By Brennan Trimble

As summer approaches, the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and its students are preparing for finals, after which many will move out of their dorms or houses and head back to their hometowns, or to the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, Chicago, or other locations for internships and jobs. The town will probably feel a little less rowdy, or at least a bit empty on Friday and Saturday nights. The summer, however, is full of activities for those students call La Crosse home during it, and plenty for everyone else as well.



Feeling like summer ☀️ #riverlife #mississippiriver #lax

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Get On, In, or Around the Water

La Crosse is lucky enough to be located on the edge of the largest waterway in America – the Mighty Mississippi. Rent a boat or simply find a place along shore for a day of fishing. If fishing doesn’t necessarily pique your interest, or if you’re simply looking to relax, a great location for a day in the sand and sun is Black River Beach. With a sandy beach, volleyball courts, and over 5 acres of open space for Frisbee, football, or a picnic, there is plenty to do for the whole family or a group of friends. Another option for a beach is at Pettibone Park. Established on Barron Island, originally Minnesota property before being acquired by La Crosse County and the state of Wisconsin, Pettibone Park offers fishing, trails, and disk golf along with swimming, picnic areas, and volleyball courts on the beach!



Soakin' up the sun. #PettiboneBeach #LAX

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Take in a Festival

Perhaps nothing says as much about a community as the manner in which it comes together to celebrate. Local festivals are the perfect way to learn about the culture of a place–its people, traditions, and values. Every area has its quirky small-town festivals, and La Crosse is no exception, with butter, hoedowns, reggae, and cranberries providing a few of the many reasons to throw a party throughout the year. Pretty much any time of year, we can find a good excuse for a celebration. Come join the fun.



Last night. #steamboatdays #SBD #steamboatdays2014 #2k14

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The town might be a bit quieter over the next 4 months, but that by no means there is a lack of fun to be had! Make sure not to work too hard and make some time to be outside and enjoy our beautiful town, region, and weather. If I could give one piece of advice on how to have a summer you shan’t soon forget, it’d be to make the decisions that result in a good story and experience. Create memories, smell the roses, and never stop exploring!


About the Author:

My name is Brennan Trimble, and I am junior at Winona State University in Winona, MN. I am majoring in Marketing with a minor in International Business. I am a passionate basketball fan, a Seinfeld connoisseur, and I sometimes wish I had the opportunity to be a pirate. In my spare time I can usually be found on a beach or spending time with my roommates – that is, when I’m not exploring.