I’m just like any other person – I watch movies, enjoy my favorite musicians and occasionally I even go online to check out celebrity Snapchats – but above all else, I love to travel.Out of all the northern states in the US, Wisconsin is by far my favorite. It’s diverse not only in terms of its geography, but also by what you may find among its counties and cities. However, I’m not going to talk about Milwaukee here, despite it being the largest city in the state – instead, I’m going to tell you all about my day in Fond du Lac.
History and First Impressions
Fond du Lac – which translates to “bottom of the lake” from French – is located at the south end of Lake Winnebago. It’s a fairly small town with just a bit over 40,000 people, but its history and charm make it one of the best places I have ever visited in my life.
The area where Fond du Lac stands today was bought by a federal judge back in the early 1800’s and was even at some point proposed as the capital of Wisconsin. It’s also one of the points where the Military Ridge Road passes through, while it has a long history with milling, logging, and the engine industry.
I learned about all of this by visiting the Historic Galloway House and Village, which wasn’t that easy to find, but it ultimately paid off. The whole time I was there, I felt like I was actually living the lives of those who inhabited Fond du Lac in the early 20th century, thanks to an amazing exhibit and a very friendly staff of volunteers.
I went there in the morning so that I could take in all the information that would be given to me. Right after, I went to check out the Lakeside Park – and it was the best decision I have made in my life. It’s really hard to describe the mixture of beauty and relaxation that this place envelops you in. From touring the lighthouse and riding the carousel to simply listening to birds chirping and water flowing while communing with nature is one of the most extraordinary experiences I have ever had.
Deeper Into the Lake
The couple of hours I spent at the Lakeside Park were truly amazing, but as my stomach started growling, I began looking for a good place to grab some lunch. This when I came across Trepanier’s Backyard Grill & Bar – let me just say that you don’t want to be caught in this place on a full stomach, because everything is delicious.
The serves were surprisingly helpful (not that I was expecting them to be rude or something, but still), and helped me a lot by pointing out which meal had what in it and what was gluten free. I ordered a small portion of hanger steak and still had a plateful, but I somehow managed and didn’t regret a second of it.
After gorging myself with delicious food, I decided to go check out the annual Robert Wellnitz Memorial air show, which featured huge, 15ft-wingspan warplanes that performed stunning aerobatics and breathtaking stunts. Some jets even flew faster than 200 mph, which is awesome to say the least.
I finished off my day by going to Slim &Chubby’s. Despite it sounding like yet another restaurant, it’s actually a pretty fun bar that has a lot to offer. Since it’s on three floors, you can easily switch from playing pool and darts to dancing and then to trying one (or more) of their 100+ different beers.
All-in-all, Fond du Lac truly took my breath away on more than one occasion. It’s beautiful, it has a rich history, it thrives on mixing beautiful scenery with amazing service, and it has a little something for everyone.