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THE OFFICIAL JANESVILLE, WISCONSIN VISITORS GUIDE janesvillecvb.com
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Welcome to Janesville
Janesville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. 20 S Main St, Suite #17 Janesville, WI 53545 800-487-2757 janesvillecvb.com
Our Mission: The Janesville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (JACVB) exists to lead, support and promote the convention and visitor industry in this area by promoting Janesville, Wisconsin’s Park Place, as a prime visitor destination thereby creating a positive economic impact on the community and enhancing the quality of life. We are an independent non-profit 501(c)(6) corporation.
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Please don’t hesitate to call the Janesville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-487-2757 or visit our website at janesvillecvb.com for additional information.
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ROCK COUNTY & MILTON
Picture on the cover: Lincoln-Tallman House located on the Rock County Historical Society Campus ©2016 Janesville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau No part of this publication may be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without express written permission of the Janesville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Every effort is made to make this guide as accurate as possible. As information is subject to change without notice, we encourage readers to verify times, dates and other information listed in this publication.
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Photos courtesy of: Blackhawk Technical College, Megan O'Leary Photography & Design, mdezin Creative Group, Janesville Jets, Janesville Performing Arts Center, Jason Mielke-High Impact Creations LLC, Marsha Mood, Raven’s Wish, Rock Aqua Jays, Rock County Historical Society, Rotary Botanical Gardens, Skelly’s Farm Market, Susan Melton, UW Rock County, Italian House, Lucy's Loon Lake, Mercy Health, SSM Health-St. Mary's Hospital, The Armory, Best Events, Rock County Fair, WI Wagon, and Tom Rife. Map design courtesy of Bob Hackbarth.
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A Visit to Wisconsin’s Park Place Welcome to Janesville...Wisconsin’s Park Place. We invite you to experience all we have to offer. Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, planning to stay a day or are considering relocating for a lifetime, we want you to enjoy all that our community has to offer and return often. Immerse yourself in 2,500 acres of developed parkland, tour the historic home where Abraham Lincoln slept, soak in 20 acres of award-winning botanical gardens, play a round of golf at one of our many breathtaking courses, take a walking tour of our 13 historic districts or attend one of our many special events. Complete your day enjoying live theatre, taking in a performance by our very own National Champion Rock Aqua Jays water ski show team, cheering on our Janesville Jets
Hockey Team, shopping your way through the downtown and dining at one of over 100 restaurants. Let our expert staff at the Janesville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau help you plan your next visit, group
tour or meeting and conference event. Our goals are simple: to provide you with the best experience possible and make your choice to return often an easy one.
Meetings & Group Tours Janesville is the ideal place for both meeting/conference events and group tours. Our location is just 10 minutes from the Illinois border on I-39/90 and easily accessible from several major highways in all
directions. This makes us perfect for state, regional and national groups. Janesville also provides a compelling combination of amenities, convenience and affordability. Combined with our great attractions,
variety of meeting and banquet spaces to accomodate meetings of all sizes and wide selection of hotels, restaurants and attractions, we are an easy choice for your next meeting or tour destination.
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ARTS & CuLTuRE, NATuRE, LOCAL fLAVOR, ENTERTAINMENT ANd HISTORy
Arts & Culture The Armory (Best Events) 10 S High St 608-741-7400 janesvillearmory.com Built in 1930, used during World War II by the 192nd Tank Battalion, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Armory is an exciting entertainment venue and event facility. It seats up to 250 and is home to special shows and events.
Hedberg Public Library 316 S Main St 608-758-6600 hedbergpubliclibrary.org This award-winning facility is located in the heart of Janesville. In addition to traditional library services, Hedberg Public Library also features changing exhibits, a gift shop, coffee shop and educational programs. Janesville Performing Arts Center 408 S Main St 608-758-0297 janesvillepac.org The Janesville Performing Arts Center serves as the primary arts and cultural center for the greater Janesville area by providing a home venue for approximately 11 local arts groups. The theatre is housed in the original Janesville High School, which opened in 1923 and was renovated into a 637 seat theatre in 2004. Well known for its acoustics, the theatre is a comfortable space to
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sit back and enjoy a wide variety of performances including plays, musical theatre, dance, music, and a visual arts gallery. The center is also home to The Gallery, a small 100seat performance space, which hosts intimate theatrical performances. Janesville Art League & Gallery Janesville Woman’s Club 108 S Jackson St 608-754-4544 janesvillewomansclub.com The Janesville Art League exists to further community interest in arts, develop appreciation and recognition of artists, and to view, study, display, collect and conserve art works. It is open to anyone with a desire to support the arts, and have art enhance their lives. The Art League’s collection is housed in the gallery on the second floor of the Woman’s Club building. They maintain a rotating display of members’ art work at the Janesville Performing Arts Center.
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Rotary Botanical Gardens 1455 Palmer Dr 608-752-3885 rotarybotanicalgardens.org
Rotary Botanical Gardens is an award-winning botanical showcase located in the heart of Janesville featuring 20 acres of awe-inspiring gardens and a family-friendly atmosphere. during your visit you’ll find dramatic and internationally themed gardens, including Japanese, Scottish, french formal, Italian and English Cottage Gardens. The Gardens feature over 20 different garden styles and 4,000 varieties of plants. Visitors to the Gardens may also enjoy guided garden tours, shopping local artisans’ work in the Cottage Garden Gallery Gift Shop, and a variety of educational classes and programs available for adults, youth and families. Ice Age Trail Ice Age Trail Alliance rock.iceagetrail.org Over 12,000 years ago, an immense flow of glacial ice sculpted a landscape of remarkable beauty across Wisconsin. A highlight of the trail includes the Janesville to Milton segment which travels an abandoned railroad bed that has been converted for public
The Rock Aqua Jays often host the National and World Water Ski Show Championships.
use. Enjoy walking under a canopy of trees while taking in the great views on this segment. The Ice Age Trail also incorporates two paved recreational trails along a stream that was once a large glacier meltwater river. Another portion of the trail is known as the devil’s Staircase segment. This segment climbs up a steep stone staircase and travels on the side of a bluff, along a natural shelf overlooking the Rock River. Natural beauty abounds here!
Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Team RAJ Stadium-Traxler Park 600 N Main St rockaquajays.com With the beautiful Rock River as their backdrop, watch these talented national champion performers display their pyramid, ballet, jumping and barefoot water skiing skills. The show features performers of all ages and skill levels. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. you can even buy souvenir T-shirts and concessions to enjoy during the show.
Janesville Jets Hockey Janesville Ice Arena 821 Beloit Ave 608-756-2383 JanesvilleJets.com The Janesville Jets HockeyTeam are a community-oriented Junior A Team that plays in the North American Hockey League. The playing season runs from September through April. Home games are at the Janesville Ice Arena and often include themed days and fun activities. Concessions are available. Rock County 4-H Fair 1301 Craig Ave 608-755-1470 rockcounty4hfair.com Tradition abounds at the oldest 4-H fair in the u.S, from the numerous animals that compete every year, to the carnival and every unique exhibit in between. The fair is constantly evolving, showcasing amazing entertainment including top country acts and a variety of activities for the whole family.
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Showtimes: Wednesday and Sunday evenings, Memorial day weekend though Labor day weekend.
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you into their toy making gallery and delight all who watch them create. After the tour, you can purchase/special order a wagon or toy of your own. Tours are given by appointment only and last approximately one hour. Historic Districts 607-757-3171 for a lesson in history and architecture all you need to do is walk down our city streets. Janesville features 13 historic districts, many of which make perfect walking tours. Historic districts include: Courthouse Hill, Jefferson Avenue, Bostwick Avenue, Columbus Circle, Prospect Hill, Benton Avenue, Conrad Cottages, Look West, Old fourth Ward, North Main Street, South Main
Local Flavor Janesville Farmers Market Downtown Janesville 608-289-9292 janesvillefarmersmarket.com Shop local vendors for fresh flowers, cheese, vegetables, fruits, bakery, meat, soaps and crafts. Event runs on Saturdays, May through October, 8 am to 1 pm. Markets are also held throughout the winter. Skelly’s Farm Market 2713 S Hayner Rd 608-757-1200 skellysfarmmarket.com Visit Skelly’s for top quality produce from strawberries to sweet corn to pumpkins, and wholesome family entertainment including two corn mazes, wagon rides, a unique playground and more. Open June through October. 5 • janesvillecvb.com
History Wisconsin Wagon Company 300 N River St 608-754-0026 wisconsinwagon.com Showroom and Office: 300 N River St Open M-F 8:30 AM-4:30 PM Only in Janesville can you tour the manufacturer of the hand-crafted Janesville Coaster Wagons and other solid wooden toys patterned after historic products of the first half of the 20th century. The tour will draw
Street, East Milwaukee Street and West Milwaukee Street. Janesville is also home to more than 20 individually listed historic buildings including: The Armory, Old Post Office, Carriage Works Building, Cotton Mills and Hugenin House. Brochures on many individual districts are available at the Janesville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau office in downtown Janesville.
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The Rock County Historical Society is home to: Lincoln-Tallman House 440 N Jackson St Tour Information: 608-756-4509 rchs.us Guests have the opportunity to take three different tours in the Lincoln Tallman House: The Traditional Tour explores the first and second floors of the home. Guests will learn about the daily lives of the Tallman family, the history of the home, and the events that led Abraham Lincoln to spend two nights at the house in 1859. Tours are offered by appointment only on weekdays during March through May, by appointment MondayWednesday from June to September and November to december, and every hour on the hour from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM Thursday-Sunday from June to december. The Help Wanted Tour allows guests to experience Victorian life through the eyes of the servants. This interactive tour has guests try their hand at various chores around the house as they learn what life was like for servants in the 1800s. Tours are offered by appointment only on weekdays from March through May, by appointment MondayWednesday from June to September and November to december, and at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM ThursdaySunday from June to december. The Tallman’s Technologies Tour
Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center 426 N Jackson St 608-756-4509 rchs.us If you are looking for a way to complete your historical adventure or to add a little culture to your day, visit the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center. The museum center is housed in the 1912 Prairie-style residence of Stanley dexter Tallman. This museum provides one-stop shopping for your historical needs. The visitor and ticketing center is located onsite, as well as a changing exhibit gallery, children’s interactive activity area, a gift shop and the administrative office of the Rock County Historical Society. Current exhibits at Helen Jeffris Wood Museum include: Pickard China Exhibit. The Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center boasts housing one of the largest and most detailed exhibits of Pickard China in America. Pauline Pottery Exhibit. One of the most extensive collections of art pottery from Rock County created by Pauline Bogart Jacobus during the late nineteenth century. Francis Willard Schoolhouse 426 N Jackson St 608-756-4509 rchs.us
educational experience is a memorable one for children, as it offers students the chance to experience 19th century English, mathematics, and history lessons in a unique way. All students are given custom 19th century style souvenir booklets that they use while at this real one-room school house. They will take their booklets home to show their families and remember their visit. The frances Willard Schoolhouse is one of the Society’s most important educational tools to aid teachers and students in learning about Rock County history. Charles Tallman Archives 426 N Jackson St 608-756-4509 rchs.us It’s all about family! dig up your family tree, conduct research or take a genealogy class at the Charles Tallman Archives. Conduct research among thousands of photographs, maps and documents. Our archives staff will guide you through every step of the research process. Just want to browse? flip through our photograph collection to find the right image to adorn your office, study or library. A veteran of genealogy? Browse through our research databases to find specific resources that will help you complete your project. Partnering with the Rock County Genealogical Society, the Charles Tallman Archives is the home for genealogy and local history research education. discover your roots today!
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takes an in-depth look at the cuttingedge amenities found in the LincolnTallman House. from indoor running water to an intercom system, the house was equipped with the finest innovations of the day. Tours are available by appointment only and should be scheduled 48 hours in advance by calling 608-756-4509 ext. 305.
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GREAT OUTDOORS PARKS, TRAILS, GOLf & POOLS
Parks Janesville—Wisconsin’s Park Place— offers diverse opportunities with its 2,590 acre system which includes 64 improved parks, including four regional parks, six community parks, 33 neighborhood parks, greenbelts and open spaces. You’ll find an arboretum, a beach, an outdoor swimming pool, 15 tennis courts, six lighted softball fields, five sledding hills, ten miles of crosscountry ski trails, 25+ miles of paved bike trails and 15 picnic pavilions. Janesville’s Parks and Recreation Divisions operate the parks system and recreational progrmas. All parks listed below offer pavillions, picnic tables, bathrooms (open seasonally), an play equipment. 608-755-3025 Local Parks Riverside Park • 87 Acres • Biking and Nature Trails • Boat Launch & Fishing 7 • janesvillecvb.com
• Splash Pad • Basketball, Tennis, Pickleball, Horseshoes, Sand Court Volleyball, Shuffleboard • Cross Country Ski Trails
• Outdoor Olympic Swimming Pool & Wading Pool • Peace Park Accessible Playground • Historic Farmstead • Soccer Fields
Palmer Park • 164 Acres • Biking and Nature Trails • JACVB Visitor Information Center • CAMDEN Accessible Playground • Wading Pool • Sand Court Volleyball, Tennis Courts and Softball Diamonds • Pet Exercise Area • Sledding • Pavilions
Traxler Park • 27 Acres • Veteran’s Memorial Plaza • Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show • Boat Launch & Fishing • Sand Court Volleyball • Outdoor Ice Rink
Lustig Park • 32 Acres • Wooded Nature Trail • Disc Golf Course Rockport Park • 246 Acres • Six Miles of Biking, HIking & Cross Country Ski Trails
Bond Park • 12 Acres • Skate Park • Basketball Courts, Tennis, Soccer, Baseball & Softball Fields • Soccer Pavilion • Play Equipment Lions Beach • Spring-fed Lake • Boat Launch and Fishing • Next to Rotary Botanical Gardens
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Golf Courses We have 18 area golf courses within 45 minutes of Janesville. Bass Creek 1303 S Murphy Rd 608-876-6631 golfbasscreek.com • 9 holes, Par/Rating 36/34.9 • yardage 3,188, Slope 114 Blackhawk 2100 Palmer dr 608-757-3090 janesvilleblackhawk.com • 9 holes, Par/Rating 34/33.3 • yardage 12,857, Slope 113 Cecelia’s 1901 S Emerald Grove Rd 608-754-8550 ceceliasgolf.com • 9 holes, Par/Rating 36/32.7 • yardage 3,071, Slope 113 Glen Erin 1417 W Airport Rd 608-741-1100 gleneringolf.com • 18 holes, Par/Rating 71/70.3 • yardage 6,849, Slope 121-126 Riverside 2100 Golf Course Rd 608-757-3080 janesvilleriverside.com • 18 holes, Par/Rating 72/70.79 • yardage 6,508, Slope 123 If you prefer to play with a Frisbee rather than golf clubs, our Disc Golf Course is in Lustig Park, 608-755-3030. Try FootGolf at Blackwhawk Golf Course!
Hiking/Biking Trails Janesville’s 30 miles of paved trails, including Janesville’s segment of the statewide Ice Age Trail, connect many neighborhoods, parks and attractions. One well-known portion of the trail is called the devil’s Staircase. Located in Riverside Park, the devil’s Staircase ascends the bluffs alongside the Rock River. In the winter, the trails, parks and greenbelt system are available to cross country skiers and snowshoers.
Campgrounds Blackhawk • 866-652-2586 Hickory Hills • 608-884-6327 Hidden Valley • 800-469-5515 Jellystone Park • 877-232-7386 Lakeland • 866-860-5494 Lakeview • 608-868-7800
Detailed trail maps are available by calling 800-48-PARKS.
Pools Rockport Park features an Olympicsized pool with diving well, wading pool, bathhouse with showers, and concession stand. If you would rather go to the beach, head on over to Lions Beach, open June through August, with sand beach and grass picnic area.
Snowmobiling Rock County offers 226 miles of snowmobile trails. for more information call the Snowmobile Hotline, 608-757-5458.
Hunting & Fishing for local hunting and fishing information call the department of Natural Resources, 608-743-4800.
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HEALTHCARE, NONPROfIT ANd PRIVATE BuSINESSES The Janesville Gazette is the local daily newspaper. Janesville has two local radio stations: WCLO-AM and WJVL-fM. 608-754-3311 or gazettextra.com.
Health Care. Janesville has two major health care providers: Mercy Health and SSM Health-dean Medical Group. We have two hospitals, Mercy Health and SSM Health-St. Mary's Hospital. In case of an emergency, dial 911 for immediate response. Janesville Parks & Recreation offers one-stop shopping for all your outdoor and sports activities. 608755-3030. for more organized sport leagues, contact the family yMCA at 608754-9622 or the Boys and Girls Club of Janesville at 608-755-0575. 9 â€˘ janesvillecvb.com
The Top Employers lead the way employing over 1,000 workers each: Mercy Health System and Rock County. Hedberg Public Library is an award-winning facility located in the heart of Janesville. In addition to traditional library services, Hedberg Public Library also features changing exhibits, a gift shop, coffee shop and educational programs. 608-758-6600. Business Relocation Information can be obtained by contacting forward Janesville, Inc. at 608-7573160 or forwardjanesville.com. Janesville has over 50 churches representing many faiths.
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fINE dINING, BAR & GRILL, CAfÉ, fAMILy STyLE, ETHNIC Hungry? Janesville has the cure for that. With over 100 restaurants we can satisfy almost any appetite. from prime rib to hot dogs, Janesville serves up a diverse variety of dining establishments. Whether your tastes are simple, sophisticated or somewhere in between, you’re sure to find a dining option that is just right for you. for a complete listing of Janesville’s dining establishments, visit the JACVB website at janesvillecvb.com or pick up a dining guide at the JACVB offices in Olde Towne Mall or the seasonal Visitors Information Center in Palmer Park. Janesville is home to many locally owned and operated restaurants. for fine dining, try frankie’s Supper Club or Prime Quarter Steak House. Locally owned casual dining facilities include Citrus Café, Cursing Stone Pub, Kealy’s Kafe, HHffRRRGGH Inn and Milwaukee Grill. for lighter fare, try a deli or cafe restaurant, such as 29 South, GR’s Sandwich Shoppe, Lucy’s Loon Lake Coffee & deli, Luke’s deli or Mocha Moment. Ethnic food options include Asian Bistro, Cozumel, Cozy Inn, El Jardin, H&S Hibachi & Sushi, Hacienda Real, Italian House and Peking Chinese Restaurant. Local pizza favorites include Jim’s Pizzeria, Lisa’s Pizzeria, Mac’s Pizza Shack, Sam’s Pizza and Tony & Maria’s Italian Pizzeria. Many of our local bar and grill establishments offer great food and great atmosphere, including BaZinga’s, East Point Sportz Pub, Looking Glass, Mo’s TAASBAG Sports Bar, O’Riley & Conway’s Irish Pub, Riley’s Sports Bar, Time Out Pub, and Whiskey Ranch. janesvillecvb.com • 10
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HISTORIC dISTRICTS, ANTIQuE SHOPS ANd ARCHITECTuRE We’re more fun than a history book, but
just as valuable if history is your passion. Proud of their heritage, our residents
have shown great dedication in restoring the Janesville community’s early buildings and homes. Spend an
afternoon downtown visiting antique and resale shops and viewing Janesville’s historic districts!
Historic Places Janesville was named in1836 after early settler Henry Janes, who traveled to the area following the Black Hawk War of 1832. Twenty percent of Wisconsin’s
buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places can be found in
Janesville. One highlight is the LincolnTallman House, significant as
Wisconsin’s only existing private
residence where Abraham Lincoln slept. for a lesson in history and architecture, all you have to do is walk down our city streets. Janesville features thirteen historic districts that make perfect walking tours.
Historic Districts The twin towers of St. Mary’s Catholic Church mark the location of the
Prospect Hill Historic District. In the first decades of the city’s growth, the
steep hills on the east side of the Rock
River restricted road building and house construction. Consequently, like
Courthouse Hill to the south, this area enjoyed its greatest period of
development at the turn of the century as the streets of central Janesville neared completion.
for 86 years, the centerpiece of
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brick and stone building was a
prominent element on the Janesville
skyline. It was razed for construction of the current courthouse in 1957.
Extending along the east bank of the Rock River, the South Main Street Historic District retains much of its mid-to-late-nineteenth-century character. Locally quarried or manufactured building materials are
city’s rail and manufacturing interests. The great variety of architecture attests to the diversity of its nineteenth-century population. A rich display of the ideas of late 19th century masons and carpenters is found in the West Milwaukee Street District. Cream-colored brick and stone-trimmed windows and parapets are distinctive features of many
evident in the brick, cast iron, and
commercial buildings along this street.
stone trim of many early storefronts,
One of the oldest residential areas, the
particularly at the upper stories. The Look West Historic District is part
Old Fourth Ward Historic District includes the early settlements of
of Janesville’s old First Ward, an early
Rockport and Monterey near the lower
neighborhood with connections to the
dam, as well as an area of high styled
houses and churches downtown. The Columbus Circle Historic District is a residential enclave arranged around the oval of Columbus Circle and three small park triangles. developed in 1916 by the Parker Pen Company of Janesville as the Parkwood Addition, it is one of the city’s distinctive exceptions to the grid plan street layouts.The small parks are neighborhood centerpieces, and houses include a variety of architectural styles popular in Janesville in the early 20th century.
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The tall mansard roof of the impressive
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INfORMATION, ACCOMMOdATIONS, ATTRACTIONS, MEdICAL ANd RECREATION INfORMATION 1
Janesville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 20 S Main St, Suite #17 608-757-3171 or 800-48-PARKS (487-2757)
CAMDEN Playground 2501 Palmer dr 608-755-3025
Marshall Middle School 25 S Pontiac dr 608-743-6200
Gray Brewing Company 2424 W Court St 608-754-5150
Parker High School 3125 Mineral Point Ave 608-743-5600
University of Wisconsin – Rock County 2909 Kellogg Ave 608-758-6565
Seasonal Visitor Information Center Palmer Park – East Pavilion 608-757-3171 or 800-48-PARKS (487-2757)
Rock County Courthouse 51 S Main St 608-757-5660
Janesville Mall 2500 Milton Ave 608-752-7845
Hedberg Public Library 316 S Main St 608-758-6600
Janesville Performing Arts Center 408 S Main St 608-758-0297
WI Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired 1700 W State St 608-758-6100
Janesville City Hall/Municipal Building 18 N Jackson St 608-755-3000
Rock County Historical Society 426 N Jackson St 608-756-4509
Forward Janesville 14 S Jackson St, Ste # 200 608-757-3160
Lincoln-Tallman House 440 N Jackson St 608-756-4509
Mercy Hospital & Trauma Center North 3400 deerfield dr 608-314-3600
Janesville Transit System Corner of River & Court Streets 608-755-3150
Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center 426 N Jackson St 608-756-4509
Mercy Hospital & Trauma Center 1000 Mineral Point Ave 608-756-6000
Van Galder Bus Terminal 3120 N Pontiac dr 608-758-0909
MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. 2821 S uS Hwy 51 608-757-7881 or 800-345-8348
St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital 3400 E Racine St 608-373-8000
Pontiac Convention Center 2809 N Pontiac dr 608-531-0284
Pine Tree Plaza 2900 deerfield dr
Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Traxler Park, 600 N Main St rockaquajays.com
Blackhawk Golf Course 2100 Palmer dr 608-757-3090
Rock County Fairgrounds Randall Avenue & Craig Street 1301 Craig Ave 608-755-1470
Dawson Softball Complex 920 Beloit Ave 608-755-3030
Janesville Ice Arena 821 Beloit Ave 608-755-3015
Lustig Park – Frisbee Golf Course 1500 River View dr 608-755-3025
46 Skelly’s Farm Market 2713 Hayner Rd 608-757-1200
Monterey Park – Stadium 465 Rockport Rd 608-743-5008 or 608-743-5010
24 The Armory 10 S High St 608-741-7400
Riverside Golf Course & Park 2100 Golf Course Rd 608-757-3080
Rockport Park – Peace Park 2801 Rockport Rd 608-755-3025
Blackhawk Technical College 6004 S County Road G/Prairie Rd 608-758-6900
YMCA 200 W Court St 608-754-6654
Scarlett House Bed & Breakfast 825 E Court St 608-754-8000
Craig High School 401 S Randall Ave 608-743-5200
Youth Sports Complex 100 S Wuthering Hills drive 608-755-3030
Super 8 3430 Milton Ave 608-756-2040 or 800-800-8000
Edison Middle School 1649 S Chatham St 608-743-5900
Palmer Park 2501 Palmer dr 608-755-3025
Franklin Middle School 450 N Crosby Ave 608-743-6000
Baymont Inn 616 Midland Rd 608-758-4545 or 800-337-0550
EconoLodge 3520 Milton Ave 608-754-0251 or 800-424-6423
Guardian Angel Bed & Breakfast 429 Prospect Ave 608-758-3211 or 800-424-6423
Hampton Inn 2400 fulton St 608-754-4900 or 800-426-7866
Holiday Inn Express – Janesville Conference Center 3100 Wellington Pl 608-756-3100 or 800-315-2621
Microtel Inn 3121 Wellington Pl 608-752-3121 or 888-771-7171
Motel 6 3907 Milton Ave 608-756-1742 or 800-466-8356
Northern Town Motel 1409 Center Ave 608-754-0248
Ramada 3900 Milton Ave 608-756-4511 or 800-854-9517
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Rotary Botanical Gardens 1455 Palmer dr 608-752-3885
Wisconsin Wagon 507 Laurel Ave 608-754-0026
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TRANSPORTATION PLANES, BUSES AND AUTOMOBILES Car Rental: Enterprise Rent-A-Car 608-758-7100 Bus/Charter: Van Galder Bus Company 800-747-0994 vangalderbus.com City Transit System: JTS (Janesville Transit System) 608-755-3150 Transit Transfer Center Corner of River and Court Streets ci.janesville.wi.us/jts Taxi Cabs: Park City Taxi 608-436-1617
Area Airports: Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport 1716 W Airport Rd Private Charter/Freight Cargo 608-757-5768 jvlairport.com Dane County Regional Airport Madison, 40 miles north 608-246-3380 msnairport.com Chicago, Rockford International Airport Rockford, 30 miles south 815-969-4000 flyrfd.com
General Mitchell International Airport Milwaukee, 75 miles east 414-747-5300 mitchellairport.com Chicago O’Hare International Airport Chicago, IL, 90 miles southeast 800-832-6352 flychicago.com Chicago Midway International Airport Chicago, IL, 120 miles southeast 800-832-6352 flychicago.com
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Locations, Map & Transportation
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HOTELS, MOTELS, BEd & BREAKfASTS ANd INNS Janesville offers a variety of hotels, bed and breakfasts, and inns to make your stay relaxing and memorable. No matter what time of the day or night you arrive, you can rest assured that we’ll have a room awaiting you. If you’re all about business, we can accommodate that too! Our accommodations offer a variety of premium services and amenities, including guest rooms with ample work space, a full complement of business services, excellent dining choices, quality fitness facilities and comprehensive meeting capabilities. Our hotels exceed guest expectations by providing the right 15 • janesvillecvb.com
room, the right technology and the right service to make every stay relaxing and filled with positive interactions.
for more information about these accommodations, contact the Janesville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau toll-free at 800-48-PARKS.
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EconoLodge 3520 Milton Ave 608-754-0251 or 800-4-CHOICE econolodge.com • Restaurant nearby • free deluxe continental breakfast • Pets allowed/fee • free wireless internet access • 58 rooms • All rooms have refrigerators, coffee makers & microwaves • Guest laundry • All single rooms have king beds • Bus and truck parking Hampton Inn 2400 fulton St 608-754-4900 or 800-HAMPTON hamptoninn.com • Indoor pool & whirlpool • fitness center • Restaurant next door • free hot breakfast • Children under 18 free with parents • free high speed wireless internet access • 98 rooms, including 8 suites • free local phone calls • In-room coffee • 24-hour coffee service • dry cleaning and laundry service available • Can accomodate accessibility needs • Business Center • Bus parking Holiday Inn Express 3100 Wellington Pl 608-756-3100 or 800-315-2621 hiejanesville.com • Indoor pool and whirlpool • Exercise room • Restaurants next door • Complimentary Express Start hot breakfast
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Children under 18 free with parents free high speed wireless internet 142 rooms, including 5 suites 24-hour coffee service free HBO Rooms include refrigerator & microwave Coin operated laundry service Iron and ironing board in every room Meeting facilities for up to 750 people
Microtel Inn 3121 Wellington Pl 608-752-3121 or 888-771-7171 microtelinn.com • Restaurant next door • free continental breakfast • Children 17 and under free with parents • Pets allowed/ fee • free high speed wireless internet/ guest computer • 24-hour coffee service • 61 rooms • free local/long distance phone calls • flat screen TV’s • Refrigerators in some rooms • Hair dryer, iron, ironing board • Guest laundry • fax and copy service available • Bus and truck parking Motel 6 3907 Milton Ave 608-756-1742 or 800-466-8356 motel6.com • Restaurant next door • Kids stay free (under 17 years old) • Pets allowed/free • free wireless internet • 119 rooms • free local phone calls • Complimentary coffee from 6 to 10 am • free expanded cable television • Refrigerator & microwave in some rooms • Guest laundry Northern Town Motel 1409 Center Ave 608-754-0248 • Restaurants nearby • free wireless internet • 13 rooms • free cable television Ramada 3900 Milton Ave 608-756-4511 or 800-854-9517 ramada.com • free Wi-fi • Indoor Pool • Hot Tub • fireplace/Whirlpool Suites • fitness Center • Business Center
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Arcade *Microwave/fridge (*select rooms only) Complimentary Breakfast designated Pet Area w/depository Meeting Rooms Coin Operated Guest Laundry facility Children under 18 free with Parents designated Pet friendly guest rooms – w/fee • Complimentary Breakfast • COMING IN 2017 - free Bus/Truck Parking - 24hr fitness Center Super 8 3430 Milton Ave 608-756-2040 or 800-800-8000 super8.com • Restaurant nearby • Super Start breakfast • Children under 17 free with parents • 46 rooms • Coin operated washer and dryer • All rooms have microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, iron, ironing board and hair dryer • free wireless internet • Can accomodate accessibility needs • Crib/roll aways available upon request • Bus/truck parking w/ plug-ins BED & BREAKFASTS Guardian Angel 429 Prospect Ave 608-758-3211 guardianangelbnb.com • Private rooms with private baths • furnished apartment available for short or long term rentals • daily breakfast special • Cable television & video library • Convenient to many local attractions • High speed wireless internet • Nationally-registered historic home • Victorian home, antique furnishings • Putting green • Apartment for 4 to 6 guests Scarlett House 825 E Court St 608-754-8000 • full breakfast • Established in 1999 • Whirlpool tub • Turn-of-the-century Queen Anne • Nationally-registered historic home • Historic Court House Hill location • Antique furnishings • Wrap-around porch • Near parks and downtown shopping
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Baymont Inn 616 Midland Rd 608-758-4545 or 800-337-0550 baymontinns.com • Indoor pool and whirlpool • 24-hour fitness center • Complimentary continental breakfast • Children under 18 free with parents • Pets allowed/fee • free high speed wireless internet • 105 rooms, including 8 suites • free local phone call • ATM • Guest laundry facilities available Meeting facilities for up to 25 people Rooms include refrigerator & microwave • Bus and truck parking • Business Center
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On Going Events
fESTIVALS, CLASSES, PARAdES, ENTERTAINMENT ANd HOLIdAy TOuRS Visit janesvillecvb.com for specific dates and times.
Spring Featured Spring Events Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Tours of Lincoln-Tallman House Guided tours of the 1850s mansion reveal the unique architecture of the building and the lives of the family that occupied it. More Spring Events Classes and workshops at Rotary Botanical Gardens; Earth day celebration.
Summer Featured Summer Events Tallman Arts Festival The Tallman Arts festival attracts people annually to view the works of more than 70 artists from around the region. The festival offers visitors the opportunity to meet with exhibiting
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artists, sample local restaurant foods, enjoy live entertainment and take a walk through history at the LincolnTallman House. Main Street Concert Series This Tuesday evening outdoor concert series is held in Janesville’s picturesque Lower Courthouse Park, located on the corner of Court and Main Streets in downtown Janesville. The concerts are June through July and feature local bands performing different styles of music from Country to Swing.
Fall Featured Fall Events Skelly’s Corn Maze Over 15 acres of family fun from September through October! Each year Skelly’s creates a new design that challenges you to weave your way through to the end.
More Summer Events Summer: Rock County 4-H fair; Home Garden Tour; Janesville farmers Market; freedom fest; Rock Aqua Jays performances; City-wide Rummage Sales; dairy Breakfast; Pork fest; Rotary Pie Ride; Riverside Music festival.
Art Infusion Sidewalk chalk artists line the sidewalks of downtown Janesville with a colorful variety of hand drawn murals. Chalk artists of all ages and
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skill levels participate for fun or competition. More Fall Events Parade of Homes; dinner Theater at the fireside; Janesville Jets Ice Hockey; farmers Market; Enchanted forest; Historic House Tour; fall fest of Ale.
Holiday Tours of the Historic Lincoln-Tallman House Victorian decorations and exhibits illustrate the fashions of the period between 1857 and 1915 in this fabulous tour of the Lincoln-Tallman House.
More Winter Events Workshops and seminars at Rotary Botanical Gardens; dinner Theatre at the Armory or fireside; Taste of Chocolate at Rotary Botanical Gardens; Janesvilleâ€™s Jolly Jingle; Pooch Pull; Candlelight Ski.
Winter Featured Winter Events Holiday Light Show Tour a magical wintry wonderland at Rotary Botanical Gardens. Be dazzled as you walk through over a quarter-million lights. Inside, kids of all ages will enjoy a large scale model train display, Santa visits, entertainment and delicious refreshments.
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ATTRACTIONS, dINING, SHOPPING ANd SALONS & SPAS Blend small-town historic charm and upscale urban amenities and you have the delightful mix that is downtown Janesville. The reemerging downtown community offers shopping, dining and entertainment for all, and is easily accessible from I-39/90 to the east and Highway 51 to the south. Enjoy a stroll through the shops of Main and Milwaukee Streets, where shoppers can find everything from jewelry to gently used brand-name furniture. View locally made art pieces at the art and stained glass shops or pick up a find at a trendy women’s resale shop.
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are looking for a coffee stop, an alfresco lunch, drinks after work or a fine dining experience, the downtown has it all. Enjoy American, Italian, Mexican, Irish or Asian cuisines.
ENTERTAINMENT Entertainment is a growth industry in downtown Janesville. don’t miss the historic Janesville Armory’s theatrical performances. Catch a family-friendly show at the Janesville Performing Arts Center. Enjoy an eclectic mix of live music at local pubs Thursday through Sunday. fun is free at the Tuesday summer evening concerts in Courthouse Park. And don’t forget to stop by the Saturday morning Janesville farmers Market for fresh produce and local art.
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Janesville’s downtown enter tai nment distr ict. On any given day or night, visitors to Janesville’s downtown will find a diverse selection of entertainment opportunities. Enjoy a concert or performance at the Janesville Performing Arts Center, a casual stroll through the award winning Rotary Botanical Gardens, the excitement of a Janesville Jets ice hockey game, or stroll through one of our many art galleries, unique shopping opportunities,or relax and rejuvenate at one of our salons and spas. Visit us at janesvillecvb.com/about/resources to view or print the downtown map and other useful guides.
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CAROUSEL CONSIGNMENTS Antiques • Collectibles • Housewares Monday- Friday 9:00am to 5:30pm Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm VOTED #1 ANTIQUE STORE 31 S. Main St. • Janesville, WI
Historic Downtown Janesville • 101 W. Milwaukee St. 608.757.2622. • ravenswish@sbcglobal
Handcrafted wooden wagons, wheelbarrows, gifts and toys. TOURS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Showroom Open Mon-Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm 300 N. River Street Janesville, Wisconsin
HOME AGAIN CONSIGNMENTS & HOME FURNISHINGS Open 7 Days a Week
54 Beers on Tap Over 100 different beers total! OFFERING A FANTASTIC MENU FEATURING:
Traditional Irish Fare • Belt Busting Burgers The Freshest Wild Caught Seafood • Sandwiches AND a Great Irish Breakfast! 214 W Milwaukee St Janesville, WI 53548 HOURS: Monday – Sunday 11:00 am – 2:00 am (608) 752-6099 www.orileyconwaysirishpub.com
VOTED JANESVILLE #1 BREAKFAST RESTAURANT
Mon-Fri • 9am to 5pm Sat-Sun • 11am to 4pm
Serving Breakfast & Lunch 7 Days a Week • 6am to 3pm
608.314.0404 215 W. Milwaukee St. Janesville, WI 53548
208 S. Main St. • Janesville, WI • 608-754-9006 www.CitrusCafe208.com¶
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t r A SIDEWALK CHALK ART FOR FUN OR COMPETITION Event Space in the Heart of Downtown Janesville 36 S. Main Street, Janesville 608-373-9727 www.thevenuejanesville.com
HELD IN THE FALL
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19-time National Champion Rock Aqua Jays
SUNDAYS & WEDNESDAYS
Memorial Day Through Labor Day Go to www.rockaquajays.com for showtimes
PERFORMING AT THE BEAUTIFUL TRAXLER PARK STADIUM
Location of the International Water Ski Show Tournament Enjoy pyramids, ballet, jumping and barefoot water skiing. The show features performers of all ages and skill levels.
ADMISSION IS FREE AND CONCESSIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOLLOW US ON
Shows are dependent upon water and weather conditions.
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The Janesville Conference Center provides over 15,000 square feet of combined meeting, exhibit, event, and banquet space. With the use of soundproof movable partitions this space can be easily converted into smaller spaces to accommodate group meeting rooms, breakout sessions, and meal functions. OTHER FEATURES INCLUDE…
• Conference space all located on the first floor, completely handicap accessible, and connected to the Holiday Inn Express
• Completely equipped with audio visual capabilities • Capacity for up to 800 people
• Complete breakfast, lunch and dinner service through our partner Hoffman House • 100% smoke free
CONVENIENTLY CONNECTED TO THE
3100 Wellington Place Janesville, WI 53546
608-741-1930 www.janesvilleconferencecenter .com
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• Huge Selection of Bikes • On-Site Financing • Service & Performance • Harley Rentals • Motorclothes • On-site Riding Academy
Enjoy the comfort and convenience of home when you stay at Baymont Inn and Suites Janesville hotel. We are located just oﬀ Interstates 90 and 39, with easy access to parks, shopping, local attractions, golf courses and many restaurants.
Free Wireless High-Speed Internet • Free Breakfast Guest Laundry • Heated Indoor Pool • Gym Outdoor Patio with Grill • Pet Friendly
616 Midland Rd., Janesville, WI 53546 608-758-4545 www.baymontinns.com
BIGGER • BETTER • BOLDER BOARDTRACKER HARLEY-DAVIDSON 3223 N. Pontiac Dr. • Janesville, WI 53545 P: 608.757.0880
FESTIVE EATERY SERVING AUTHENTIC MEXICAN CUISINE & FLAVORED MARGARITAS AMID COLORFUL HAND-PAINTED DECOR Monday - Thursday 11:00 AM - 9:30 PM Friday - Saturday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
608.754.8835 3001 N Lexington Dr. Janesville, WI 53545 www.haciendarealrestaurant.com
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Join the Action and Get Ready for Take Off! SEASON: SEPTEMBER - APRIL FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTS
EXPLORE ENGAGE 5 historic sites EXHIBITS, TOURS, EVENTS, EDUCATION AND MORE FOR ALL AGES
Hours vary by site Visit our website for more information 426 N. Jackson Street Janesville, WI 53548 608-756-4509
J The Janesville Jets is a community-oriented North American Hockey League team that provides sports fans and families fast-paced and affordable entertainment while helping talented hockey players develop into admirable young men enter the ranks of college and professional hockey. JANESVILLE ICE ARENA 821 Beloit Ave. • Janesville, WI 53545
• Free HOT Deluxe Breakfast • Free Wi-Fi, Guest Laundry • In Room Fridge, Microwave & Coffee Maker • New 32” Flat Panel LCD TV’s
• All HD Channels including 7 HBOs • Group/Construction Rates Available • Low Weekly & Monthly Rates Available
3430 Milton Ave, Janesville, WI 53548 Phone: (608) 756-2040 www.super8.com ADJACENT TO MANY RESTAURANTS, BARS & GRILLS
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Discover hometown hospitality! CLOSE TO MANY POPULAR JANESVILLE ATTRACTIONS
Just off I-90, our hotel offers a warm welcome within minutes of central Janesville—a charming city known throughout the state as ‘Wisconsin’s Park Place.’ Situated within an hour of both Madison, WI and Rockford, IL, this hotel makes a great base for southern WI and beyond. Whether you’re in town to meet with Janesville businesses or tour the beautiful Rotary Botanical Gardens, the Hampton Inn Janesville offers the comforts of home.
Included in every stay: • A warm welcome • Free hot breakfast • Clean & fresh Hampton Bed® • Free high-speed internet access in every room • Gym/fitness center use • Pool use
I-90 exit 171A at highway 26N, to Kettering St, turn left (north). Hotel is behind and adjacent to Cracker Barrel. 2400 Fulton Street Janesville, Wisconsin, 53546 1-608-754-4900 hamptoninn3hotel.com
MENTION THIS AD when they check in and entered in a monthly drawing for discounts or a free room. Must be staying at the hotel and mention ad on check in or when booking reservation.
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Grilled to Perfection PRIME QUARTER STEAK HOUSE Grill rill Your Own Tonight
...mmm....Steak! 1900 Humes Road Janesville, WI 53545
608-752-1881 primequarter.com primequarter.com
Monday-Friday Dinner from 5 pm-10 pm. Lounge opens at 4 pm Saturday Dinner from 4 pm-10 pm-10 pm. Lounge opens at 3:30 pm Sunday Dinner from 4 pm-9 pm. Lounge opens at 3:30 3:30 pm
AMERICAS LARGEST PHEASANT FARM
OUR GIFT SHOP FEATURES: Exotic Meats • Pheasants • Quail Alligator Filets • Bison Sausage • Duck Buffalo Filets • Pheasant Brats Wisconsin Wilderness Products Elk Steaks • Rabbit • Venison Steaks Wild Rice ALSO OFFERING: Gift Items • Corinthian Bells Windchimes Abdallah Chocolates • Clothing Silver Forest Jewelry Monday-Friday ............7:30am - 4:30pm Saturday....................10:00am - 3:00pm Call 800-345-8348 to set up your personal tour. For bus tour information call 800-487-2757
CONVENIENTLY LOCATED OFF INTERSTATE I-90, EXIT 177 2821 S. US Highway 51 Janesville, Wisconsin 53546
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608-754-3095 2222 W COURT STREET • JANESVILLE, WI
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EduCATION IN OuR COMMuNITy
Education is a priority in our community and it is obvious at any one of our schools. Janesville has eleven elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools. We don’t stop there. We can also boast several pre-schools, nine parochial schools, two Montessori schools, Blackhawk Technical College, university of Wisconsin-Rock County, and the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
UW-Rock County, one of 13 freshman-sophomore transfer campuses of the uW Colleges, offers an Associate of Arts and Science. The campus also hosts the Rock County Engineering Program, offering a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering in partnership with uW-Platteville to support the industrial base of Rock County. 608-758-6565 or rock.uwc.edu.
Blackhawk Technical College offers more than 50 different programs, degrees, diplomas, and certificates at five learning locations within the district. Cooperative agreements with numerous other Colleges and universities allow students to earn a two-year credential and transfer credits to complete a baccalaureate degree. 608-758-6900 or www.blackhawk.edu.
A GREAT PLACE TO FIND GOOD FOOD, FOLKS AND FUN! Saturdays, 8 am to 1 pm May through October SHOP AN ALL-LOCAL MARKET IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN JANESVILLE FEATURING: Fresh produce • Meats • Eggs • Honey • Baked Goods Plants • Soaps & Hand Creams • Herbs • Seasonal Products Art Pieces • And so much MORE!
Now accepting EBT/Quest
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2421 W Court St (608) 756-2611
2633 Milton Ave (608) 758-8916
645 Midland Rd (608) 554-3712
571 E Richardson Springs Rd (608) 884-1800
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HISTORy, ATTRACTIONS, CuLTuRE ANd NATuRE Visitors to Rock County will find a wide variety of interesting things to do and see. Whether your interests are historical, cultural or all about nature, Rock County, Wisconsin is filled with many options to choose from.
Some of Rock County’s many unique attractions include: Beloit’s Angel Museum, author Sterling North’s boyhood home and Museum in Edgerton and the Milton House Museum and Northleaf Winery in Milton. If it’s culture you are looking for, Rock County is home to many performance groups and organizations including: Beloit Civic Theatre, Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra, Edgerton Performing Arts Center and uWRock County Theatre. for those interested in nature, Rock County is home to acres and acres of parkland and over 250 miles of trails, including portions of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and many other trails that are perfect for hiking, biking
Located 90 miles north of Chicago, with 850 ft of lake frontage on beautiful Lake Koshkonong, Wisconsin’s second largest lake with spectacular views of the beach and the lake. Lakeview’s Bar and Grill is a favorite place for great drinks, music, and the perfect place to relax, unwind.
LIVE MUSIC AND DJS EVERY WEEKEND 1901 E State Road 59 • Milton, WI 53563
(608) 868-7800 OPEN FOR BREAKFAST SATURDAY & SUNDAY
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