After hitting Bay Beach and meeting Thomas the Train, we decided to make one more stop before heading home. We decided to stop and stay in Sheboygan, WI. It was on the way, and then we’d only have about an hour drive home the next day.
My husband grew up in Sheboygan, so he already had some ideas in mind for activities. I’d been there once before, but it was 6 years ago. I was pregnant with our oldest, and we went to the John Michael Kohler Art Museum. It was a beautiful museum, but I wasn’t feeling so hot, so that’s all we got to see.
This trip, we were going to go eat, go check-in to our hotel, walk along the waterfront, eat again, and visit the beach. We also planned to drive through my husband’s old neighborhood to show the boys where he grew up. Most of it went according to plan. With our boys, you never know.
Sheboygan is really a beautiful city. It’s located right on Lake Michigan. It took us less than an hour to get there from Green Bay, WI, which is 55 miles North, and Milwaukee,WI is just another hour South.
We found a restaurant right on the Harbor, so we got a table outside. While waiting for our food, the boys were able to walk along the boardwalk, and I just got to relax for a second. It was wonderful.
Our food came, the boys ate a little, drank a lot of lemonade, then we were ready to get to the hotel.
The waitress also mentioned an ice cream parlor along the boardwalk, so after dropping off our stuff and checking out the room, we headed to get ice cream.
The shop was really cute. It was like an old-fashioned soda shop, complete with a train running on a track near the ceiling. The boys were pretty excited to get some ice cream…until they saw the giant Lollipops. Of course, this was after we already got them ice cream. Oh well. It’s vacation, right?
So, I caved to the screaming, and we piled in the car with Lollipops. We then took a drive to see where my husband grew up. We got to see his old house, his elementary school, and there was even a tree swing he remembered.
The kids finished their lollipops and were so sticky, we had to clean up. We then took out the wagon, and once again walked along the boardwalk and peer. It was such a beautiful day.
By the time we finished, it was time to eat again. My husband called an old high school friend to meet us for dinner, but the combination of no naps and a lot of sugar did not bode well. Needless to say, I spent most of the dinner out in the car with a screaming twin.
Early to bed for everyone!
The next morning, we took advantage of the free continental breakfast at our hotel, then headed to Kohler-Andrea State Park. We ended up buying a season pass for the State Parks because we figured it would give us a good excuse to visit another one soon. Plus, a season pass for a resident is only $25.
It was really beautiful. There are two beaches, plus trees surrounding everything. There were sand dunes for the kids to climb…and jump off of. Plus, when we first arrived, we had the whole beach to ourselves.
And yes, we are wearing long sleeves. In the end of June. It’s Wisconsin, after all.
It was too cold to go in the water, plus the tide was very high. We had a lot of fun just digging in the sand, and running around. Into the park a little ways near the campgrounds, there was a playground. The kids got to run, slide, and burn off some energy before we decided to head home.
Full of sand and great memories, we really had a fun road trip!
What fun and beautiful pictures! It looks like such a fun trip with your boys and it’s so nice to show them where your husband grew up!
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Autumn @ Stay gold Autumn says
My mother in law grew up in Sheboygan. I think that area of the country is so beautiful!
Also, you really wear pregnancy well, so cute! 🙂
Awe. Thank you!
Gosh that looks awesome!
Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird
Lindsey Smallwood says
Oh man, I’m totally jealous. I LOVE the beach, looks like you had so much fun with your boys. We are moving to Michigan next year so I will keep that place in mind since we’ll be closer.
Nice! Good luck with your move.
good enuf mommy says
The state park looks beautiful!! What a fun trip! I’m sure you’ve built many memories!
It really is. Thank you!
Looks like your family is having a lot of fun!! Enjoy!
It looks like this road trip is a big success. Aren’t lollipops wonderful in stressful moments? 🙂
Yes…if only they weren’t so sticky. 🙂
Oh my goodness, the lollipops! Too funny. I live about 45 minutes from the opposite side of Lake Michigan, so it’s always fun to see what’s on the Wisconsin side! 🙂
And Possibly Dinosaurs
Nice! If you ever take a trip across the Lake…come visit! 🙂
How fun! Sorry about the sugar meltdown stress, but it looks like the rest of the time was enjoyed 🙂 .
Yes, it was. Thanks for reading!
So fun!! We just went to visit my husband’s old neighborhood and it was a fun experience to share with him. This trip really makes me want to go on one soon!
Yay! You should. Thank you!
Looks like you had a great day! Sounds like a really neat soda shop!
Yes, lots of fun. Thank you!
Cynthia @craftoflaughter says
the lollipop pics are the best! Love them all
Oh it looks like you guys had a really nice time! It sure sounds pretty up there. I’ve only been to Michigan which is gorgeous.
It’s definitely has some similarities to MI, but I’m a little biased to WI 😉
Sounds like an excellent trip! My first stop would have been the ice cream shop. I love old fashioned soda shops 🙂
Yes, it was so cute! Thanks!
Another Wisconsinite! I live in Madison but have spent some time in Sheboygan! Beautiful area! So glad to find yet another Wisconsin blogger 🙂
Yes! Wisconsin rocks!
It looks like your road trip was so much fun! I’ll be taking my young cousin to A Day Out With Thomas event later this year and I can’t wait to get to the beach.
Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for reading! Have fun with Thomas!
Logan Can says
It looks like y’all had a great time! My son also met Thomas back in April and he was in heaven! haha Your boys are adorable!
looks like such an amazing trip!!
Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations says
I love old fashioned soda shoppes! They are so much fun. 🙂 And I totally get where you’re coming from, I love my kids and love creating memories with them, but sometimes I wonder if it’s all worth it. Then I remember it is. 🙂
Ha! Yes! Sometimes parts aren’t so great, but as a whole it’s worth it. 🙂
Connie Schachel says
We lived in Sheboygan from 1960 until 2007 – first in Black River at the north end of the park, and then in Lake Park Estates, on Terry Andrae Terrace, which is just west of the park. Which high school did your husband attend? He may know our kids who all went to South High.
He lived in Black River on Timberline lane, but only went to South for one quarter in 1987. Then his family moved for his Dad’s job. Small world!
Angie Brunette says
I live in Sheboygan, and usually don’t take advantage of everything we have here. Thanks for opening my eyes again to the beauty of our city, and making me want to go out and enjoy it!
Awe. Thank you so much! We really had a great time in your city. 🙂
Jennifer Clay says
It looks like you and your family had a ton of fun. I bet my son would really like the Thomas event. He is getting into trains alot lately. He is 2 though.
He might be a little young, but you never know. Each kid is different. Thanks for reading!
Ellen Oliveira says
I wish my kiddo liked to play in the sand, we live so close to the beach. Soon! Have a great a week!
Young Love Mommy
AWWWW!!! Those lollipop pics are priceless! Such a great trip! Thanks for sharing 😀
Thank you! 🙂
Sounds like you all had a wonderful time. Great pics! I commend you for traveling and doing so well at 8 months pregnant!
Rebekah Hamblen says
Oh my goodness you definitely brought back some fond memories for me with this post! I grew up in the U.P. so Bay Beach was a summer tradition. Sheboygan is definitely beautiful as are so many of the little towns in WI.
Awesome! Thank you for reading!
Liz Mays says
I love all that climbing and sand dune exploration. Kids have such fun doing that!
Yes! Especially my 5-year-old. 🙂
This looks like you had a blast!!
We did! Thank you!
Helen Olivas says
Was one of those lollipops the kind that makes your whole mouth blue? I used to love them when I was a kid!
Yes! I think he got everything Blue!
Curtis Joseph says
A nice road trip is always fun! I love doing one in the summer with the family.
Yes! Thank you!
Dina Farmer says
Who doesn’t like the beach right? Haha!
Fun! Sheboygan, who knew?? I’m actually heading back to my hometown tomorrow with my girls for a week. I love seeing childhood places of the people I love and it’s always a little surreal to visit my own, too. That picture of you and all 3 boys at the sand dunes is fantastic!!
Sounds like a fun road trips with your kids. I would love to visit Wisconsin.
You should! I can show you around 😉
Sounds like such a fun visit! I haven’t been to Sheboygan before, but I’m from MN so I think I need to make it happen at some point. That ice parlor sounds like an amazing spot.
Yes, you should! Thanks for reading!
Pat Fenner says
Many years ago we tool a roadtrip with our 11 yr old, 9 yr old and infant. By the end of the 6-week experience, the baby was just done with that car seat, and I remember the last leg of that trip with the 2 older kids curled up in the car with pillows wrapped around their heads! It’s funny now, but it sure wasn’t then!!
Thanks for sharing your story…
Ha! Too funny! It’s good you can laugh about it now. Thank you for reading!
Inspiration Indulgence says
This post makes me so happy because I am a Wisconsinite as well! Good ol’ Bay Beach 🙂 I was born in Green Bay, went to school at UW-La Crosse, and am now living in Oconto Falls pursuing my master’s degree at UW Oshkosh. Love me some Wisconsin!!
Awesome! Great to “meet” another WI blogger! Thanks for reading!
Too bad, you didn’t get to swim. It’s nice, though that you were all able to enjoy the sand and the beautiful view.
Elizabeth O. says
Sounds like you had an amazing trip. I love the lollipop photos!
It looks beautiful there. Sorry you didn’t get to enjoy your dinner 🙁
with all my children being of the teenage variety these kinds of excursions have become few and far between. I’m hoping sometime this summer that we could head down to the Keys of florida and see the farthest point in America.
Esther Wilson says
Sounds like you had such a great time. I love the matching shirts. I bet it was so neat for your husband and you to see some of his past. I love going back and looking where I grew up. we used to go and see a tree we planted but now someone has taken it down. I hope you have many more trips like this and enjoy the rest of your summer. 🙂
Thank you! You too!