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Popular amenities for Lake Geneva vacation rentals

Stay near Lake Geneva's top sights

Lake Geneva Public Beach15 locals recommend
Big Foot Beach State Park20 locals recommend
Walmart Supercenter41 locals recommend
Lake Geneva Shore Path19 locals recommend
Lake Geneva Cruise Line31 locals recommend
Geneva Lake119 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Lake Geneva

  • Total rentals

    200 properties

  • Rentals with a pool

    30 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    30 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    170 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    9.4K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $50 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Lake Geneva

All About Lake Geneva

Located on the eastern shore of Wisconsin's Geneva Lake, the town of Lake Geneva is known for its dense, beautiful forests and historic Victorian-style mansions that dot the waterfront. Despite the town's small size and population, it draws travelers from Chicago and Milwaukee who come to take part in its abundance of recreational activities like boating, swimming, hiking, and more adventurous options such as ziplining and hot air balloon rides.

Several interesting cultural attractions can be found throughout the region, like the Yerkes Observatory, which after completion in 1897, served as the largest astronomical telescope in the world for several years. In addition, a vibrant downtown community plays host to weekly farmers markets, art galleries, trendy cafes, and popular events like the Venetian Festival — with its live music, fireworks show, craft fair, and carnival.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Lake Geneva

Temperatures and general weather conditions vary drastically throughout the year in Lake Geneva. Summers in the area tend to be temperate, with conditions conducive to water activities, hiking, and other outdoor recreation. If you're looking for Lake Geneva vacation rentals from around May to October, you can expect to find several weekly farmers markets taking place where you can purchase fresh produce, cheese, flowers, bread, jams, and local honey.

Despite the town's reputation as a summer getaway, winter has its draws. Be sure to bring heavy layers and boots as the temperature falls quite dramatically during this time, along with regular snowfall. The surrounding mountains provide sublime skiing and sledding, while the lake itself freezes for a chance to partake in the local tradition of ice fishing. Around the beginning of February, you can attend the Lake Geneva Winterfest, enjoy s'mores, bonfires on the beach, and watch teams from across the country compete in a 72-hour snow sculpting competition.

Top things to do in Lake Geneva

Geneva Lake Museum

The Geneva Lake Museum dedicates itself to preserving and showcasing the local history through interactive exhibits and regular events. Inside the museum is a recreation of the town from the mid-1800s through the 1930s. You can find businesses, homes, and everyday items that represent the period in either full scale or miniature form during your visit.

Geneva Lake Shore Path

This 21-mile walking path circles Lake Geneva while winding through historic neighborhoods and tranquil beaches. You’ll find stunning views of the lake, antique fishing vessels, and the Victorian estates along the lake shores. The path varies between dirt, pavement, and brick, depending on which property maintains the trail. The trail can easily be broken into smaller sections for a less daunting outing than the entire 21 miles.

Ferro Pavilion

Located on the George Williams College of Aurora University, the Ferro Pavilion is open for public use and contains native landscaping and picnic areas that overlook Lake Geneva. Several events are held here throughout the year, like Music by the Lake in the summer. This rotating festival is an ongoing concert series administered by the college, with live music across a variety of genres at the open-air venue.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Lake Geneva?

    Lake Geneva experiences a four-season climate. Summers are warm, averaging around 80°F (27°C), and winters are cold with temperatures often below 32°F (0°C), providing opportunities for winter activities such as skiing and ice fishing. Autumn is characterized by beautiful fall foliage, while springs are mild.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Lake Geneva?

    Lake Geneva provides a range of activities, from boating on the lake, hiking the trails, visiting the historic mansions, or exploring the local parks. Additionally, the city's vibrant downtown area is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and galleries.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Lake Geneva?

    The most frequented time to visit Lake Geneva is the summer, particularly July and August. During this time, the area hosts the Lake Geneva Art Festival and Venetian Festival. Winter is also popular for activities like Winterfest, featuring the US National Snow Sculpting Competition.

  • What are the best places to stay in Lake Geneva?

    Popular areas to stay in Lake Geneva include the downtown area for its proximity to shopping and dining. Staying near the lakefront provides stunning views and easy access to watersports, while the outlying areas offer more secluded, tranquil environments.

  • What are the best places to visit in Lake Geneva?

    Lake Geneva has a multitude of attractions, including the Geneva Lake Shore Path, a 26-mile (42 km) trail around the lake, Yerkes Observatory, and the Lake Geneva Cruise Line. History enthusiasts can explore the Black Point Estate and Gardens, which dates back to the 19th century.

  • What are some hiking trails in Lake Geneva?

    For outdoor lovers, the Geneva Lake Shore Path is a popular hiking trail that circles the entire lake. For a shorter hike, try Big Foot Beach State Park. The White River State Trail is a scenic, multi-use path that stretches for 19 miles (31 km).

  • What are some family activities to do in Lake Geneva?

    Families can enjoy a variety of activities in Lake Geneva such as exploring Safari Lake Geneva, a drive-through wildlife park. Other options include Aerial Adventures, an outdoor adventure park, Studio Winery for grape juice tasting, and fun at the Lake Geneva Clue Room, an escape room experience.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Lake Geneva?

    Day trips from Lake Geneva can include visits to the charming towns of Delavan and Elkhorn, both within a 20-minute (32 km) drive. For a taste of city life, Chicago is just 90 minutes (144 km) away and Milwaukee is only 60 minutes (97 km) away.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Lake Geneva?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 110 vacation rentals in Lake Geneva featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • How much does it cost to stay in cottage rentals in Lake Geneva?

    Experience the best of Lake Geneva with our cottage rentals, starting at about $110 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

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