Lake Geneva is a resort city located in the southeastern area of Walworth County near the Wisconsin/Illinois border. As of 2010, Lake Geneva had a population of 7,651 residents.
The city is known around the area for being one of the premier summer destinations in southern Wisconsin. In fact, USA Today ranked Lake Geneva as the #1 small town for adventure in the United States, and it shows with all of the different activities available. If you enjoy golf, Lake Geneva has you covered with 7 different golf courses to pick from. All of these courses offer scenic views for a round you’ll never forget. In the fall months, take the family to any one of the three orchards in the area to pick apples and try some locally made treats.
The Lake Geneva area is also home to 9 different parks that visitors and residents alike can enjoy any time of the year. Activities in the park range from hiking trails in Big Foot Beach State Park to the skatepark at Dunn Field. The 5,400 acre Geneva Lake offers very clear waters for all different kinds of recreational activities. Those who enjoy fishing will be able to keep busy hunting many different species of fish including Trout, Walleye, Pike, and Bass. Boaters can enjoy the beauty of the lake by tubing, skiing, or just taking a cruise. If you don’t have a boat, check out one of the many different boat rental services around the area.
There are always events going on in the Lake Geneva area as well. Summer brings events like Venetian Festival, a five day long celebration with a carnival, ski show, live music, and fireworks. Another popular event is Maxwell Street Days, which is a sidewalk sale across the city that spans over the course of three days. In fall, Lake Geneva has their own Oktoberfest which offers attractions for all ages. There’s pony rides and a craft fair for the kids, as well as live music and a beer tent for the adults. Make sure to stop in around Christmas to see the annual Great Electric Children’s Christmas Parade. This is a great way to get out with the kids and see some original floats along with cute decorations and lights around the town.
After a long day of exploring Lake Geneva, you’re going to want a good meal to wrap up a perfect trip. Popeye’s on Lake Geneva is a great local restaurant with a large menu selection to boot. Options range from burgers to barbecue and, of course, seafood. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating; the perfect option for those summer months. Being right across from Lake Geneva gives you the perfect view to accompany your dinner. For a taste of Chicago north of the border, check out Gino’s East on Wrigley Dr. Gino’s East serves up authentic, deep-dish pizza from the heart of Chicago that can’t be matched anywhere else. The menu also includes salads and sandwiches, so there’s something for everyone.
Whether you’re stopping by for a day trip, staying for a week, or looking for a permanent home, Lake Geneva has what you need. If you want to learn more about the area and find more things to do, check out the official Lake Geneva Visitor’s Magazine here. For those looking to move to the area, check out some of the properties down below and see if Lake Geneva is right for you.