Built in 1955, Road America is 640 acres of fun and excitement between Green Bay and Milwaukee. Once a year, from Thursday until Sunday in late June, hundreds of drivers come together to compete for first place in the REV Group Grand Prix by doing 55 laps on the four-mile road at over 200 miles per hour. High-speed motors, the cheer of the crowd, and the smell of delicious food will get your motor revving just like the cars.
Road America has other activities to keep you busy, as well. The Family Fun Zone by Turn 1 has all kinds of fun for the kids at no charge. And you can test your disc golfing skills on the 18-hole disc golf course. For free or rent discs at the Paddock Shop if you don’t have your own. If you want to try your own racing on a smaller scale, you and the older kids (over 14) can get up to 40 miles per hour on the go-karts. You’ll find the karts in the CTECH Manufacturing Motorplex by Turn 7 and Turn 8.
This place has it all! You can even do some zip-lining, paintballing, and geocaching. Don’t forget to sample some of the delicious food and drinks at the concessions throughout the park as well. Grab some grub and a cold frosty drink before sitting down to watch the race. After the race, you can head back to the campground where you and other race fans can get together and BBQ while you talk about your awesome experience at the track.
Tickets for the REV Group Grand Prix often range in price from $25 for a single race on Thursday to $420 for the VIP Access pass. Camping is an additional fee, but it is worth the price since you will save money for parking and camping elsewhere. Children under 16 usually get in free with a paid adult.
In Southeastern Wisconsin, you will find Road America near Elkhart Lake in the community of Plymouth and along I-67. If you are coming from the Green Bay, you might take I-43 to WI-23. From the Chicago or Milwaukee, you may take I-43 to WI-57. And WI-32 to I-67 may bring you from the Sheboygan area. You’re only two miles from La Budde Creek State Wildlife Area as well if you want to stop in there on your way to or from the track. In fact, WI-67 is part of the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive, so enjoy the scenery.
Motorists should have no trouble whatsoever finding a parking spot with over 20,000 of them in and around the track. In fact, there are nine first-come, first-served parking areas, and three reserved parking areas. Of course, if you decide to camp at Road America, you won’t have to worry about parking at all during the REV Group Grand Prix.
You're not likely to find any public buses or shuttles headed to Road America in the Sheboygan County area. However, several private bus share programs partner up with Road America to help get you where you want to be from wherever you are. If you decide not to camp at the track, check around for one of these services, or you can use a rideshare app or taxi.
With 1,500 campsites and 600 acres of space, you are sure to find the perfect spot for your RV needs for the REV Group Grand Prix. All sites can accommodate rigs up to 40 feet long, and many offer electric hookups as well. Fresh water and RV dumping services are available in the afternoons, but you must sign up for them beforehand. Restrooms and showers are available, and there are 14 concession stands nearby.
If your rig is too big or the stadium is all sold out of campsites, don’t worry. There are close to a dozen campgrounds within 20 miles of Road America. The closest is right across the street and has 180 acres with 690 campsites. They have full hookups that include cable television and Wi-Fi, as well. Another that is less than two miles away has 32 sites with full and partial hookups that can fit RVs up to 50 feet long. There are plenty of others to choose from in the area from primitive to extravagant.
One interesting option at Road America is the golf cart rental. For about $300 to $400, you can rent a two- or four-passenger golf cart for the whole weekend to get around on in the massive venue. You are not allowed to bring your own off-road vehicles. However, you can ride a bike or moped but not inside the paddock. There are shuttle services as well, and of course, wheelchairs and strollers are allowed.
Since Road America is huge and hilly, you will definitely need some comfortable shoes, even if you have a cart to use. The evenings can get chilly in any part of Wisconsin, so pack a sweater or jacket along with your t-shirts, jeans, and shorts. Some areas of the track require closed-toed shoes and long pants, so keep that in mind as well when packing for the REV Group Grand Prix.
It’s best to stick with the clear bag rule that applies to most large events such as this to carry whatever you have to bring. Also, a 14x14 cooler is allowed on the grounds but not in the concession areas. No glass is allowed. You are not allowed to have outside food or beverages in the concession stands. Bags will be checked, so make sure you don’t have any items that you are not allowed to have, such as weapons, drugs, or drones.
Since you will be outside for most of the time you are at the track, it is best to have sunscreen with you. And bug repellent is a must when camping or spending time outdoors after the sun goes down. If you forget to bring either of these, you can buy them at the Paddock Shop, where you can find a ton of stuff from souvenirs to pet supplies.
Road America provides picnic tables but no fire pits or BBQ grills. If you want to cook outdoors, you can bring your own small BBQ pit or a camp stove. However, if you choose one of the sites with electric hookups, you are all set in the cooking department. For an easy and fast RV meal, try cooking ahead of time and freeze meals that you can just heat and eat.
You’re allowed to leave the park and come back as long as you have your wristband or ticket. Just a couple of miles down the road on the beautiful Crystal Lake, you can find a fabulous bar & grill that serves all kinds of food. Or you can head into the heart of Plymouth, just five miles to the south of the track, for more choices like pizza, Asian cuisine, and Mexican food. Elkhart Lake to the north about three miles has its own collection of choice eateries.
Road America is known for what spectators call the best food in racing. They get high praise for awesome food at great prices. Bratwurst is the number one food here and many visitors come back every year with brats on their mind. Of course, there are many other vendors that have burgers, fries, hot dogs, and cold drinks such as beer and soft drinks. You can also visit the Paddock Shop for snacks, gifts, and other merchandise for REV Group Grand Prix souvenirs.
There are several security checkpoints where you can find security officers if you need one during the REV Group Grand Prix. If you are not near a checkpoint and need assistance, you can call the main emergency number or grab a member of the staff. The checkpoints are there for your safety, and they will be checking bags.
The weather in late June in Plymouth is up and down from the 50s to the 70s. It is best to keep an eye on the forecast so you can be prepared for whatever is coming. It is not common but is also not unheard of to have a pop thunderstorm in the middle of the day. An umbrella is something you should keep in your RV at all times for cases like this. And bring some extra blankets for the chilly nights.
Road America has mobile medical teams that routinely patrol the track as well as three first aid areas. There is also a permanent medical facility in the paddock. If you need medical assistance and cannot find anyone, call 911. And if you would rather head to the hospital yourself, there are several within two miles of the track.