Attractions

There are so many interesting things to see in the Wisconsin Rapids area. See fantastic folk art. Discover the intriguing world of the humble cranberry. See master cheese makers at work. Visit Wisconsin’s largest forest nursery. Experience the heart-pounding thrill of watching the Air National Guard in action. See auto racing at its finest. You’ll find it all in the Wisconsin Rapids area. See the listings below for more information.

Alexander House

1131 Wisconsin River Drive
Port Edwards , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 887-3442

Website

The Alexander House, a center for art and history, is a combination art gallery and historical museum located in a stately colonial home on the banks of the beautiful Wisconsin River. Open Tues., Thurs., and Sun. 1-4 p.m. No charge.

Arts Council

1040 8th Street South, Suite 101
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 424-ARTS (2787)

Website

The Arts Council is your performing arts connection to live entertainment by bringing national and international performing arts to Central Wisconsin.  Tickets are available online, or 30 minutes prior to each performance. Check the web site or the calendar of events for the current performance schedule.

Central Wisconsin BMX

Highway 54 and County Highway W
across from Home Depot
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 459-2809 Race Day Phone, 715-421-6723 or 715-421-4521

Website

Track Info

Built in a natural amphitheater with a full view of each race from start to finish.

1075 ft long.

Start hill over 10 ft tall.

Permanent awning over staging & start gate.

Blacktop turns.

Pro Gate.

Sealed track surface.

Central Wisconsin Cultural Center

240 Johnson Street
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 421-4598

Website

Visit us on facebook/centralwisconsinculturalcenter

The Cultural Center is your destination for the Visual, Literary and Lyrical Arts with two galleries featuring monthly exhibits showcasing local and regional artists. Open pottery studio, explore art classes, and open musical jam sessions offered throughout the year. Open Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Wednesday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (Open Ceramics Lab beginning at 6:00 pm) and Saturday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Golden Sands Speedway

10992 Highway 54 East
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 423-4660

Website

Golden Sands Speedway, Wisconsin’s Premier Racing Facility, located on Hwy 54 East between Wisconsin Rapids and Plover. Racing every Friday night throughout the summer, featuring Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Cruisers, and Skid Car Racing. Fun for the entire family! Great food and edge of your seat excitement! Check out our website for more information and a current list of events at www.gssraces.com

Griffith State Nursery

473 Griffith Avenue
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 424-3700

Website

Wisconsin’s forest nursery program has been a leader in the stewardship of natural resources since 1911, producing over 1.5 billion tree and wildlife shrub seedlings. Griffith State, Wisconsin’s largest forest nursery is open to visitors from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mon-Fri. Group tours available.

Ho-Chunk Gaming

949 County Road G
Nekoosa, Wisconsin

Phone: (800) 782-4560

Website

Ho-Chunk Gaming-Nekoosa offers a full casino experience with Poker, Blackjack and more than 650 slots. The Grille features seafood, steak and fine-dining in a rustic setting, with a banquet center that can serve 200+ guests. A free shuttle service serves the local communities, and a busing program is available for special groups.

Korean War Memorial of Wisconsin

Worzella Pines Park
1505 Maple Drive
Plover, Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 345-5250

Nestled on an island in Lake Pacawa, the Memorial pays tribute to those Wisconsinites that fought, died or those who are still listed as Missing in Action as a result of the Korean War.

The Wisconsin Korean War Veterans Memorial is located in the Village of Plover, Portage County, WI. Just off the intersections of I-39/STH 51 and County Road B in the central part of the state.

Marian Center for Peace

241 Apricot Street
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Mother of America Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel

241 Apricot Street

Wisconsin Rapids 54494

7.5-424-MARY

www.mariancenterforpeace.org

 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marian-Center-for-Peace/203353833056102

McMillan Memorial Library

490 East Grand Avenue
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 423-1040

Website

For Internet access, WIFI, special events and programs, and a full range of library services, make our award-winning library your home away from home! Open Mon. – Thurs. 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Memorial Clock Tower

Mead Rapids View Park, 351 1st Street North
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Dedicated to the earliest settlers for their great efforts and progress they and those who followed brought to this area, and to the Mead families for their continuous commitment to the beautification of our river banks and parks, this clock tower stands along the riverfront in downtown Wisconsin Rapids.

Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids

1801 16th St. South
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 422-7365

The Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids, an 833-seat proscenium theatre located on the campus of Lincoln High School, is the hub of performing arts events in the Central Wisconsin area. Check the web site or calendar of events for their current schedule.

Rubi Reds

4081 8th Street South
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 712-0324

Website

Rubi Reds is located in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin which is the heart of cranberry country. Our sweetened dried cranberries are all-natural and packed with health benefits. They are moist and plump, Wisconsin grown, produced and packaged. Our product line features a variety of cranberry products as well as additional items which complement Wisconsin’s #1 fruit crop, CRANBERRIES! Visit our retail store and website to learn more about all of our products and services.

Rudolph Grotto

6957 Grotto Avenue
Rudolph, Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 435-3120

Website

On top of a low hill, behind St. Philips Church, are the sprawling grounds of the Grotto Gardens and Wonder Cave. The Rudolph Grotto, started in 1920, was a fulfillment of a promise that Father Philip Wagner made to the Virgin Mary in thanks for healing a lingering illness while studying for the priesthood. The Grotto consists of five plus acres and lush flower beds, numerous shrines, museum, and a gift shop. The Grotto is set among meandering paths and crooked bridges, with shady, intimate areas for meditation as well as more formal memorials and open picnic grounds.

Sandhill Wildlife Area

1715 County Highway X
(715) 884-2437
Babcock, Wisconsin

Website

When the auto trail closes in November, that’s when the real magic begins. Bring your snowshoes to the walk-in gate and discover Sandhill’s winter secrets. Spy on otters, porcupines and coyotes, or work up an appetite breaking a trail up North Bluff. Learn about tracking or weave your own snowshoes at the Outdoor Skills Center, then put on your newly acquired skills to the test.

South Wood County Historical Museum

540 3rd Street South
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 423-1580

Website

Local banker Isaac P. Witter and his wife Charlotte built their beautiful home on “Quality Row” in 1907, and we at the South Wood County Historical Museum would like to share it with you. Our display of Disney animator Grim Natwick’s work includes Betty Boop, Mr. Magoo, Snow White and others. The Krohn photographs of the 1950s are still on view. We invite you to walk through a history of cranberry growing, business districts and lumbering in our area. We also feature a country kitchen, school room and a train depot. Our changing exhibit for 2012 illustrates area involvement in the Civil War. Tours can be scheduled upon request and our grounds are available for weddings and senior photographs. Open Tue. , Wed., Thurs., and Sun. 1-4 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day. No charge.

Splash of Red Cranberry Tours

Pittsville High School, 5407 1st Avenue
Pittsville, Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 884-6412

Website

Tour several different area marshes, pick fresh fruit from the vine, and observe
testing, cleaning and freezing of the fruit harvest with students from the nation’s only Cranberry Science Class as your tour guides. A scrumptious lunch with special cranberry treats is included with the tour. All monies go toward scholarship and trip opportunities for Pittsville FFA members. Reservations are a must. Tours offered 9:30 am – 12 pm Sept. 27, 29 and Oct. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, and 27, 2017 (harvest/weather permitting). Tours available to motor coach groups Monday-Friday.

Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center

204 Main Street
Warrens, Wisconsin

Phone: (608) 378-4878

Website

At the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center you can see, touch and taste Wisconsin’s #1 fruit crop! The recently redesigned museum features interactive information all about the cranberry industry and history of Wisconsin cranberries. Cranberries have been grown commercially in Wisconsin for more than 150 years. That’s a lot of history for one tiny berry and by visiting the Cranberry Discovery Center, you can see the history come to life through videos, storyboards and historic exhibits. After a fun-filled day packed with cranberries, be sure to visit the Taste Test Kitchen and Ice Cream Parlor to satisfy your taste buds. Along with their berry unique gift shop which features a large selection of cranberry products.

 

Open daily August 1 though October 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Seasonal hours the rest of the year. Guided tours are available. Call (608) 378-4878 for more information or to schedule a tour.

Wisconsin Dairy State Cheese

Highway 34 and Highway C
6860 State Highway 34
Rudolph, Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 435-3144

Wisconsin’s rich dairy heritage is on display at Wisconsin Dairy State Cheese, a family-owned and operated retail sales store and production facility. View master cheese makers from two large observation windows or browse and shop for more than 100 different types of Wisconsin cheese! Open seven days a week. Please call for holiday hours!

Wisconsin Firefighter’s Memorial

Ben Hanson Park
2031 2nd Avenue South
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Website

Moving tribute to all Wisconsin firefighters, especially those who have fallen in the line of duty. Located in a beautiful setting on the Wisconsin River. Includes the Fallen Firefighter statue, memorial wall and Visitors Center.

Wisconsin Rapids City Band

Robinson Park Band Shell
1150 17th Street North
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 421-0244

Website

City Band music has been flowing through the Wisconsin Rapids area for almost 150 years and it continues today thanks to the efforts of a number of dedicated band members who would not allow it to cease after fiscal restraints necessitated the elimination of funding from the city of Wisconsin Rapids in 2006. At that time a Board of Directors was formed and the band was organized into a self directed, self governed organization. The Community Foundation of South Wood County assisted this process by serving as a resource to the Board, providing guidance in fiscal management, board governance and funding. These arrangements continue today.  The Band continues to thrill audiences with waltzes, polkas, marches, and Broadway hits. Bring the whole family to enjoy an  evening of fun, music, and ice cream.

Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre

220 3rd Avenue South, Suite 6
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 421-0435

Website

WRCT features live performances year-round at the Studio Theatre in the Gilbert & Jaylee Mead Auditorium. Since 1975, WRCT has presented Broadway-type shows while showcasing local talent. We also offer children’s productions, workshops and special theatrical productions. Check the website or call for current performances or events.

Wisconsin Rapids Municipal Zoo

1911Gaynor Avenue
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 421-8240

The Wisconsin Rapids Municipal Zoo is a small zoo with an interactive petting area, beautiful gardens, picnic area and playground. They also have an enclosed building available for zoo programs and to rent for private parties. Open Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Memorial Day through the end of August. No charge.

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Baseball

521 Lincoln Street
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

Website

Wisconsin River Papermaking Museum

730 First Avenue South
Wisconsin Rapids , Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 424-3037

The Wisconsin River Papermaking Museum focuses primarily on papermaking history in the Wisconsin River valley and particularly history of the Consolidated Water Power & Paper Company which was headquartered in Wisconsin Rapids for over 100 years.  The Museum features two local history exhibits.  The first is a pictorial history of the 110-year-old mansion that houses the museum.  The second tells some of the history of the development of the dam on the Wisconsin River at Grand Rapids/Centralia and the beginnings of Consolidated Water Power & Paper Company.  Traveling exhibits about papermaking are also brought in as they are available.  Open from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays, excluding holidays.  Admission is free.