How to Spent 24-Hours in Greater Wausau


Welcome to Greater Wausau, your ultimate base camp for a summer adventure! Whether you're a family seeking outdoor thrills, cultural experiences, or simply looking to unwind, we've curated an itinerary that promises an unforgettable day in our beautiful region.


Morning: Outdoor Exploration

quarry Rib Mountain State Park.

9:00 AM - Rise and Shine at Rib Mountain State Park

Start your day with an exciting morning hike at Rib Mountain State Park. From the highest terrain in Wisconsin, you can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area. Choose from a variety of trails suitable for all skill levels, like the Turkey Vulture trail on the Quarry side or the Red Trail. If you want to get your heart pumping, hike to the top of the Observation Tower and snap a family photo.


Late Morning: Cultural Immersion

Rooftop at Leigh Yawkey

11:00 AM - Visit the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

Experience the magic of art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, renowned for its stunning collection of avian-themed artwork. Engage in interactive exhibits suitable for all ages, and let your creativity soar. Check out the rooftop deck and mosey the garden before departing to enjoy stunning summer flowers. 


Lunch: Enjoy a Wausau Historic Gem

Mint Cafe

12:00 PM - Lunch at the historic Mint Cafe

Nestled in downtown Wausau, the Mint is one of Wausau's oldest, most iconic restaurants. The Mint has been a community staple since 1988 and maintains its diner vibes today. Slide into a well-worn booth and tame your hunger with old-fashioned American comfort food while gazing at autographed signed photos hanging on the walls from famous musicians. We highly recommend saving room for a slice of homemade pie. 


Afternoon: Adventure Continues

Monk Botanical Gardens

2:00 PM - Outdoor Fun at Monk Gardens

Spend the afternoon surrounded by the natural beauty of Monk Botanical Gardens. Stroll through 29 acres of themed gardens and winding trails while enjoying the serenity of this hidden jewel. There's something for everyone to enjoy amidst the park's natural beauty.


Late Afternoon: Refresh and Recharge

DTN - HI - Places to Stay - Jefferson Street Inn & Event Space

4:00 PM - Check-in at Jefferson Street Inn

For a clean and affordable stay, check into the Jefferson Street Inn in downtown Wausau. With stylish accommodations and modern amenities, it's the perfect retreat after a day of exploration.


The Chocolate Cafe

5:00 PM - Pop down to the Chocolate Cafe

After settling into your hotel room, head downstairs to the Chocolate Cafe in the Lifestyle Center for a pick-me-up. This adorable cafe focuses on specialty treats like drinking chocolates, naturally flavored gelato, fudge, and other goodies. It is a must-do experience. 


Evening and Night: Unwind and Indulge

stoney acres farm wood fired pizza

6:00 PM - Dinner at Pizza on the Farm

As the sun begins its descent, embark on a culinary adventure unlike any other at Stoney Acres Farm. Nestled in the farmland of Greater Wausau, this family-owned farm invites you to savor the season's flavors with its renowned Pizza on the Farm experience. Gather around rustic communal tables amidst the countryside setting, where the aroma of wood-fired pizzas wafts through the air. With live music adding to the festive ambiance, Pizza on the Farm at Stoney Acres promises an unforgettable dining experience embodying Greater Wausau's culinary scene.


Morning: Fill up and Head Out

Breakfast Bear

Before Departing: Brunch at One of the Best

Head over to Breakfast Bear in Rib Mountain for a hearty breakfast. Indulge in a savory dish of Sweet Potato Corned Beef Hash with two sunny-side-up eggs, grilled onions, house corned beef, sweet potatoes, whiskey maple glaze, and sourdough toast. Or dive into a sweet favorite, the Hawaiian French Toast with two pieces of brioche corn flake crusted, macadamia nuts, passion fruit purée, and powdered sugar. 


Why Greater Wausau?

  • Diverse Experiences: Greater Wausau offers something for every family member from outdoor adventures to cultural attractions.
  • Local Flavor: Sample the region's finest flavors at our renowned eateries and distilleries, showcasing the best of Wisconsin's culinary scene.
  • Scenic Beauty: Immerse yourself in the natural splendor of our parks, trails, and outdoor spaces, providing the perfect backdrop for summer escapades.
  • Memorable Stays: Whether you prefer upscale accommodations or unique boutique hotels, Greater Wausau provides a range of lodging options to suit your preferences.


Discover the charm and excitement of Greater Wausau this summer, where every moment is an opportunity for adventure and exploration! Share your adventures with us using #VisitWausau