More than three decades spent trolling the fish-filled waters of the Great Lakes have allowed USCG-licensed captain Kevin Williams to master the art of freshwater and ice fishing. While leading expeditions for intrepid participants both young and old, Kevin leverages his unparalleled knowledge of marine speakeasies to catch fish by surprise—and when that happens, the fisherfolk in his boat are ready and waiting with the proper angling gear, be it their own or Kevin's. The captain sets out on warm-weather trips in a 19-foot Weldcraft Maverick equipped with GPS, a trolling motor, and a fish finder, and hosts winter fishing in a heated icehouse accessible by ATV or speed-skater piggyback rides. Fishermen can keep whatever they catch, and may head home after the excursion with buckets full of whitefish, perch, and walleye.
The crunch of fallen leaves or packed snow telegraphs the motions of warriors hidden in the underbrush on the outdoor fields at Commando Paintball Sports. Paintballs whisper through the air, flitting out from the barrels of Tippmann FT-12 or Piranha markers. The projectiles splatter against two-story forts or hollowed-out vehicles on the three wooded fields, which stay open year-round in almost any weather. On the urban combat field, patrons take cover in any of 20 buildings, including a three-story bell tower perfect for getting a birds-eye-view of opponents. Those seeking tournament-style play compete in a hyperball field designed by expert players. Laser tag keeps clothing clean while still eliciting floods of adrenaline.
Barefooted tykes aged 2 and older gambol through Badger Bouncers Playland's rainbow-hued inflatable obstacle course and pause from defying gravity to sprint to the top of a fire-truck-themed slide. While kids busy themselves perfecting impersonations of Neil Armstrong’s famed triple Axel on the moon, parents can take advantage of Badger Bouncers' free WiFi, knowing that kids bound through a safe space. All bouncers are fully enclosed, and mesh safety nets gird all entrances. At parties, staffers oversee guests who have exclusive use of the facility, and rentals such as mini golf courses and dunk tanks spice up events at any location.:m]]
Captain Zach Burgess and his experienced crew members are determined to get you out on Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay, come rain, snow, or zombie apocalypse. For walleye fishing in the warmer months, they have an equipped 2014 warrior 203, whose deep sides provide stability. Come winter, they roll out 8'x10' ice shacks that can hold up to five people seeking perch and whitefish near the warmth of a wood stove.
The culinary artisans at Good Times handcraft pizzas from scratch with a special mixture of Wisconsin cheeses before sending them off for fire-kisses in a stone oven. Gustatory glands go toe-to-toe with chewy garlic bread ($2.99+) or cheese curds ($4.99) to provoke growing appetites. Bedeck a traditional thin crust or classic hand-tossed pizza with a custom medley of toppings ($7.69+), or nosh on a specialty pie such as the monster, which arrives loaded with sausage, pepperoni, bacon, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and black and green olives (12.39+). An array of salads, sandwiches, and 100% Black Angus burgers ($4.29–$7.79) occupy curious cutlery and fingers before they venture into light sockets. During temperate weather, an outdoor deck offers diners a place to feast amid a delicate breeze and flocks of serenading birds.
Joe BikeLer's Bike Shop's staff outfits peddlers with 24-hour person-powered wheel rentals from an extensive selection of bikes for traveling Wisconsin's longest bike trail. The Mountain Bay Trail runs from the Green Bay area west to Wausau, stretching more than 80 miles, the same distance Lewis and Clark traveled before Lewis insisted on some "me time." Joe BikeLer's Bike Shop is tucked inside the renovated Chicago and North Western Railroad station, a historic landmark. Bikers take off from the former locomotive watering hole to cycle down the path, which replaced the old train tracks. Open year-round, the trail makes an ideal location for an autumn's journey or a Valentine's snow picnic, and Joe BikeLer's Bike Shop also stocks nutritious drinks and snacks to fuel furious wheeling.