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Things to Do in Baraboo

Local Attractions to Make Your Devil's Lake Visit Super Fun

Devil's Lake State Park brings hundreds of thousands of folks to the Baraboo area each year, but there are lots of other things to do while you're here. Check out the below list of local things do and see if any strike your fancy. If so, more information can be found on their websites (linked via the attraction title). If you're looking for active, outdoor things to do, check out Outdoor Activities.

Family Fun

Aldo Leopold Foundation | 25 minutes northeast, on the Wisconsin River | Map
Visit the shack where Aldo Leopold lived, studied and gained many of the stories and insights he shares in his famous book, A Sand County Almanac. The Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to inspiring an ethical relationship between people and land through the legacy of Aldo Leopold. Open year-round, Mon - Sat, but check the seasonal hours.

Baraboo Walking Tours 10 minutes north on the Baraboo Town Square Map
Recently placed at #4 in Smithsonian Magazines's "20 Best Small Towns," Baraboo as a charming downtown worth exploring. Join Shelley or Mat for a fun, educational tour of Baraboo history and architecture. Tours run at various times daily, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.

Baraboo Sunday Market | 10 minutes north on the Baraboo Town Square Map
The Downtown Baraboo Sunday Market includes antique dealers, collectors, artisans and crafters selling their work on the streets of Downtown Baraboo. The Market runs every Sunday, from Memorial Day weekend through October 20th, rain or shine from 10am - 3pm.

Circus World Museum | 10 minutes north in downtown Baraboo | Map
The Greatest Show on Earth is not your handheld electronic device... it's the circus! Visit the historic home of the Ringling Bros. Circus for live circus shows, tons of circus history, and a sweet remembrance of yesteryear. Check website for current hours and admissions information.

Little Norway | 60 minutes southwest, near Blue Mound | Map
A one-of-a-kind historic Norwegian homestead converted to an educational, authentic living museum. The Norse architecture tucked into this secluded wooded valley feels magical and sublime. Note: Little Norway is closed for renovations in 2013.

Ochsner Park Zoo | 12 minutes north in downtown Baraboo | Map
Small but FREE zoo just northwest of the Baraboo town square. An intimate small-town zoo with some unique animals (some which you can pet) and lots of big shade trees.

Huge bins of apples and more at Ski Hi Fruit FarmSki-Hi Apple Orchard | 5 minutes west on Ski Hi Road | Map
When harvest time comes around and the leaves are beginning to turn, Ski-Hi is packed with folks ready to enjoy the shiny-red fall bounty. Ski-Hi sells more than apples though; they have all sorts of apple products, including carmel apples and cold cider, and a fantastic selection of PIE. Ski-Hi does not offer u-pick in their orchards, but stop in to pick up treats to enjoy at Devil's Lake or once you get home.

Stage & Screen

The exterior of the Al Ringling Theatre on the square in downtown Baraboo, Wisconsin.Al Ringling Theater | 10 minutes north in downtown Baraboo | Map
Catch a matinee or see a live show in this gorgeous historic theater on Baraboo's town square. Even if there's nothing playing, it's worth dropping in to see the architecture. Check their Upcoming Events or Facebook pages for the latest scheduled shows.

Driftless Film Festival | November film festival in Baraboo, Spring Green, Mineral Point, and Platteville
Since 2010, the Driftelss Film Festival has been showcasing unique files in the beautiful small-town theaters of southwest Wisconsin's Driftless Region. The 2013 festival will be November 7 - 10. Climb during the day and enjoy the cinema at night!

American Players Theater | 55 minutes southwest in Spring Green | Map
APT is the finest outdoor theater company in the Midwest, featuring plays by Shakespeare and other well-known playrights each summer and autumn. Check the calendar to see what's playing during your stay. If it's raining, don't fret... APT has an INDOOR theater as well.

The Sh*tty Barn | 50 minutes southwest in Spring Green | Map
An intimate music venue with outstanding performances in the quaintest little town on the Wisconsin River. Get your tickets early, as Barn shows often sell out in advance. Find a date, bring a picnic basket, and enjoy a fine summer evening at the Barn. Check the calendar

Unique

Dr. Evermor's Forevertron | 15 minutes south of Devils Lake on Hwy. 12 | Map
It's easy to miss Dr. Evermore's place, but you MUST stop in because it's AMAZING. Plan on at least on hour to wander the grounds and take in the incredible creatures, machines, musical instruments, and crazy creations Dr. Evermor has created from found items and scrap metal. It might sound bad, but it's really good. Hours vary, but Lady Eleanor is usually around Thursday thru Monday, 11:00 - 5:00.

House on the Rock | 50 minutes southwest near Spring Green | Map
One man's bizarre, overwhelming, stunning collection of whimsy, art, and kitsch on display in an amazing house. Home to the world's largest carousel, an unsupported room that reaches out over a cliff, extensive Japanese gardens, and all sorts of. A must-see. Open April thru November, 9:00 to 5:00 or 6:00 (summer).

International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WIInternational Crane Foundation | 20 minutes north of Devils Lake | Map
Local non-profit supporting conservation and research with 15 species of cranes from around the world. The founders converted their family farm into an amazing crane habitat and research reserve, including up-close crane viewing opportunities, restored prairies, and well-maintained hiking trails. Take a guided tour (free with admission) or explore on your own, but plan on at least two hours. Check for current hours and admission fees.

 

A car exits the Merrimac Ferry in Okee, WI

Merrimac Ferry | 15 minutes south in Merrimac, on Lake Wisconsin | Map
The only remaining passenger ferry in Wisconsin, the Merrimac Ferry makes nostalgic yet practical crossings of Lake Wisconsin, connecting State Route 113. Enjoy burgers or ice cream while you wait for your ship to come in at the north shore snack stand.

Taliesin | 45 minutes southwest near Spring Green |Map
Tour Frank Lloyd Wright's famous residence and design tour-de-force, Taliesin. Four standard tours, along with a few specialty tours, offer opportunities to learn about one of America's most popular and interesting architects and the National Historic Landmarks he left behind. Tour admission ranges from $16 to $80. Open daily May - October, 9:00 - 5:30.

Food & Drink

Baraboo Farmer's Market | 10 minutes north on downtown Baraboo's town square | Map
Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, local farmers, bakers, cheese makers and others display their delicious wares and chat with visitors on Baraboo's town square. Get breakfast downtown and buy your lunch supplies at the Market.

Outside seating at Wollershiem Winery in Prairie du SacWollersheim Winery | 25 minutes south near Prairie du Sac | Map
Wisconsin's best known, award-winning winery, Wollersheim has established a strong reputation in the Midwest and beyond for its white and rosé wines. Drop in for a tour (hourly at quarter past, $5/person) and a tasting of the Wollersheim wines. Open daily from 10 to 5, year round (check the website for holiday hours).

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