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An engaging small town on the banks of Lake Ripley, Cambridge is famous throughout the Midwest as the home of Rowe Pottery. The company’s retail outlet anchors the downtown. Shoppers will also enjoy the city’s restaurants, gift and antique shops. Nearby, Cam Rock County Park offers a challenging system of hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails. Race fans may know that Cambridge is the hometown of Matt Kenseth and will want to make a stop at the Matt Kenseth Museum and Fan Club Store for a chance to see race cars and memorabilia.
Fishing? You’ll catch the big one if you ...
Cruise on Lake Ripley. The Wisconsin State record for the largest largemouth bass was caught in Lake Ripley in 1940. Lake Ripley is a clean, clear, spring fed lake, great for paddle sports, boating, fishing and most of all great swimming! Check out Ripley Park which is an 18 acre park with a beautiful beach with shade trees, tennis courts, playground, basketball, disc golf course, picnic areas, bath house, concession stand and much more.
Explore your creative side
Cambridge has a thriving artistic community. Home to world famous Rowe Pottery Works and Cambridge Stoneware in downtown Cambridge, there are pottery artists all around Cambridge also.
When the seasons change you may be surprised to find...
Biking in the snow with fat tire bikes available for rent right on the edge of Cam-Rock Trail right in downtown Cambridge. You can also rent snowshoes, skates and cross country skis. In the summer months, you can also take your bike on the exquisite mountain bike trails at Cam-Rock Park. Rent a kayak or paddleboard and cruise the Koshkonong Creek right through Cambridge to Rockdale. Have lunch and catch a ride back to Cambridge from Cam-Rock Sport & Cafe.
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The Village bustles with activity during the numerous festivals held year-round. In spring and summer, Cambridge holds events like the Diva Day-The Royal Treatment, Spring Potters Tour, Elements of Art Fair, Cambridge Pottery Festival & US Pottery Games in Lake Ripley Park and Umbrella Daze with live music, kids activities and more. In the fall, Cambridge presents Maxwell Street Days and the Friends of the Library Book Sale, Fall Fest & Family Wellness Expo, Barktoberfest, and the Friends of Cambridge Library Folk Craft Fair. Cambridge celebrates the holidays with the annual Diva Day Expo and Cambridge Country Christmas weekend event. The Village transforms into a Dickens-era Victorian Village with Madrigal singers filling the air, horse-drawn hayrides, gingerbread house building, plus visits from Santa all weekend long and an art fair and more.
Small town charm
Cambridge is a wonderful small town with cosmopolitan flair. It is full of charm and natural beauty with wonderful outdoor adventures, annual family fun events, quaint specialty shops, cozy and comfortable bed & breakfasts and a great cup of coffee. These are just of few of the experiences that made Cambridge one of the top “100 Best Small Town Getaways” by Midwest Living Magazine. History buffs will get a sense of the rich heritage of the Greater Cambridge and Lake Ripley area at the Cambridge Historic School, listed on the Wisconsin and National Register of Historic Places. A self-guided walking tour of historic homes delights all who take it with a range of architectural styles and period details. Cambridge boasts a wide variety of quaint shops and specialty stores. Throughout town, anchored by historic Main Street, shoppers will find Amish-made furniture, salt-glazed and art pottery, clothing, home accessories, antiques, galleries, Scandinavian gifts, jewelry and more. Looking for a great place to dine? Try our coffee houses, full-service restaurants, and bakery. A diverse collection of local pubs and cafes, plus award-winning bed & breakfasts also adorn Cambridge.