Explore things to do in Wausau, from boutique shopping to outdoor adventures

A stay at Jefferson Street Inn, a member of Radisson Individuals, places you in the heart of Wausau’s lively River District. Simply walk outside our doors to find a wealth of things to do, from enjoying specialty shops and architecture along Third Street to viewing the works at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art. If you need to unwind between on-site meetings, stroll to a nearby riverside park. Traveling with your kids? The whole family will love the slopes at Granite Park Ski Area or the milk room at Van Der Geest Dairy. You can cap off a busy day with entertainment at venues like The Grand Theater or 400 Block.

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The Grand Theater

0.14 mi / 0.23 km from the hotel
Catch a hit Broadway show or a world-renowned performance like Stomp at this historical performing arts theater.

Monk Botanical Gardens

2.1 mi / 3.37 km from the hotel
You’ll find an urban oasis just north of downtown Wausau when you visit these gardens, which feature a Japanese-style meditation garden, a fully accessible treehouse, and several trails that take you past wildflowers and nature-inspired sculptures.

Wausau River District

0.12 mi / 0.2 km from the hotel
From boutique shops and cafes to summer concerts and the popular Chalkfest, Wausau’s entertainment district along the Wisconsin River has something for everyone. Be sure to grab a cupcake from Sweet Lola’s and then walk to Big Bull Falls Park for waterfront views.

Granite Peak Ski Area

3.16 mi / 5.08 km from the hotel
Part of Rib Mountain State Park, this ski area caters to all skill levels with everything from bunny slopes to black diamond runs. After a day on the slopes or in the terrain park, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace in the lounge.

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

0.8 mi / 1.28 km from the hotel
Snow is sculpted into fantastic shapes every winter at this free museum, which also hosts the internationally famous Birds in Art exhibit each autumn.

Mullins Cheese

16.93 mi / 27.24 km from the hotel
No visit to Wisconsin is complete without a cheesy souvenir to celebrate the land of the Cheese Heads. Take a break for some crispy fried cheese curds and browse the retail store for dairy goodness at Mullins Cheese.

Van Der Geest Dairy

6.98 mi / 11.24 km from the hotel
This dairy farm offers tours that reveal the inner workings of a 6,000-acre operation that’s home to 3,000 Holstein cows.

Wausau Whitewater Park

0.18 mi / 0.3 km from the hotel
As a host for international competitions, these Class II rapids provide thrills for both elite kayakers and adventurous intermediates. This course also offers plenty of instruction and fun for novices.

Wisconsin Woodchucks Baseball

1.04 mi / 1.67 km from the hotel
Listen for the crack of the bat at historical Athletic Park just north of downtown Wausau. Kids love cheering on the Wisconsin Woodchucks as the mascot encourages baseball fans of all ages to have a great time.

Rib Mountain State Park

3.91 mi / 6.3 km from the hotel
Pack a picnic and hike this ancient mountain, which offers great views of the surrounding region. The park is home to the Granite Peak Ski Area as well as one end of the 83-mile Mountain-Bay State Trail, which takes cyclists all the way to Green Bay.

400 Block

0.1 mi / 0.16 km from the hotel
Let the kids play at the splash pad while you rest your feet at this downtown Wausau venue, which hosts live performances, holiday celebrations, and festivals year-round. Popular summer events include the Concerts on the Square series and Marketplace Thursdays.