Mini Golf, Farms, and Castles – A Brief Tour of Family-Friendly Fun in Tomahawk
If you are looking for family activities to check out this summer, Tomahawk is overflowing with them! There are countless parks, trails, and recreation areas, not to mention special events and activities. The city of Tomahawk offers a website with a map and list of attractions you can check throughout the year. We’ve gathered a few of our favorites, to highlight here.
Bike & Walking Trails
If your family loves to bike, walk, or run, check out our recent post highlighting some of our favorite local trails! The Hiawatha trail starts at Sara Park, right on the banks of the Wisconsin River. It’s 6.6 miles long, at which point it turns into the Bearskin State Park Trail. The Bearskin continues an additional 18 miles and runs all the way up to Minocqua. These trails are built along a historic rail line, and showcase plenty of Northwoods landscape including forests, bogs, lakes, and other historic landmarks.
Historic Steam Train
If you are going to check out the Hiawatha and Bearskin trails, consider pairing this adventure with a visit to the historic steam train, located less than a mile away, at Washington Park. Steam trains used to run logs along the old Milwaukee Road railroad, which the trails follow north to Minocqua.
Mini Golf & Ice Cream
Looking for an activity for family-friendly, but with an added touch of competition? Big Bear Mini Golf and Ice Cream is the place to be. Right in downtown Tomahawk, they offer 18 holes of miniature golf and over a dozen flavors of hand-scooped ice cream. They are open daily from noon to 9pm and regularly post events and updates on their Facebook page.
Hillstar Farm is located south of Tomahawk, along the river. They are open to the public most Saturday mornings and offer self-guided tours (you even get a cup of oats for feeding the animals!) Visit their gift shop for handmade goodies made using animal byproducts, such as soaps, lip balms, and wool items. They also sell lettuce, micro greens, herbs, and eggs. Hillstar Farm is a very active business and beloved destination for local families.
A Fairytale Castle
Last but certainly not least, did you know there’s a castle in Tomahawk? We’re not talking about an old, historic castle, we’re talking about a fairytale castle. But it’s important to note, it is usually closed to the public. Once per year, during Tomahawk’s Fall Ride, the castle opens its drawbridge to the public for tours, performances, and activities. This year’s weekend dates should be September 15, 16, and 17, so keep an eye out for an announcement from the owner as the summer comes to a close.
Tomahawk is a treasure trove of family-friendly activities! We are lucky to live in a place that’s buzzing with so much food, music, and outdoor beauty. It’s easy to get the whole family involved with adventures like these, and they are sure to make your summer memorable.