Waukesha

  • The Pewaukee Water Ski Team performs a 3-high human pyramid.

    The Pewaukee Water Ski Team performs a 3-high human pyramid.
  • Bright flowers are in bloom in the gardens.

    Bright flowers are in bloom in the gardens.
  • Hundreds of competitors from around the world compete on the city streets in the Carl Zach Cycling Classic annual international cycling race.

    Hundreds of competitors from around the world compete on the city streets in the Carl Zach Cycling Classic annual international cycling race.
  • Spectators watch a live street painting demostration.

    Spectators watch a live street painting demostration.

Located in the heart of southeastern Wisconsin’s Lake Country, Waukesha pairs urban sophistication with small town charm. Explore historic downtown Waukesha for its architecture, boutiques, galleries, award-winning dining and pubs. Then, stroll the riverwalk that leads to picturesque Frame Park. The area offers weekly music and water ski shows, championship golf, relaxing parks and trails to bike, hike and cross-country ski.

Don't leave without tasting...

A Ponza Rotta at Jimmy’s Grotto, recognized on the BoDeans first album and highlighted recently on Good Morning America. If BBQ is your taste, check out the true southern flavor at Pat’s Rib Place, where all the meats are smoked on site and you select from four unique sauces. And don’t leave town without a stop at Divino Gelato where you will find the best hand-crafted Gelato and Sorbetto’s featuring 36 flavors daily.

Top photo opportunities are...

  • The morning sunrise on Pewaukee Lake while fishing for that trophy musky.
  • The historic architecture of downtown Waukesha from Taylor’s People’s Park Rooftop Dining.
  • Any one of the ten incredibly designed 10ft tall Gibson Les Paul model guitars celebrating Waukesha Guitartown designation in tribute to our native son, Les Paul.
  • The blooming prairie at Retzer Nature Center.

Your child will always remember...

The chores and games they participated in at Old World Wisconsin…feeding the chickens and collecting eggs, churning butter or ice cream, laundry on a scrub board and playing simpler games like stick and hoops or stilts. The one room school house is always an adventure as you line up with other students for the day’s lessons.

Find fun here...

Rent a surrey bike, paddleboat or pedal go-cart and check out the Fox River and Frame Park. If golf is your game check out the 12 plus courses available while the little ones play adventure golf. Splashtacular fun awaits at the 40,000 square foot Springs Waterpark or go outdoors to Pewaukee Beach with fun treats and great eats lining the shores.

Want to stay up late?

Check out a German Beer Hall experience at Bernie’s Tap Room and Restaurant in historic downtown Waukesha, featuring 24 beers on tap with 23 being craft brews. If you are a cigar connoisseur, just down the street you will find Southeast Wisconsin’s largest humidor at Nice Ash along with their fine selection of spirits and fun locals. Or if you are looking for a friendly pub atmosphere with a warm stool and a cold pint, check out House of Guinness also in historic downtown Waukesha.