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I just read the other thread about the family that will be in Wisconsin and got some great ideas, but I'm looking for other advice.
We will be in the area for about 5 days next week. It's just the dd (8yo) and I traveling by car. I had planned for 2 days in Madison, 1 day in La Crosse, and 2 days in Mankato, MN.
Mostly the trip is just to see a couple of states we've never been to... dh is out of town and we have a week on our own, just the two girls.
We love to visit rural villages, see historic sights, etc. Neither of us like to shop. For example, that Pearl St. soda shop mentioned in the other thread is right up our alley! We'd love to visit a working dairy farm to see how cheese is made. Children's museums and zoos we aren't interested in because we have access to those kinds of museums where we live and for the most part, one is like another. We will go into Walnut Grove, MN one day that we're staying in Mankato, to see what I expect will be a very tiny Laura Ingalls Wilder museum. Still, dd has been a fan of the books and has read them all twice in the last few years and wants to go there. She and I both love local historical museums and anything, really, that is nostalgic or a reminder of the "old days".
Our stay in La Crosse will be right near the water in what I guess is the historic section based on the other thread (Pearl St.). Reading the other thread, I'm now wondering if we shouldn't stay 2 nights in La Crosse instead of 1. Right now, our trip is Madison 2 nights, La Crosse 1 night, Mankato 2 nights, then head back home (which will take us 2 days).
Any thoughts or suggestions for us? When in Madison, I would like to drive out to the more rural southern parts to see some interesting sights and dairies. I'm not really sure where to go, though. We're not really interested in seeing Madison itself on this trip. Keep in mind, we don't like to shop, so "other" activities are what are important to us. TIA!!