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Yerkes Observatory
Yerkes Observatory
Owner description: Yerkes Observatory is owned and operated by the University Chicago, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and located in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Built between 1895 and... more Owner description: Yerkes Observatory is owned and operated by the University Chicago, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and located in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. Built between 1895 and 1897 in the classic Romanesque style, Yerkes is home to the largest refracting (lens-type) telescope in the world and two other research-grade reflecting (mirror-type) telescopes. The building is beautifully preserved and ornamented with Roman brick and terra cotta, has three telescope domes (the largest is 90 feet in diameter and 10 stories in height), and is situated on 77 acres in a park-like setting. Tours of the building and the refractor are available Monday through Friday ( the cost is $25 for a brief overview tour, or $100 for a longer, extensive tour) all year. Call the Observatory in advance or stop by between 9:30 am until 4:00 pm. Saturday tours are held for the public at 10:15 am, 11:15 am, and 12:15 pm. Reservations are not required. While free to visitors, the suggested donation on Saturdays is $5 per person. The grounds are open every day, during daylight hours, for self-guided walking tours, free of charge. Photography is permitted. The staff also hosts public observing sessions with the 24-inch reflecting telescope many evenings throughout the year. Reservations are required and there is a charge for participation. Call the Observatory during regular weekday hours or visit the Yerkes website for more information. The Observatory contains a lovely museum, many interesting displays concerning its construction, history, architecture and the science of astronomy, and a gift shop with many unique items. less
Attraction type: Observatories & Planetariums
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Geneva Lake Shore Path
Geneva Lake Shore Path(Lake Geneva)
Owner description: This lovely 21-mile walking path, around Geneva Lake, takes pedestrians by impressive homes and quiet lakeside neighborhoods. A two-mile swath on the West End offers a manageable... more Owner description: This lovely 21-mile walking path, around Geneva Lake, takes pedestrians by impressive homes and quiet lakeside neighborhoods. A two-mile swath on the West End offers a manageable stroll, lovely views, and passes landmarks such as the Abbey Resort and Fontana Spa and popular local eateries like Chuck's. less
Attraction type: Hiking Trails
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Geneva Lake
Geneva Lake(Lake Geneva)
Owner description: Get this straight: The city is Lake Geneva, the lake is Geneva Lake. Hop aboard a classic yacht for a cruise around the second deepest lake in Wisconsin (135 feet deep and 21... more Owner description: Get this straight: The city is Lake Geneva, the lake is Geneva Lake. Hop aboard a classic yacht for a cruise around the second deepest lake in Wisconsin (135 feet deep and 21 miles around) which is the focal point of a popular resort area also known as "the Newport of the West." less
Attraction type: Bodies of Water
Geneva Lake Museum of History
Geneva Lake Museum of History(Lake Geneva)
Attraction type: History Museums
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Black Point Estate
Black Point Estate(Lake Geneva)
This mansion was once the summer estate of 19th-century beer magnate Conrad Seipp.
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Green Grocer
Green Grocer
Ranked #1 of 16 Restaurants in Williams Bay
Cuisines: Vegetarian, Delicatessen
Dining options: Lunch
Daddy Maxwell's
Daddy Maxwell's
Ranked #2 of 16 Restaurants in Williams Bay
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner
Dip in the Bay
Dip in the Bay
Ranked #3 of 16 Restaurants in Williams Bay
Cuisines: Ice Cream
Dining options: Coffee & Tea
Cafe Calamari
Cafe Calamari
Ranked #4 of 16 Restaurants in Williams Bay
Price:
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Skip's Restaurant
Skip's Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 16 Restaurants in Williams Bay
Dining options: Lunch

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Harbor View Motel
Harbor View Motel
$60 - $190
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Williams Bay

Additional nearby recommended accommodations:

Sky Lodge Inn & Suites
2.0 of 5
Sky Lodge Inn & Suites
$65 - $172
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Delavan
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Geneva Wells Motel
2.0 of 5
Geneva Wells Motel
$91 - $190
Ranked #8 of 14 Hotels in Lake Geneva
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

The Bailey House
The Bailey House
$130 - $175
Ranked #1 of 2 Williams Bay B&B and Inns

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Abbey Resort & Spa
3.5 of 5
Abbey Resort & Spa
$155 - $340
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Fontana
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Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
$169 - $389
Ranked #2 of 14 Hotels in Lake Geneva
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