How to Have the Best Milwaukee to Elkhart Lake Vacation


Do you have that “need to travel!” feeling? We have just the solution. Breakaway from the city’s everyday hustle and bustle and escape to the quiet lakeside town of Elkhart Lake! Located just over one hour from Milwaukee, our gorgeous spot on the lake offers the perfect getaway for anyone in need of relaxation. With nearby attractions that are ideal for outdoor adventures and plenty of pristine forests to explore, there’s good reason a trip from Milwaukee to Elkhart Lake is the perfect getaway. To discover how to get here and where you can find the best entertainment, attractions, shops, and restaurants, download our free Vacation Guide, and start planning an unforgettable weekend getaway by the lake.


The Best Route from Milwaukee to Elkhart Lake

The driving distance from Milwaukee to Elkhart Lake by car is about 60 miles. We recommend jumping on Interstate 43 North before getting off on Highway 57 North and taking that to the beautiful town of Elkhart Lake. The trip here is an easy, no-sweat drive that rarely sees traffic, making it ideal for a last-minute family getaway!!1m28!1m12!1m3!1d741710.1934477136!2d-88.44827457602925!3d43.43333634909947!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!4m13!3e0!4m5!1s0x880502d7578b47e7%3A0x445f1922b5417b84!2sMilwaukee%2C%20Wisconsin!3m2!1d43.0389025!2d-87.9064736!4m5!1s0x88037cb5a5ffe38b%3A0x826009cf0fe6917b!2sElkhart%20Lake%2C%20Wisconsin!3m2!1d43.833326899999996!2d-88.0178729!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1643903793022!5m2!1sen!2sus

Three Elkhart Lake Vacation Ideas

Enjoy the Full Resort Experience

Nothing beats the resort-style experience that you’ll find at The Osthoff Resort. Whether you choose sipping frozen drinks by the lakefront or hitting the volleyball courts for a friendly competition, you’ll have access to all our resort amenities that will make every moment special.

Explore the Outdoors

You’ll find an abundance of outdoor activities to enjoy while you’re here. Elkhart Lake is full of adventures that everyone in your family will love. Biking, kayaking, and watersports are all popular things to do on the lake. You can also head over to the Sheboygan Marsh State Wildlife Area, where you’ll find tons of unique wildlife and hiking trails. Of course, when it’s warm enough, you can always head to the lake and relax or take a dip!

Spend Some Time Away From the Kids

Your trip doesn’t have to be all about the children. Just because you’re a parent doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to have some fun during your trip to Elkhart Lake. Register the kids for our exceptional Osthoff Kids Club, and schedule a little “me-time” for yourself at the Spa! With an exciting array of kid’s activities and therapeutic spa treatments, there’s always something for everyone here.

Treat Yourself to a Waterfront Retreat at The Osthoff Resort

It’s no secret that Elkhart Lake is an incredible vacation destination, but every great vacation starts with the perfect place to stay! That’s why our lakeside accommodations are especially suited to take care of all your needs. Our guest rooms and suitesoffer easy access to lakefront activities, fine dining, shops, and more! Whether you’re planning an intimate escape for a party of two or a stellar family reunion, you’ll find just the right fit for your crew.

Ready to start planning a stress-free road trip? Check our availability and book your stay on Elkhart Lake today!

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