Springtime brings Timber Rattlers Minor League Baseball to Fox Cities Stadium, which has spaces such as club-level suites for groups, and Major League Baseball with the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.
“The fan-shaped roof means there’s never a rain date, and catering of Milwaukee favorites like beer and brats in well-appointed suites ensures a great time,” VISIT Milwaukee’s Baryenbruch said.
Come spring, Madison’s Dane County Farmers’ Market, open year-round, moves outdoors beneath the picturesque State Capitol.
“It’s a pleasure for visitors to walk around and snap pictures of each other for jealousy-inducing social posts,” said the Greater Madison CVB’s Gard.
“Many of Madison’s top-tier, James Beard Award-winning chefs shop here for their ingredients.”
A photo op is also awaiting groups at Green Bay’s Automobile Gallery, where attendees can strike a pose with many of the 60 cars on display during a reception featuring passed hors d’oeuvres and Captain’s Walk Winery’s Collaboration wine.
In Door County groups can hop aboard a trolley for a tour that showcases “the beauty of the spring blooms and picturesque cherry blossoms that line the roads and fields,” according to Laura Bradley, marketing and sales manager for the Door County Visitor Bureau.
Summer months bring many festivals that groups can visit if the timing is right, including ethnic celebrations at downtown Milwaukee’s Henry Maier Festival Park on the shore of Lake Michigan, and Friday Night Live, a music/food event held in downtown Waukesha from June to September.
In Door County, groups are encouraged to visit some of the seven local wineries for tours and tastings.
Wisconsin Dells is home to a special experience, the Dells Lumberjack Show, which according to Tifani Jones, director of sales and services at
Wisconsin Dells VCB, presents a blend of age-old lumberjack competitions and extreme sports entertainment.
“Watch an action-packed display of accuracy, speed and fearlessness, and include dinner at Paul Bunyan’s Cook Shanty for a truly unique group outing,” she said.
Boating and other waterborne pursuits are available in select Wisconsin locations, including Madison, where groups can kayak and try stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) on Monona Bay, and in Lake Geneva, where Lake Geneva Cruise Line (LGCL) offers popular group excursions.
"It’s a must for your lunch, dinner or cocktail cruise of Geneva Lake,” said Susan Smolarek, group sales manager at VISIT Lake Geneva. “During [LGCL’s] Geneva Geo-Challenge teambuilding event, the team works together with GPS technology to locate items that have been hidden at various places around the lake.”
Boating outings carry into autumn when the colors of fall foliage fill the state.
“Dells Boat Tours provide a classic Wisconsin Dells experience,” said Wisconsin Dells VCB’s Jones. “The scenic Upper Dells tour along the Wisconsin River reveals amazing sights at every turn, as your boat cruises past towering cliffs and dramatic rock formations.”
Boating, kayaking, canoeing and SUP are all possibilities for groups meeting in Fox Cities during autumn.
“Take the time to see our area from a different vantage point—by experiencing it from the water,” said Jennifer Hecht, visitor services manager for the Fox Cities CVB. “There are routes for beginners to experts as well as special paddle events.”
Wisconsin is also a decidedly hoppy place where groups can plan on visiting a local beer purveyor, especially during fall.
“In Milwaukee, we’ve got all the fun of old-time beer halls in our DNA,” VISIT Milwaukee’s Baryenbruch said. “Fall is a great time to experience our thriving beer and brewing culture, from iconic Miller Brewing Company to popular Lakefront Brewery, to more than 30 local craft brewers—many with event space full of atmosphere.”
According to Greater Green Bay CVB’s Krainik, the cool, crisp air of fall makes Titletown Brewing Company’s rooftop, which overlooks downtown, the place to be.
“See the sunset or the lights of the night surrounded by outdoor heaters and fireplaces,” she said. “Add a great local band and beer brewed in the same building and attendees will be impressed.”
And Frame Park in downtown Waukesha is a lovely location for group events, as it’s home to a picturesque river walk and a garden area.
“The Rotary Building offers a cozy environment—with a fireplace—for food functions, and the park is filled with recreational options that allow everyone to enjoy the beautiful colors of fall along the Fox River,” said Waukesha Pewaukee CVB’s Tritz.