Regarded as Wisconsin’s Park Place – for good reason – Janesville is a total gem of a city. I think travelers have overlooked Rock County’s largest community but I know firsthand that Janesville has plenty to offer its visitors, whether you’re into enjoying the great outdoors or trekking the shops of the community’s downtown district. Join me on a journey to this south-central Wisconsin destination: Beautiful Parks Let’s begin with what Janesville is perhaps best known for: its 56 parks. For a very modest admission fee, you’ll want to tour the magnificent Rotary Botanical Gardens. Quick tip for you: Keep an eye on the Gardens’ upcoming
One of the more popular questions I get asked is: “What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done on Discover Wisconsin?”
When the temps drop and the snow falls, Wisconsin dazzles…literally. Make your way to one or more of the following Wisconsin destinations for an unforgettably bright and jolly holiday experience: La Crosse Might as well give the Coulee Region their Christmas crown now: La Crosse Rotary Lights is basically the king of holiday light shows. Rotary Lights has been growing their tour for over two decades. Today, it takes 3,000 volunteers and over 3 million lights to illuminate Riverside Park along the Mississippi River. In addition to the tour itself, there’s more holiday bliss such as live music, hay rides,
These ain’t your run-of-the-mill haunted houses. Terrifyingly imaginative and utterly spine-chilling, the following mysterious homes, forests, bed and breakfasts and more are not for the faint of heart. (In fact, I suggest calling ahead of time to inquire about age restrictions!) Burial Chamber (Neenah) Let’s start with the Midwest’s largest haunted complex: The Burial Chamber in the Fox Valley boasts two massive indoor haunted houses—“Adrenaline” and “Insanity”—plus an outdoor “Phobia Haunted Woods” and four “The LAST Ride” burial simulators. My anxiety is rising just typing these words. Eek! Dead by Dawn Dead & Breakfast (Manitowoc) Forget everything you know about
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) also known as the “winter blues” (or “winter blahs”) affects millions of people every year. As few of us can afford to take a few months off work so we can crawl under blankets and eat pie, we can take a few steps to alleviate these cold weather blues so they don’t interfere with our daily lives quite as much…
We ♥ animals. Here are seven pet-friendly companies in Wisconsin we recommend checking out: Annie’s Bone Appetit (Menasha) Annie’s Bakery sells homemade, hand-baked dog, cat and horse treats as well as homemade bird suet and pinecones for your backyard. Annie’s recipes are all natural, preservative free and baked with love J Baxter’s Hollow Blends (North Freedom) This family-owned business makes high-quality packaged seed blends and individually packaged seed products giving bird, deer and other wildlife enthusiasts hours of viewing enjoyment! And here’s one more reason to love Baxter’s: The Ziegler family donates a portion of every purchase to children’s hospitals to benefit families
This Must Be The Place (Sheboygan) Now through February 22 @ 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Some places persist despite distance in time or space. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan presents original installations, sculpture, photography, film and work by vernacular environment builders that reveal places of power and influence in 13 artists’ lives. Turkey Trot (Janesville) November 15 @ 6:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. This professionally chip timed event features a one-mile, five-mile and half-mile (for the kiddos!) runs along the scenic Rock River in Janesville. Enjoy a pre-Thanksgiving slice of pie with a cup of hot chocolate, coffee or
Just for you: my round-up of a few of Wisconsin’s best haunted houses, corn mazes, theater shows and more.