Thirsty Pagan Brewing front view

Thirsty Pagan Brewing Company

The Thirsty Pagan Brewing Company opened in Superior in 2006, in the former Twin Ports Brewing space. The building itself, which opened in 1906 and housed a creamery for many decades, includes several different sections including a restaurant, main bar, and stage area where bands regularly perform. Through the space craft brews made on-site are…

The Pearl Ice Cream Parlor & Confectionery

One step into this old-fashioned soda fountain and ice cream parlor, and you’re whisked back to an earlier, sweeter era. Everything from home-mixed ice cream in waffle cones made right in the store to scratch-made flavored soads and rich, tasty malts from the old-school Hamilton Beach mixer and the metal cup delights the senses. A…

Willow River State Park

Following the Willow River and its beautiful valleys, Willow River State Park covers nearly 2,900 acres and offers terrific hiking, swimming, canoeing, camping, fishing, and more. The surroundings include forest and prairie grasslands with the river cutting through it all on its way to the St. Croix. The park’s crowning glory is Willow Falls, a…

Dahl Auto Museum

The Dahl Auto Museum offers a stroll down memory lane, where you can immerse yourself in the rich history of automobiles. The Dahl family has been in the automotive dealer business for over 100 years, spanning five generations – so they know their history and have an impressive collection to show. Much is shown “through…

Children’s Museum of La Crosse

Exhibits and interactive displays for children of all ages cover three floors, and the Mt. LeKid Climbing Wall lets grown-ups compete with the kids to see who can reach the top. It’s an impressive museum for a city the size of La Crosse, and it draws families from all over the region. Hours: Tuesdays–Saturdays, 10am-5pm,…

Swarthout Museum

Located in a library and part of the La Crosse County Historical Society, the Swarthout Museum features an extensive look at the history of La Crosse, features one of the few remaining horse-drawn fire pumpers in the world, and rotates exhibits frequently. You’ll find a lot of artifacts and period clothing from as far back…

Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway

These classic trains run May-October, following the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway tracks to nearby Marine and Dresser on 90-minute excursions. It’s a beautiful ride through the St. Croix River valley, and the Depot is pretty cool, too. You’ll find the train and its station in Osceola just off Highway 35, across the tracks…

Fountain City Brewing Company & the Monarch Public House

Wisconsin’s oldest serving establishment, the Monarch Public House opened back in 1894. But beer was brewed on this site as far back as 1856, when Fountain Brew first started emerging from copper kettles. Fountain Brew continued until 1965, when the brewery closed. Resurrected in 1997, Fountain City Brewing brought back the original recipe and also…

Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum

Perched on Eagle Bluff just outside Fountain City along Highway 95 near Highway 35 and the Great River Road, Elmer’s offers one of the largest displays of muscle, classic, antique, and pedal cars and trucks in the country, some dating back to 1910. Over 100 pedal tractors are on display along with thousands of toys,…

Pitchfork Brewing Company

Pitchfork Brewing was started by some local home brewers in Hudson who kept at it for nearly 20 years before opening their brewery in 2013.  Located next to Paddy Ryan’s Irish Pub, Pitchfork’s Tap Room offers up their craft beer, TVs for game watching, and even chess boards to sharpen your strategic skills – while…