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Families will love:

  • U.S. Mail Boat Tour
  • Geneva Lake Shore Path
  • Lakefront resorts and activities

Following the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, many Chicagoans settled in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, about two hours away. Visit with your family and you'll see exactly why.
The quaint town surrounds a portion of Geneva Lake. (Geneva Lake refers to the actual body of water and Lake Geneva is the name of the town, by the way.) Two other towns -- Williams Bay and Fontana-on-Geneva ... more
Following the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, many Chicagoans settled in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, about two hours away. Visit with your family and you'll see exactly why.
The quaint town surrounds a portion of Geneva Lake. (Geneva Lake refers to the actual body of water and Lake Geneva is the name of the town, by the way.) Two other towns -- Williams Bay and Fontana-on-Geneva Lake -- also border Geneva Lake, the second deepest lake in Wisconsin.

Lake Geneva is the most famous of the towns, with now-historic mansions that many Chicagoans made their summertime (or year-round) retreats. Many of them are still owned by Chicago's elite, including the Schwinns (bicycles), Wrigleys (chewing gum) and the Sears family.

Take a scenic cruise to learn about the history of the town. We highly recommend the U.S. Mail Boat Tour, on which you can help local mail men and women deliver the mail -- on the lake! You can also explore the Lake Shore Path, which allows you get up close to the million-dollar homes.

Of course, the best part of a family vacation in Lake Geneva is the lake itself, with ample opportunities to go boating, swimming, take in spectacular sunsets and just relax.

Popular family accommodations include resorts (such as the well-known Abbey Resort & Spa in Fontana-on-Geneva Lake) and vacation rentals, making it ideal for any family's budget and interests -- no matter what ages your kids are.

Written by Amanda Norcross less

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