Friends plus ice cream equal pure fun. Just as the television series friends showcases, friends and ice cream make wonderful memories.
There is no better place in the entire world than the Geneva Lake area as a destination for ice cream. It is a family tradition, it is simple, it is fun and the Geneva Lake area always has something to offer for everyone.
In addition to the gorgeous and serene lake waters, the shops and all the many activities make the destination trip worthwhile.
Journey with us as we explore the hard to find, the secluded, the most popular and even a boat cruise that all offer our favorite dessert - ice cream. Enjoy the many ice cream quotes with a handful of chocolate quotes thrown in for flavor (pun intended!). Watch great videos on all the many activities that Geneva Lake offers.
Stay with us until the end and see the secret location of a secluded beach that is free, during
the high season and 9-5 comes complete with lifeguards and offers one of THE best views complete with fabulous ice cream shop on the shores of
the George Williams College - Aurora University, Williams Bay.
Ice cream is for anytime but add a special destination at one of these many ice cream shops and friends and you will create memories for years to come.
Map Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Fun Ice Cream Event on Friends
What if there is only one woman for everybody? You know. What if I get
one woman and that's it? Unfortunately in my case there was one woman...
Joey: Ross, relax that's like saying there's only one flavour of ice-cream for you. Let me tell you something Ross, there's lots of flavours out there. There's rocky road, cookie dough and bing! Cherry vanilla. You can get them with jimmies or nuts, or whipped cream. Welcome back to the world, grab a spoon!
Ross: I honestly don't know wether I'm hungry or horny.
Chandler: You stay out of my freezer.” TheCrazeeGirl
Friends quotes (American television situation comedy.)
Geneva Lake Area
The Geneva Lake area (the cities of Lake Geneva, east side of the lake and Williams Bay , west side of the lake) offers a number of different venues for fabulous ice cream.
From the Lake Geneva Cruise Line where you can board a boat and eat your ice cream while boating and viewing the scenic shorelines of the 5000 acre playground or walk the pathway that completely surrounds the lake (over 20 miles in beautiful hiking / walking trails) to several quintessential ice cream shops from the world renown Dairy Queen and Cold Stone Cream to local offerings such as Skip's, Annie's and a regional favorite - Kilwin's.
This is the location where many a boat owner will call ahead and then moor on their deck and climb the steep hill to the University eatery that also serves the outdoor music pavilion. This pavilion allows music under the stars and next to Geneva Lake. It is operated by Aurora University and is called Music on the Lake.
Kilwin's is known for its ice cream and its chocolate.
Walking past the window you will be captivated to step inside and view
the fudge making process firsthand.
If you are desire more of a meal, consider Annie's or Skip's. Skip's comes complete with the nautical flair inside décor, outside dining and adult beverages.
Geneva Lake Area - 6th on the List
Destination # of Lodging Rooms Square Feet of Meeting Space
Milwaukee 15,000 635,000
Greater Madison 9,000 500,000
Wisconsin Dells 8,000 426,000
Greater Green Bay 4,389 134,000
Door County 3,500 57,500
Walworth County/Lake Geneva 3,278 80,000
Geneva Lake Area - Destination for Chicagoans
The Chicago area comprises a population of close to 9 million people. The entire state of Wisconsin is 6 million people. The discretionary income of Chicago-ites who travel to the southern border of Wisconsin and contribute to tourism is listed by the Department of Tourism as number 6 in regards to square footage of meeting space but this doesn't tell the whole story. You see ice cream trips are a destination, a day trip, simple and fun.
Keep in mind, Door County has over 3 million visitors each year. Additionally, the Geneva Lake area which some simply call Walworth County has a strong foothold in second homes. It is the extended family and the weekend vacationers that are the foundation of tourism for this area not necessarily just hotels and lodging.
Most importantly, it isn't about lodging, it is about creating memories. Memories for family and friends often center around simple activities such as an indulgence of an ice cream cone. Let's find your perfect spot for an ice cream - come ice cream shoppe hopping with me from Williams Bay to Lake Geneva - all residing upon the beautiful waters of Geneva Lake.
Aerial View of Geneva Lake
Map of Geneva Lake
Shore Line Views of Geneva Lake
Fun Ice Cream Quote
~ My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate - that's my philosophy ~ Thornton Wilder
"Sunshine or snow, anytime time is a special time for ice cream in beautiful Lake Geneva, WI."
About Geneva Lake
Classification: Headwater Lake - No other lakes send water into Geneva Lake. Its main water source is the many natural springs about the lake area.
Outlet: Geneva Lake empties into the White River, which in turn goes into the Fox, then the Illinois River and finally into the Mississippi.
Length: 7.6 miles
Greatest Width: 2.1 miles
Most Narrow Part of the Lake: 0.5 miles (the "narrows")
Area: 5,504 acres (8.6 square miles)
Average Depth: 63 feet
Maximum Depth = 144 feet located off Conference Point near Williams Bay
Statistics of Note: Second Largest Lake in Wisconsin, favorite lake for swimming because of its clear waters.
Lake Shore Path: 23 miles long
Public Walking Path:
Geneva Lake is one of a
very few developed lakes in America that has a public path along the
for the entire distance around the lake. An Indian treaty signed in
1833 guarantees public access to the Lake Shore Path in perpetuity.
path conditions range from easy to rugged, and there are designated
public access areas to guide walkers to the lake. The cities of Lake Geneva, Fontana and Williams Bay and Geneva reside on the shores of Geneva Lake.
Beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Destination Geneva Lake for Ice Cream
While living in the suburbs of Chicago for many decades, I traveled to Geneva and Delavan Lake several times during the year - many a time simply for ice cream. A friend of mine, a recreational pilot, loved to fly into Lake Lawn Resort simply for an ice cream cone at Manny's. Sadly, both Manny's and Lake Lawn closed on December 6th, 2010. The good news is the Geneva Lake area continues to offer many an Illinois resorter and a Wisconsin resident with a plentiful supply of various ice cream experiences.
Geneva Lake first became popular in the 1800's. A popular retreat for hunting and fishing. Later for sailboat and regattas. The advent of the train from Chicago to the train station in Williams Bay added to the the area's popularity. After the great Chicago fire, many a north shore resident found respite on private homes on the shore of Geneva Lake.
The opening of Whiting Hotel and later the Frank Lloyd Wright Hotel..(1912-1970) further fueled the growing flurry of shopping and recreational activities.
While first a summer destination, Geneva Lake now offers many activities for the snowy season too - from fun dining to fine dining to the Dancing Horses Theater to downhill skiing to even ice skating right on Geneva Lake steps beyond the Lake Geneva Library.
The Lake Geneva Museum is a fun adventure back into time for young and old alike. Imagine walking the brick streets of Lake Geneva and seeing the retailers as they were at the turn of the century (the time frame for the museum is specifically stated as 1870 - 1930). The museum is complete with even a sport car buggy of the day - a physician's carriage that was built by Studebacker. The carriage is called a "Physician's Phaeton". The colors were very specific at the time so to alert others that a physician was available. The distinctive burgundy and green told all passerby s that a physician was "in the house" or available IF an emergency should arise. That carriage was painstakingly restored by Amish craftsman. How do I know? The carriage is owned by my husband. When I first recommended the museum he was hesitant. Upon visiting the museum, he was very pleasantly surprised. I share this story with you to encourage you and your family to visit a piece of our past. A great slice of Americana, a tribute to the entire Midwest, a remembrance of a time before "motor coaches", a remembrance of a time before computers, cell phones, air conditioning, etc.... The Lake Geneva Museum is a very special place, a great destination open May through October, with limited hours March, April, November and December.
Lake Front Pathway
The lake front pathway that spans close to 23 miles is public. Many parts of this pathway were originally used by the first residents - the Potawani Indians. The pathway remains today with private donations to provide for easier walking, however, many parts of the path remain very rugged and some are swampy. One area that has been manicured and cared for extensively is the shore line that is cared for by Carolyn Gable of Expect a Miracle. The pathway for the Expect a Miracle mansion includes a wooden walkway complete with motivational quotes and extensive gardens including whimsical figurines from Rag Thyme, a retail store located in downtown Lake Geneva.
Dating with Ice Cream
Fun Quote About Ice Cream
Every child loves ice cream. Every adult loves the fond memories of childhood icecream. Food and friendship
"Food is not about impressing people. It's about making them feel comfortable."
Ina Garten, 'The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook'
Fun Quote About Ice Cream
"Greatest dessert - ice cream. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. I know it is very cliché but oh, how we love ice cream......"
Ice Cream Costumes - Distinctive Very Pink and Fun
Ice Cream Parlor Shop Costumes
Great Ice Cream Quotes (with Chocolate sprinkled in)
Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not! ~Author Unknown
I don't cry over spilt milk, but a fallen scoop of ice cream is enough to ruin my whole day. ~Terri Guillemets
I doubt whether the world holds for anyone a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice cream. ~Heywood Broun
Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos. ~Don Kardong
If there's no chocolate in heaven, I'm not going. ~Author Unknown
God gave the angels wings, and he gave humans chocolate. ~Author Unknown
National Ice Cream Month - July - Ice Cream Fun Facts
In 1984, Ronald Reagan (the 40th President of the United States, February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) declared the third Sunday in July to be National Ice Cream Day and the month of July to be National Ice Cream Month.
Fun Facts About Ice Cream
- Per capita ice cream consumption in the U.S. is about 5 1/2 gallons. (2005)
- It takes about 12 pounds of whole milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream.
- French Ice Cream is enriched with egg yolks.
- More ice cream is sold on Sunday than any other day of the week.
- It takes 50 licks to finish a single scoop of ice cream.
- The top five most popular ice cream flavors are: vanilla, chocolate, neapolitan, strawberry and cookies n' cream, in that order, with vanilla comprising about 1/4 of all sales!
More Fun Facts About Ice Cream Specifically Neapolitan
- Neapolitan ice cream is ice cream made up of blocks of chocolate, vanilla, and
strawberry ice cream side by side in the same container.
- "Neapolitan" is now used to refer to any molded dessert that is made with 3 layers.
- Residents of Naples, Itay residents are referred to as "Neapolitans".
- A famous chef in the early 19th century by the name of Tortoni who was a Neapolitan was renown for his many layered ice cream cakes - thus the etymology of the term "Neapolitan".
Ice Cream Options in Geneva Lake Wisconsin Area
Skip's Ala Mode
Skip's A' La Mode (262) 245-1330
99 South Walworth Avenue
Williams Bay, WI 53191
Skip's A' La Mode is more than ice cream. Their menu offers sandwiches, gyros, hamburgers, and much more. If you are in the mood for a casual family dining atmosphere with a nautical touch, Skip's is the place to take your ice cream venture to. Located in Williams Bay, it is a short drive from downtown Lake Geneva.
Their ice cream menu is complete with an extensive array of shakes and malts.
The back of the building offers picnic tables for convenient dining. The lake front is across the street. The public beach is a short walk away. Tip: You can park at Skip's dine, walk and return for ice cream.
Kilwin's Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Kilwin's Chocolate and Ice Cream Shop Lake Geneva
Landmark Center Building
772 Main StreetLake Geneva, WI 53147
Kilwin's Lake Geneva - Landmark Center Building 772 Main Street
Kilwin's is located in the Landmark Center Building in downtown Lake Geneva, right on Main Street or Route 50.
Founded in 1947 by Don and Katy Kilwin, it is now owned and operated by Don and Robin McCarty of Harbor Springs, Michigan. A manufacturer of the finest chocolates and ice cream that includes now over 50 retail locations in the United States.
It is located right on Main Street and typically you can watch through the front window fudge being hand crafted on the large baking tables.
Inside you will find treats galore including gifts and many more delights.
The Landmark Center Building is one of the largest and most historic in downtown Lake Geneva.
Even if you are not hungry for ice cream, you must stop by the windows - see the fudge being created and check out the most beautiful windows in downtown Lake Geneva. My favorite window is the the painted window with the blond little girl eating ice cream with her Golden Labrador Retriever faithfully hoping for a drop or a lick of her ice cream.
Cold Stone Creamery - Lake Geneva Wisconsin
Cold Stone Creamery - The Utlimate Ice Cream Experience®
Cold Stone Creamery offers a complete ice cream experience including ice cream cakes and shakes with customized add-ins of your choice - all prepared on a granite stone.
Cold Stone Creamery offers you to indulge in your own 10 Minute Vacation™ with the creation of a customized shake.
First started in 1988 in Tempe Arizona, Cold Stone Creamery is now in over 1400 locations in the United States.
Famous for their concoctions which they have labeled Creations™ that customize your ice cream treat with the finest nuts, fruits and candies.
859 West Main Street, Lake Geneva - (262) 249-4900
Scoop's Ice Cream and Deli
Scoop's Ice Cream and Deli
101 Broad St
Lake Geneva, WI 53147-2000
Scoop's Ice Cream and Deli
Located just steps away from the Riveria and Popeyes, Scoop's Ice Cream and Deli is located in the tallest building in Lake Geneva, a 9-story building that once was the site of the Frank Lloyd Wright Hotel.
If you want ice cream and wish to stroll along the lake front, this is a great place to stop in very quickly. Also, this site has a deli for a quick bite to eat. A great family spot with outside tables during the warmer months.
Lake Geneva Cruise Line
Beautiful Lake Geneva Wisconsin
Lake Geneva Cruise Line (262) 248-6206
Riviera Docks - 812 Wrigley Drive
P.O. Box 68
Lake Geneva, WI 53147-0068
Lake Geneva Cruise Line
If you want to take your ice cream on the water, didn't bring your boat, check out the ice cream social tour offered by Lake Geneva Cruise Line.
Boarding is located at the Rivera - the building across from Popeye's and the building where you can pick up the horse drawn carriage rides located at 812 Wrigley Dr Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Rental of private boats is around the corner.
For a complete listing of times and fees for the cruise line tours:
Lake Geneva Cruise Line Tours
Sight-seeing tours include the famous US Mailboat Tour, Geneva Bay Tour, Full Lake Tour, and the Ice Cream
If you have a special group gathering from 20 to 250, consider the Lake Geneva Cruise Line. Great for family get together and corporate events.
Ice Cream Lake Geneva Wisconsin
Ice Cream in Lake Geneva Wisconsin
Dairy Queen - Lake Geneva, WI (262) 248-4920
859 W Main St
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Other Nearby Locations:
Dairy Queen - Delavan, WI (262) 728-1951
5576 State Road 50 #A
Delavan, WI 53115