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Here's Why Wausau is So Wonderful in the Summer

In Wisconsin, we relish every hour of every summer day. And here in Wausau, the city takes on a warm summer glow thanks to outdoor concerts, sculpture gardens, fitness travel options, and free events. Shops and restaurants stay open late so you can soak up all the city has to offer. Ready to create the ultimate summer getaway itinerary? Good, because we have lots of insider finds and ideas for you, many of them walkable right from the hotel.

It's All about the Music

First Thursdays Meander downtown Wausau in a festival setting of performing and visual art stages throughout the city's shopping district. Runs from 4-8 p.m. every first Thursday through September.

Concerts on the Square This is the 6 year of Concerts on the Square. Each Wednesday evening, nearly 3,000 people gather to enjoy live music and summer nights. This series runs 10 weeks, is free, and there will be food trucks on site.

City Grill Bistro Live Music Make your way to this bistro, a perennial favorite with the locals and conveniently located on the ground floor of the hotel, for live music starting at 8 p.m.  

Wausau Area Summer Music Wausau brings a variety of music all summer long. Check out additional music events this Summer in Wausau. 



Approachable Art and Good Reads

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum  "The Art of Seating" is the newest exhibit at the museum, spanning 200 years of exceptional chair design, both functional and sculptural. While there, be sure to view the "Out of the Vault" collection focusing on six bird species.

The 319 This eclectic fine art gallery features paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography and fiber art, all by local artists.

DeJean Art Gallery Featuring contemporary oil on canvas paintings created by a number of artists, including the owners.

Center for the Visual Arts Free exhibits in three professional gallery spaces are a must-see. The current exhibit, "The Garden of Eatin'," celebrates the fruits and labor of summer. Pop in to the gift shop for original artists' works. Great Gift store ,located in our complex.

Hazel Home Art and Antiques You'll find a mix of folk art, fine art, outsider art and found object sculpture here, plus a select assortment of works by local artists.

Then & Now Combining historic photos with modern images to put you in the thread of Wausau's history.

Janke Book Store Shop for a good summer read at Wisconsin's oldest bookstore. They carry an intriguing selection of local history books too.


Paddling, Pedaling, Backpacking, Putting

Canoe and Kayak The Wisconsin River and Lake Wausau are part of a major canoe route. Wausau has one of only two urban whitewater kayak and canoe competition courses in the country. If you prefer to rent equipment, there are a number of canoe and kayak outfitters nearby.

Bike Routes With more than 100 miles of bike routes running through metro Wausau, including a 26-mile loop around the city, you'll want to give urban biking a try. Then head out to experience the rails-to-trails route of Mountain-Bay State Trail. For mountain bikers, the Nine Mile Forest Recreation Area is your ticket to fun.

Hiking Trails The Dells of the Eau Claire County Park is a special jewel 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 Courses Take your pick of 9-hole and 18-hole courses in the area. For anyone into disc golf, we have a trio of courses that will definitely test your skills.

Breathe in Nature

Nature Preserves The Monk Botanical Gardens is an urban sanctuary. For a hike away from the city, try Riedel-Redmond Nature Preserve.

Wildlife Centers 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.


Farmers' Market + Al Fresco Dining

Marketplace Thursdays on the 400 Block Walk outside the front door of the Jefferson Street Inn and cross the street to the farmers' market. Grab lunch from a food truck, support local artists by buying a piece of jewelry, enjoy live music, and purchase some fresh produce for home. 

Patio Dining Lots of choices for al fresco dining in Wausau. Some of our favorites include Thrive Foodery with its awesome farm-to-table emphasis, 2510 Restaurant, Great Dane Pub & Brewing, Vino Latte (patio is dog friendly too!), and our very own City Grill Bistro.


Time Your Visit

Fourth of July Festivities Quintessential Americana with fireworks, music, food and rides.
Balloon & Rib Fest, July 7-10 Enjoy the colorful evening spectacle of hot air balloons glowing in the night sky, munch on ribs, see pigs race, dance to live music, and more.
Chalkfest, July 9-10 See The 400 Block transformed into a work of art as more than 300 chalk artists stage a sidewalk takeover.
Screen on the Green, July 22 and August 12 Enjoy a free movie outside at dusk on The 400 Block just across the street from the hotel.
Big Bull Falls Blues Fest, August 19-20 This is Wisconsin's longest running blues fest now in its 25th year. Located on Fern Island, a one-of-a-kind venue.
Wausau Marathon, August 20 This is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Half, 5K and Kids Fun Run too.
Artrageous Weekend, September 10-11 Gather in Marathon Park to see the works of more than 120 artists, plus more artists in The 400 Block. Free admission to the Center for the Visual Arts. Stop at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum for the Opening of "Birds in Art," the renowned showcase of creative displays of birds in art.
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