers several dining cruises – a Luncheon Tour, Champagne Brunch and Evening Dinner Cruises.“Whether you’re into history or architecture, taking one of the boat cruises is a must do,“ said Schaefer.
Of particular interest is the 45-minute boat tour to Black Point Estate, a Queen Anne style historic house and gardens overlooking the lake. One of the oldest mansions on Geneva Lake, Black Point Estate was built in 1888 and includes 13 bedrooms and a four-story tower. Black Point has been open to the public since 2007.
Another great way to enjoy the lake is on foot via the 21-mile Geneva Lake Shore Path. Encircling the entire lake, a generous stretch of land from the shoreline in has been made into public domain for the enjoyment of tourists and residents.
“The path takes you through the front and back yards of these historic mansions and million dollar estates as well as amazing views of Midwest landscaping,” said Schaefer. Walk at your own leisure or take a guided tour.
The laid-back downtown Lake Geneva area offers visitors a little bit of everything including charming Main Street shops and boutiques, restaurants, historical buildings and beach areas. Then take in all of the scenic beauty of the lakefront at the nearby Riviera Lakefront Facility.
If science and stars are your thing, Yerkes Observatory is home to the world’s largest refracting telescope. Free tours are available every Saturday morning.
For boat lovers, the Annual Geneva Lakes Antique and Classic Boat Show is a must-do. This three-day event features classic and vintage boats from across the country. This year’s boat show will be held Sept. 26-28 at The Abbey Resort. Admission is free.
If you plan on taking a trip in the fall, check out Lake Geneva’s Oktoberfest, Oct. 11-14 in downtown, withfood and craft booths, restaurant and shopping specials, and for the kids there are wagon hayrides, pony rides, a bouncy castle, caramel apples, popcorn and much more.
For information on all of the Lake Geneva area attractions, please visit www.lakegenevawi.com.