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Relaxation 101: How to unwind on your Oneida County vacation

Add another scoop. Turn your happy hour in happy hours. When you’re in Oneida County, you can make those long, lazy summer days as long and lazy as you want—you’re on vacation.

Here are four of the best ways to unwind in Oneida County this summer.

Pick a flavor at the Windmill Ice Cream Shoppe

This summer, count scoops instead of calories. If you’ve got a hankering for a cone, shake or sundae, you can visit this iconic ice cream shop in Tomahawk—you’ll know you’re there when you see the giant windmill, obviously—by car, bike or boat. (Seriously, it’s right on the shores of Lake Nokomis.)

Find more Oneida County ice cream spots with our searchable restaurant listings.

Soak up the sun at Lake Katherine

Lots of lakes means lots of beaches, and that means lots of opportunities to wiggle your toes in the sand in Oneida County this summer. One great option is the beach at Lake Katherine, located in the friendly community of Hazelhurst. The beach is an ideal place for families to relax lakeside—there’s a lifeguard on duty during the summer, and the lake’s water is clean and refreshing. Relax in the sand, take a dip, and repeat!

See the devils of Three Lakes

Do you want all the excitement of waterskiing on a beautiful Northwoods lake without the hassle of actually waterskiing? Then bring your lawn chair to Big Stone Lake on Wednesday or Saturday evening to watch a free performance by Three Lakes’ own Aqua Devils ski team, one of several talented ski teams you’ll find in Oneida County.

Learn more about Three Lakes.

Toast to a great view on Lake Minocqua

If your style is less French Riviera and more French Fry Riviera, you’ll find plenty of places for waterfront dining in Oneida County. A favorite spot of locals and visitors alike is The Thirsty Whale in Minocqua, which has been welcoming customers to the shores of Lake Minocqua since 1902 with tasty food and refreshing beverages.

Looking for more waterfront dining? Check out our listing of Oneida County restaurants, sortable by location and amenities.

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