15 Best Things To Do in Waukesha, Wisconsin

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Waukesha, situated in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, can be the perfect place for your next vacation. The city is known as the "Spring City" for its extremely clean and great-tasting spring water. It came to also earn the name "spa town" over the years. There are a variety of things to do in Waukesha to keep you engaged and offer a bunch of unique & fun-filled experiences for its visitors. From cultural and historical monuments, numerous parks, various centers for fun activities like paintball, skate rinks, delectable local cuisine to natural attractions, there are various points of interests in Waukesha for everyone. Check this list of things to do in Waukesha, Wisconsin while planning your trip.

1. Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum

If you want a historical tour of the land and are curious to know about its inhabitants, then a visit to Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum is mandatory. The museum offers a range of exhibits dedicated to the local history. The building is handicap accessible, kid-friendly and pocket-friendly. It offers a look into the industries, businesses; places and ideas that helped shape this community. The museum also has a special Led Paul exhibit, with a number of his guitars on display and also a section dedicated to the Civil War.

2. Retzer Nature Center

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Over 25,000 people visit this park annually to hike the 450 acres of lush land, participate in environmental education programs and to visit the learning center. This beautiful park is surrounded by native plants and wildlife exhibits. You can hike through the beautiful prairies and find yourself surrounded by over 26,000 trees. The site also has a planetarium and conducts yearly events and field trips.

3. Glacial Drumlin Trail

If you are an avid nature-lover and seek adventure, then this hiking trail stretching across 52 miles through farmlands and beautiful scenery will definitely interest you. It is considered as one of the best bicycle trails in Wisconsin as the trail begins in Waukesha and leads all the way to Dousman flanked by scenic beauty on both sides. The smooth limestone and asphalt surface make it ideal for bicyclists, joggers and walkers alike.

4. Prairieville Park

Prairieville Park boasts attractions for people of all ages including an 18 – hole adventure mini golf course for players of all ages and also hosts outdoor batting cages with pitching machines for both softball and baseball batters and bumper car rides perfect for children, teens, and adults alike. It is surrounded by beautiful waterfalls, creeks, and ponds. Once you finish a game of mini golf or a ride in the bumper cars, head to Prairieville Park Gift Shop that offers a large assortment of souvenirs and collectibles.

5. Sky Zone Milwaukee

This trampoline entertainment center is the perfect place if you want to have some fun family time. Aside from a number of trampolines for you to jump on, the place also offers different activities like a warped wall, wall climbing, sky joust, and a warrior course. Also, don't miss out on the spectacular Glow Zone at night time.

6. Crush Wine Bar

If you are a wine-lover, make sure that you head to Crush Wine Bar for its great tasting wine in both whites and reds, cozy atmosphere, live music and much more. If you are not in the mood for a glass of wine, the place also offers beer. They organize wine tasting events that are fun and informative. It has a tasting bar as well as tables where you can sit and enjoy your wine in front of the fireplace. It's the perfect place to come with a date, friends or alone. 

7. Fox River Park

This scenic park spread across 257 acres of land offers a variety of activities for lovers of the outdoors. The paved and wooded trails along the Fox River are an ideal spot for walking, biking, hiking, or rollerblading. Other than beautiful trails, the park also offers a playground for kids, a baseball diamond and lots of open space for other activities like soccer, Frisbee or just flying kite. You can also enjoy kayaking or boating in the water and rent paddle boats, surrey bikes, and regular bikes. It's an ideal spot for family picnics and a great retreat for nature lovers.

8. Pewaukee Lakefront Park

Pewaukee Lake is the largest lake in Waukesha and is also considered to be one of the best fishing spots in the county. You get to experience the thrill of fishing, sailing, water skiing or canoeing along the pristine waters. It hosts live music every Wednesday night and a free ski show in Thursday nights. There is also a wide selection of food for you to choose from along with fun little shops.

9. Frame Park

Frame Park is a stunning garden that offers so many activities and fun things that you will feel strapped for time. There are gardens, a playground, a baseball diamond, indoor rec center, an event hall, and a paved trail that runs parallel to the Fox River. The picturesque park is home to historic springs and formal gardens ideal for rollerblading, a run or a leisurely walk. Stroll around the beautiful gardens or rollerblade along the riverside, to make the most of your visit. The park also hosts a variety of events like Old Car Club Show, Fiesta Waukesha, Badgerland Water Ski Show, and Oktoberfest.

10. Escape Chambers

Your trip would be incomplete without a visit to Escape Chambers. It creates scenarios and storylines and lets you and your friends experience them first-hand. These rooms test your courage and challenge your problem-solving ability. You can choose from different escape rooms, each offering a different adventure to escape reality. It's an ideal location for birthday parties and date nights. They have a craft beer bar offering over forty varieties of craft beer as well as domestic and malt beverages.

11. Lasertag Adventure

If you are a sports and adventure enthusiast and are looking for an indoor gaming experience, then you ought to make a stop at Lasertag Adventure. The place offers laser tag arenas and a laser maze to indulge in some virtual shooting games. Apart from laser tags, they also have dodgeball, trampolines, and a bowling arcade.  It's an absolutely fun-filled experience for kids and adults alike. In addition to the gaming experiences, it also has a variety of food choices from pizza, nachos ice-creams, to other concession foods.

12. Minooka Park

The easy access to the park makes it a preferred place for families to visit and have fun with their kids. The park contains numerous bike and hiking trails that are properly marked. There is a pond for swimming with lifeguards on duty, which makes it safe for kids to also enjoy swimming. The dogs are also allowed in the park. It can also be reserved for private events and picnics.

13. Fixture Brewing Company

If you are a beer-lover, then you must stop by Fixture Brewing Company that makes and bottles a variety of beers. Aside from beer, they also offer an array of ales and stouts. It is an ideal location for a date night or an outing with your friends. Apart from an amazing drink selection, you can indulge in activities such as darts tournaments and trivia nights organized by the brewery. Don't forget to sample the Wizard Weiss while you are at Fixture Brewing Company.

14. Brew City Paintball and Entertainment

Brew City Paintball and Entertainment offers its visitors two all turf indoor arenas with ever-changing obstacles, a zombie shooting gallery, and state of the art rental gears. This unique playing experience is suitable for both new and advanced players. Indoor Bazooka Ball uses soft foam balls shot from paintball guns which make it a safer alternative for kids.

15. Waukesha Skateland

If you are looking for an exciting experience or a relaxed outing, make sure you head to Waukesha Skateland. This location is a paradise for children offering weekly specials for kids of all ages. The rinks are spacious and well-maintained and make for a great, thrilling experience. It not only offers a skating rink but also an inflatable playground for small children. From offering skating lessons to organizing roller hockey leagues, it offers an exciting array of activities for all.

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  1. Wisconsin Fear Grounds

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    Wisconsin Fear Grounds

    Tags: Ancient Ruin

    Address: 1000 Northview Rd, Waukesha, WI 53188, USA

    Timings: 06:45 pm - 11:00 pm Details

    To please yourself with haunting experiences, you must visit Wisconsin Fear Grounds which accommodates three haunted houses altogether. Morgana along with her eight witch sisters will welcome you to V...Read more

  2. Lasertag Adventure

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    Lasertag Adventure

    Tags: Adventure Sport

    Address: 1814 Dolphin Dr, Waukesha, WI 53186, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    If you are in USA and interested for some adventurous sports then you can surely pay a visit to Lasertag Adventure. As the name suggests, this place provides the opportunity of playing with laser guns...Read more

  3. Ten Chimneys

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    Robert Bauer

    George was extremely knowledgeable and we enjoyed his guessing 'baiting' game on theatre trivia to the four of us. We highly recommend a tour such as this for everyone. And thank you to his shadow, Ro...

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  4. Fox River Park

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    Tyler Nielsen

    Beautiful park with nice playground and vast amount of wood and paved walking trails. We especially like the wooded trails in winter!

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  5. Minooka Park

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    Grand Admiral Howard

    This is a great place to do anything. If you want to rent a site for a gathering, it's great! Mountain biker? Some of the best trails I've ever seen! For anyone who likes to sled or wants to try out s...

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  6. Icombat Waukesha

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    Address: 1023 Spring City Dr, Waukesha, WI 53186, USA

    Timings: 11:30 am - 10:30 pm Details
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    Rick Lundskow

    I've been here a couple times and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Having the real gear versus the plastic lasers is great. Also, the map is great with several places to hide. There are several di...

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  7. Carroll University

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  8. Waukesha County Airport

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    Guy Byars

    Really amazing small airport, excellent and clean restrooms and lots of little amenities. They had a small beverage service and did provide shuttles to the different hangars. The service was terrific,...

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  9. First Baptist Church

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