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Soak Up Summer in Wausau, Wisconsin

Start in the 400 Block - the city center with urban green space, outdoor amphitheater, historic galleries and theaters, and home to Jefferson Street Inn - and fan out from there. Here are staff favorites in both the downtown district and the great outdoors.

Be Active

Canoe and kayak the Wisconsin River, its tributaries and area lakes. Did You Know: Wausau has one of only two urban whitewater kayak and canoe competition courses in the country.
Biking options in Wausau are as plentiful as the day is long. There are more than 100 miles of bike routes running through metro Wausau, including a 26-mile loop around the city for those who want to give urban biking a try. Ambitious cyclists will be drawn to the rails-to-trails route of Mountain-Bay State Trail, an 83-mile scenic trail. For mountain bikers, the Nine Mile Forest Recreation Area is your ticket to fun.
Hiking is heavenly at Dells of the Eau Claire County Park, with five miles of trails running along both sides of the Eau Claire River. Rib Mountain State Park's network of meandering trails covers 1,500 acres. Big Eau Pleine County Park has 10 miles of trails with terrific views of the flowage.
Golf comes in several styles - 9-hole, 18-hole, and disc golf.
Nature preserves feed the soul and the body. The Monk Botanical Gardens is an urban sanctuary. For a hike away from the city, try Riedel-Redmond Nature Preserve. The George W. Mead Wildlife Area is a wonderful spot for birders, with nearly 270 specifies known to inhabit or migrate through each year. You can also train your dog here, a plus for anyone bringing their dog along to pet-friendly Jefferson Street Inn. Or walk the boardwalks through the wetlands of the Bitzke Waterfowl Refuge.

Be Artsy

NEW: Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art promises to inspire visitors, starting with its location in a historic building once known as the Wausau Club. The museum features the work of established artists and offers workshops too. See how art connects people at Wausau's newest arts venue.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum never ceases to amaze in landing major exhibits. This summer don't miss the large-scale sculptures by Miami-based artist Federico Uribe. The sculptures are fanciful transformations of everyday objects, often put together in startling ways. Spend time in the gardens too. Admission is free and the museum is Travel Green Wisconsin certified.
Center for the Visual Arts offers free exhibits in four professional gallery spaces, including the new Vault Gallery on the main floor. The Center's gift shop is located in nearby Washington Square.
The 319 is part art gallery featuring paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography and fiber art, much by local artists, and part comfort food bistro.
DeJean Art Gallery features contemporary oil on canvas paintings created by a number of artists, including the owners.

Be a Foodie

City Grill is right off the lobby of the Jefferson Street Inn. This contemporary bistro specializes in American cuisine. Serving lunch and dinner. Stop for a drink at the very least, as the wine and cocktail menu is outstanding.
Back When Café serves upscale food based on farm-to-table values. They're a member of the Slow Food Movement. This restaurant would be just as at home in Chicago or the Twin Cities as it is in Wausau. Al fresco seating too.
Thrive Foodery takes farm-to-table to art form with its delicious dishes that support the community.
2510 Restaurant is the kind of place you can pop in for coffee and pastries in the morning and return for one of their specialty entrées for dinner.
Vino Latte is a combo coffeeshop, eatery and wine boutique. The patio is dog friendly too!
Breweries, like all good things, come in threes here - Bull Falls Brewery featuring beers brewed in the German tradition, with tap room and beer garden; Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company, with a long history in Wisconsin; and Red Eye Brewing Company, with one-of-a-kind beers and wood-fired pizza.
NEW: Daly's Restaurant serves an eclectic menu - think jambalaya to red curry noodles to duck wontons - with a jazzy live music schedule too.
NEW: Jemma's Café caught our attention with its clever gourmet sandwich menu board, and the ice cream desserts didn't hurt either.

Music

Concerts on the Square celebrates 25 years this year of bringing thousands to the city center for free outdoor concerts on summer nights. Concerts are every Wednesday evening, excluding July 4, from June 13 to Aug. 22. Music starts at 6 p.m.
The Grand Theater is a performing arts hub on the 400 Block. The 2018 schedule starts with the Beach Boys and wraps up with Mannheim Steamroller.
Marketplace Thursdays on the 400 Block takes place right outside the front door of the Jefferson Street Inn. Shop the farmers' market, grab lunch from a food truck, and support local artists by buying a piece of jewelry, all the while enjoying live music. Runs June 21-Sept. 20.
Isaac's Fine Apparel & Accessories has made a name for itself as the city's high-end fashion boutique. Another treat of shopping here is the personal service.
Shepherd & Shaller Sporting Goods has equipment for biking, paddling, hiking and camping, plus apparel and footwear. What kind of outdoor enthusiast are you?
Katzenbarkers Natural Pet Foods & Supplies is a must-stop for pet-lovers (don't forget, Jefferson Street Inn is pet-friendly). The staff here is passionate about helping pets live long and healthy lives. They also know your pet needs to play and carry toys for dogs and cats.
Evolutions in Design is the type of store you'll want to visit every time you're in Wausau, as the interior design items here - think local artifacts to fresh plants - and the way they're so artfully displayed is always a "wow" experience.
Sweets on 3rd will satisfy your sweet tooth, whether you crave chocolates, ice cream, Italian ice or classic candies.
Janke Book Store is where we all shop for a good summer read. It is Wisconsin's oldest bookstore, established in 1874. Hooray for independent booksellers! Tip: They carry an intriguing selection of local history books, gifts and toys too.
NEW: Blackash Urban Goods boutique features women's clothes with an emphasis on contemporary fashion and accessories at wonderful price points.
 

Events

Marketplace Thursdays on the 400 Block takes place right outside the front door of the Jefferson Street Inn. Shop the farmers' market, grab lunch from a food truck, and support local artists by buying a piece of jewelry, all the while enjoying live music. Runs June 21-Sept. 20.
Isaac's Fine Apparel & Accessories has made a name for itself as the city's high-end fashion boutique. Another treat of shopping here is the personal service.
Shepherd & Shaller Sporting Goods has equipment for biking, paddling, hiking and camping, plus apparel and footwear. What kind of outdoor enthusiast are you?
Katzenbarkers Natural Pet Foods & Supplies is a must-stop for pet-lovers (don't forget, Jefferson Street Inn is pet-friendly). The staff here is passionate about helping pets live long and healthy lives. They also know your pet needs to play and carry toys for dogs and cats.
Evolutions in Design is the type of store you'll want to visit every time you're in Wausau, as the interior design items here - think local artifacts to fresh plants - and the way they're so artfully displayed is always a "wow" experience.
Sweets on 3rd will satisfy your sweet tooth, whether you crave chocolates, ice cream, Italian ice or classic candies.
Janke Book Store is where we all shop for a good summer read. It is Wisconsin's oldest bookstore, established in 1874. Hooray for independent booksellers! Tip: They carry an intriguing selection of local history books, gifts and toys too.
NEW: Blackash Urban Goods boutique features women's clothes with an emphasis on contemporary fashion and accessories at wonderful price points.
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