The 8 Best Things to Do in Janesville, United States

January 16, 2018 Viva Honore

Janesville is a city in southern Wisconsin, United States. It is the county seat and largest city of Rock County, and the principal municipality of the Janesville, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 63,575.
Restaurants in Janesville

1. Rotary Botanical Gardens

1455 Palmer Dr, Janesville, WI 53545-5215 +1 608-752-3885
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5 based on 263 reviews

Rotary Botanical Gardens

Reviewed By Jason M - Kenosha, Wisconsin

During the Christmas season, the light display here is simply marvelous. You can see the entire display in about an hour, so this isn't something that will take an entire evening. Definitely a great experience for anyone during the holiday season - looking forward to coming back next year!

2. CAMDEN Playground

2501 Palmer Dr., Janesville, WI 53545 +1 608-755-3025
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5 based on 34 reviews

CAMDEN Playground

Reviewed By Karin R - Prairie Du Chien

this is the great thing about Janesville with kids. The wading pool is free to bring your little kids to. The playground is large and very fun. The park is huge and offers large areas to play and roam as well as trails. great way to spend a day with the kids.

3. Rock County Historical Society

426 N Jackson St, Rock County Historical Society, Janesville, WI 53548-2936 +1 608-756-4509
Excellent
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Rock County Historical Society

Take a step back into the 19th century on one of our guided Lincoln-Tallman House tours, explore the fascinating new exhibits at Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center or attend one of our many events such as Tallman Arts Festival, the Lincoln Fun Dash or Janesville Historic Walking Tours. Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was once a guest in Rock County's most famous residence, the Linoln-Tallman House? Constructed between 1855 and 1857, this six-floor mansion is an excellent example of Italianate-style architecture. From the basement to the cupola, each floor offers visitors a unique glimpse of daily life in 19th century Rock County. Over seventy percent of the furniture is original, making it one of the most complete historic houses in the Midwest. From 1857 to 1915, the house was occupied by the William Morrison Tallman family. In October of 1859, Abraham Lincoln stayed at the house after a series of speeches in Beloit, forever cementing the reputation of the Lincoln-Tallman House as "where Lincoln slept". On the guided tour of the house you'll learn about Lincoln's famous visit, discover how the house was built, why the Tallman family moved to Janesville from New York, their connection to abolitionism and the Underground Railroad. When you visit the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center, you'll find several wonderful exhibits, a gift shop and bookstore. Current exhibits include: *Pauline Pottery showcases *Pickard China gallery *Breadbasket: Seed to Spoon exhibit *Irish in Janesville exhibit *Parker Pen artifacts

Reviewed By K L - Janesville, Wisconsin

Went to the Spirits of the night Tallman Thriller at the Tallman House. It was $20 a person for about a 15 minute tour. Start out by sitting in a dark lit room while they play a recording. Then walk to the Tallman House where a man greets you and guides you through dark lit rooms, with people walking around to make it look like spirits. A few special affects. At the end, they want you to buy expensive drinks. There should not of been any costs for drinks. Not worth it. They did have bag of chips at no cost, water, soda, and apple cider. The cost was way to high for what it was. They also rushed you through and was not able to take all in. Not worth the cost.

4. Fermenting Cellars Winery

2004 W Manogue Rd, Janesville, WI 53545-9559 +1 608-295-8972
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5 based on 10 reviews

Fermenting Cellars Winery

Reviewed By Eisme77

We visited on a whim to find a delightful, family-owned winery set in the picturesque woods of southern Wisconsin. The couple who owns the business were friendly and welcoming, and we spent as much time visiting as we did tasting the wine. Their wines are made from several old family recipes that have been tweaked and added to as the business has grown. Open for private events during warmer season as well as for tastings year round. Highly recommend for a pleasurable experience. Definitely try the Quoffee!

5. Riverside Park

2600 Parkside Drive, Janesville, WI 53545 +1 608-757-3080
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Riverside Park

Reviewed By Mike R - Janesville, Wisconsin

Probably the best kept secret park in Janesville. Even though it is one of the oldest and largest parks in town most newcomers and visitors don't take the time to come here. The park is stretches along the Rock River providing a serene setting with many mature trees along the way. The park widens at the end where baseball diamonds a splash pad, playground, large shelter and the beginning to a great hiking path. The park is rarely crowded and plays host to a number of special events during the year.

6. Wisconsin Wagon Company

300 N River St, Janesville, WI 53548-2983 +1 608-754-0026
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Wisconsin Wagon Company

Reviewed By Audit23 - Kansas City, Missouri

Wisconsin Wagon Company is the home of Janesville Ball Bearing children's wagons and toys. It's amazing that these are all hand made from top to bottom by two men who love their job. Started in the early 1900's, these gentlemen continue the tradition using many of the same machines to make the parts for each wagon and toy. They will show you every step from start to finish, from how they choose each piece of red oak wood for each wagon, how it's shaped, sanded, painted and lacquered to how it's assembled with loving care. These wagons are handed down for generations and have become family traditions. Hear the whole story from it's beginnings as a carriage company and check out what toys they make today. Easy to find, it's definitely worth the stop for $3.00!!

7. Rock County Brewing Company

10 N Parker Dr, Suite 160, Janesville, WI 53545-3018
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Rock County Brewing Company

Downtown Janesville's first microbrewery finally opened it's doors in January 2017. Much has changed since the first months of opening but you can always count on a great beer in a great atmosphere to share with friends. Food trucks are usually present on Friday and Saturday evenings. We almost always have a new beer on tap and growlers are available. Hope to see you soon!

Reviewed By Eisme77

Fabulous new attraction for Rock County. Fun, trendy, and the beer is great! Highly recommend the Porter and the Belgian Wit. Growlers coming shortly. Flights or pints available now. Customers are welcome to carry in or order in food; none is served on premise. Friendly owner partners. Go visit and stay for the beer!

8. Janesville Mall

2500 Milton Ave, Janesville, WI 53545-0452 +1 608-752-2641
Excellent
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3 based on 19 reviews

Janesville Mall

Janesville Mall is an enclosed shopping center, located in Janesville, WI. Enjoy shopping at mall stores such as Boston Store, Kohl's Sears, and The Diamond Center.

Reviewed By GloriaH022 - Madison, Wisconsin

The Janesville Mall is fighting hard to keep people shopping locally. The addition of two new stores this fall (ULTA Beauty and Dick's Sporting Goods) are a big step in the right direction. (There's still a large empty space next to Dick's, and we're hoping another retailer will move in soon.)
As with many malls today, the stores are fighting to stay alive since they now compete with big-box discount and online shopping. The renovations are nice and the facility is updated and clean.
Mall security works hard to keep the premises safe, but always use common sense and caution when shopping. Hoping more stores will join the mall.

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