Things to Do
Fun Lake Geneva Activities for Everyone
The many activities offered in and around Lake Geneva make Geneva National Resort & Club a destination for all seasons!
From downtown shopping, magic shows, and escape rooms to zip-lining, championship golf, and tasting rooms,
Lake Geneva rolls out the welcome mat -- and the fun!
If you love to shop on vacation, you’ve come to the right place. A bevy of one-of-a-kind boutiques line Lake Geneva’s charming resort downtown while the outskirts offer antiquing and other worth-the-hunt artsy outlets.Just off the main strip on Broad Street, Horticultural Hall is home to a sweet farmers' market every Thursday morning (May-October), so you can stock up on locally handcrafted soaps, jams, cheeses, and honeys.
Wine Bars & Tasting Rooms
From Barrique Wine Bar on the lake and the downtown Bottle Shop to Studio Winery's combo tasting room, recording studio and art gallery, Lake Geneva pops the corks! Homegrown wineries like Staller Estates and the Apple Barn take you out to the farm for bottled fruit of the vine. Or, opt to stay close by and enjoy the Wine Spectator award-winning cellars at Geneva National's Hunt Club Steakhouse and The Ridge Hotel's Crafted Americana. If your palate prefers craft beer, hop over to the tasting room at Lake Geneva Brewing Company.
Lake Geneva Canopy Tours
Just 5.5 miles from Geneva National, Lake Geneva Canopy Tours (LGCT) provides year-round, sky-high adventure some 32 feet above ground in 100 acres of forest canopy. The zip-lining eco tour features eight lines, five sky bridges, four stairways and a grand finale dual-racing zip line while the high ropes course offers 16 obstacles to conquer. Visit LGCT’s website for visual inspiration, details and to book your tour.
The Lake Geneva Clue Room
Take on the challenge of three themed escape rooms in downtown Lake Geneva at the Lake Geneva Clue Room, with just 30 minutes to unravel the mystery and break free! Reservations required. Guests of The Inns of Geneva National may secure $10 off coupons at the Front Desk.
Tristan Crist Magic Theatre
Revel in an hour of live magic, comedy and illusion at the family-friendly Tristan Crist Magic Theatre in downtown Lake Geneva. See Mr. Crist walk through a mirror … and make a motorcycle appear!
Lake Geneva School of Cooking
Whisk, chop, drink, repeat. At the Lake Geneva School of Cooking, you will relish refining your culinary skills – and savor the results. Choose between one of the scheduled daily hands-on classes or book a private event at the school, located in a charming historic parsonage downtown. Whether notice or gourmet, you will enjoy being a student of owner Chef John Bogan, who makes every class entertaining and delicious.
Dancing Horses Theatre
Just two miles from Geneva National, the Dancing Horses Theatre features a year-round enchanting equestrian performance plus a seasonal exotic bird show, baby animal farm, wildlife exhibit, and deer park, where you can feed and pet whitetail deer. Guests of The Inns of Geneva National can pick up $10 off coupons at the Front Desk.
The neighboring Ridge Hotel features live weekend music as well as Wednesday night performances at their weekly Wine Downs. Seasonally, enjoy the charming Belfry Music Theatre's cover bands or summer outdoor performances at George Williams College's Music by the Lake, East Troy's Alpine Valley Music Theatre, or the Walworth County Fairgrounds' Rock the Barns lineup.
Area Hiking and Winter Cross Country Trails
Lace up your boots and hit the 3.5 miles of upland, lowland and grassland trails at Geneva National, or drive just a couple miles to Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy, a 4.5-mile loop trail traversing wetlands by a boardwalk and featuring a grassland lookout tower. A little further away, you can pick up Lake Geneva's Big Foot Beach State Park or Kettle Moraine's southern trails, both of which allow cross-country skiing in the winter.
Just two miles from Geneva National, the charming Williams Bay Beach offers restrooms, swimming piers, and lots of sand for castle building and relaxing. Two other lovely public beaches are found on the west end in Fontana and at the downtown Riviera Beach , the largest of the three, in Lake Geneva.
Geneva Lake Boat Cruises
Embark on an exquisite lake cruise and experience Lake Geneva from a wonderful, watery perspective. Lake Geneva Cruise Line offers music cruises, brunch sailings, ice cream socials, dinner tours, sunset cruises, estate tours and more. Looking for an exclusive experience for your group? Private charter tours are available as well.
Watercraft Rentals: Power Boats, SUPs, and Kayaks
The neighboring Ridge Hotel Marina rents stand-up paddleboards (SUPs), kayaks and pontoon boats for use on Lake Como. Fontana Paddle Company and downtown Lake Geneva's Clearwater Outdoor both rent SUPs and kayaks for use on Geneva Lake. For powerboats and wave runners, visit Fontan's Gordy's Marine or Jerry's Majestic Marine, Williams Bay's Gage Marine, or downtown Lake Geneva's Marina Bay.
Geneva Lake Shore Path
The three-foot-wide public path winds around the entire lakeshore for 21 miles, allowing unprecedented views of the area’s famed historic buildings, gardens and charming cottages. Each property maintains its portion of this public-access path, so the terrain varies from stepping stones and dirt paths to wooden stairs and rustic bridges. Download VISIT Lake Geneva's convenient and complimentary Lake Shore Path app for an online tour. Note: Bicycles & strollers are not allowed on the path, and dogs must be leashed.
Scoot Jockeys Moped Rentals
If you can ride a bike, you can ride a scooter – and start living life in the quasi fast lane. Scoot Jockeys scooters are fully automatic, lightweight, and require only a driver’s (not a motorcycle) license. Scoot Jockeys provides helmets, training and maps of their favorite rides over beautiful hills, rustic roads and lakeside routes. If you'd rather, sign up for a guided scooter tour and just enjoy the ride. Reservations are highly recommended.
Lake Geneva Balloon Company
Uniquely experience break-taking, birds-eye views of Geneva Lake and the surrounding Wisconsin terrain as you rise silently and serenely up to the clouds in a hot air balloon. Select from two one-hour flight options: a Basic Champagne Flight Package or the Premium Private Flight for Two, most often reserved for romantic celebrations and popping the proverbial question. You’ve never seen a sun rise or set … until you’ve seen it from a hot air balloon!
Safari Lake Geneva
Climb aboard one of Safari Lake Geneva's customized safari wagons for a guided tour of rolling savanna featuring animals from around the world. Many animals will approach the vehicles where you may feed them for an up-close experience. Each tour lasts about an hour, and guests are free to walk amongst some of our smaller animal inhabitants before or after the tour.
Helen Rohner Children's Fishing Park
Located just two miles from Geneva National at Williams Bay's Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy, this new Children's Fishing Park features two fishing areas along a trout stream, a natural playground, worm garden, and classes and story times.
East Troy Electric Railroad & Museum
All aboard East Troy's historic rail cars for a 10-mile trip through beautiful Southeast Wisconsin. Board at the depot in East Troy or at The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago. In the museum, kids can be a trolley motorman, discover model layouts and learn about electricity. Specialty rides include the Easter Bunny Train, Christmas Train, and Cheesemakers and Beer Tasting Trains, Don't forget to stop next door at J. Lauber's Ice Cream Parlor, an authentic 1920's soda fountain.
Just minutes away, Vail Resorts' Wilmot Mountain and Alpine Valley together boast nearly 50 runs, multiple terrain parks, professional instruction and equipment rentals – fun for everyone from beginners to shredders! Looking for something more laid back? Wilmot also offers 22 lanes for tubing and a magic carpet to pull you and your tube back uphill! Wilmot lift tickets and rental vouchers are available through your Inns concierge at 262.245.4000.
There's nothing like fresh picked strawberries in the summer! Just outside Lake Geneva, in Delavan, Wisconsin is the Blue Clay Berry Farm. The Rudsinski family operated their dairy farm for more than 40 years, but after retirement decided to start learning fruit and vegetable production. Alas 20,000 strawberry and 700 blueberry plants! Stop by in season to pick the freshest of the fresh.
Rainy Day Movies & Bowling
Let the good times roll at Walworth's quaint Ten Pin Pub, the larger Lake Geneva Lanes with family fun center, or Delavan Lanes -- or take in a flick at the newly refurbished and retro downtown movie theatre, Geneva 4, or reserve a plush seat at the new Emagine Theatre just outside of downtown.
Salon & Day Spas
This is a town that knows how to relax! Just outside Geneva National's gates, you will find the Mia Faccia Salon and Medi Spa, and just a few miles further in Williams Bay is Clear Waters Salon & Day Spa, which has a second location in downtown Lake Geneva. Downtown is also home to Jasmine, an Aveda spa and salon.