Fun will be in full swing this spring. As the snow finally begins to melt, it’s the best time to update your Wisconsin spring bucket list with flower gardens, farm tours and art shows.
Art in Bloom at Milwaukee Art Museum
There’s no better place to get into the spirit of spring and check off your Wisconsin spring bucket list than at Art in Bloom on April 20 to April 23. This annual celebration of art, flowers and all things spring makes the Milwaukee Art Museum even more colorful than before. Guests can explore the newly-installed galleries to see larger-than-life, art-inspired floral creations. There will be 27 floral installations in the galleries competing for judges’ and people’s choice awards, so be on the lookout for your favorite piece! Guests can also look forward to an indoor garden in Windhover Hall with live music and a springtime pop-up shopping experience full of home accessories, décor and more. Plus, while you’re browsing the art, there will also be plenty of refreshments like coffee and wine at the Museum Café. Tickets are available for $31 for adults and free for guests under the age of 12. For more information, visit mam.org.
Door County Spring Blossom Tours
Door County is a year-round destination to experience the natural wonders of Wisconsin, but it’s even more breathtaking in the spring when all of the cherry blossom trees are in full bloom. For an unforgettable way to see all of the pink-hued trees, be sure to book a Spring Blossom Tour on a Saturday in April or May. A perfect addition to any Wisconsin spring bucket list, guests will depart from the Door County Trolley Station before cruising through the peninsula’s cherry blossoms, spring flowers and scenic overlooks. While on the tour, guests will be entertained not only by the stunning views but also by a wine tasting at an award-winning Door County winery followed by a carriage ride through the charming village of Fish Creek. Afterwards, guests will also be wowed by a delicious lunch at the beloved English Inn. Tickets are available for $86.95 for adults and $81.95 for children ages 5 to 15. For more information, visit doorcountytrolley.com.
MapleFest at Glenna Farms
The only thing that can make your Wisconsin spring bucket list even sweeter might be maple syrup season. This year, to be immersed in an awe-inspiring 80 acres of maple trees, be sure to bring the entire family to Glenna Farms in Amery for MapleFest on Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when the farms will give you a sugar rush with all things maple syrup. Guests can get to know one of nature’s finest sweeteners at an authentic Wisconsin maple syrup operation. To get a better understanding of the entire process, guests can take a “sap to syrup” farm tour. Or, for a more fun mode of transportation, guests can also explore the farm on a family-friendly horse-drawn hayride. And, of course, you can’t have MapleFest without plenty of unlimited free pancakes doused in creamy butter and Glenna Farms maple syrup throughout the day. For more information, visit glennafarms.com.
Govin’s Farm Lambing Barn & Farm Babies
As Wisconsin begins to thaw, Govin’s Farm in Menomonie commemorates the long-awaited new season with their Lambing Barn & Farm Babies events on select weekends throughout March and April. Home to lots of adorable lambs, piglets, goats, chicks and alpacas, Govin’s Farm invites you to have some fun in the sun with all of your favorite farm animals. Children as well as adults will be able to interact with the baby animals, and there will even be opportunities to feed them and snap some cute pictures. In addition, to celebrate spring in an even bigger way, the farm will also have a giant slide and pony rides. Plus, if you work up an appetite, guests can also anticipate apple cider doughnuts, kettle corn, hot dogs, warm pretzels and more. All tickets for admission are purchased at the farm for $15 per person before noon and $13 per person in the afternoon. For more information, visit govinsfarm.com.
Olbrich Gardens’ Spring Flower Show
Everyone is eager to escape the lengthy winter as spring approaches. At Olbrich Gardens’ yearly Spring Flower Show, guests take in a sneak peek of the fragrant scents of the season all throughout the month of March. From March 4 to March 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Olbrich’s Atrium will be transformed into a floral haven in honor of all things seedy. From tiny poppy seeds to enormous coconut seeds, spikey toxic castor beans to fluffy milkweed pods, a wonderful diversity of seeds will be presented in all their glory. Guests can embark on an educational tour of the significance, history and culture of many seeds while surrounded by the stunning gardens. Plus, there will be plenty of one-of-a-kind seedy items sourced through collaborations with local businesses and artists to construct truly unique and authentic displays that can also spark your interest. Tickets are available for $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for guests 5 and under. For more information, visit olbrich.org.