In recent years, the term “adulting” has been used to describe the types of tasks that anyone age 18+ does out of obligation rather than enjoyment. We know that – as responsible adults – some adulting is necessary. However, the words “adulting” and “vacationing” should never be in the same sentence together. That’s why today we’re recommending four different vacation activities that will transport you back to a more carefree time.


If you’ve never been ziplining, you need to put this activity on your bucket list. It has all the exhilaration of a roller coaster ride but with more natural surroundings. Vacationers all around the world participate in this activity as a high-octane way to experience new surroundings.

Some of America’s most popular ziplining locations include:

You don’t have to go that far from home to experience this incredible adventure, thankfully! Edenwood Ranch and Preserve has a zipline that is sure to rank us as one of your top family vacation Wisconsin locations.

ATV/UTV Off-Roading

If driving is more your speed, you can’t get much better than an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) or UTV (Utility Task Vehicle) off road adventure. Navigate tight twists and turns as you see the world from a whole new and exciting angle. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to ride on your favorite childhood remote controlled vehicle, this is as close as you can get.

We recommend trying before buying (even though we’re pretty sure you’ll end up buying because it’s so much fun). You can often rent a UTV or ATV at private vacation destinations or try one out on a national park tour. Our guests at Edenwood love being able to tour our 500-acre preserve with the UTV rentals we offer. We especially enjoy that it allows even Grandma and Grandpa to get in on the action!


Some of us prefer to slow things down and enjoy more of the quiet side of vacation. If you were privileged enough to have a parent, grandparent or aunt/uncle make you their fishing buddy when you were younger, this is the perfect activity for you. If you live in the city, find your favorite Northwoods location and pack your favorite fishing pole! (Be sure to swing by the bait shop on the way.)

And, as long as you’re on the water, you might as well plan on participating in a few other time-honored traditions. Get the whole crew involved with a cannonball splash contest or some Marco Polo! At Edenwood, many of our guests spend entire days down by the lake with activities like:

  • Boating/canoing
  • Paddleboarding
  • Swimming
  • Beach time

You can’t go wrong with time at the lake. Think about bringing along a fishing buddy of your own this time to continue the legacy.


Is there anything more reminiscent of childhood than camping? For many of us, camping instantly transports us back to a time when showers were negotiable, campfire-cooked meals were unbeatable and even the bug bites couldn’t slow us down. If that sounds like you, we encourage you to get a camping trip on the books.

For a fresh take on an old favorite, you could even try glamping which offers all the same fun with more luxurious amenities. When you stay at Edenwood Ranch and Preserve, you can camp in style at with the following:

  • 4 cabins PLUS 2 glamping tents
  • swimming & fishing lake
  • beach amenities
  • paddle boat
  • fishing tackle
  • buggy rental
  • guide/butler/staff all available
  • 500-acre gated facility
  • UTV Rentals
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Ziplining
  • Much, much more!

Private Vacations

Science has proven that time spent in nature makes us happier, kinder, less stressed and more creative people. That’s exactly how we should all feel while on vacation, no matter how old we get. At Edenwood, you can truly feel like a younger you. Go on a hike, rent a UTV, experience the thrill of guided hunting or just chill out by the lake. There’s something for everyone of all ages to enjoy! Call today to book your trip.