What makes Vilas County the best summer family vacation? Vilas County has entertained families for more than a century. Life here is simple and timeless in the summer – it’s a place families can have fun experiencing nature. Spend the day playing in the great outdoors and spend the evening relaxing by a crackling campfire. And the next day, wake up, have a hearty breakfast and do it all again. A walk on a nature trail is a great, and practical, way to introduce a young person to the wilderness. You’ll find a nice walk at the North Trout Nature Trail in Boulder Junction. The trail has nice views of Trout Lake and winds through a mature black spruce tamarack bog. Also, check out the Awassa Nature Preserve & Hiking Trail in St. Germain. The terrain is easy to navigate and the mixed forest is beautiful. In Vilas County, there are a lot of fun family events happening throughout the summer. Don’t miss the Musky Jamboree in Boulder Junction in August, a weekend-long celebration of Wisconsin’s state fish, complete with live music and fireworks. Paul Bunyan Fest happens in Eagle River in August, and features an arts fair and chainsaw carving demonstrations. If you’re looking for indoor fun, consider a trip to the Northwoods Children’s Museum in Eagle River. The museum has 24 interactive exhibits, including a fishing pond, a pioneer cabin and an art room.