Geneva Lake
Geneva Lake
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Get this straight: The city is Lake Geneva, the lake is Geneva Lake. Hop aboard a classic yacht for a cruise around the second deepest lake in Wisconsin (135 feet deep and 21 miles around) which is the focal point of a popular resort area also known as "the Newport of the West."
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  • GAJ 93
    London, United Kingdom66 contributions
    Tranquil and peaceful
    The lake is the main thing in Geneva .just head for a long walk around the lake or go on a boat .The large boats are the cheapest but they are full of tourists who are mainly jumping around for pics all the way rather than enjoying the scenery. I have opted to go on a small boat to maximise the experience ( more expensive) Don’t expect a lot from food variety and cuisine as it’s very basic I recommend maximum two days in Geneva
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 August 2022
  • Darryll G
    Birmingham, Alabama28 contributions
    Cool Place
    Lake Geneva is a quaint little european town located just north and outside of Chicago (in Wisconsin) and as the name suggest it is all about the lake here. There is not much to do here other than boating. No other MASS entertainment offered. So must love water and probably should plan to bring your own or pre-rent a boat to ensure you get one. There is a nice walking trail along the lake that passes through the back yards of people houses you cannot afford. For a small town there are lots of places to dine. One more thing, the lake-front is perhaps 90% filled with homes, so keep that in mind - there is limited space on Lake Geneva for enjoyment.
    Visited October 2020
    Written 19 October 2020
  • Roy S
    Chicago, Illinois5 contributions
    The BEST EVER!!!!!
    We went on the boat tour that delivers the mail to the residents that live on the lake. It is a 2 and a half hour tour that circles the entire lake. This was the best time and money spent. Captain Ames and the young men that jump off of the moving boat to deliver the mail at each pier is very dramatic and entertaining throughout each delivery. Awesome young men both in their athletic prowess and eloquent speaking skills reinforce what it takes to be leaders.
    Visited July 2022
    Written 8 July 2022
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Henry R
Glen Allen, VA418 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Very laid back place. Ideal for just chillin. Restaurants and Shopping close by. Walking around was pleasant experience.
Written 14 June 2023
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Kevin S
Galena, IL7 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
Our son was married in May 2023 in Lake Geneva at a huge and lovely ceremony at the Riviera. We had many out of town family members and friends who had relaxing multi-night stays at The Cove and Mill Creek Inn, as well as other nearby lodging. Celebration on Wells did a fantastic job of catering our Saturday night rehearsal and Sunday reception dinners. Our multiple trips to Lake Geneva to plan the events were satisfying as well, with catering and lodging visits plus restaurant meals from many other local providers. We also got terrific advice from the Visitors Center and the Visit Lake Geneva office. Other than the weatheron the wedding day, the experience was positive. with one exception.

While visiting with old friends at a leisurely breakfast the day following the wedding, we returned to our vehicle to find that we had been ticketed for a parking violation. Normally, we would have chalked that up to yet another wedding-related expense, if it had been a reasonable fine, but a $50 fine is outrageous for a first-time street violation on a mid-May morning Monday out of prime tourist season. No other city in Wisconsin gouges visitors like this.

This lone incident has soured our experience. We suggest that the city rethink its parking fines and the word-of-mouth impact it has on your downtown merchants and future business prospects.
Written 21 May 2023
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Nikki D
2 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Parking is very unclear and parking fees are outrageous. $50 for parking in a spot that isn’t marked is ridiculous. Apparently they are marked per block and there is a single kiosk to pay, but if you are a first time visitor, you don’t know that. I’ve never seen a set up like that before so we had no idea. For a tourist location, this leaves a very unwelcoming feeling, but hey, you made quite a bit of money, so that’s what matters, right? Won’t be back.
Written 19 March 2023
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Diane K
Venice, FL3,993 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
We walked by the edge of the lake with our daughter and her family. It is gorgeous in the fall with beautiful colors. Grandsons even enjoyed!
Written 28 October 2022
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Mahmoud AL-WREIKAT
Geneva, Switzerland62 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Nice place to visit in Geneva
We kept going to this place almost weekly for the last 15 years with family and friends
Sure will keep doing it
Written 24 October 2022
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Ellen J
McHenry, IL1 contribution
Sep 2022
Lake Geneva pretends to be a wonderful tourist site but makes is very unpleasant to visit there if you need to park your car. My friend & I got a $20 ticket when we ran into NINE LIVES Resale store to drop off a donation. We were in the store no more than 10 minutes and went out to find a ticket on the windshield. Why is it that so many other similar tourist towns (Geneva Illinois, Woodstock, St Charles) provide FREE parking for their visitors. They are like Nazi's about collecting money --- really so very unfriendly. The last time we got a ticket the meters( which took coins )were covered in snow piles yet the city of Lake Geneva was still giving out tickets. You really ought to rethink this policy as eventually your visitors will stop coming. I don't plan to go back.
Written 9 September 2022
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Aug 2022
Mail Boat tour, lunch at Popeyes on Lake Geneva, and shopping. Great day, fun tour, excellent food. Thanks for the opportunity.
Written 31 August 2022
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GAJ 93
London, UK66 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
The lake is the main thing in Geneva .just head for a long walk around the lake or go on a boat .The large boats are the cheapest but they are full of tourists who are mainly jumping around for pics all the way rather than enjoying the scenery. I have opted to go on a small boat to maximise the experience ( more expensive)
Don’t expect a lot from food variety and cuisine as it’s very basic

I recommend maximum two days in Geneva
Written 31 August 2022
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Roy S
Chicago, IL5 contributions
Jul 2022
We went on the boat tour that delivers the mail to the residents that live on the lake. It is a 2 and a half hour tour that circles the entire lake. This was the best time and money spent. Captain Ames and the young men that jump off of the moving boat to deliver the mail at each pier is very dramatic and entertaining throughout each delivery. Awesome young men both in their athletic prowess and eloquent speaking skills reinforce what it takes to be leaders.
Written 8 July 2022
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Jena N
Stitzer, WI129 contributions
Jun 2022
The lake is beautiful and very big. Mansions line some of the edges of it and a nice sidewalk to walk right near the lake.
Written 1 July 2022
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