Oshkosh for Rookies

We love to travel, and 2020 was supposed to be a big travel year for us. Like the rest of you, that hasn't happened. 

We're still dreaming about travel, reading about new destinations, and making (tentative) plans for the future. We hope all of you are well and staying safe... and that you find some inspiration here for YOUR future travels.

You may be wondering what on earth is special about Oshkosh, Wisconsin... I mean, it doesn't quite have the same appeal as New York or San Francisco... or maybe it does.  Depends on your interests.

Sounds pretty rural and out of the way for international travelers.

That’s what you’re thinking.

I can tell.

I'm going to say just one word....


Americans may recognize the name from children's clothes and farmer's overalls.

The town is on a pretty little lake, Lake Winnebago, which is a nice place to vacation.

But for one week of the year, the last week of July...

Oshkosh Is All About Airplanes

Talk to any pilot, or anyone who likes airplanes, and they will have been to... or want to go to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture in Oshkosh.

It is billed as "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration".  A billing that we think is justified.

Piper Cub - A Field of Yellow in Oshkosh

There are airshows that feature bigger airplanes...

...and more military displays...

but for shear numbers of airplanes, EAA AirVenture is the biggest.

The little airport here becomes the busiest airport in the world on the days of the show.

Planes fly in from all over the country.

Most are small planes.... both new and old.  See those Piper J-3 Cubs up there... a whole see of yellow?  If you love airplanes, I gotta tell you it was a hoot to see them all fly in at once.

People Bring Planes To Share

People who have restored vintage aircraft bring their planes to share and show them off.

Getting some of these old aircraft to Oshkosh can be quite an adventure all by itself. We know this first hand as we have just provided "ground support" for a newly restored 1939 Piper J-3 Cub. (Not one of those above... that was a later year.  But you can read our Cub to Oshkosh story.)

The older planes like this don't get you there fast. The Cub flies at about 70 miles per hour, so it can take days to get planes like this to the AirVenture...

It took us six days to get the Cub from California to Wisconsin.... and we had good weather.

All Kinds Of Airplanes And Airplane "Stuff"

The gathering features all kinds of aircraft.

There are rare planes,
               old military planes,
               new planes,
               experimental planes and
               all kinds of homebuilt planes.

Just inside the main gates, there is a central plaza (which gets renamed from time to time) where new and exciting planes are displayed. This is where you will see bigger aircraft.

There is a "fly market" (not a flea market!) that sells all kinds of things related to aircraft... from parts to t-shirts and hats.

It's So Busy You Have To Plan

Get Accommodations Early

If you want to visit Oshkosh during the AirVenture, it takes some planning.  It happens the last week of July every year.

Hotels fill up nearly a year in advance.

The EAA maintains a website that can help find hotels at the last minute, but they will usually be up to an hour drive from the airfield.

There is camping at the AirVenture site. Campgrounds are available for RVs and tents. At Camp Scholler, maintained by the EAA, it's first come, first served.

There are a few private campgrounds near the airfield, but these tend to be reserved far in advance just like the hotels.

Don't give up though, we have managed to find reservations just before the airshow on a couple of occasions.

Parking, Crowds, Sunscreen and Raingear

There is plenty of parking. The entire town gears up for this one week. Traffic patterns are changed, and people rent out their homes.

The crowds are huge, but never overwhelming. Everyone is friendly and loves to talk about planes and flying, so it's fun to be a part of it.

Bring plenty of sun screen.... it can be hot and humid.

But bring rain gear too, just in case there is one of those mid-western summer thunderstorms.

If you don't like airplanes, there is no reason to visit Oshkosh the last week of July, but if you DO like airplanes... there is no better place to be.

Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark

Curious about what else we've written about?  Search our site for a destination or travel tip.

But... We'd love to have you share this page or comment on it…
Thanks, Judy and Mark

International Travel Tips l Europe Travel Tips
Hotel and B&B Tips l Packing Lists
Go to MouseToursTravels Home Page

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Did it help with your travel planning and preparation? Eager to leave on that next vacation? Please leave your tips or comments in the box below.

Timely Tips

Covid-19 Continues

2020 presents a travel year like no other.  Mostly we have been sheltering in place.

Domestic driving trips, visits to state or national parks are all most of us can accomplish... but we'll give our fall tips so you can be dreaming of future vacations!

Shoulder Season
We love travel during shoulder seasons.
September, October, November...

They're all great for travel somewhere!
Sunny Fall days with colorful leaves in the north.
Spring is greening things up in the Southern Hemisphere.

Fall foliage in shoulder season

The weather can be changeable, so be sure to pack layers and some rain gear...

See all of our Packing Lists and Tips.

We have had a summer of home maintenance and sheltering in place... we're so dreaming of future travel!

Need Travel Ideas?
Things to See in Europe
Africa Calls!
Travel In America

Don't just dream about it...
Start making plans!

Custom Tour Planning List
International Travel Planning Tips
Foreign Is Fun - Not Scary!
Get Your Passports and Visas


Search MouseToursTravels
Travel questions or destination info?
Find our answers faster..


We want you to feel comfortable out in the world and on our pages - so surf away in your own language...

Updated Tips & New Travel Stories

  1. Discovering The Three Guyanas

    Love discovering less touristed regions? The three Guyanas are tucked up in the north east corner of South America that doesn’t get much attention.

    Read More

  2. 2019 Travels - Africa, Asia, Europe and USA

    On our 2019 travels, it was independent travel, a custom tour and a group tour. All work beautifully... just depends on where you’re going and what you want.

    Read More

  3. Vietnam and Cambodia - Life Along The Mekong River

    The Mekong River… Vietnam and Cambodia as we barged along this mighty river that traverses much of Southeast Asia.

    Read More

Two Ways To Like Us!

Like Our Site Top Left
Like Our Fanpage Below
Thank You!

Ready For A New Adventure?

We escape by traveling…
But there are more ways to escape. 
Work on something you LOVE…
With A Website
SBI Teaches You Everything

First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life