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Thanksgiving In Wisconsin: A MapQuest Guide

Thanksgiving in Wisconsin is a time for gathering with family and loved ones, expressing gratitude and, of course, eating. As part of TurkeyQuest -- a MapQuest guide to Thanksgiving events, featuring everything from parades to holiday sales to activities for families -- here are two of the best ways to experience Thanksgiving in Wisconsin and one opportunity to give back to others.


Wisconsin Thanksgiving Events Map

Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad Thanksgiving Buffet Train

Each year, the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad holds its Thanksgiving Buffet Train -- a 30-mile round-trip adventure of scenery and harvest food. Departing from the northern Wisconsin city of Spooner, the trip takes participants through Wisconsin's Northwoods, along the Namekagon River and over a historic trestle. The Thanksgiving buffet features all the traditional fare, including turkey, ham, wild rice, stuffing and mashed potatoes, as well as beverages and dessert. Typical prices range from $35 for adults 13 and older, $25 for children younger than 13 and a family rate of $120 for two adults and up to five children.

426 N. Front St., Spooner, WI 54801

Wisconsin Turkey Trots

During Thanksgiving season, the southern half of Wisconsin features several Turkey Trots, for participants of all ages. Start on the east side of the state near Milwaukee in early November at the Badgerland Striders Turkey Trot, in either the 15-kilometer or two-mile run through the Root River Parkway in Greendale. Entry fees are nominal, and full-size turkeys are awarded. Farther west in Madison’s Warner Park, the early-November Madison College Turkey Trot features five-mile and five-kilometer races, as well as a kid's race and space for walkers. Fees range from $10 to $40. On the western border of the state along the Mississippi River, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Turkey Trot in mid-November charges nominal fees for a 5-kilometer run through the La Crosse Marsh trail system and a track run for "junior gobblers." Participants are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for local Thanksgiving-season food banks.

Root River Parkway, 92nd St. and College Ave., Greendale, WI 53129; 1625 Northport Drive, Madison, WI 53704; 1601 Badger Street, La Crosse WI, 54601

Volunteer: Community Projects For Seniors


Community Projects for Seniors in St. Francis annually seeks the help of more than 200 volunteers to deliver free, hot Thanksgiving meals to low-income senior citizens in a seven-county southeastern Wisconsin area. Adult volunteers drive to sites around the city where the food is prepared, pick up the packaged meals and distribute them to senior-living homes. Kids who volunteer are able to help decorate, make cards and make Thanksgiving-themed placemats and centerpieces for the elderly diners.

3211 S. Lake Drive, Suite #217, St. Francis, WI 53235 | Go to Huffington Post Impact to see how else you can volunteer.


Thanksgiving In Wisconsin: Video

A Wisconsin Great North dinner train, which offers a special Thanksgiving Day meal, rolls through Spooner.


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