Top 10 Things to do in Oshkosh, United States

July 26, 2017 Kelli Reichel

Oshkosh is a city in Winnebago County, Wisconsin, United States, located where the Fox River enters Lake Winnebago from the west. The population was 66,083 at the 2010 census. The city is located adjacent to and partially within the Town of Oshkosh.
Restaurants in Oshkosh

1. EAA Aviation Museum

3000 Poberezny Rd, Oshkosh, WI 54902-8939 +1 920-426-4818
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5 based on 575 reviews

EAA Aviation Museum

Located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, at the site of the world's largest aviation event (EAA AirVenture) the Museum is one of the most extensive aviation attractions in the world, a year-round destination for the entire family. Come and explore our world-class displays and galleries. Marvel at aviation innovations in our collection of more than 200 historic airplanes. Spend time in one of our four movie theaters. Take a ride in a vintage airplane at Pioneer Airport-a real working aerodrome right out of the "golden age" of aviation. Witness a piece of history in the Eagle Hangar, our tribute to World War II aviation and get "hands on" in the KidVenture Gallery, our exciting interactive gallery for kids of all ages!

Reviewed By saustin - Spring Valley, MN

Very good museum with family friendly exhibits. The admission is reasonable. If you have any interest in airplanes then you must go.

2. Paine Art Center and Gardens

1410 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901-2719 +1 920-235-6903
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4.5 based on 233 reviews

Paine Art Center and Gardens

The Paine Art Center and Gardens is a historic estate with art galleries and display gardens, located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The historic Paine estate serves as a multi-faceted museum for learning and inspiration. The museum preserves the mansion, surrounding architectural structures, and many of the interiors as they were created by founders Nathan and Jessie Kimberly Paine. Selections from the museum's art collection, much of which was acquired by Nathan and Jessie, are featured in the many rooms and settings of the estate. Outdoors, the Paine maintains and enhances numerous display gardens as "galleries" of horticulture with varied designs and thousands of plant specimens. In addition, the museum presents a wide variety of changing art exhibitions, from historical to contemporary, within the estate's galleries and gardens. The Family Discovery Gallery, located on the house's lower level, offers "hands on" activities about architecture, art, and gardens for people of all ages.

Reviewed By Jim L - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Three friends visited this wonderful museum and the Nutcracker Exhibit. The facility (build as a home for a couple that never lived there) is now a museum that has special exhibitions throughout the year. This exhibit was amazing- filled with nutcrackers and 70 unbelievably decorated Christmas trees. We hope to come back again next year.

3. Menominee Park

near Lake Winnebago, Oshkosh, WI +1 920-236-5082
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4.5 based on 176 reviews

Menominee Park

Reviewed By dg143jc - Sun City West, Arizona

Love taking the grandkids to the kids play area there...They LOVE it. The whole park is beautiful and well maintained. Always something going on there. The grandkids love going on the little train ride too. Only 1.25 per person. The Zoo was free this year because of a donation someone made...which made it nice, as the zoo is small and just ok in my book. Not sure if I would go if I had to pay tho.

Overall, it is a great park!!

4. Oshkosh Farmers Markets

547 N Main St, Oshkosh, WI 54901-3760 +1 920-252-2533
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4.5 based on 80 reviews

Oshkosh Farmers Markets

Approx. 30 vendors Saturday mornings at the Winter/Indoor Market bring you fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables, eggs, honey, syrups, cheeses, pasture-raised meats and poultry, fish, jams and preserves. A variety of handcrafted items are also available throughout the season. Local food artisans bring fresh baked goods, candy, prepared foods and other goodies. Ready to eat foods are available in the kitchen from local businesses. Enjoy live music from 9:30 until 12:30. Find a list of Who’s Doing What, a Market Layout (updated every Friday) and our Weekly Events for a list of our popular scheduled musicians. (No markets 11/26, 12/24, 12/31, 4/15) The OSFMI is located in the Multi-Purpose Room at the rear/north side of Merrill Middle School, 108 W New York Ave. Ample parking is available right outside the entrance door #23. Best of all, it’s free!

Reviewed By sgtabe9 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

To all the participants, thank you. This is always a busy place during the summer. Our downtown is just full of people searching for a unique gift or some really good, fresh produce, flowers or bakery. 2 blocks of downtown's mainstreet is blocked off for this event and I look forward to it every week.

5. Oshkosh Public Museum

1331 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901-2799 +1 920-424-4731
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4.5 based on 83 reviews

Oshkosh Public Museum

Reviewed By Patti501 - Wisconsin

Oshkosh museum has opened their new permanent exhibit "People of the Waters". It is very informative, educational, and interactive as well. Learn about Wisconsin natives, their culture, and evolution. Visit an archeological dig. Enter a winter long house and see how Native Americans lived, kept warm, and told stories to pass along to the next generation. View the artifacts along the display case timeline. See a real dug out canoe and a birchbark canoe. Learn how the natives put everything they came into contact with to good use! While you are there visit the temporary Native American art exhibit (until October 8). Well worth your time!

6. Wiowash Trail

starts at Carl Steiger Park, Oshkosh, WI
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4.5 based on 66 reviews

Wiowash Trail

Reviewed By MrsLing - Appleton, Wisconsin

I always start in Hortonville and my friend and I take our dogs. It's a well groomed, wide trail with great scenery. I'd like to take my bike on the trail sometime.....if I can just get past those enticing eyes of my dogs who love the outdoors!

7. Grand Opera House

100 High Ave, Oshkosh, WI 54901-4809 +1 920-424-2350
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Grand Opera House

The Grand Opera House is a historic opera house located at the corner of High Avenue and Market Street in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It was built in 1883, and has since undergone two renovations. The first renovation took place during the 1980s and the second in 2009. The theater was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The Grand is owned by the City of Oshkosh and leased to and operated by the non-profit Oshkosh Opera House Foundation.

Reviewed By GWMLA - Wisconsin

We enjoyed a performance of "The Spitfire Grill" here and thoroughly enjoyed the show. The theater is smaller and we enjoyed the quaintness of it. Our only complaint was that an usher allowed a couple to be seated in the front row after the lights had gone down and the opening scene had started. It definitely interrupted the flow and we wish the usher had waited to seat them until a scene change. The theater itself is lovely and clean.

8. The Outlet Shoppes at Oshkosh

3001 S Washburn St, Oshkosh, WI 54904-8937 +1 920-303-2222
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4 based on 66 reviews

The Outlet Shoppes at Oshkosh

Reviewed By Dana S

Love shopping at this outlet mall!! They have a lot of good stores to choose from. My daughter and I shop here a lot. I highly recommend it!!!

9. Pollock Community Water Park

1550 Taft Ave, Oshkosh, WI 54902-3369 +1 920-236-5086
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Pollock Community Water Park

Reviewed By Snakewrangler - Brentwood, California

The kids really enjoy going to the waterpark. Two waterslides and a splash pad. I can't keep my daughter out of the lazy river. It's not a huge place and can get kinda cramped for space on really hot days. Has everything you need from lockers to concessions for a reasonable price.

10. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901-8651
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Reviewed By AmosRedux - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Twice a year, the university cooperates with local food pantries to distribute canned goods, frozen items, fresh produce, and toiletries to people in need. Kolf Gym is transformed into a well organized distribution center. Students, staff, and faculty from the university as well as volunteers from local schools and the community distribute the food. Oshkosh poverty is on full display at this event. So is kindness. Way to go Titans.

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