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Locales for Family Photos in Wisconsin

Don’t wait until winter to plan those holiday family photo sessions. Check out these eight outdoorsy locales—from lavender farms to covered bridgesfor hosting family photos in Wisconsin.

Fonferek’s Glen 

De Pere

Located just outside of Green Bay, Fonferek’s Glen offers 75 acres of beautiful nature settings including a babbling brook, hiking paths and a 30-ft. waterfall. Stone archways, cliffs and an abundance of nature areas offer many photo options for nature-loving families. Note, the waterfall may be dry during mid-summer and drought periods. The park is open from 8 a.m. until sunset, and there is no admission fee. 
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New Life Lavender & Cherry Farm 


This beautiful working farm offers the perfect backdrop for fragrant photos with 40 acres of lavender fields and views of bluffs in the distance. The farm has 25 varieties of lavender that bloom and peak anywhere from mid-June to mid-July. The farm also has a 100-year-old stone wall and secret garden, which is popular and well photographed. The lavender season starts June 1 and is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no photography session fee during those hours. There is a $6 entrance fee to the farm. 
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Covered Bridge County Park 


One of the last remaining covered bridges in the state sets the perfect scene for family photos in Wisconsin. Built in 1976 over Cedar Creek, this charming bridge and surrounding serene park offer a myriad of locations for photography. The bridge is accessible via foot traffic only and gives all the bygone-era feels. Pro tip: Pack a picnic and enjoy a family lunch. There is no entrance fee.
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Terrace at Memorial Union 


Grab the family and a seat on the iconic sunburst chairs at the University of Wisconsin’s Memorial Union Terrace. With a lakeside view and incredible sunsets, the Terrace is the quintessential Madison photo spot and a favorite for UW students, union members and the general public. The area can be quite popular, so visit during off-peak hours to snag those famous chairs. Access to this spot for family photos in Wisconsin is free to the public and opens at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends until late into the evening.  
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Dells Mill 


Just 20 minutes outside of Eau Claire sits an old 1964 water-powered grist mill and one of the most photographed buildings in the state. Carved into a sandstone bedrock and built along the dells of Bridge Creek, Dells Mill is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a gorgeous spot during any season. Visitors can also enjoy the on-site museum for a nominal fee. 
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Grant Park & Seven Bridges Trail 

South Milwaukee 

The scenic two-mile loop of Seven Bridges Trail offers a plethora of areas for family photos in Wisconsin including stone paths, views of Lake Michigan, wildflowers and woodland areas. There are actually 10 bridges to explore, stairways and a secluded Great Lakes beach perfect for whatever photo you are looking to snap. Access to the park is free. 
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Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum


Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum is chock-full of garden prairies and beautiful winding trails. Among the trails lies several historic buildings including the former Somers Town Hall built in 1859 and two old Pike River schoolhouses dating to the 1800’s and early 1900’s that set the perfect scene. The property also has a small observatory, amphitheater and garden filled with native flowers (and popular for weddings). Entrance to the property is free, but a daily photography permit for two hours is $75. Photography reservations must be made in advance. 
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Washington Island Stavkirke 

Washington Island/Door County 

The Stavkirke located on Door County’s Washington Island is a Norwegian-inspired church hand-built in the 1980’s to 90’s and quite the sight. This stunning structure has 18 stays (masts), a cascading roof, intricate details and a bell tower. The property is open year-round 24/7 with no entrance fee. Church services are still held on select days, so it’s best to check before visiting. Visitors will need to take the car ferry from Door County to Washington Island for a fee. 
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