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Nestled amid 2,000 acres of scenic parkland on the banks of the Rock River, Janesville is truly “Wisconsin’s Park Place.” Outdoor attractions include the Rotary Botanical Gardens, a 20-acre international showcase of botanic gardens. Indoors, The Armory, built in 1930, has been renovated into a venue for professional dinner theater. The Janesville Performing Arts Center, another indoor charmer, graces Main Street with a full season of theater, music and dance. Approximately 20% of Wisconsin’s buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places can be found in Janesville including the Lincoln-Tallman House, Wisconsin’s only private residence where Abraham Lincoln slept.
Don't leave without tasting...
The Southwest Burger at Time Out Pub & Eatery is a fest for your taste buds featuring Cheddar cheese, bacon, guacamole and a spicy ranch dressing. Pasta at Italian House is always a family pleaser and Cozy Inn is the oldest established oriental restaurant in Wisconsin.
Top photo opportunites in Janesville are...
- Rotary Botanical Gardens is the go to spot for photographs during every Wisconsin season. The 20 acres of botanical gardens also offer plenty of architecture, statues and water features.
- The front door of the Lincoln Tallman House if the perfect backdrop for formal photos and special event photos.
- For the off-beat photo be sure to check out Bessie the Cow, our 16 foot fiberglass bovine.
Your child will always remember...
A day of play at Rockport Park and Peace Park. This 240 acre park features a swimming pool, two playground areas, soccer, restrooms, concessions, peace totem pole, teepee, six miles of trails for walking or snowshoeing and a disabled-accessible play structure.
Explore your adventurous side...
Soar over the city with the Janesville Hot Air Balloon Company.
The place for a romance is dinner at The Armory Restaurant and Lounge. Built in 1930, this restored building is now on the register of Historic Places. The menu features a variety of fine dining choices and an outstanding wine list.