Most people come to Elkhart Lake (80 minutes north of Milwaukee) for weekends of swimming, boating and water-skiing on the 292-acre lake. But there's plenty more to do here in this town of about 1,100 people.
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Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Credit: Courtesy of the Elkhart Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Do

Elkhart Lake 

The spring-fed, blue-green lake calls to paddlers, sailors, fishermen, water skiiers and more. Explore on your own or rent a boat from one of several area businesses. 

Kettle Moraine State Forest 

Just northwest of town, find hundreds of miles of trails for biking, hiking and running at Kettle Moraine. The popular 3.5-mile Parnell Tower Trail incudes an observation tower with views of the glacier-carved terrain.

L'Ecole de la Maison Cooking School

Work and learn under the guidance of an expert chef at the Osthoff Resort. 

Road America. Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Road America
| Credit: Courtesy of the Elkhart Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Road America 

A world-renowned 4-mile racetrack draws visitors and has been a favorite of racers (and racing fans) since it opened in 1955. 

Two Fish Gallery and Sculpture Garden

Shopping in Elkhart Lake should include a stop here, where works from regional and national artists are displayed in a Mission-style bungalow.

The Wade House Historic Site

In Greenbush, about 12 miles southeast of Elkhart Lake, costumed interpreters lead tours of a 19th-century stagecoach inn and visitors explore a carriage museum. 

Eat and Drink

Tiki Bar and Lounge at Shore Club Resort

Gorgeous lake views and alfresco dining complement great drinks, pizzas and pasta at the Tiki Bar. 

Lake Street Cafe 

The casual dining side at Lake Street offers funky, beer-inspired decor and wood-fired pizzas; the fine-dining side has one of Wisconsin's longest wine lists and entrees like sesame-seared tuna. 

Off the Rail Cafe 

Enjoy breakfast and lunch sandwiches with names like Signal Box Tuna Melt and Flying Scotsman Bagel in Elkhart's original depot. 

Paddock Club 

The seasonal menu at this fine-dining destination tends toward European, with dishes such as grilled hanger steak with red wine veal sauce.

Stop-Inn Tavern

Racing memorabilia decorates the walls at this Siebkens Resort spot, considered the best bar on the racing circuit. Check the website for the live entertainment schedule. 

Osthoff Resort sunset courtyard
Credit: Courtesy of Osthoff Resort

Stay

The Osthoff Resort

Adults enjoy chakra balancing at Aspira Spa and lakefront lodging at the Osthoff; families appreciate kid-friendly events (crafts classes, teen yoga). 

Siebkens Resort 

It's the go-to hangout for the racing crowd, with a condo hotel that offers elegant, Prairie-style units with fireplaces, full kitchens and balconies.

For more information visit elkhartlake.com