View of “The View” from Grandad Bluff

When it comes to vacations and family fun, what is your preference?  Do you like to be spontaneous and simply drive around until you see something that strikes your interest; or, are you more like “Clark Griswold” from Nation Lampoon’s Vacation?  My wife is the former and I am the latter because I prefer to “have a plan” when it comes to taking a vacation.  Mr. Griswold was also insistent on having, and sticking to, a specific itinerary on their vacations which (of course) drove the rest of the family crazy.  In my case, the same is true, therefore your guide to La Crosse Family Fun is within this article. 


Suggestion for Family Fun:

You need not worry about that because I have taken the liberty to create a Clark Griswold Itinerary for you to follow while visiting the La Crosse, WI area.  Contained within, is a three-day, step by step guide to exploring one of the most beautiful and enjoyable cities in Wisconsin.  It is jam-packed with fun, enjoyment, and events for the whole family from sightseeing, to fun and games, to amateur sporting events.  All of the members of your family will be thrilled that you thought this up, so without further ado, let’s take a look at…

…The La Crosse Area “Clark Griswold” Family Fun Itinerary

Day #1- Sightseeing/Learning

Grandad Bluff (photo #1) – 3020 Grandad Bluff Rd.

Spectacular views of the city w/ numerous hiking trails.

Children’s Museum – 207 5th Ave South

Interactive exhibits, climbing wall, multi-purpose theater.

La Crosse Queen – 405 E Veterans Memorial Dr

Upper Mississippi River Paddle-wheel Cruises:

Sightseeing, Pizza,

 Friday/Saturday Night Dinner,

Sunday Captain’s Brunch, Three-hour Cruise.


Day #2- Fun, Fun, Fun/Events

Thomas G. Rowe Park – 710 Hilltopper Dr., Onalaska

Skate Park, Playground, Horseshoes, Disc Golf.

Riverside Amusement Park – 1304 Interchange Pl.

Miniature Golf, Go Cart Track, Batting Cages.

Shenanigans (photo #2) – 2100 Dawson Ave.

Paintball, Laser Tag, Rock Climbing Wall,

Human Hamster Ball, Inflatables, New Arcade Games.

La Crosse Speedway – N4985 Co Rd M, West Salem

Late Models, Sportsmen, Hobby Stocks, Hornets, & Street Stocks Auto Racing.


Day #3- On the Water/Events

Island Outdoors (photo #3) – 1330 Bainbridge St., French Island

Kayak Rentals, Canoe Rentals, Paddle Boats. Hydrobike Paddle, PFD’s (personal flotation devices).

Logger Baseball – 1130 Copeland Park Dr.

Intense Northwoods League Baseball action featuring some of the most talented college ballplayers in North America.(Notable past Loggers:  Max Scherzer & Chris Sale)


The “Human Hamster Balls” for your Family Fun at Shenanigans – Photo by Shenanigans 


The Conclusion:

Therefore, by simply following this list, you will experience (only) nine of La Crosse’s exciting places to enjoy “family fun”.  If you decide to stick around longer, please seek information about us @ for anything and everything La Crosse. 

We also know that you will want to feed your family while you are sharing your time with us, and, at the end of each day, you will need to put them to bed; therefore we have provided you with such information with just a click.

Thank you so much for considering visiting La Crosse, WI, where…

“You are Always Welcome!!!”
Family fun on Hydrobike Paddles at Island Outdoors – Photo by Island Outdoors
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8 Replies

    1. Thanks Pete, I knew I was taking a chance using the Clark Griswold referral. I was just hoping that most people have seen the movie(s) by now.

  1. I’ve lived in this area all my life and haven’t been to most of those places; most of my trips to Lacrosse are for shopping and medical reasons. Nice job putting this info together ?.

  2. Didn’t realize all these wonderful things were right out my front door. Staycation!! Thanks Tony.

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