Family travel in Wisconsin

biker-statue-in-sparta-wisconsin-courtesy-mykl-roventine-on-flickr-ccEvery Tuesday until we run out of states, I plan to post about family-friendly travel ideas, attractions and events in each one of the US states, taking input mostly from Twitter and Facebook.

We’re going in alphabetical order but starting with the end, so our first state for the series was Wyoming and now we’re moving on to….Wisconsin!

The Badger State tourism folks aren’t on Twitter or Facebook yet (so you Wisconsin-ites might want to give ’em a nudge!) but I did find the Madison, Wisconsin tourism office on Twitter at @Visit_Madison.

The waterpark-heavy Wisconsin Dells are on Twitter – @WisDells – and cheeseheads can rejoice because so is the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board with @WisCheese.

Racine and the Wisconsin Dells are on Facebook.

When I asked for input, here’s what came in….

Twitter Travel Tips for Wisconsin

From Tom Pearson via @tom_pearson on Twitter  —  “Peninsula State Park, Door County….easy hikes, observation tower, golf, bike/scooter rentals – good times.  Scroll down this Door County site to see [October] Fall Festival – BIG weekend up there. You gotta check out Al Johnson’s Swedish rest. in Sister Bay – grass roof with goats on it to keep it in check. Major tourist attraction. Also [The Cherry Train on Washington Island] – ferry ride over, cool train tour + [at the end of tour, for the adults] a shot of angostura bitters at the Prohibition-cheating Nelsen’s Hall.”

From @WisCheese via Twitter  —  “[Dairy to visit] Babcock is a favorite – Delicious fresh cheese you can watch being made and famous ice cream!”

From Kathy and Travis Nelson via @EngagingIreland and @Kathy_SixEight on Twitter  —  “This page has lots of family fun ideas in & near the Mad City of Madison. Has anyone mentioned Circus World Museum in Baraboo (my hometown?) [Nope, but I found it. Thanks, Kathy.]

From Ellen at @neithernor on Twitter  —  Jelly Belly Factory in Pleasant Prairie; Paul Bunyan’s restaurant in Minocqua; can’t go wrong w/ Milwaukee Public Museum.”

From Rob Gardner via @LocalFamily on Twitter  —  “Go to Monroe WI [in Green County] about hour from Madison. The whole town’s great; watch them make cheese at Roth Käse.”

From Jeanine Barone via @JCreatureTravel on Twitter  —  “I love Door County; perfect for bicycling on quiet roads. This site has family fun section:”

From the Wisconsin Dells via @WisDells on Twitter  —  “Activities that are always a hit are WI Deer Park or Timbavati Wildlife Park at Storybook Gardens. Kids can pet & feed the animals. [Here’s a list of Dells animal-related attractions.]  On Jun 20, 2009: Waterslide-athon at Noah’s Ark Waterpark benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities®. Kids help other kids.”

Facebook Travel Tips for Wisconsin

I didn’t really get much feedback on Facebook for this state (other than the same Dells links that I listed above.)

From the BootsnAll Travel Network:  Family-Themed Day Trips Around Milwaukee

Thanks so much for the contributions – the next state in the series is West Virginia.

Send your “Wild and Wonderful” highlights to @SheilaS on Twitter or my Facebook page (tell me you’re a 50 state-er if you want to friend me.)

Yes, I know how to search for family travel ideas on a destination or attraction Web site, but a tweet or Facebook recommendation is a much more engaging and public way to spread the word.

My purpose for this series is not only to highlight worthy kid-friendly vacation destinations in all 50 states, but by using Twitter and Facebook to also encourage tourism organizations to learn more about connecting with their visitors using social media and online networks.

Please add your own Wisconsin suggestions in the comments below, if we’ve missed anything. Thanks!