Some 2,300 lakes surround this vacation hub. When you get off the water, head downtown to explore nearly 100 shops, antiques stores and restaurants. Check out our picks for what to do, where to eat and where to stay in Minocqua.
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Min-Aqua Bats Waterski Show

There are 3,200 reasons for this area's reputation as an ideal lake getaway-that's the number of lakes in Vilas and Oneida counties. And there are 1,000 rooms, condos and cabins lining pine-shaded shores. We didn't even count the supper clubs, cafes, shops, shows and other attractions. But you can still find natural lakes so quiet that the plunk of a lure echoes from shore to shore. Towns like Minocqua are the quintessential resort-area destination—the one most people dream of when they're stuck in a cubicle on a sunny day.


Bearskin State Trail

This popular bike trail starts in Minocqua and heads south for 18 miles along Bearskin Creek. Rent bikes at Z-Best Bikes.

Fred Scheer's Lumberjack Show 

In nearby Woodruff, watch speed carving, axe throwing and more.

Min-Aqua Bats Waterski Show

Even older kids will dig this flashy extravaganza, which lures visitors three nights a week throughout the summer to the lakeside vacation hub.

Minocqua Pontoon Cruises

A relaxing way to see Minocqua is a pontoon cruise. Morning nature cruises, lunch cruises and sunset cruises are among the tours offered.

Northwoods Children's Museum

With 23 hands-on exhibits and events, families are sure to have fun. Little ones can explore an ambulance, dress-up attic, mock campground and fire tower, plus paint T-shirts with a squirt gun.


Minocqua Wisconsin
Wildlife Park
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Wildwood Wildlife Park

Wander with the wildlife at this park, home to more than 500 animals and birds. You can feed pigs, goats, sheep and even bears; cuddle bunnies; let budgie birds perch on your arm; and peer into tall grass for fawns.

Eat and Drink

Hoggie Doggie's 

Wash down "HO-made" french fries and a Chicago-style hot dog with a loaded peanut butter cup ice cream sundae at Hoggie Doggie's in Woodruff.


Just south of Minocqua in Hazelhurst, settle into cozy surroundings for garlic tenderloin. (Closed temporarily as of June 2022; check website for updates.)

Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty Minocqua, Wisconsin
Credit: John Noltner

Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty

Hearty breakfasts including flapjacks and buttermilk doughnuts have made this a local favorite for more than 50 years.

The Thirsty Whale 

Watch a ski show from the deck of this boathouse-turned-restaurant. Friday brings a traditional fish fry.

Beacons of Minocqua
Beacons of Minocqua
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The Beacons of Minocqua

This lakeside resort features condos, log cabins and an indoor pool.

The Waters of Minocqua 

A waterpark and arcade make this resort super kid-friendly.

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