20 Reasons We Love Wisconsin
Minocqua's lake appeal
This northern Wisconsin resort town (165 miles northwest of Green Bay) has all the ingredients of a great family vacation -- including more than 3,000 lakes in Vilas and Oneida counties. Minocqua's quieter lakes are perfect for swimming lessons and sand castles. Meanwhile, you can zip across big Lake Minocqua on a wakeboard or check out the Min-Aqua Bats ski team.
Kids love cheering at Scheer's Lumberjack Show. If Mom and Dad get an evening to themselves, Northern Lights Playhouse has a summertime-perfect screened auditorium. And the lodgings here understand what a family lake vacation is all about -- no one minds a little sand tracked in. (715) 356-5266; minocqua.org