Why Fond du Lac? It is not especially a tourist area. I am sure there are outdoor places to explore on Lake Winnebago and it is near the Kettle Moraine Forest, but I don't really hear much about tourist activities in Fond du Lac.
Door County or Lake Geneva are more popular with tourists. Madison is bigger, but would give you more cultural and dining opportunities along with access to outdoor activities. Summefrest will be going on in Milwaukee next week and will cause hotel rates to be up, otherwise I would also suggest you consider Milwaukee.
http://www.marlenesheirlooms.com/octagon.html There is the Octagon House, interesting history about the underground railroad.
Elkhart Lake is near and Green Lake both known for tourism and you've got Lake Winnebago to work with.
Have you considered Milwaukee as there's lots of things you mention there to enjoy some places I recommend include: Discovery World Museum, Art Museum (heard something about a reno going on though check the website)...these two places are next door to one another. Visit Milwaukee Public Museum, Pabst Mansion, Harley Davidson Museum, The Domes and many more.
West of Milwaukee for history a don't miss in WI is Old World Wisconsin a huge living history outdoor musuem site:
Visit Kohler for romantic, upscale and history in Kohler (Design Center)
Visit dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kohlerandrae/ Kohler Andrae State Park
From Fond Du Lac visit historic and a beautiful town in Cedarburg, WI:
http://www.cedarburg.org/ Visit the covered bridge too
Port Washington is near and on Lake Michigan and is a neat spot as well
Sorry, I have to echo the other comments. Fond du Lac is not usually on the top 30 places (or 50??) to go to in Wisconsin. Been there and been thru there many times, and except for a pretty park on Lake Winnebago, there's not much else I can recommend. There's better shopping in Madison, Milwaukee and the Oshkosh/Appleton area, more historic sites in almost any of the other areas listed, well, you get the drift. I would also recommend any of the other areas that have been mentioned. You could consider any of the other areas for interesting sights, history, restaurants or shopping. Particularly if you expand it to about a 30-60 miles radius. That would be Milwaukee, Madison, Door County, Appleton, Sheboygan/Kohler/Elkhart Lake or the other places mentioned.
Skip Fond du lac for sure, unless you have your heart set on it. It would be worth the extra hour and half drive to get to Door County or even the Wisconsin Dells. If you are looking for hiking there are a lot of different places to go around the Dells area. If your heart is set on Fond du lac though, you have the indy car race nearby at Elkhart Lake this weekend. There are a few decent golf courses in the area. If you are looking for good food go to Ala Roma's.Edited: 22 June 2018, 00:01
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