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

July 19, 2017 Franklyn Hardiman

Wausau is a city in and the county seat of Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States. The Wisconsin River divides the city into east and west. The city is adjacent to the Town of Wausau.
Restaurants in Wausau

1. Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

700 N 12th St, Franklin & Twelfth Streets, Wausau, WI 54403-5007 +1 715-845-7010
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5 based on 193 reviews

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

Reviewed By Mary M - Wisconsin Rapids, United States

This show runs through February 25th, and worth the time to view these innovative works of art. Fascinating works that make you think--how did they do that? Colorful quilts are complimented by the woods from around the world. Practical,smaller pieces (wine corks, pens, key fobs)...MoreThank you for continuing to let others know about the Quilts & Wood exhibitions currently on view and encouraging them to visit soon. We hope you'll visit again often to experience other exciting exhibitions planned throughout the year.

2. Granite Peak

3605 N Mountain Rd, Wausau, WI 54401-9274 +1 715-845-2846
Excellent
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4.5 based on 246 reviews

Granite Peak

Reviewed By Todd P - Mosinee, Wisconsin

Great location, fun hill to ski, and well organized lift system. The ski hill is right in Wausau with plenty of lodging and restaurants nearby, Great ski and snowboard runs with man made and real snow. No reason to drive up to UP of MI when you can weekend ski here.

3. The Grand Theater

401 N 4th St, Wausau, WI 54403-5420 +1 715-842-0988
Excellent
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4.5 based on 66 reviews

The Grand Theater

North Central Wisconsin's home for the performing arts is The Grand Theater. Located in downtown Wausau, The Grand has it all--from Broadway to Ballet, Comedy to Cirque, Classical, Theatre and so much more!

Reviewed By Tom P - Wausau, Wisconsin

Great historic venue downtown across from the green space in Wausau. Excellent venue to see live performances from music to plays. Adjacent space provides area for refreshments and place to visit with others. Prices of shows vary depending on popularity and demand. Not really a bad seat in the house but worth buying better seats if available.

4. Yawkey House Museum

410 McIndoe St, Wausau, WI 54403-4745 +1 715-842-5750
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Yawkey House Museum

Reviewed By Ann K

Have toured two times. Both times were interesting with some different details each time. The tour guides are knowledgeable. The tour groups are small so it is easy to see everything. While not as big or grand as some homes, it was interesting. There is a variety of architectures, so it is fun to compare and contrast. Lots of original furnishings so it is easy to see life from a hundred years ago. Right across the street is an interesting museum.

5. Lil' Ole Winemaker Shoppe

602 Jefferson St, Wausau, WI 54403-5435 +1 715-845-6170
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5 based on 30 reviews

Lil' Ole Winemaker Shoppe

Stop in and meet Brian and Sue, your hosts at Lil' Ole Winemaker Shoppe, now conveniently located downtown 2 blocks east of the 400 Block. We are your northwoods headquarters for over 30 mouth-watering homemade wines, wine and beer making supplies and a gift shop with something special for any wine enthusiast on your list. Offering classes and demonstrations of wine making and you can even rent a space to make your own wine. Sample our wines at our wine bar perfectly placed in front of a stunning vineyard mural. Join the Case Club where you can buy 12 bottles and get your 13th for free. Drink coffee, nibble on snacks and browse your tablet in front of our fireplace with free Wi-Fi or schedule a meeting in one of our meeting rooms. We have plenty of table space allowing you to meet with friends for coffee, snacks and wine.

Reviewed By AdamsFamly - Jackson, Wisconsin

We visited this winery while in the Wausau area. Tasters receive 3 complimentary samples of wine with $1 additional samples. This winery offered many flavors of wine that were unique, with favorites being strawberry watermelon and a non-dairy pina colada wine. If you are in the area, be sure to stop and sample their wine.

6. Athletic Park

324 E Wausau Ave, Wausau, WI 54403-3388 +1 715-845-5055
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5 based on 26 reviews

Athletic Park

Athletic Park is a baseball stadium and the home field of the Wisconsin Woodchucks baseball team of the Northwoods League. It features a covered grandstand with stadium/bleacher seating along with private decks available for groups, dug outs, concessions and and team clubhouses. A brand new playground for children is also available as a part of the park experience.

Reviewed By SenCrow - Wausau, Wisconsin

Q - What could be more enjoyable on a weekend afternoon than taking in a baseball game?

A - Only one thing. Taking in a ballgame at Athletic Park in Wausau Wisconsin.

Home field to the Wisconsin Woodchucks, Athletic Park is the facility every small city in America dreams of having. It is we'll appointed, clean, and built with the baseball fan in mind.

The wait staff who take food and beverage orders in the reserved seating areas are remarkable in the level of service they provide, and in their professionalism.

Parking is free, plenty and within easy walking distance of ticket booths. Restrooms are clean and in good working condition. The seating is comfortable and the viewing is great from every angle.

The Woodchucks have not set any win records this season. But, the competition is good, and the setting is close to perfect.

If you are anywhere near central Wisconsin and looking for a great way to spend a few hours, consider Athletic Park and Woodchucks baseball!

7. Monk Botanical Gardens

1800 N 1st Ave, Wausau, WI 54401-1922 +1 715-261-6309
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Monk Botanical Gardens

Central Wisconsin's only botanical garden located on the north end of Wausau, WI. The Gardens currently features a Memory Plaza, Wildflower Woods, Meditation Garden, outdoor Kitchen Potager, raised garden beds used for education, fully accessible Treehouse, and aerated pond. Numerous trails, some marked with distance posts, lead through the property, which can be visited free of charge. A wide variety of trees, many of them memorials, and other colorful plantings dot the landscape. Ideal for walks, meditation, exploration, and events such as weddings, birthday parties, and reunions. A list of Garden events, including regular tours, can be found on the website. The Gardens are a geocaching site.

Reviewed By Tom P - Wausau, Wisconsin

This place continues to grow and add more sites. Great place year round to walk and enjoy nature. Flat ground so easy to navigate for any age. Recently added outdoor kitchen looks like it would be available to reserve for party or gather. Peaceful place...MoreThanks for visiting. The kitchen has had many uses by Garden groups as well as outside organizations. Small meetings as well. Glad you enjoyed the Gardens.

8. Nine Mile Forest

8740 Red Bud Road, Wausau, WI
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Nine Mile Forest

Reviewed By gilladj - gilladj

Biked here three days in a row. Came to the area specifically for the mountain biking. The signage and maps are very helpful. The intermediate trail are fast and fun providing over 7 miles of non stop fun. There also very challenging expert trails with very technical rock gardens and root traps.

This may have just become my favorite trail system in the midwest.

9. Bull Falls Brewery

901 E Thomas St, Wausau, WI 54403-6450 +1 715-842-2337
Excellent
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Bull Falls Brewery

Reviewed By CocoMontoya - Fox River Valley, Wisconsin

We stopped at this good little tap room while in town for Big Bull Falls Blues Fest. We each had a beer, and enjoyed the complimentary peanuts at a table.
It's a popular place and was getting pretty crowded in the afternoon.
We did not go in the gift shop, but really enjoyed the great beer here.

10. Willow Springs Garden

5480 Hillcrest Dr, Wausau, WI 54401-9721 +1 715-675-1171
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5 based on 12 reviews

Willow Springs Garden

Reviewed By 892william - Merrill, Wisconsin, United States

This place is a local gem.We actually live only about 6 miles from it,and we go there all the time.Weddings,special events.The owners are extremely civic minded,and are constantly having new events and shows.The Halloween haunted corn maze,is a special attraction in the fall.Car show on the 4th of July is also great.

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