With all there is to see, do and enjoy, the city of Fond du Lac may seem like the center of it all in our area. And in a way, it is — because the Lake Winnebago Region is vast and diverse, with a variety of authentic and charming communities for you to explore and discover within 30 minutes drive of Fond du Lac. So head north, south, east or west, and look forward to something new and fun awaiting you at every turn.
Waupun, rightfully referred to as the City of Sculpture, offers visitors an opportunity to experience its rich tradition and history. Downtown Waupun has remained mostly unchanged since the small town got its start in the early 1900s. One distinction is the numerous and stunning sculptures that dot the community and seem to be at every turn. The crown jewel of this collection is the majestic End of the Trail bronze statue on the shores of the Rock River. This public art was donated by art enthusiast and sculptor, Clarence Shaler. This hometown hero bestowed his love of sculpting upon his beautiful town by donating many of his works and bringing an appreciation of art to the community. Today Waupun has one of the highest concentrations of public art per capita in the United States, thanks to this remarkable pioneer and the rich cultural inheritance he left behind. No visit to Waupun is complete without a stop at Guth's End of the Trail Candy Shoppe! This family has been making sweet treats since 1921 and boy do they got it right! For the person who enjoys the outdoors year-round, Waupun has a heavily wooded 9-hole disc golf course that runs through a mature hardwood forest in the northern portion of Waupun's County Park. This course - ranked number four in the entire country - has two tees and two baskets on every hole to give the course a unique 36 holes. No fee to play, just bring your own discs!
Ripon is home to some very popular destination locations. If you're in the mood for a view, travel up to the top of Ripon's scenic overlook, located on the edge of Ripon near Ripon's historic Ripon College. If food and drink are what you're after, Ripon's Main Street houses many fine establishments including Knuth Brewing Company, a brewpub that brews an assortment of artisan beers in house. These beers have national appeal and are extremely popular among the guests. While at the brewpub, you can enjoy a fresh, wood-fired pizza baked in their old-style brick oven. Enjoy a laid back weekend by visiting the nearby wineries and exploring the miles and miles of nearby trails. Also, you can visit the towns just east of Ripon known for some of the best antiquing in the country. Vines & Rushes Winery for a sip or two (or a glass or two) of delicious Wisconsin wine. Also, you can visit the towns just east of Ripon known for some of the best antiquing in the country. A trip to Ripon without a visit to Larson's Famous Clydesdales is a missed opportunity! See the only exciting, entertaining and personalized 90-minute guided tour and grandstand show featuring these gentle giants.
Calumet County is known by many as one of the most scenic and serene of Wisconsin's counties. Surrounded by farmland, visitors can take a scenic tour of the eastern shores of Lake Winnebago and stop at High Cliff State Park along the way for some sightseeing. There you will see beautiful bluffs, trails and natural waterfalls. If you time it right, enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. As you travel south on your road trip, you'll find many small towns with big personalities. Each town offers a little something that will make the stop worthwhile, whether it is a local ice cream shop or corner bar.
The Horicon Marsh area includes a group of small towns as well. While visiting the area to get your fill of nature and its abundance of wildlife, make sure you stop in one of the nearby towns for a special treat. Theresa offers a local favorite, fresh cheese curds at Widmer's Cheese Cellars and everyone's absolute favorite, Confections For Any Occasion, owned and operated by the blind chocolatier Mr. Joel Bernhard. If you want to try a fried, spicy version of these tasty curds, stop on in at the Pioneer Keg, a cozy corner bar and restaurant in the heart of town on Hwy 175. If you travel a few miles east, you will find yourself in the town of Mayville. Mayville has a beautiful downtown that runs along the Rock River. The downtown has an abundance of shops and eateries. For a taste of history, make sure to stop by the Post Office that has been in operation for over 170 years in downtown Mayville. Adventure out into what is referred to as the “Everglades of the North,” which is fun and easy to explore with the Horicon Marsh Boat Tours. The Horicon Marsh Explorium is an awesome opportunity to learn in an interactive way just what makes the Horicon Marsh so special.
Kettle Moraine Scenic Area
The Kettle Moraine Scenic Area spans approximately 30 miles from Glenbeulah to Kewaskum and includes the Kettle Moraine State Forest. If you're a geology expert or just find this land of ours beautiful, make sure to visit the Ice Age Visitor Center to see how it was created. You can learn about how our hills, valleys and waterways were formed by glaciers sweeping the land many years ago as well as adventure through the nearby trails. You will gain an understanding of rock formations and waterways along your way. For a high altitude view of this beautiful area, look for Parnell Tower, south of Greenbush and north of Long Lake. If you're interested in hearing some quirky stories of aliens and UFOs, stop in at Benson's Hide-A-Way located on the northwest shore of Long Lake in Dundee. For other water fun, visit Nan Seas Tiki Bar on Kettle Moraine Lake or the Crooked Lake or Mauthe Lake Recreation Area.