Welcome to The Great Nearby

In the Great Nearby, you have options. Weather or not.

Greater Wausau is the perfect area to start outdoor exploration when spring emerges from winter. Miles and miles of biking, hiking, and paddling. An abundance of parks with playgrounds, walking paths along the beautiful Wisconsin River, and geological wonders like Eau Claire Dells

You can tap into family fun indoors for days the weather doesn't want to cooperate. Jump and climb at Sawmill Adventure Park, bob and weave from laser guns at Wausau on the Water (WOW), or toss your axes at Blades & Boards. A new STEM-based Children's Imaginarium opens soon downtown, and various creative outlets will keep you entertained for hours. Hands-on creativity happens at the Center for Visual Arts (CVA), Clay Corner Studio, Art at Rise Up, and the world-class Leigh Yawky Woodson Art Museum.

When ready to replenish and relax after a day of adventure, Greater Wausau offers diverse dining options to suit every taste and budget. Whether you're in the mood for comfort food, international cuisine, or farm-to-table dining, you will surely find something that hits the spot. And when it's time to turn in for the night, rest at quaint bed and breakfasts, upscale boutique hotels, or national favorites.

Write your adventure and create memories this spring that will last a lifetime in The Great Nearby.

Make Planning Easy

Enter to Win Sweepstakes

Enter to Win a Great Nearby Prize Package, including:

Two night Suite at Holiday Day Inn Express & Suites in Weston

Family Four Pack at Sawmill Adventure Park

Family Four Pack of Laser Tag at WOW

More potential prizes will be added including meal, drinks, and more.

*Drawing will be on April 30th.  A random entry will be chosen. Must be 18 years or older. Enter by filling out this online form or send a letter with the information requested above to: VisitWausau, 227460 SHRIKE AVE, WAUSAU, WI 54401.  Only one email address per entry.  

No cash value to prizes. VisitWausau and prize vendors bear no responsibility for cancellations, black-out dates or acts of God. 

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