Riviera Beach
Riviera Beach
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Public beach on Lake Geneva popular with swimmers, sunbathers, hikers and boaters.
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Manasvi K
Moorhead, Minnesota, United States67 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
Aka Lake Geneva Public Beach. I was surprised by the small size of the beach. It gets crowded on holidays which is expected. It’s a good beach but Lake Michigan beaches are better so I guess my expectations were higher. $8 entry feed so if you go, spend as much time as you can to make it worth it. I’d recommend going after 3pm so that some of the crowd has dispersed by that time and weather is still hot.
Written September 6, 2020
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xxthinkpink223xx
Chicago, IL14 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
Small beach - but to be fair I'm comparing to lake Michigan beaches that are closer to home. Family friendly, bathrooms are what you would expect for a beach. If you want parking, get there when it opens at 9, it fills up QUICK. Life guards are present and then have docks that you can jump off of. It got too crowded around 2pm and that's when I left. People were no longer keeping distance from each other, people sitting a foot away from me. It got crammed. COVID isn't gone, but I understand people have different comfort levels. I felt uncomfortable at that point so left.

Overall nice beach. Nice people. Relaxing environment. Walking distance from a few hotels.

Written August 17, 2021
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,390 contributions
Sep 2020
Riviera Beach is a popular destination for children and teenagers during the summer. Located on Wrigley Drive in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, it is near the Geneva Lake Shore Path and the Riviera Ballroom and within walking distance of downtown Lake Geneva's restaurants and shops. It is a place to swim, relax and picnic. But the main attraction is the Riviera, a marina and mixed-use meeting hall on the shore of Lake Geneva, adjacent to Riviera Beach, that was built in 1932 to fill a need for a recreational facility in the fast rising resort town. The Italian Renaissance structure, located at 810 Wrigley Drive, was once described as "the most intact historic building associated with transportation in the Geneva Lake area" and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. From the 1930s to the 1950s, the ballroom hosts such renowned swing and jazz bandleaders as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Lawrence Welk, Lionel Hampton, Xavier Cugat and Harry James. Vocalists who performed at the Riviera included Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day, Dean Martin, Perry Como, Nat King Cole, Lena Horne,Peggy Lee and Mel Torme. In the 1970s and 1980s, the Riviera rebranded itself as a discotheque, attracting the Village People, Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor and the Ritchie family. Today, it remains a popular site for concerts, corporate events, meetings, parties and special occasions.
Written October 29, 2020
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innrep
www.innrep.com3 contributions
Jun 2020
June 21, 2020. Dead fish along the shore. Smells horrible. I would not risk to swim in this water myself, and definitely this is not for kind. Beach itself is very small even for the number of people who wants to swim with dead smelly fish.
Written June 22, 2020
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dg144290
Chicago, IL248 contributions
Sep 2021
simple, small beach. one entrance so people can get jammed up, no ramp for wheelchair or strollers. no benches around the beach, so no place to sit but in the sand - so if you don't want sand in your shoes, you need to remove them before you come down the stairs.
Written September 6, 2021
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Mary D
montgomery11 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
We purchased our passes at the kiosk outside the beach and received our wristbands in the morning. I didn't notice an age limit for a child pass at the kiosk when I purchased the passes. When my two teenagers went to get something at the car in the afternoon they were not allowed re-entry. The same lady who gave us the wristbands in the morning now said we needed to purchase two adult passes. REPEAT the same lady who was ok with putting a child wrist band on my teenager in the morning now said she couldn't use that wristband. Honest mistake on my part so I asked if I could pay the difference between a child and adult pass since I already paid for the passes in the morning. NOPE!!! They made us purchase two additional passes. I completely understood having to pay the difference for my honest mistake. The assistant manager George (--) and Ashley (--) ( the girl who let us in the beach in the morning with our original passes) were two of the more arrogant, pompous, unaccomodating people I've ever encountered. Not only will I be finding a new family beach to give my business to in the future I'll be calling the Lake Geneva City Hall on Monday to ensure they know what caliper of employees they have working for the people who are bringing business dollars into this city.
Written July 3, 2015
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Julia Travels
Chicago, IL331 contributions
Jul 2014
Our favorite beach. There's a fee to enter. Not big, totally affordable. Great water, clean bathrooms. Could use more toilet stalls and less shower stalls. Maybe more outdoor rinse stations instead.

Don't bring glass- we forgot we had Starbucks bottles in the cooler and they were confiscated. Unfortunately by the time you leave at the end of the day they are closed and you can't get them back.

There's so much to do in LG. Enjoy!
Written June 18, 2015
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lovesgoldens
milwaukee88 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
Geneva Lake is beautiful, no doubt. But the beach here is small, crowded, and totally not worth paying $7.00 per adult! There was a lifeguard, and it appeared well kept, but all my husband and I wanted to do was take some pictures, put our feet in the water, and walk on the shoreline. Not worth $14 plus the price to park! The city of Lake Geneva rakes in the cash with all the tourists, why charge for this little beach? Accessing natural resources should not be an exclusive opportunity- which Lake Geneva really wants it to be. Much better free or super cheap beach options at nearby lakes with far less crowding!
Written June 9, 2014
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Peter
6 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
I think for an attraction like Lake Geneva they need to do a better job in making a better swimming area for families to bring the kids. The sand is dirty and littered with debris, they charge to get in for beach where you can only go abouyt 5-10 yards out. Not worth the money at all. Fontana beach on the other side of the lake is better but they also charge a high amount per person and you have to walk on A LOT of rocks very painful for about the first 10 feet just to make it to the sand. Lake Geneva needs to a better job overall in improving their swimming areas it is a serious after though and charging a ridiculous amount to use the poor beaches is an insult.
Written July 16, 2014
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Njulian
Hampshire, IL1 contribution
Aug 2014
No parking, then paid $7.00 when we found a spot 4 blocks away. $21.00 to get in. You can't escape the lifeguard and mega phone..."no flotation devices past the orange buoys" "no diving off the pier" " no swimming under the pier" " no carrying anyone in the water past the orange buoys" "no balls pays the orange buoys" "no frisbees past the orange buoys" HOW ABOUT NO TOYS PERIOD! Hard to relax here for the day.
Written August 9, 2014
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