Things To Do in Whitewater


Activities in the Area


Boating and Fishing

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the wide range of freshwater choices. Purchase your Wisconsin fishing license online and learn about the local hot spots and from local fishing bloggers. License fees help pay for fishery and hatchery management, habitat development and protection, endangered species programs, fishing, and conservation education, lake maps and other publications, and many other valuable programs.

Greenhill Center of the Arts

The College of Arts & Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater produces a varied menu of arts events taking place on campus. The Greenhill Center for the Arts houses the Theatre/Dance Department, Department of Music and Art Department as well as the facilities for those departments. Light Recital Hall, Barnett Theatre, Hicklin Studio Theatre, and Grossman Gallery are places where you can find arts events happening on campus.

Rock River/ Lake Koshkonong Recreational Area

Whether your idea of fun is to catch some fish or catch some rays, you’ll have a blast exploring our waters. At over 10,000 acres, Lake Koshkonong is one of the largest lakes in Wisconsin, and when combined with the adjacent Rock River, you’ll have over 25 miles of navigable waterway to explore and enjoy. Whether you love skiing and tubing, fishing or kayaking, there’s plenty of elbow room on the water for everyone to enjoy.

Fireside Dinner Theater

Fireside Dinner Theater is the only Actor’s Equity dinner theater in Wisconsin. It features live shows and an excellent dining experience, along with alcohol-free specialty drinks. When you visit, make sure you browse through our spectacular gift shops.

Holy Hill

Holy Hill is a Roman Catholic church constructed in a rare Romanesque style. It is beautiful with two towers, tall ceilings, stain glass windows, and intricate architecture.

Cinemas of Whitewater

Cafe Carpe is a family-friendly cafe and bar, featuring burgers and sandwiches. Check their website for upcoming music and events.

Lagrange General Store

Cafe, Health food, Bike shop. Rent bicycles, snowshoes, and cross-country skis. Group Bike Rides, every Saturday, April through October, weather permitting. Departs at 9 am from LaGrange General Store. 30 to 40-mile bike rides. Bicycle the beautiful Kettle Moraine State Forest. Explore the less traveled and scenic named town roads and lettered country roads. We offer everything you need to make your outdoor adventure an experience of a lifetime.

Lake Geneva Canopy Tours

During your adventure, a story of nature and history unfolds before you while you experience the exhilaration of zip-flying from tree to tree. Everyone is guaranteed to walk away with memories to last a lifetime. Our unique setting combines a bit of knowledge about the flora, fauna, and local history with heart-pumping fun and excitement.

National Dairy Shrine

Discover the rich heritage of the dairy industry at the National Dairy Shrine Museum. Where else can you learn the history of ice cream, see a dog-powered butter churn and check out photos of champion cows dating back nine decades? You’ll leave with a better understanding of why, for nearly 8,000 years, people have depended on the dairy cow for life-sustaining milk and a better quality of life.

Old World Wisconsin

Old World Wisconsin is full of historical wonders. Costumed staff show you how life was between the 1840s and 1910s. The historical park is full of old buildings, gardens, and activity centers for you to explore at your own pace.

Cinemas of Whitewater

Local Movie Theater offers comfortable seating and great prices. Includes four auditoriums.

Pabst Mansion

The Pabst Mansion was built in 1890 by the Pabst family. Full of papers, photography, and furniture from its original days. This site is registered on the National Register of Historical Places.

Savory Sounds

Thursdays during June and July. Bring your own lunch or order lunch from participating vendors while enjoying music by local musicians. Great variety of styles. “Let the melody, aroma and the beauty of the day lure you to the Birge Fountain…” After enjoying the music, explore the exhibits at the Cultural Arts Center. Select the link above for the current schedule.

Sculpture Walk

The self-guided and free Sculpture Whitewater Walking Tour offers art lovers and walking enthusiasts the opportunity to stroll the beautiful UW-Whitewater campus and the historic Whitewater downtown while viewing an impressive collection of public artworks. These works of art (many funded through the Wisconsin Arts Board “Percent for Art” program) reflect varied styles and highlight the work of local and regional artists.

Whitewater City Market

Visitors to the markets will find a wide variety of top quality locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Other items for sale at the market will be fresh homemade preserves, homemade baked goods, honey, fresh eggs, cheese, handmade soap, arts & crafts, jewelry, and plants. Along with the quality and freshness of the products offered for sale, customers may often buy in bulk for freezing or canning. The City market also features local food trucks, live music, and picnic area.

Young Auditorium

Experience the Outstanding entertainment that abounds at UW-Whitewater’s Young Auditorium. Young Auditorium presents world-class entertainment from Broadway’s Best Musicals to Russian Ballet, from Ensemble Galilei to The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, from The Capitol Steps to 1984, plus wholesome family events with enough variety to please everyone. The 1,300 seat performing arts venue offers exceptional acoustics, pre-show discussions, an eclectic gift shop, dinners or cocktail buffets before selected events, and prior to most events a delicious selection of dessert, beverages and piano accompaniment in the Fern Young Terrace. Young Auditorium is more than a performance; it’s an Artstanding experience!

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