Whitewater, Wisconsin is filled with events, boating, shopping, and visitors all summer long. As the leaves change, the Whitewater locals take a deep breath and head out to experience the town and land that they love. From hiking around the local preserves to enjoying the great autumn events and taking part in the local attractions, Whitewater locals are having a grand old time, and you should too. Follow in the local’s footsteps and have a blast this fall in Whitewater!
There is no better feeling than bundling up in your favorite winter jacket and a scarf before heading out for a night of entertainment. The Fireside Dinner Theater in Atkinson is one of the best attractions year-round, but autumn is the season when they really shine. For the next month, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story will amaze audiences and entertain the masses. Starting on Halloween and running all the way through the new year is A Christmas Story The Musical, which is known to enchant viewers both young and old at heart. Check out our blog post on the Fireside to learn more.
Walk in the footsteps of giants – giant mammoths! The Ice Age National Scenic Trail has some of the best evidence of the giant glacier that once covered the better part of North America as well as the extinct species that used to migrate across the land. This 1,200-mile journey crosses through the heart of Wisconsin and right down the most scenic part of Kettle Moraine State Forest.
Autumn is the best time to curl up with a book and do some old fashioned relaxing. The Book Teller in downtown Whitewater is the place to go for a good read. They keep up to date with the latest must-read titles but they also have a used book section where you can find all sorts of treasures. Grab a book and relax in their warm and inviting reading area, or head back to a room at the Hamilton House to enjoy your new juicy book with a cup of tea.
There is no better Saturday event than watching a Warhawks football game at UW-Whitewater. The next game is on October 12th against UW-Platteville at 2 pm. This homecoming game is preceded by a parade, pregame concert, and a whole week full of fun activities! After that, there is a game against UW-La Crosse on November 2nd and a game against UW-Stout on November 9th. Put on some purple and cheer on the Warhawks all autumn long!
One of Wisconsin’s best-kept secrets is the Adam Birding Conservancy. This privately held bird preserve was set aside in 2015 to provide essential habitat for the local birds in the area as well as the thousands of species that migrate over the lands every year. With wetlands, prairie fields, and wooded areas, there is no telling as to how many different species of birds could be found on a simple walk though. The only requirement to enter the area is that you ask permission though the website and pledge to respect the wildlife.
Decorate for Christmas
After Halloween passes, you’ll slowly see Christmas decorations and lights start to take over the town. From homes to businesses, government buildings, and everything in between will exude the Christmas spirit. All of this comes to fruition on December 6th for the Whitewater Holiday Parade of Lights. Downtown Whitewater turns into a little holiday market with shops and vendors lining up all along Main Street. At 6 pm, the parade commences where local businesses and clubs will make Christmas floats and parade them through the town.
The seasonal events at Old World Wisconsin just can’t be beaten. Locals love the Halloween Legends & Lore happening on October 18-19 & 25-26th this year. Crossroads Village comes to life after dark and the Halloween shenanigans commence! During the month of December, An Old World Christmas takes over the grounds on the 7-8th & 14-15th. Experience the vibrant holiday traditions by helping to prepare Vanocka and hiding from the notorious Krampus. Read our blog post on Old World Wisconsin to get the low-down on exploring this great attraction.Take an autumn vacation and play like the locals in beautiful Whitewater Wisconsin. You can still dine at your favorite restaurants, shop at your treasured boutiques, and visit the best attractions, but in the fall, there is a whole different side to this charming town that you’ll just have to see for yourself. Want to visit Whitewater this fall? Book a stay at the lovely Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast in downtown Whitewater, just minutes from Kettle Moraine State Park.