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Last minute Wisconsin beach trips

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Summer is in full swing in Wisconsin and the beautiful weather we’ve been having has offered plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and have some fun.

On Wednesday, Lisa Marshall with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin to give our viewers a few ideas.

If a trip to the beach is on your summer bucket list, you’re in luck because Wisconsin has many options to choose from. 

If you’re looking for a beach in an urban setting, you can’t go wrong with North Beach in Racine.  North Beach was named a Top 5 Best Freshwater Beach by USA Today, Top 10 Family Friendly Beach by Parents magazine and Top City Beach by Midwest Living magazine.  It’s the first beach in Wisconsin to be designated as a Certified Blue Wave clean beach by the National Clean Beaches Council.

North Beach features 50 acres of sand along 2,500 feet of shoreline and is located just blocks away from Downtown Racine.

The beach also has a volleyball court, a snack bar and a nearby Kid's Cove nautical-themed playground. Live music is played on weekends throughout the summer at the Beachside Oasis concession stand.

If you want the beach experience sans sand in your shoes, a trip Washington Island’s Schoolhouse Beach should be on your list.  The beach is made up of individual, limestone pebbles that are smoothed by the waves of Lake Michigan. There’s actually a fine for taking one of the rocks from the beach – so enjoy making rockcastles while you’re there, but don’t bring any home!  Schoolhouse Beach is great for swimming, diving, rafting and snorkeling. There’s a marked area with a diving raft for experienced swimmers.

If you want to turn your trip to the beach into an day-long or overnight excursion, check out the Lower Wisconsin River Sandbars.  The 92 miles of the Lower Wisconsin River from Prairie du Sac to Prairie du Chien are loaded with sandbar islands to explore – and it’s free to camp and spend the night on them.  The scenic river is perfect for kayakers, canoeists and tubers, and there are no rapids, which makes it good for beginners who like a leisurely paddle pace. It’s also a great group outing, you can do ½ day, full day or overnight camping outings.

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