Oh, those summer nights. Whether you’re in Whitewater for a night, a weekend, or a full week, our summer magic is unmatched. From yummy late night treats to gorgeous outdoor spots, these ten activities will satisfy the night owl in you.
Nothing says summer nights like laying on your back with your love or buddies and waiting for a shooting star. Whitewater, located amidst forest and countryside, has little light pollution. This makes for THEE BEST star-gazing. Throw a blanket down at Bluff Creek State Natural Area (off Millis Rd.) and enjoy the sounds of trickling water and crickets. Not a fan of bugs and nature? Hike up the “Bridge to Nowhere” over Hwy 12 and watch the stars as traffic whizzes by below.
Open late, La Piazza Pizzeria has your late night cravings covered with delicious pizza-by-the-slice and garlic knots. Order your favorite cheesy pie and devour overlooking our historic downtown. Beautiful (and entertaining if it’s bar time!).
Late-afternoon, pick up charcuterie from The Black Sheep or Staller Estate Winery OR sandwiches from The Cafe and ice cream from Rosa’s to prepare for your picnic under the moonlight. Then, head to Cravath Lakefront Park or venture out to Rice Lake or Whitewater Lake and enjoy the moon rise over the water. Peaceful. Beautiful. Picturesque.
📸: Whiney’s Wine & Beer Haus
Need a little music in your life? Check out the band/musician of the night playing at rustic countryside pub, Whiney’s Wine & Beer Haus at The Fuzzy Pig. Can’t beat wood-fired pizza, libations, and local talent. Rather be outside? Check out who’s jammin’ for Concerts in the Park at the amphitheater in Cravath Lakefront Park. BYO chair and beverage of choice!
Love beloved local dive bars? Pop into The Brass Rail Saloon and Eatery for a cold one, burger, and pool or darts. Known for its mixture of students and locals, enjoy unique conversation and an eclectic mix of music playing on the jukebox. No one ever forgets The Brass Rail and everyone loves to return.
📸: The Black Sheep
The Black Sheep, known for its farm-to-table eats with a focus on local, offers a monthly Old Fashioned you won’t want to miss. Order what’s new or opt for your cocktail of choice and ask to sit outside in their adorable patio. Enjoy your drink overlooking Cravath Lakefront Park.
Love night walks? Meander through Hillside Cemetery. Nestled against Cravath Lake with views of the lit up cityscape, enjoy the gorgeous summer night temps and walk amongst the oaks and maples. Keep your eyes and ears open for Whitewater’s legendary witch, Mary Worth. She’s known for making appearances.
This camping area off the Blackhawk Segment of the Ice Age Trail sits atop a glacial hill with peek-a-boo spots in the trees where you can get a glimpse of Whitewater’s countryside. Hike in on this hilly segment for a good evening workout. Then, set up your tent, light a fire, and enjoy the sounds of distant coyotes, crane chatter, and summer’s classic crickets and cicadas.
Don’t want to be on top of the world in nature? If you’re here over the 4th of July, head to Cravath Lakefront Park and hop on the ferris wheel. There’s nothing more magical than seeing the festival lights, Whitewater, and the lake from up high at night. Grab a seat just before the fireworks and you might be lucky enough to watch the whole world light up.
📸: Whitewater Cinemas
Too hot to be outside? Whitewater Cinemas has your back with air conditioning and free refills on all your favorite cold beverages. Grab an Icee and large popcorn and settle in for a cool night with a good movie. Tickets are ALWAYS $5!
Now round up the family, friends, or your dearest love, and get to playin’ in the dark. Don’t forget the bug spray!