Wausau is located in the heart of north central Wisconsin. This beautiful area is a mix of lakes and hills, covered with Wisconsin hardwoods. Tourists who visit the Wausau area find a happy medium of lifestyles by being able to enjoy the combination of big-city amenities with the look and feel of the great Northwoods and small-town hospitality.
The residents enjoy an excellent quality of life with shopping, excellent restaurants and an extensive list of recreational and entertainment opportunities. Visitors also find these qualities appealing, as they flock to Wausau each year to enjoy their vacations. The big draw to Wausau is something that cannot be bought or taken with you. It’s the beauty and enjoyment of the outdoors. Now here’s a “Destination” packed with outdoor recreational opportunities. Come and smell the fresh air, relax, explore or spend quality time with family and friends away from it all.
Wausau is where all the seasons come alive! In the winter visitors can take on Rib Mountain, it has the highest skiable downhill run in Wisconsin. You can also experience one of the many groomed cross-country ski trails or access to over 750 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. With spring and summer come many options for golfing, hiking and biking on the area trails. Visit one of Wausau’s numerous beautiful parks, or enjoy fishing, swimming, sailing, boating or canoeing on one of the area’s beautiful rivers or lakes. Many feel that Fall is the ultimate season to experience Wausau in all of its grandeur. The forests and surrounding areas become a mixture to autumn’s rich reds, golds and ambers. And for an unforgettable view, visit the observation tower on the top of Rib Mountain for a sight of Wausau that will not be forgotten.
Wausau has another side to it, one that is worth exploring as well, its history. The area was founded on the existence of logging camps, the paper industry and dairy farms. Wausau was a melting pot for many ethnic groups, each bringing knowledge and hopes for a bright future. Their customs are still evident in the events and celebrations that take place today and visitors can discover how the area’s earliest residents created this rich heritage. Numerous historical attractions are available citywide paying homage to those who came before them.
In Wausau, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Catch a show at the Grand Theater or a Wisconsin Woodchuck game. Listen to some live music, or attend one of Wausau’s many signature events. It seems like there’s always something going on in the Wausau area and this is the year to find that out for yourself
Towns: Wausau, Mosinee, Schofield
Bodies of Waters: Wisconsin River, Lake DuBay, Mosinee Flowage, Big Eau Pleine Reservoir, Halfmoon Lake, Lake Wausau, Lake Alexander