52 Reasons to Visit

Are you looking for a reason to hit the road for a weekend getaway or a weeklong vacation? Here are 52 reasons why you should hop in the car right now and head to the Wisconsin Rapids area for an unforgettable trip.

1. Bond with the Berries

An afternoon on a local cranberry marsh reveals the tasty story behind one of North America’s native fruits. This fall, take a tour with one of the area’s growers or students from Pittsville High School.

2. Unleash your Inner Lumberjack

Lumber and paper are integral parts of what makes central Wisconsin special! Take a free tour of the state’s largest tree nursery.

3. Take a Class

It’s never too late to learn! Enroll in a lifetime enrichment class at:

4. Catch a Flick

Let the stars entertain you during a relaxing night at the local movie theatre.

  • Rogers Cinema: 220 East Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 421-3177

5. Hit the Open Road with a Scenic Drive

Hit the road for great scenery and interesting places to stop along the way.

6. Take a Hike

Walk. Relax. Repeat. An afternoon hike along the river or at a wildlife area is just what the doctor ordered. Click on the trail name to download a convenient map!

7. Pick Your Own Fruit

Apples, pumpkins and berries abound! Take your pick at one of our many local orchards or berry patches.

  • Altenburg’s Country Gardens: 7020 Plover Road, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 421-2943
  • Berryland Farms: 6702 West Highway 10, Auburndale, (715) 652-6171
  • Grandma & Grandpa’s Pumpkin Patch: 4361 County Road C, Vesper, (715) 435-4324
  • Hagen’s Orchard: 6165 County Road HH, Vesper, (715) 569-4224
  • Hayseed Acres: 4213 Finup Lane, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 569-4707

8. Pedal a Bike

Bike the Wisconsin Rapids area. Take a few hours to ride one of the area’s trails or hit the road and bike one of the area’s scenic auto tours. Click on a trail name below to learn more.

9. Share a Few S’mores

Gather your family under a blanket of stars at one of the area’s many campgrounds.

10. Skate, Rock & Roll

Grab your helmet, dust off your skateboard, and head to the skateboard park to test your skills! And check out our indoor roller rink or ice skating rinks.

11. Get Tee’d Off

Tee off in the Wisconsin Rapids area, where there’s a golf course to fit both your budget and your playing level.

  • Homestead Golf Course: 3372 Highway 13 North, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 423-7577
  • Lake Arrowhead: 1195 Apache Lane, Rome, (715) 325-2929
  • Ridges Golf Course: 2311 Griffith Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 424-3204
  • Tri-City Golf Course: 3000 Golf Course Road, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 423-1380
  • Bull’s Eye Country Club: 2800 Ridgewood Trail, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 423-2225

12. Rev up Your Engine

Feel the need for speed? Looking for a little excitement? Try Friday night races at the local speedway!

13. Float on Cloud Nine

Fly through the sky with a local hot air balloonist, ultralight pilot or sight-seeing pilot from Alexander Field. Or take those flight lessons you’ve always dreamed about!

  • Skyscraperballoons LLC: PO Box 271, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 570-9637
  • Wings Air Charter LLC: 3620 1st Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 424-3737

14. Feed the Animals

Kids of all ages love to feed and pet the animals at the zoo! And don’t forget to feed the ducks by the river.

15. Read a Good Book

Curl up in a cozy spot with your favorite book. Try your local library or favorite coffee shop for a latte fun!

16. Pack a Picnic

Plan a romantic outing or a family picnic. The Wisconsin Rapids area offers a number of parks that are perfect for picnicking.

17. Beat the Heat

Take a cool, relaxing dip at a local pool or one of South Wood County’s beautiful beaches. If you’re up for more action, hook up the boat or jet-ski and head for the lake!

18. Ride a Slide

Take your family to a local playground for an afternoon of swings, slides and fun!

19. Explore Your Heritage

A visit to yesteryear is sure to reveal secrets from our past! Venture to a local museum for a time of exploration.

20. Eat Your Veggies

It’s not just Mom reminding you, it’s our local farmers! Visit one of the area’s markets for your fresh produce and other homemade treats!

21. Travel Back in Time

Walk in yesterday’s footsteps on one of three Heritage River Walks downtown.

22. Spot a New Species

Pack the binoculars and guidebook – you just might see a rare bird at one of our many wildlife areas.

23. Paint a Picture

Venture outside on your own, or learn from an expert at the Cultural Center or a local gallery. No matter which option you choose, you’re sure to create something beautiful!

24. Tap Your Toes

Take in a concert at our local performing arts center or one of the area’s many events and festivals. Your toes will thank you!

25. Hit a Homer

There’s nothing like baseball! Take in a game at Witter Field or join a local league.

26. Knock a Few Pins

Strike! Spare! The sound of pins falling is always a good sign — knock a few pins of your own at a local bowling alley.

  • Bowlmor Recreation: 3141 8th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 423-4350
  • Evergreen Lanes, Inc.: 493 State Highway 73 South, Nekoosa, (715) 886-3023
  • Ricky’s Bar & Bowl: 1667 Main Street, Rudolph, (715) 435-4100

27. Find a Hidden Treasure

From quaint antique shops to inviting specialty shops, you’re bound to find that special treasure.

28. Give it a Gamble

Feeling lucky? Test your luck at our local casino — perhaps you’ll be the next big winner!

29. Enjoy Some Peace

Sit in the serenity of acres of flowers, rock gardens and shrubbery at Rudolph’s Grotto, the largest grotto in the state.

30. Say Cheese

Tour a local cheese-making factory for a taste of Wisconsin’s finest product. Everyone will say “Cheese!”

Dairy State Cheese: Hwy. 34 and C, Rudolf, (715) 435-3144

31. Dine on a Dime

Local cafes offer daily specials for a steal. Treat yourself and your family to a new restaurant each month!

32. Hit the Hay

Summer, spring, winter or fall, celebrate the season with an old-fashioned hayride. It’s sure to delight the whole family! Tip: Call ahead, as most farms are open seasonally!

  • Altenburg’s Country Gardens: 7020 Plover Road, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 421-2943
  • Down on the Farm: 1011 48th Street South, Kellner, (715) 423-5678
  • Grandma & Grandpa’s Pumpkin Patch: 4361 County Road C, Vesper, (715) 435-4324

33. Form a Pyramid

Check out our local water ski teams for championship viewing or take to the water yourself!

34. Reel in a Catch

Fishing opportunities abound in every season — rivers, lakes and streams are calling your name and luring you in for some fun!

35. Make Some Tracks

Grab your skis, snowshoes, tube or sled and head out to enjoy some winter fun. Complete the day by building a snowman — then slow down to sip a steamy hot chocolate by the fire.

36. Quench Your Inner Thirst

Check out a neighborhood church to connect with others exploring their faith. Whatever your stage in life, you’re sure to find opportunities and events to spark your interest and suit your needs!

37. Be in Control

Like control? Check out the radio-controlled airplane flyers’ club. Use the winter months to check out swap-meets and build your plane – spring, summer and fall are for flying!

38. Root for the Home Team

Take the whole family to one of our schools’ big events. From football to hockey, baseball, track, wrestling, swimming or tennis, you’ll have fun cheering on the home team!

39. Stay in Shape

Walk, skate or job along beautiful trails or check out our health clubs, dance studios, hospital, or YMCA for special programs and classes. Then sign up for a triathlon!

  • Academie de la Danse Inc.: 1120 6th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 424-5585
  • Curves for Women: Shopko Plaza II, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 424-2044
  • Dance With Pam: 141 11th Avenue South, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 423-4428
  • Jazzercise: 555 West Grand Avenue, By appointment only, (715) 423-2177
  • One on One Fitness Private Gym: By appointment only, (715) 424-2400
  • Park Institute of Tae Kwon Do: 4233 8th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 421-5900
  • Rapids Health & Fitness: 1421 Pepper Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 424-4900
  • Riverview Hospital Association: 410 Dewey Street, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 423-6060
  • South Wood County YMCA: 211 Wisconsin River Drive, Port Edwards, (715) 887-3240

40. Hit the Bull’s Eye

Try your luck both indoors or out. Practice with video archery or head to the shooting range. You’ll be ready for the real thing when hunting season comes along!

Wisconsin Rapids area archery outfitters and shooting ranges:

  • Downtown Video-Archery: 267 West Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 341-2825
  • Fox’s Archery: 6231 Court 4 Trunk C, Vesper, (715) 569-4730
  • Heart of Wis. Sportsman Club: 969 Ranger Road, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 325-5163
  • Stringworks: Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 421-9277
  • Sunset Archery: 3896 Highway 54 West, Port Edwards, (715) 887-2596
  • Timberline Archery Bait & Tackle: 8131 Highway 13 South, Nekoosa, (715) 325-7662

41. Show Us Your Business

Get involved with community theatre or take in a traveling performance – and don’t forget about Family Fun Night at the library!

42. Take in the Arts

Stop in at local art galleries to view examples of drawing, painting, ceramics and sculpture. And be sure to watch for special receptions with the artists!

Wisconsin Rapids area art galleries:

  • Alexander House: 1131 Wisconsin River Drive, Port Edwards, (715) 887-3442
  • Central Wisconsin Cultural Center: 240 Johnson Street, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 421-4598
  • Stoney Birch Studio: 521 8th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 424-0120
  • Studio of Good Earth: 12410 52nd Street South, Nekoosa, (715) 325-2152

43. Stay Alert

Be sure to keep your eyes open for upcoming special events like the rodeo and all of our sensational seasonal “fests.”

44. Kayak There and Back

Launch your canoe or kayak on the Wisconsin River and spend some time exploring the area from a different perspective.

45. Head Out on Two Wheels

Join a local motorcycle club for some summer fun or to check out the fall color along country roads.

46. Try a Different Kind of Golf

Take the family mini-golfing, try your hand at disc golfing, or head out to the driving range and batting cage.

  • Clancy’s Driving Range & Mini Golf: 9331 Highway 13 South, Saratoga, (715) 325-2000
  • Newman’s 1st Street Miniature Golf: 2811 1st Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 421-1180
  • South Wood County Park Disc Golf: 2811 County Highway W, Kellner, (715) 421-8422

47. Hug a Tree

Be inspired as you check out the Master Gardeners’ special events, or visit the gardens they design and maintain. And be sure to bring the whole family to one of our tree farms where you can choose and cut your own family Christmas Tree.

  • Arndt’s Christmas Trees: 9410 80th Street South, Kellner, (715) 325-5212
  • Freeman Christmas Trees: 346 Wood Avenue, Nekoosa, (715) 886-5766
  • Freeman Christmas Trees: 2507 8th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 886-5766
  • Gary’s Tree Farm: 6411 Whitrock Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 424-4272
  • Happy Holiday Tree Farm: 2631 95th Street South, Kellner, (715) 423-8017
  • Tis The Season Christmas Trees: 4011 Brookhaven Terrace, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 423-6657

48. Join a League

From bowling to volleyball and everything in between, you’re sure to find a game that’s right up your alley!

  • Bowlmor Recreation: 3141 8th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, (715) 423-4350
  • Evergreen Lanes, Inc.: 493 State Highway 73 South, Nekoosa, (715) 886-3023
  • Ricky’s Bar & Bowl: 1667 Main Street, Rudolph, (715) 435-4100

49. Shop ‘Til You Drop

Check out some of the Wisconsin Rapids area’s many interesting local shops and support the small-business owners of this friendly community.

50. Go Out After Dark

Check out the nightlife! Visit the clubs and home-town pubs to meet up with old friends and make new ones.

51. Sweep a Stone

Watch a game or join in the fun at the local curling club.

52. Practice Your Serve
Volunteer opportunities abound in the Wisconsin Rapids area! There are many places to use your gifts and talents to serve others.