Fun Places to Go to in Burlington, WI

by Jay Leone

The area known as Burlington lies in the southeast portion of Wisconsin, approximately 30 miles southwest of Milwaukee, 75 miles southeast of Madison and 70 miles north of Chicago, Ill. Settlers William Whiting and Moses Smith made land claims in the uninhabited Burlington area in 1835. These men and other early settlers of this region referred to the area as Foxville until 1839, when the name officially changed to Burlington. Modern Burlington hosts many attractions geared toward people of all ages.

Spinning Top and Yo-Yo Museum

Burlington hosts the Spinning Top and Yo-Yo Museum (topmuseum.org). Visitors can take a tour and see more than 2,000 tops, diabolos and gyroscopes. A diabolo is a spinning device that consists of a spool, which spins and draws across a string. Moving the poles attached to the strings of a diabolo device causes the spool to spin over the string. As of 2011, the museum provides displays with 35 hands-on top games and tops. The Top Lady (Judith Schulz), who has made an appearance on "Ripley's Believe it or Not" television show, offers presentations to museum visitors. The museum accommodates larger groups of more than 35 visitors with enough advanced notice.

Logic Puzzle Museum

The Logic Puzzle Museum (logicpuzzlemuseum.org) in Burlington provides several exhibits and hands-on activities for visitors. Visitors can attempt to solve one of more than 55 mechanical and brain puzzles. The museum presents many exhibits on unusual puzzles and vintage puzzles. One feature allows visitors to create two different puzzles to take home with them. The Logic Puzzle Museum's gift shop sells more than 150 different puzzles and games, including the Japanese trick puzzle box, magnetic balls puzzle, Gordian's knot and the fifth chair puzzle.

Brown Lake Golf Course

Golf enthusiasts can enjoy a round of golf at the Brown Lake Golf Course (hhfairway.com) in Burlington. Golf course architect J. Toulis designed this course, which officially opened for business in 1921. The Fox River runs through Brown Lake Golf Course; several holes incorporate the river in their design. J. Toulis's course at Brown Lake features water hazards, between 51 and 60 sand bunkers, a putting green training facility and a chipping training area. The golf course portion of the facility covers about 6,449 yards of green.

Chocolate Factory

Burlington is often referred to as, "Chocolate City" because it is the home of a Nestle factory. At Burlington's Chocolate Museum (113 E. Chestnut St., Suite B, Burlington, WI 53105; 262-763-6044), visitors are presented with information related to the history of chocolate and the making of chocolate. The museum's gift shop offers gift items that are chocolate-related. ChocolateFest offers chocolate, games, rides and cooking demonstration. This event is held in Burlington on Memorial Day weekend and run by volunteers to raise money for national and local charities.