10 Things to Do in Ripon That You Shouldn't Miss

March 20, 2018 Kiesha Cripe

Ripon [ɹɪpɘn] is a city in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 7,733 at the 2010 census. The city is surrounded by the Town of Ripon.
Restaurants in Ripon

1. Evensong Spa

410 Trillium Cir, Green Lake, WI 54941-8837 +1 920-294-3347
Excellent
56%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 71 reviews

Evensong Spa

Evensong Spa is wrapped in tranquility and set on wooded acres in Green Lake, Wisconsin. Our services, products and setting are all about re-energizing your mind, body and spirit. We offer a unique blend of natural services and products, customized for each guest's needs. Our goal is to help guests achieve outer and inner peace, attain their desired physical results and improve their overall well-being.

Reviewed By 162KarenP - Appleton, Wisconsin

My friends and I decided to have a last minute girls getaway to the Heidel House. We called Thursday and were accommodated for every treatment we wanted for Saturday (48 hours later). Although it was a busy day the spa was relaxed, comfortable, quiet etc. Everything was perfect. The steam room and hot tub were gorgeous--the facial I had (by Emma) was the best ever. This place understands that waiting and wondering if you are going to be called soon and feeling rushed detracts from the overall experience. Every detail was perfect. Can't recommend highly enough.

2. Vines & Rushes Winery

410 County Rd E, Ripon, WI 54971-9140 +1 920-748-3296
Excellent
86%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 63 reviews

Vines & Rushes Winery

Reviewed By sansanmom - Rockford, Ohio

Very friendly service. Up to 8 free tastings of wine, hard cider or craft beers. We found several that we liked and purchased. There was live folk music (Friday evening). They had brick oven pizza with unique specialty pizzas. We had the scape goat- delicious! Pleasant atmosphere. It was busy but plenty of room to move around.

3. Larson's Famous Clydesdales

W12654 Reeds Corners Rd, Ripon, WI 54971-9751 +1 920-748-5466
Excellent
61%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 32 reviews

Larson's Famous Clydesdales

Reviewed By Richard K - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This is a working Clydesdale Farm near Ripon, WI, and a different type of attraction. Judy Larson pretty much does it all, from taking calls to taking tickets to conducting the tour, to manning the gift shop. Her husband provides demonstration assistance in harnessing and showing the horses. It is interesting if you're an adult, and while they try to make it fun for kids, it falls short in this area. We had our three grand kids with us (ages 4-9) and they had more fun playing with the cats on property, than listening about the horses. The reason for this is that while Judy is fact-filled, her talks tend to drone on, with no other point of reference (pictures, showing the horses as she talks about them, etc.). Most of the crowd was seniors and this is probably the best audience for this attraction. Prices are reasonable, and you don't have to walk much, plus they have a covered grandstand in the event of rain, so it's good for those with an interest in learning more about these fabulous horses.

4. Thrasher Opera House

506 Mill St, Green Lake, WI 54941-9575 +1 920-294-4279
Excellent
52%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 25 reviews

Thrasher Opera House

Reviewed By Kagee39 - Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin

Four of us attended a concert by Tom Chapin and were most impressed by the facility, the renovated interior, the sound quality, and best of all the concert itself. Tom entertained us for nearly 2-1/2 hours with wonderful work in guitar, banjo, and auto harp - of course he can sing too. He even played one of his older brother Harry's songs - "Cat in a Fiddle", and did it justice. A must see for tourists to stop at.

5. The Little White School House, Birthplace of the Republican Party

303 Blackburn St, Ripon, WI 54971-1524 +1 920-748-6764
Excellent
35%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

The Little White School House, Birthplace of the Republican Party

Reviewed By podrozniczka60 - New Jersey

This place was a bit of serendipity for us and we were lucky to have met a very interesting and competent guide passionate about local history. The Little White Schoolhouse built in 1853 is apparently considered the birthplace of the Republican Party. The interior of the schoolhouse consists of many important artifacts, old school furniture and one can find a lot of information about the antislavery movement and the Republican Party. The markers just outside the building provide a lot of detailed information. This is a recommended stop while in Ripon.

6. Green Lake Town Square

492 Hill St, Green Lake, WI 54941-8829 +1 920-807-0008
Excellent
66%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Green Lake Town Square

Reviewed By greenlaker2015 - Green Lake, Wisconsin

The Town Square is a great addition to this quaint community. Local instructors and volunteers have created a place that has something for everyone. There are exercise classes, yoga and pilates, art lessons, and even personal quilting advice or instruction.
The wealth of creative talent in this area is incredible and people are willing to share their wisdom. The facility even includes a great fitness center with the latest in equipment, not to mention Bingo!

7. Green Lake Marina

485 Park Dr, Green Lake, WI 54941-9030 +1 920-294-3625
Excellent
64%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Green Lake's only full service marina. Authorized Chris-Craft Dealer. Sales, Service, Boat Rentals, Slip Rentals, Gas Dock, Marine Market and more.

Reviewed By kbiscuitt - Los Angeles, California

We attended a ?Christian conference for a week, happening at the Green Lake Conference Center. The Center is in a beautiful location by the lake and it is one of the best I have visited, besides Billy Graham Center in Asheville, NC. The GLCC is a bigger compound and mostly very well maintained. The cafeteria food was just awful, they really need to do something about it. I had to beg to have some Chicken Tenders and Corns from the Kids Menu! One can rent bike, boat, tour the ground or go and swim in the lake or just sit and enjoy the view and quiet time in one of the Adirondack chairs.
We also visited the Heidel House Resort and Spa and had a drink, beautiful grounds. Overall, as this being my first time in the Mideast, I truly enjoyed the change of landscape. Although it seems there is not much respect for the pedestrian crossing I this part of the USA.

8. Escapade Yacht

643 Illinois Ave, Heidel House Resort & Spa, Green Lake, WI 54941-9750
Excellent
25%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 16 reviews

Escapade Yacht

This finely designed and constructed 60-foot catamaran-style yacht was custom-built for Heidel House Resort and christened in 1995. Powered by twin 180 horsepower Mercury diesel engines, the Escapade is the largest and finest entertainment vessel on Green Lake. It has a 14 1/2' beam and can travel at speeds over 26 miles per hour.The Escapade provides a fun and relaxing way to take in the beautiful scenery and historic buildings along the shores of Wisconsin's deepest inland lake. The captains are very knowledgeable and provide an interesting historical narrative about the lake and surrounding properties.The Escapade is available for public sightseeing cruises as well as private events complete with catering.

Reviewed By HTCWI - Marathon, WI

Our friends recommended we take this boat tour - it was very educational and entertaining. Cletus the Captain was training a new guy - Gary and Gary did a great job - he definitely knows a lot about the lake. Cletus was socializing with the passengers and that was very nice! The tour was an hour long as advertised. The afternoon cruise was to include soda or water and there was no mention of either of these. It was very hot out and the water would have been really refreshing - so not sure what happened there. We were sitting on the upper deck and not one person that I saw got water or soda - fyi. Cannot speak for the lower deck - but there was no mention of it over the speaker at any point. I believe that if things are advertised they should actually happen. Overall cruise was a fun way to get to know Green Lake!

9. Action Marina

463 Lake St, Green Lake, WI 54941-9584
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 6 reviews

Action Marina

Reviewed By HJHM - Cedarburg, Wisconsin

Green Lake is a great place for a weekend on the water and Action Marina has all the toys you need for fun. We've rented a pontoon boat from them twice and both times the service has been fantastic. So friendly and helpful. The boats are new and in great shape. They also rent tubes and other ride-on water toys - so fun. We'll definitely rent from them again.

10. Cedar Ridge Ranch and Lodge

W14471 Dartford Rd, Ripon, WI 54971-9550 +1 920-748-8405
Excellent
67%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
33%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 3 reviews

Cedar Ridge Ranch offers year round horse riding. Our horse experience is perfect for the beginner wanting to learn about horses and ride in our indoor or outdoor arena. For the more advanced rider we offer trail experiences where you learn to catch, groom, tack and ride on our 250 acre farm trails. Additional services include wagon and sleigh rides plus carriages for hire.

Reviewed By bigmare1

This a very hands on experience good for riders at all levels. Horses are well trained and the instructors really tailor the time to the needs of the group.

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