Enjoy the Best of Downtown Wausau This Summer

Beautiful umbrellas in downtown Wausau
Though summer getaways to our luxury cabins in Wisconsin are all about relaxing and enjoying our pristine and tranquil natural surroundings, there’s an undeniable pull to explore the charming shops, restaurants, and more in downtown Wausau during the summer. Downtown Wausau is a bustling epicenter of fun during the summer months, packed with a variety of treasured community-focused Wausau events, exciting festivals, free live music, great shopping, fun adventures, and so much more. Though it may feel like you’re miles away from civilization while staying at our luxury cabins in Wisconsin, in reality, you’re only a short 10-minute drive into downtown Wausau. This proximity to the best of both worlds during your getaway is one of the many things than make the Owl Ridge Cabins in Wisconsin the perfect getaway destination. Whether you prefer active outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, and kayaking, or would prefer a more laid-back approach to your getaways like scenic afternoon walks and picnics, you’ll find there’s something for everyone in and around downtown Wausau. For those afternoons when you crave a social atmosphere, you’ll also find downtown Wausau is a lively host to several different Wausau events worth attending, including weekly summer concerts on the square. Whatever it is you’re looking for in a getaway, you’ll find it at our top-rated luxury cabins in Wisconsin. Book your stay with us today!
A couple enjoying shopping and Wausau Events in downtown Wausau

Enjoy the Best of Downtown Wausau This Summer

Downtown Wausau, an area we refer to locally as the River District, is the thriving cultural heart of this part of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. Wausau is a rugged yet charming town, small in size yet rich in amenities. The town straddles the scenic Wisconsin River, and offers visitors an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities. More than that, downtown Wisconsin is a vibrant cultural center filled with world-class museums and theaters, excellent shopping, and a food scene that competes with much larger Wisconsin towns. Where Rib Mountain State Park, home to Granite Peak Ski Area, reigns supreme as an outdoor destination in the Wausau area, the world-class Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum holds its own as a leading Art Museum in all of Wisconsin. Downtown Wausau truly is an exciting destination and one that’s very worth leaving the comfortable accommodations of our luxury cabins in Wisconsin to explore.  Here are just a few of the highlights we hope you enjoy in downtown Wausau this summer!
  1. As we’ve already mentioned, one of the many cultural highlights of downtown Wausau that should be at the very top of your to-do list while you’re in town is visiting the extraordinary Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
  2. Soak up the summer sun and the vibrant city-scape of downtown Wausau while snacking on a picnic on the green – part of Wausau’s vibrant 400-block. This also happens to be the location of WAusau’s popular summer concert series, held every Wednesday evening in July and August.
  3. Take in some live music at Whitewater Music Hall and Brew Works – a fantastic 21+ venue in the heart of downtown Wausau.
  4. Take a walking tour of downtown Wausau, where you’ll enjoy a number of gorgeous historic homes – including our sister property The Stewart Inn, part of the Andrew Warren Historic District.
  5. Another great museum to visit in downtown Wausau is the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art.
  6. The Wisconsin River is a great place to paddle the afternoon away, but if you’d rather just watch the action, head to Wausau’s Whitewater Park and watch the kayakers take on the whitewater.
  7. Browse through the charming shops and art galleries found along Third Street in downtown Wausau – you never know what kinds of gems you can find to take home with you! Make sure to take a break or two to enjoy some of these top-rated Wausau Restaurants, too!
  8. In the evenings, don’t forget to snag your tickets for a memorable performance of leading Broadway Shows or other acts at the stunning Grand Theater.

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Hot air ballooons take to the skies over downtown Wausau and one of the top Wausau Events of the year

Wausau Events You Don’t Want to Miss

One of the best things about visiting downtown Wausau, especially during the bustling summer and early fall months, are the lively array of Wausau events that take place. Like many Wisconsin towns, summer festivals and celebrations are a regular part of the joys of living in this area. Some of our favorite Wausau events include the following:

  1. Summer Concerts on the Square, one of the most popular Wausau events that features Wednesday evening concerts in the heart of downtown Wausau all July and August.
  2. Wings over Wausau, an exciting Airshow that takes place each June.
  3. Join us for Chalkfest in June, when a colorful display of chalk drawings transforms the 400 block of downtown Wausau.
  4. The Taste ‘N Glow Balloon Fest is back in July of 2023, promising three days of fun at this exciting Wausau event.
  5. One of the best Wausau events of the year is the Big Bull Falls Blues Fest, which takes place each August and is the longest running Blues Festival in Wisconsin.
  6. In Mid-September, enjoy us for the fun and delicious Beer & Bacon Fest in downtown Wausau.
  7. Wrap up summer and fall with another of our favorite Wausau Events, the annual Harvest Fest held each October.
  8. The dates are yet to be determined for 2023, but sometime in late July join us for another of the popular Wausau Events, the Hmong Wausau Festival.

Of course, as wonderful as these Wausau events and all the rest of downtown Wausau are, they don’t hold a candle to the comfortable, upscale lodging experience at our top-rated luxury cabins in Wisconsin. We’re booking rooms well out into the summer and fall of this year, and we’re already taking reservations for 2024 as well. Figure out the best time for you to get away, and book a stay at these leading luxury cabins today!

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