Things To Do in Wisconsin

$19 for Two Games of Bowling with Shoes for Five at Badgerland Bowling Centers (Up to $52.50 Value)

Badgerland Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$52.50 $19

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Groups of up to five strap into shoes and bowl at any of six locations, each with an onsite restaurant

"Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus" at Meyer Theatre on Friday, October 24, at 8 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

"Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus"

Meyer Theatre

$54.75 $27

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Based on the hit book by John Gray, Peter Story's live performance elicits knowing laughter from both sexes

Mini Golf for Two or Four at America's Action Territory (Up to 50% Off)

America's Action Territory

Bristol and Kenosha

$16 $10

Players choose from three 18-hole courses: one with a Mining theme, named Lost Fall

Admission to "Devil's Nightmare" and "Blind Madness" Haunts for 2, 4 or 6 at the Factory of Fear (Up to 38% Off)

Factory of Fear

Racine

$40 $25

Endure the dreadful sights and sounds of a 25,000 sq. ft., century-old warehouse with two frightening haunts this Halloween season

Ice-Skating Package for Four, or a Birthday Party for Up to 10 at Appleton Family Ice Center (Up to 50% Off)

Appleton Family Ice Center

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

Skaters glide across new ice; birthday parties include decorations and hot dogs or pizza for up to 10 guests

10 CrossFit Classes or 1 Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Consumed (Up to 86% Off)

CrossFit Consumed

Waukesha

$130 $18

Intensive, ever-changing CrossFit workouts combine weightlifting and gymnastics moves

Paintball Packages or One Hour of Laser Tag for Two or Four at Big Dog Adventure Park (Up to 50% Off)

Big Dog Adventure Park

Wautoma

$90 $50

The fields cover both wide-open areas and areas dotted with trees, bunkers, and foxholes that are ideal for furtive maneuvering

Wine and Spirit Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery (Up to 50% Off)

Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery

Eau Claire

$30 $15

After sampling small-batch wines and spirits, guests can enjoy a glass of wine at the Tasting Lounge, plus $10 off any bottle purchase

10 Boxing or Kickboxing Classes at Eclipse Martial Arts LLC (52% Off)

Eclipse Martial Arts Llc

Janesville

$50 $24

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$50 for Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Sound Check Entertainment & Studios ($100 Value)

Sound Check Entertainment & Studios

West Allis

$100 $50

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Each week, expert instructors meet with adults and kids during lessons focused on voice, guitar, drums, or other instruments

$200 for $400 Groupon — CrossFit La Crosse

Crossfit La Crosse

La Crosse

$400 $200

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$79 for a Three-Month Gym-Membership Package at Curves ($246 Value)

Curves

Multiple Locations

$246 $79

Experienced trainers watch over gym-goers using hydraulic resistance machines designed exclusively for female fitness needs

$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$24.99 for Six Youth Ice-Skating Lessons for Students Aged 3–18 at Blue Line Family Ice Center ($70 Value)

Blue Line Family Ice Center

Fond Du Lac

$70 $24.99

Ice-skating lessons teach kids everything from basic control and ice skills to advanced jumps and combinations

9 or 18 Holes of Golf for Two or Four with Cart Rental and Drinks at The Preserve at Deer Creek (Up to 56% Off)

The Preserve at Deer Creek Golf

New Berlin

$56 $27

Carts ferry twosomes and foursomes over a nine-hole course with seven fairways split by streams

10 or 20 Martial Arts Classes at Sixel's USA Martial Arts (Up to 73% Off)

Sixel's USA Martial Arts

Sugar Camp

$100 $29

MMA, jiu jitsu, or kickboxing classes for adults and children

$49.99 for a Wisconsin Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) License Course at Felton Training Group ($170 Value)

Felton Training Group

Sheraton Hotel

$170 $49.99

Three- to four-hour lecture covers gun safety, handling, and related state laws as well as the permit-application process

Exotic-Car Driving Experience or Ride-Along from Adventure Supercars (Up to 53% Off). 6 Options Available.

Adventure Supercars

Blackhawk Farms Raceway

$99 $49

Customers experience driving a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Nissan, BMW, or McLaren themselves around a track

$22 for a Discover Scuba Course at Underwater Connection ($45 Value)

Underwater Connection

Multiple Locations

$45 $22

PADI-certified instructors oversee classes in pool, teaching basics of safety, equipment use, and diving technique

One Month of Kids' Karate Classes or a One-Month After-School Karate Program at Karate America (Up to 64% Off)

Karate America

Multiple Locations

$150 $59

Kids start on the path toward a black belt in karate; after-school program also includes school pickups and snacks

Fitness and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes at 44 fitness and martial arts (Up to 78% Off). Three Options Available.

44 fitness and martial arts

Franklin

$94 $25

Trainers help groups surmount fitness roadblocks during cardio-strength and boot camp workouts; jiu jitsu classes promote safety

Shooting-Range Packages at Milford Hills (Up to 53% Off). Three Options Available.

Milford Hills

Johnson Creek

$34 $16

50 shooting lanes at distances of up to 25 yards for handguns and 100 yards for long guns; country-club setting

3 Months of Unlimited Kids' Martial Arts Classes at Lakeshore Tae Kwon DO (70% Off)

Lakeshore Tae Kwon Do

Manitowoc

$297 $89

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$15 for Two Games of Bowling for Up to Five from King Pin Bowl (Up to $55 Value)

King Pin Bowl

West Bend

$55 $15

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Bowling balls crash through pins on modern bowling lanes while cooks grill entrees at the in-house restaurant with a full bar

$19 for $35 Worth of Horseback-Riding Lessons — Sunset Ridge Performance Horses

Sunset Ridge Performance Horses

Columbus

$35 $19

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Family Membership or Family Package with One-Year Membership to Highbridge Hills Sports Complex (Up to 66% Off)

Highbridge Hills Sports Complex

Ashland County

$300 $149

Home to one of the largest disc-golf complexes, they also welcome barefoot running, biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, and stargazing

Bowling for Four with Shoe Rental and Pitcher of Soda at Skipp's Bowling Center ($39 Value)

Skipp's Bowling Center

Stevens Point

$39 $20

Smooth lanes host bowlers relaxing with friends and family, refreshing themselves with a frosty pitcher of soda

$26 for a 9-Hole Round of Golf for Two with Cart Rental at Bridgewood Golf Course (Up to $52 Value)

Bridgewood Golf Course

Neenah

$52 $26

Small, fast, elevated greens combine with water hazards and dense tree lines to challenge golfers as they traverse 2,934-yard course

20 or 10 Yoga Classes at Hatchery Hill Yoga (Up to 66% Off)

Hatchery Hill Yoga

Fitchburg

$130 $49

Yoga focuses on health and healing with movement

All-Day Paintball Package with Admission and Equipment Rental for Four or Six from Paintballtickets.com (Up to 67% Off)

Paintballtickets.com

Multiple Locations

$100 $39

Paintballers splatter opponents with pigment on a regulation field and scenario arena with whitewashed obstacles

12 Introductory CrossFit Classes from CrossFit De Pere (45% Off)

Crossfit De Pere

De Pere

$99 $54

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Golf Outing for Two or Pass for Unlimited Golf for 2014 Season at Missing Links (Up to 56% Off)

Missing Links

Missing Links

$450 $199

Designed with the help of Jack Nicklaus, 9-hole, par-3 course features grassy mounds, ponds, and a green shaped like the state of Wisconsin

One Month of Martial Arts Classes or Kids Martial Arts Party Package at JK Lee Black Belt Academy (Up to 80% Off)

JK Lee Black Belt Academy

Multiple Locations

$159 $39

Kids and adults can enroll in martial arts classes, which include uniforms, or enroll together; birthday parties accommodate up to 20 kids

$11 for Drive-In Admission for Two and Two Small Popcorns at Keno Drive-In (Up to $20.50 Value)

Keno Drive-In

Pleasant Prairie

$20.50 $11

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Double features of first-run flicks pair with audio from FM station or in-car speakers as attendees dig into popcorn

Household Membership or History Lover Membership at the Wisconsin Historical Society and Museum (Up to 52% Off)

Wisconsin Historical Society

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

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Membership includes discounted or free admission to the Society's historic sites, from Black Point Estate to Old World Wisconsin in Eagle

Household Membership or History Lover Membership at the Wisconsin Historical Society and Museum (Up to 52% Off)

Wisconsin Historical Society

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

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Membership includes discounted or free admission to the Society's historic sites, from Black Point Estate to Old World Wisconsin in Eagle

$50 for $90 Worth of Recording-Studio Rental — Komplete Media Solutions

Studio Komplete

Cudahy

$90 $50

Recording-studio time includes a professional audio engineer; may use time for recording, mixing, or mastering

10 or 15 Workout Classes at Iron Grip Gym (50% Off)

Iron Grip Gym

Business Park

$100 $50

Instructors lead small groups through engaging workouts that incorporate suspension training, kettlebells, and training ropes

Star or Laser Show for Two, Four, or Six at Barlow Planetarium (50% Off)

Barlow Planetarium

Menasha

$18 $9

10,000-watt sound system and 48 ft. projection screen showcase educational programs and laser light shows set to classic tunes

Hayride and Corn Maze Admission for Two, Four, or Six at Waldvogel's Pumpkin Farm (Up to 48% Off)

Waldvogel's Pumpkin Farm

Burnett

$16 $9

Picture-perfect hayrides trundle among the pumpkin patch, while one of America's largest corn mazes seeks to stump all who enter

Four-Week Fitness Program or Six Personal-Training Sessions at Parker's Place Fitness (Up to 85% Off)

Parker's Place Fitness

Oconomowoc

$865 $129

A four-week fitness program includes group fitness classes such as boot camp and Zumba; personal trainers customize workouts to each client

Walk-On Play Package for Two, Four, or Eight at Vintage Paintball Park (Up to 56% Off)

Vintage Paintball Park

Hudson

$83.92 $38

Outdoor arena unfurls 10 fields across 600 acres, where shooters exchange paintball volleys amid urban landscapes, woods courses, and hills

$149 for a Tandem Hang-Gliding Flight at Wisconsin Hang Gliding LLC ($259 Value)

Wisconsin Hang Gliding

Delavan Lake

$259 $149

A tandem hang-gliding flight with a certified instructor affords novices the chance to take the controls safely

10 or 20 Classes with Initiation and Uniform at Kids Love Martial Arts (Up to 91% Off)

Kids Love Martial Arts

Greendale

$210 $20

Kids develop focus, confidence, self-discipline, and self-respect while learning self-defense skills that make them bully-proof

Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Cheese and Truffles at Chateau St. Croix Winery & Vineyard (Up to 44% Off)

Chateau St. Croix Winery & Vineyard

Saint Croix Falls

$26 $15

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Vintners host wine tasting that features grapes grown and bottled on Chateau St. Croix's 55-acre grounds.

5 or 10 Group Strength and Conditioning Classes at German Fit (Half Off)

German Fit

Glendale

$90 $45

Students aged 10 and older train like an athlete under the tutelage of former professional soccer player Andreas Davi

$21 for a Fall Colors Fajita & Margarita Dinner Cruise from Afton-Hudson Cruise Lines (Up to $42 Value)

Afton-Hudson Cruise Lines

Multiple Locations

$42 $21

Dine on a buffet of chicken and pork carnitas while gazing at the fall colors along the St. Croix River; two-for-one margaritas available

$49 for a Month of Kickboxing Classes at Murphy's Martial Arts Academy ($314 Value)

Murphy's Martial Arts Academy

Stoughton

$314 $49

Students burn calories, boost their strength, and learn hard-hitting kickboxing techniques with a month of fitness kickboxing classes

Golf Outing for Two or Four at Koshkonong Mounds Country Club (Up to 47% Off). Weekday and Weekend Options.

Koshkonong Mounds Country Club

Koshkonong Mounds CC

$92 $55

Opened in 1870 as a club for huntsmen, the converted golf facility undulates across rolling pastureland with mature tree-lined fairways

One or Two Months of Karate with Uniform and T-Shirt at Karate America DeForest (Up to 67% Off)

Karate America DeForest

De Forest

$119 $39

Classes teach karate skills to students ages 3 and up

18-Hole Round of Golf for 2 or 4, Including Cart Rental and Range Balls, at Baraboo Country Club (Up to 50% Off)

Baraboo Country Club

Baraboo

$106 $53

Unrivaled views of surrounding bluffs, scenic water features, and slick greens challenge golfers across an 18-hole course

$30 for $60 Worth of Greens Fees and Cart Fees at The Bog

The Bog

The Bog

$60 $30

Arnold Palmer–designed course snakes across 7,221 yd. of rolling fairways cleaved through wetlands, myriad bunkers, and mounded rough

18 Holes of Golf for Two or Four with Cart Rental at Bristol Oaks Golf Club (Up to 38% Off)

Bristol Oaks Golf Club

Bristol Oaks Golf Club and Banquet Center

$96 $60

18-hole, par 72 course lined with mature trees and dotted with water hazards

Nine-Hole Round of FootGolf for Two, Four, Six, or Eight at Baehmann's Golf Center (62% Off)

Baehmann's Golf Center

Cedarburg

$14 $5.50

FootGolf combines soccer and golf; players kick off from a tee and try to get the soccer ball in the hole with the least amount of kicks

$17 for $30 Worth of Kayak Rental — Mountain Bay Outfitters and The Coffee Depot

Mountain Bay Outfitters

Shawano

$30 $17

Paddle the Wolf or Embarrass Rivers this fall and see all that Mother Nature has to show

One or Three One-Hour Horseback-Riding and Groundwork Lessons at Sublime Saddlebreds (Up to 51% Off)

Sublime Saddlebreds

Waupun

$75 $37

Experienced, enthusiastic instructor trains students and horses to work as a team

Mini-Golf, Pizza, and Soda for Two or Four at Logger's Park Sports Complex (Up to 46% Off)

Logger's Park Sports Complex

Richfield

$27.45 $15

Pairs or groups of four putt their way through a meticulously-landscaped 18-hole mini-golf course, then enjoy pizza and soda

Performance and Dinner and Dessert for Two, Four, or Eight at Memories Dinner Theater (Up to 49% Off)

Memories Dinner Theater

Port Washington

$66 $40

Actors perform comedies, dramas, and musicals; guests enjoy dinner before the start of the show

Three Games of Bowling for Four or Six People at Midway Lanes (Up to 57% Off)

Midway Lanes

Mineral Point

$39 $19

Groups strap on rental shoes and send bowling balls down slick alleys during open play at lively center with full bar and music

Boat Tour for Two, Four, or Six Adults from Fish Creek Scenic Boat Tours (Up to 51% Off)

Fish Creek Scenic Boat Tours

Gibraltar

$78 $45

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The boat runs a variety of routes amid local islands, giving guests beautiful views and historic perspective on the area

Microdistillery Educational Tasting for Two or Four at Minhas Micro Distillery (Half Off)

Minhas Micro Distillery

Monroe

$20 $10

Visitors learn how beer from the brewery is turned into vodka, after which they sample products leave with a bottle of vodka & sampler glass

1 or 3 Riding-Lesson Packages, Each with a Helmet, Horse Treats & a Gift at Black Forest Stables(Up to 56% Off)

Black Forest Stables

Barneveld

$82 $39

The team prepares you well for your ride with protective gear and treat that help you bond with your steed

Four- or Six-Week Boot Camp with Three Weekly Classes at Fitness Revolution (Up to 67% Off)

Fitness Revolution

Sussex

$139 $49

High-energy interval training incorporates strength-building exercises and cardio for all fitness levels

$49 for $110 Worth of Zumba — East Troy Snap Fitness

East Troy Snap Fitness

East Troy

$110 $49

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Wine and Chair Massage for Two on a Monday, or Martinis for Two at Chandelier Club (Up to 50% Off)

Chandelier Club

Appleton

$54 $29

Pairs unwind over glasses of wine and 15-minute chair massages or their choice of classic or creative martinis

18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four Plus Cart at Portage Country Club (Up to 56% Off). Weekday and Weekend Options.

Portage Country Club

Portage

$108 $49

Nestled along the waters of Swan Lake, 18-hole course presents an open layout

The Dancing Horses Theatre Show through September 30 (Up to 52% Off)

The Dancing Horses Theatre

The Dancing Horses Theatre

$37.50 $18

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Equestrians and various horse breeds do a Vegas-style performance; backstage pass includes horse-training info and equine meet-and-greets

10th Annual Chili Cook-Off for Two or Four on September 27 at Milwaukee Harley-Davidson (Up to 55% Off)

Milwaukee Harley-Davidson

Milwaukee Harley-Davidson

$30 $15

Cook-off showcases more than 80 chili varieties, craft-beer and liquor tastings, pumpkin patch, and music; benefits mental-health charity

Horseback-Riding Lesson for One or Two at Madison Horse Connection (Up to 54%% Off)

Madison Horse Connection

Madison Horse Connection

$40 $19

Budding equestrians young and old learn basic horsemanship and a variety of steed-steering disciplines during indoor or outdoor lessons

Three-Month Membership with Optional Summer Camp for One or Two Children at Kidz Town (Up to 55% Off)

Kidz Town

Howard

$122 $55

Kids supervised by parents explore the 3,000 sq. ft. interactive play center; optional three-hour summer-camp session

10 or 20 Drop-In Classes at YOGArithm Studios (Up to 73% Off)

YOGArithm Studios

Kenosha

$120 $39

Four types of yoga classes led by certified instructors in sessions held six days a week

Roller-Skating Package with Soda and Pizza, or Bronze Birthday-Party Package for 10 at Skatetown (Up to 54% Off)

Skatetown

Racine

$54.50 $25

Kids aged 2–12 enjoy a day of roller-skating or celebrate birthdays with parties that include ice cream and party favors

$69 for Ballroom-Dance Package for One or Two at TC Dance Club International (Up to $360 Value)

TC Dance Club International

Appleton

$360 $69

An individual or couple learn a ballroom-style dance during four one-on-one lessons and then practice in a group and party setting

Two-Hour Gun-Range Package for One, Two, or Four at Fletcher Arms (Up to 55% Off)

Fletcher Arms

Waukesha

$38.50 $19

Indoor range with 75- and 16-foot lanes; extensive list of rental guns including pistols and rifles

One or Three Months of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes at Fearless MMA (Up to 77% Off)

Fearless MMA

Janesville

$100 $39

Martial-arts students build physical and mental strength, discipline, and self-defense skills in classes such as MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

$10 for $20 Worth of Pub Food and Drinks at Kokopelli's Pub & Grub

Kokopelli's Pub & Grub

West Allis

$20 $10

Pan-seared catfish, fish tacos, and hand-formed burgers made with never-frozen beef

Two Hours of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Four or Eight at Maple Lanes (Up to 55% Off)

Maple Lanes

South Business Drive

$28 $14

Two hours of bowling on one or two lanes at an alley that also features sand volleyball courts and a golf simulator

Yoga Fundamentals or Advanced Yoga Workshop for One, Two, or Four at Haleybird Studios (Up to 51% Off)

Haleybird Studios

Mount Mary

$30 $15

Encouraging and comfortable studio hosts workshops that teach newcomers safe yoga practices or current students next-level poses

Four or Eight Laser-Tag Sessions at Kids in Motion (Up to 53% Off)

Kids in Motion

New Berlin

$20 $10

Kids aged 5 and older race around a 1,500 sq. ft. laser-tag arena that's specially designed to appeal to children

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In 1999, Dave Sobelman was serving burgers and pitchers of beer to blue collar workers in the rough and rugged Menomonee Valley. With the checks he cashed on weekends from the humble factory workers he began ordering some of the finest ingredients for this burgers - locally baked country-butter rolls and the best beef available.

Then one day, Dave walked out of his burger bar and saw a newspaper stand for the Shepherd Express. The cover story highlighted the Top 5 "Pub Grub" locations in Milwaukee and Dave's did not make the list. This omission was a turning point in Sobelman's history.

After seeing the article, Dave called the author of the story and invited him over for a burger. The local writer came into Sobelman's the next day and sat at the bar, ordered a PLAIN burger, and a beer. That very next week, Dave Sobelman had his own feature article on the front page of the Shepherd Express praising the burgers at Sobelman's Pub and Grill as the absolute best in Milwaukee.

Dave became wild with the possibility of fame after seeing his name and acclaimed burger in print. So with the help of this wife - Melanie - Dave began placing his energies into continuously providing the most quality ingredients and best tasting menu he could create for the public - and of course this menu included drinks. Dave's location is after all, a storied Schlitz tavern.

It's really not what's inside the glass that makes Sobelman's Pub and Grill's signature bloody mary stand out. The drink, or "Bloody Masterpiece" as it's affectionally called (not to be confused with the "Baconado" or "Crown Mary"), arrives with 13 garnishes. Brussels sprouts, celery, sausage, cheese, and even a cheeseburger slider stick out of the drink like an edible bouquet. The creative drink has garnered many fans, not to mention a feature on Good Morning America.

That slider garnish serves as an introduction to Sobelman's menu. The husband-and-wife team will proudly tell you that they have always had the best burgers in Milwaukee, and they back up the claim with a 2013 Readers’ Choice Award from Milwaukee Magazine and three other local Best Burger Awards in the last 3 plus years. Each Certified Prime Black Angus patty is sandwiched between a fresh baked country-butter roll and rests beneath toppings such as homemade chili, diced jalapeño, or The Piggyback's pork belly, which comes drizzled in bourbon sauce. These burgers have often been imitated around the city, but never duplicated. Aside from burgers, the cooks craft chicken cordon bleu sandwiches and host a Friday fish fry with beer-battered cod.

Despite the creativity shown on the menu, Sobelman's Pub and Grill's original location on St. Paul Avenue has a timeless element. The Sobelmans make great use of their building and they've kept original Schlitz tavern elements such as beer-barrel tables and strict adherence to the law of gravity in the revived Menomonee Valley neighborhood. Simply put, Sobelman's Pub and Grill is Classic Milwaukee.

1721 West Canal Street
Milwaukee,
WI
US

The instructors at Kaivalya Yoga believe that, like yoga practitioners themselves, the rules of yoga should be highly flexible. They pioneer fresh approaches to Vinyasa techniques inside their University Square studio with the aim of inducing kaivalya—a state of freeing personal enlightenment. Heated and nonheated classes cover fluid posture transitions that synchronize breath with stretching rather than having students take one long breathing break halfway through class. Each session aims to eradicate the body's toxins and boost mental clarity, whether students are attending a free beginners workshop or hefting small weights during Power Sculpt.

Many of the teaching staff joined the yoga movement to combat physical ailments, such as slipped disks or chronic migraines, and now they deepen their practice through Kaivalya's inventive curriculum. They inject posing sequences with pieces of individual flair—Hally Marlino's classes embrace freestyle Vinyasa set to music, and director of teacher training Alex Pfeiffer leads groups through spiritually focused, dance-like routines. Certified massage therapists are also on hand to work muscles into an even noodlier state with Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports modalities.

Kaivalya Yoga's central location is no accident. Owners Dave and Tim met at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1998 and maintain ties with the school as an employee and a graduate student, respectively. They've engineered their venue and schedule to suit the student population: classes provide a meditative escape close to home, scheduling never interferes with Wisconsin Badgers games, and the boutique carries chic headbands, T-shirts, and hoodies from their exclusive Mad Yogi clothing line, ideal for moving from dorm to dining hall to yoga studio in comfort.

773 University Ave
Madison,
WI
US

A two-story brick house from the late 1800s stands within walking distance of a wooden fur-trader’s cabin from the 1700s. Just down the road, cheesemongers and printmakers ply their time-honored trades behind open storefronts, and the ringing of a blacksmith’s hammer joins with the click of a digital camera’s shutter in a soundtrack several centuries in the making. It’s safe to say that Heritage Hill State Historical Park’s anachronistic blending of historical eras might confuse an uninformed onlooker, but visitors who know better will relish the park’s four outdoor areas, each of which depicts a unique period in Wisconsin’s history. The living-history museum sits on 50 acres along the banks of the Fox River and features more than 25 original and reconstructed buildings that illustrate the lives of their residents—a list that includes French-influenced fur traders, the federal occupants of Fort Howard, and Belgian immigrants. The museum’s curators have brought these former residents back to life through strange and unexpected means; the fur-trader’s cabin was discovered almost by accident by a demolition crew who found it hidden inside a larger house. In each of the park’s areas, historic interpreters dressed according to their time period divulge facts about the buildings’ histories and their inhabitants’ day-to-day lives, which often included hours of churning butter and playing 8-bit Atari games. Five of the original on-site buildings can be found on the National Register of Historic Places, and museum groundskeepers further ensure each area’s historical accuracy by planting period-appropriate trees and plants. Tours take visitors of all ages on regular journeys through the past, and museum staffers organize field trips and summer camps especially for youth groups. Seasonal events include craft workshops, live concerts, and raucous fiddle-shredding contests.

2640 S Webster Ave
Green Bay,
WI
US

America's Action Territory encourages familial bonding through amusements in session year-round indoors and seasonally outdoors. During warm weather, the park staff operates six outdoor activities, from bumper boats in a 75,000-gallon pool to a water balloon battle with depth-charged orbs. Back inside, kids can enter the smoky, black-lit laser-tag arena to demonstrate who is most deserving of parents' love, or challenge their progenitors to skee-ball at the arcade. Between games, an eatery supplies patrons with refreshments such as sandwiches, chicken strips, and pizzas on crust made without gluten or lasers. It also offers a wine and beer list for adults, as well as free WiFi. For special occasions, Action Territory's team can also arrange birthday parties and organize group packages.

12345 75th St.
Kenosha,
WI
US

The curators of Bounce & Play's indoor playground want to see kids exercising and developing motor skills. To accomplish this, they fill their plush facility with seven bounce houses, air-filled obstacle courses, and games such as ping-pong and air hockey. For adults, they stock the center's bright storefront with coffee and snacks. Additionally, the playground's toddler area lets little ones younger than aged 3 crawl through tunnels and play with toys without encountering the competitive spirit of older kids who talk about nothing but math and literature.

4901 Washington Ave.
Racine,
Wisconsin
US

The servicemen of Pearl Harbor's naval base were taking some much-needed R&R between early-morning repairs inside Hangar 37 when suddenly they heard a buzzing overhead. With the humming of their own planes and battleships periodically filling the air, this rapidly approaching sound wasn't foreign to their ears, but this instance proved to be drastically different. Thunderous explosions soon overtook Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona struggled to stay afloat as the Imperial Japanese Navy delivered a surprise military strike, which resulted in one of the most devastating attacks on American soil. With a mission to preserve the history of this tragic event, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor opened that very same hangar to the public, hundreds of feet from where ships burned and men courageously fought more than 70 years ago.

Hangar 37's 42,000-square-foot space currently houses many of the museum's artifacts, which include a World War II–era B-25B bomber, Japanese Zero, and naval planes such as the SBD Dauntless. Also open to the public, Hangar 79 displays the actual bullet holes that pierced its windows during the attack, while an authentic WWII maintenance shop contains an exhibit that explains how planes ran on Lucky Strike cigarette materials. Visitors can experience the museum's ever-evolving collection of exhibits––which has included segments dedicated to the Korean War's MiG Alley and the Flying Tigers––through guided tours in both hangars and submerse themselves in the virtual world of the museum's combat flight simulator.

N922 Tower View Drive
Greenville,
WI
US