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Central WI - Four Seasons of Recreation


In the center of the state you’ll find vibrant communities, breath-taking landscapes, and four seasons of recreation. Central Wisconsin is home to year-round events, outdoor activities, and family attractions. Travelers in Wisconsin’s heartland will be greeted by a rolling landscape of beautiful lakes, running rivers, lush forests, and picturesque bluffs. Whatever your adventure may be, you can find it in Central Wisconsin.

Just a quick drive from all corners of Wisconsin, the Wausau area offers a mix of big city amenities with small town hospitality. This area is home to an abundance of enticing options for outdoor recreation including Granite Peak Ski Area, Rib Mountain State Park, and the Dells of Eau Claire. Rest easy at one of the area’s boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, or branded hotels.

The conveniently located Stevens Point Area combines charming small town friendliness coupled with the big city amenities. The area is known as a recreationalist playground, thanks to the proximity to Sunset Lake, the Tomorrow River, and the backwaters of the Wisconsin River. Find creative inspiration by exploring the museums, galleries and performing arts centers, or enjoy local cuisine and beverages at one of the many restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries.

Easily accessible in the heart of Wisconsin, the natural beauty of the river, lakes, and woods make the Wisconsin Rapids area an ideal destination. The area’s unique agriculture and manufacturing heritage blossomed into an abundance of recreational opportunities, a vibrant arts community celebrating our cultures with visual, music, and performing arts, an active array of sporting venues, and great local dining and shops. Start planning your Wisconsin Rapids area getaway today!

Greater Mauston offers an abundance of year-round recreational and leisure opportunities that are available to residents and visitors alike. Water-based activities include great fishing, boating, swimming, canoeing, paddle boarding and tubing on the area lakes and rivers. Stay inland and enjoy horseback riding, camping, snowmobiling, hiking and biking. Don’t miss the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, just 20-minutes north of Mauston.

While journeying through Central Wisconsin, be sure to stop in Shawano. The beautiful surroundings and relaxed lifestyle provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable getaway full of recreational and cultural activities. The waterways of the Wolf River and Shawano Lake are popular with most visitors while trails attract hikers, snowmobilers, and bikers. A trip to Wisconsin’s Barn Quilt Capital would not be complete without a drive through the pastoral countryside where you can view more than 365 “quilt blocks”, called barn quilts, displayed throughout the county.

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