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 our list of local things do and see if any strike your fancy. If so, more information can be found on each attraction's respective websites. If you're looking for active, outdoor things to do, check out our outdoor activities information.


Family Fun

Aldo Leopold Foundation

25 minutes northeast, on the Wisconsin River | Map

Visit "The Shack" - the famous structure where renown conservationist Aldo Leopold 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 Leopold and his family. Open year-round, Monday through Saturday, 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 has 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 SquareMap

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, rain or shine from 10 AM - 3 PM.
 

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.
 

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 Farm
Huge bins of apples and more at Ski Hi Fruit Farm

Ski-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 and fall fare, including caramel apples and cold cider, and a fantastic selection of PIE. Catch them at the right time, and you can indulge in a warm, fresh baked apple turnover. Ski-Hi does not offer a you pick option in their orchards, but stop in to pick up treats to enjoy at Devil's Lake or on your way home.


Stage & Screen

The exterior of the Al Ringling Theatre on the square in downtown Baraboo, Wisconsin.
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 Driftless Film Festival has been showcasing unique films in the beautiful small-town theaters of southwest Wisconsin's Driftless Region. Check the film fest website for each year's festival dates and features.
 

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. Evermor'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 through Monday, 11 AM - 5 PM.
 

House on the Rock

50 minutes southwest near Spring Green | Map

One man's bizarre, overwhelming, stunning collection of whimsy and art 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 other quirky kitsch. A must-see. Open April through November, 9 AM to 5 PM (or 6 during the summer months.)
 

International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI
International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI

International Crane Foundation

20 minutes north of Devils Lake | Map

This local non-profit supports conservation and research and is the only place you can view all 15 species of cranes from around the world. The founders converted their family farm into amazing crane habitat and a research reserve. A visit to the International Crane Foundation includes up-close crane viewing opportunities, and walks through restored prairies on 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
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 through October, 9 AM to 5:30 PM.


Food & Drink

Outside seating at Wollershiem Winery in Prairie du Sac
Outside seating at Wollershiem Winery in Prairie du Sac

Baraboo Farmer's Market

10 minutes north on downtown Baraboo's town square | Map

Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 7:30 AM until 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.
 

Wollersheim Winery & Distillery

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. In 2015, the Wollersheim family also opened a distillery on-site, featuring a line of specialty craft spirits. Drop in for a tour (hourly at quarter past, $5/person) and a tasting of the Wollersheim wine and spirits. Open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM, year round (check the website for holiday hours).