Visitor Informaiton

Discover Whitewater

Nestled within the forest, lakes, prairies, and hills of the Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin, visitor’s flock to Whitewater for its many recreational opportunities. As you experience Whitewater, one thing you will notice is the friendly, caring people who will welcome you. We’ve been waiting for your visit and look forward to showing you our city.

A fountain sits in front of the Cultural Arts Center in Whitewater, WI

Water Recreation

The area’s lakes offer a great variety of recreation. There are public beaches, picnic areas, boating, and fishing. In the summer, there are ski shows on Whitewater Lake by the Minneiska Ski team which provides for a night of entertainment with great music, costumes, and exciting performances. In the winter you can find Whitewater Lake scattered with ice shanties as fisherman compete in the Lions Annual February “Fish-A-Ree.”

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Fireworks

Events

Whitewater, Wisconsin, is home to some of the most incredible events and activities in the area. Including, everyone’s favorite hometown Independence day celebration. From the Discover Whitewater Series marathon to our famous Sprit Tour that is sure to chill you more than the weather, event organizers in Whitewater understand that different people like different things. So, we try our best to always keep our events fresh and exciting either with modern twists on the tried-and-true programs or introducing soon-to-be favorites whenever possible. So, what are you waiting for? The only thing missing is YOU! Check out our events calendar to start planning!

Arts and Culture

For the folks fond of the arts, Whitewater offers artful finds from incredible galleries to awesome theatre productions. Being close to UW-W, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the cultural activities available throughout the school year put on by college students and local groups. The Whitewater Arts Alliance and Studio 84 are hotspots for amazing exhibits and hands-on programs to keep your creative flow burning bright! Plan ahead and locate some hands-on art programs to participate in while you’re visiting us.

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Outdoor Activities

This unique and beautiful city offers a variety of opportunities for those who love biking (on-road and off-road), golf, hiking, hang gliding, skiing, swimming, fishing and boating. In Whitewater you can enjoy the beautiful scenery, take part in fun festivals, explore historical architecture, and cheer on you favorite athlete. Choose your adventure.

Arts & CultureFor the folks fond of the arts,

Whitewater offers artful finds from incredible galleries to awesome theatre

productions. Being close to UW-W, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself

in the cultural activities available throughout the school year put on by

college students and local groups. The Whitewater Arts Alliance and Studio

84 are hotspots for amazing exhibits and hands-on programs to keep your

creative flow burning bright! Plan ahead and locate some hands-on art programs

to participate in while you’re visiting us.

Check out the directory below for details on a variety of activities for you to

experience during your next trip to Whitewater.

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Hometown Holiday Itinerary

  • Candlelight Ski/Hike: Enjoy the magic of a hike 2mi under the stars on the Nordic Trail.
  • The BEST Hot Cocoa: Pick up your perfect cup of cocoa to warm you as you continue your winter adventure.
  • Tour the Neighborhood Lights: What is more of a delight than admiring all the Christmas lighting throughout the area neighborhoods?
  • Ice Castles: This winter jaw dropper is just a short drive away from Whitewater. These hand-crafted icicles will leave you breathless. It’ll be chilly, so head back to cozy up in a room at The Hamilton House B&B or The Fairfield Inn.
  • The BEST Holiday Desserts: Grab your favorite holiday themed desserts to enjoy at home or back in your hotel room!

Spooky Spooky Itinerary:

Creepin’ It Real

Oh, yes. Whitewater, WI, has a

dark side filled to the cauldron’s brim with creeptastic local folklore and shadowy historical figures haunting the town at nightfall. The legends,

creatures, and ghosts lurking amongst the dark corridors of our little slice of the Midwest leads to a surprising story. Here’s a quick overview of all the creepy spots you must explore on your vacation.


PhD in SpookyIt all started with the Morris Pratt Institute, the educational leader in the study of spiritualism. It is said that witches, mediums, and other unworldly beings attended classes or participated in seances within the institute’s “white room,” lifting the veil

between our world and the world of creatures previously unseen. Today, the Morris Pratt Institute is still accepting students at its Milwaukee, WI,

location!


Atop of the Highest TowerWhitewater is known as “Second Salem,” thanks in part to the infamous water tower known as The Witches

Tower. In days past, it is said that witches lurked through underground tunnels to meet at the tower. Cloaked by nighttime’s blinding darkness, the witches would conjure up sinister creatures using dark magic.


R.I.P. Forming a treacherous triangle, three famous cemeteries hold the key to some of the more dangerous tales of

Whitewater’s creepy appeal. Calvary, Oak Grove, and Hillside cemeteries each have their own set of spooky tales and uncomfortable legends. Together, these cemeteries form an isosceles triangle, known as “Witches Triangle.” The

space between these three spiritual hotspots are well-recognized for the legends and creatures lurking on the grounds–people like famed Mary Worth (Bloody Mary).


I’m Here for the Boos. An iconic Whitewater landmark, Second

Salem pays homage to the spooky haunts and creepy legends shadowing the

town of Whitewater. Inside, you’ll find an amazing assortment of brews

named after these legends and some of the best pub food around. Stop by to

experience the amazing drinks named the Wytches Tower (pale ale), the

Beast of Bray Road (amber ale), and so many more flavorful beers. Pair

your selection with one of the appetizing menu items ready for your full-service brewery experience.


Tour of the TownExperience the spooks and scares

for yourself on the annual Spirit Tour in October. The event is sponsored by the Whitewater Area Chamber and tickets sell

out fast, so stay tuned to our Facebook for updates and further information!

Foodie Paradise Itinerary

Whitewater is for food lovers. And we know that foodies everywhere come with all kinds of passions and quirks. Do

you savor every bite or plow through the first serving to jump to seconds? Or, do you simply love to chow down on some good food? In Whitewater, we embrace it all with our amazing diversity of dining choices.


To Market, To MarketThe Whitewater City Market,

located at the historic Train Depot during the summer months and the public

library during the winter, celebrates farmers, artisans, and producers with

ready-to-take-home goodies at this city-wide farmer’s market. Plus, this event

also includes food carts, live music, and craft beer!


Morning Grind Fuel up first thing with a hot beverage to-go from The SweetSpot Cafe or SweetSpot Bakeshop before a stroll along Cravath Lake. Or, for a classic American-diner breakfast, stop by the

perennially popular Jessica’s Restaurant on Main St. Just look for the famous Eat at Jessica’s neon sign.


Wine & DineSlowly sip the afternoon away with

a brunch date at Staller Estate Wisconsin Vineyard and Winery. Enjoy an incredible selection of wine with a view of the rolling, vineyard hills. Plus, there’s some savory (or sweet) food options to pair perfectly with your chosen wine selection.


Keepin’ It Casual Trying to keep it casual? Pop into any of these low-key eateries run by incredible local restaurateurs! Check out Casual Joe’s for amazing food, outdoor seating, live music, and a great atmosphere for the entire family! If you need your quick taco fix, stop by Taco Fresco for

awesome takes on classic tacos, burritos, and other Tex-Mex favorites. Drop by, order some grub, and plan to unwind for the evening!


Feelin’ BrewWhat’s a vacation without trying out as much local flavor and flair as possible? Whitewater has two amazing

local breweries known for scary-good brews and you-gotta-try-this eats! Second

Salem boasts of its homage to the spooky haunts and creepy legends

shadowing the town of Whitewater.  Inside, you’ll find an amazing

assortment of brews named after these legends and some of the best pub food

around. If you’d rather avoid any chance of being visited by spirits or ghosts,

stop by the 841 Brewhouse for a more traditional pub experience of mouthwatering food and lively libations!A Night on the TownWhitewater is a college town, so we usually keep it

casual. But for special occasions and dressy nights out, try these fine-dining experiences.

Reserve a table at Fanatico for authentic Italian cuisine with highly attentive

waitstaff. Or, call ahead to The Black Sheep for savory, upscale takes on classic American dishes. It will be an evening of memorable conversation and

amazing food lit by candlelight. Need a late-night snack after an evening of fun? Whitewater also has many local hotspots for late night pizza, tacos, and

other great snacks.

Great Outdoors Itinerary


Fresh air, rolling hills, and

endless opportunities for amazing adventures await you in Whitewater, WI! Pack your bag and grab your most adventurous friends for hours of outdoor play alongside some of the most gorgeous natural landscapes in Wisconsin.


Take A HikeNothing says, “Good morning, world!” like an early morning hike immersed in the amazing natural landscapes of the Ice Age Trail! A variety of hiking, walking, and running trails are ready to guide you into a world far from city lights and noises for a morning full of

relaxation, healthy exercise, and a renewed view of everyday living.


Let’s Go Beachin’On breezy summer afternoons, throw your beach towel and boogie board into the car and head over to Whitewater Lake Beach! Spend the afternoon under the summer sun without the hassle of hectic foot traffic or commercialization–it’s just you and the lapping waves of the lake.


Two Wheels Are Better Than NoneWhitewater has its finger on the

pulse of your next off-road adventure. Kettle Moraine State Park South offers

tough (and not so tough) biking trails for all levels of experience. Plus, if

you find yourself with a flat tire or ready to refuel (your belly, we mean!), LaGrange

General Store is a bike repair shop and a great place to grab some new

gear, snacks, and even quick groceries.


Sleds UpEnjoy snow-filled thrills at the Nordic Trail Head. This park lies completely within the iconic Kettle Moraine State Park South which means you won’t miss any gorgeous winter landscapes as you race down hills and over bunny hops while sledding or skiing!


It’s About to Get Reel Whitewater knows fishing, whether you’re a laidback angler or the more competitive type, you’ll feel more relaxed and refreshed. You’re bound to catch a plethora of scaly swimmers like Northern Pike, Walleye, Bass, and Bluegill at Rice Lake and Whitewater Lake!


Kayak into the Sunset As the sun sets into the horizon, grab your kayak for a gentle paddle downstream. Experience the sights and sounds of Whitewater wildlife as you explore the picturesque landscape of Rice Lake. It’s the perfect way to wind down a perfect day spent outdoors and

immersed in nature.


Rest Up, Rest EasyAfter a long day outside, you’ll eventually want to come home to a cozy bed & breakfast for a scrumptious early morning meal and incredible accommodations. Whitewater has some of the loveliest historic bed & breakfasts ready for your getaway. Make sure to book a room at the Hamilton House or Victoria On Main to make your trip one to remember!


Hang gliding

Summer Itinerary

  • Arrive Friday evening, check into your lodging option of choice.
  • Walk downtown for a hand crafted dinner. Rest well.
  • Indulge in a hearty breakfast at the local dinner, cafe or prepared by your innkeeper.
  • Pick up a picnic fixins to enjoy at the park. Bike the back roads to the lakes, stopping at the artisian well to fill up your water bottle.
  • Rent a kayak to explore the lake.
  • Bike back to freshen up before hitting up a local brewery for dinner and a brew…or two.
  • Relax in your hot tub suite with visions of another great breakfast.
  • On your way out of town, stop by the local winery.
  • Or, How about hang gliding over campus?

ShopH: Let’s Go Shopping in

Whitewater, WISH: Calling all shoppers!

Whitewater is home to some unique boutiques for you to explore


Fair warning, you might want to

practice repeating “Great, I’ll take it!” before your trip to see us! With our

eclectic shopping choices, it’ll be easy (almost too easy) to find a treasure

to bring home after your vacation. For fans of antique treasures to the lovers

of things sparkly and new, Whitewater has their finger on the pulse of all the

hottest trends–old and new!


Antiques & ResaleYou know how the saying

goes…another man’s trash could be your next treasure! And you’re in luck. Whitewater,

WI, offers the best of the vintage turned modern again. Try out your sale

hunting skills at The White Elephant Antique Shop for shelves of

treasures waiting to be uncovered.


Specialty ShopsFrom fast bikes at BicycleWise

to scrumptious apple butter from Apple Butter House, Whitewater takes

unique boutiques to the next level. Explore a wide variety of specialty stores

lining our streets during your stay.


Gift ShopsDon’t forget to bring home gifts

for anyone that couldn’t make it this trip! Take home a book lover’s all-time

favorite from The Book Teller or an amazing piece of statement jewelry

from The Fuzzy Pig for your trendsetting friend. Our gift shops give you

the perfect excuse to start your holiday shopping list at any time of year. The

best part? Even on your second or third trip around to see us, you’ll always

find something new in these amazing shops!


ClothingHeads up! You might want to pack

lightly because you’re definitely going to stuff your bags full of new goodies

for your return trip home. Aranda Unique Appeal gives you a taste of the

hottest trends with those can’t-go-wrong outfit staples. While Reflections

of the Past bring the bygone into focus with nostalgic finds ready for your

vintage-inspired outfit. Explore the antique, modern, and thrift shop boutiques

ready to wow everyone!


Popular ChainsUh oh, forget your

toothpaste…again? No worries! As a flourishing town of locals and college

students alike, Whitewater, WI, has its fair share of those convenient big box

stores! Looking for snacks for the hotel or replenishing your supply of those

easily forgotten hygiene products, Whitewater has you covered.


Stay tuned to the directory below

for a quick overview of the shops ready to greet you during your trip to

Whitewater!

DineH: Some of the Best Food in the

Whole, Wide WisconsinSH: Take a bite (or two) into

the amazing local treats presented by Whitewater’s Restaurateurs


A getaway to Whitewater, WI, will

leave you craving seconds and thirds for the incredible eats lining our

streets. From classic family-friendly favorites to romantic fine dining

selections, you’ll find yourself not only enjoying your meal, but quickly

falling for the devoted people of Whitewater as they turn a simple meal into an

everlasting memory.


Rooted in the American DreamWe don’t shy away from the fact

that we’re born & bred in America’s Heartland, so our food reflects that

deep history of hardworking farmers, resilient immigrants, and a congregation

of people working towards a similar goal: achieving the American Dream. And we

showcase our respect for that heritage in many ways, one of them in sharing those

family recipes with you!


Small Town, Global FlavorsYou know how the saying goes…small

but mighty. And our little slice of Wisconsin definitely packs a powerful punch

with our diverse cafes and restaurants. Enjoy the savory tastes of Chinese,

Japanese, Mexican, and the finest Italian food in the area. The local owners of

these diverse restaurants understand that the best flavors come from recipes

passed down for generations, while still remaining modern and fresh. So, yes!

Your trip to Whitewater will make you feel like a food palate jet setter!


Cheers for Beers (and Wine

Too!)Pairing a perfect beer with an

even better made-to-order bar and grill classic will leave you relaxed, full of

good eats, and ready to enjoy the incredible ambiance provided by these two

locations.


Second

Salem Brewing CompanyFull of

local folklore and haunting tales, Whitewater has earned the nickname “Second

Salem.” Today, this well-known brewing company keeps this namesake alive and

thriving with their spooky spin on their amazing brews named after some of

these local legends. Plus, their food is hard to beat!



841

BrewhouseIncredible

eats and a stacked brew menu, 841 Brewhouse brings the amazing eats and drinks

all under one roof.  Not to mention, they have an unbelievable brunch

every Sunday and daily specials all week.


Need to wine down from your

day of endless activities? Take the afternoon to relax, drink your favorite

variety, and enjoy the company of your family and friends.


Staller

Estate Vineyard & WineryOffering

a quaint and picturesque backdrop to your perfect wine tasting, this winery

gives you the option to schedule ahead, reserve group seating, and even enjoy

perfectly paired tasters for your most memorable winery experience.


Eating your way through Whitewater

has never been easier with the diversity of options available to you. Take a

peek at some of the unbelievable options ready for your next Whitewater

getaway!



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StayH: Energetic Days, Peaceful NightsSH: Sleep Soundly in Whitewater, WI


It takes a lot of energy to plan

your getaway to Whitewater (not to mention actually doing all the

activities), so it’s important to book the perfect place to stay during your

trip! Luckily, Whitewater, WI, is full of the quaintest bed and breakfasts and

the comfiest hotels and motels with multiple locations close to the University

of Wisconsin – Whitewater.


Bed & BreakfastsPrepare to immerse yourself in Whitewater’s

rich history–best told by the generous hosts that keep the magic alive year

after year. You’ll enjoy all the comforts of home when you book a room at the Hamilton

House, known for its incredible history and thoughtfully designed,

luxe accommodations! Or, dig into a tasty breakfast made with love (and fruits

and veggies grown right in the garden) at Victoria on Main.


Hotels & MotelsSome of the best vacation memories

come from those impromptu pillow fights or laying back and enjoying a movie

cuddled up with your favorite people. We understand how important it is to

enjoy every part of your trip, so Whitewater offers some of the best popular

chain hotels and motels. Book your stay in advance to maximize savings!


Places Near University of

Wisconsin-WhitewaterThe beauty of a major university

being centrally located in our town means ample opportunities to engage with

the multitude of events, collegiate-level sports, and theatre productions put

on by the incredibly talented college students and local groups throughout the

year. Staying in a B&B or hotel near campus will make your getaway even

more comfortable and convenient!


Peek at the directory below for

all your lodging options for your next Whitewater trip!

Sports RecreationHome to some of the best outdoor

recreation in Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine South, you’ll find a plethora of

hiking, biking, skiing opportunities, and an incredible selection of water

activities available at Rice Lake or Whitewater Lake Beach.

Plus, enjoy water play all year long at the Whitewater Aquatic Center,

which is full of organized programs for visitors and residents alike.


Hike, bike, walk or run alongside

history on the Ice Age Trail leading to some deeply historical sites of

Whitewater’s past. Pack your bag with everything you’ll need, strap on your

comfiest shoes, and prepare for a day of peace and quiet with nature. Whether

hiking alone or with a crew, you’ll enjoy some scenic views with the

opportunity to simply get away from it all.


Click here for more information on outdoor recreation in Whitewater!

EventsH: Calendar of Events


Whitewater, Wisconsin, is home

to some of the most incredible events and activities in the area. From the

Discover Whitewater Series marathon to our famous Sprit Tour that is sure to

chill you more than the weather, event organizers in Whitewater understand that

different people like different things. So, we try our best to always keep our

events fresh and exciting either with modern twists on the tried-and-true

programs or introducing soon-to-be favorites whenever possible. So, what are

you waiting for? The only thing missing is YOU! Check out our events calendar

to start planning!



Spirit TourH: Eat,

Drink & Be Scary on the Whitewater, Wisconsin, Spirit Tour!SH: For the brave-hearted, Whitewater has a

spooky history waiting to be told.


Take a ride on the spooky side

with the creepy folklore lurking within the shadows of our past and

present. Whitewater, and its neighboring towns, are well-known in the spiritual

world for the awe-inspiring stories and local legends threaded throughout our

heritage. And for the adventurous, there’s a special event centered around some

of the creepiest creatures and local legends!


Spiritualism has always had a

strong presence in Whitewater. Hence, the nickname “Second Salem.” The town’s

tie to all things that go bump in the night starts with the Morris Pratt

Institute, an educational center for those gifted or interested in the

study of the spiritualist religion. The Institute was founded in 1889 in

Whitewater (it is now located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin). There were claims of

witches, mediums, and other unworldly beings attending classes or participating

in seances within the institute’s “white room,” and it is said that these

seances lifted the veil between our world and the world of creatures previously

unseen.


Starin Park, home to an

infamous water tower known as The Witches Tower, boasts of haunting days

past where witches traveled in secrecy through underground tunnels to meet at

the tower. Cloaked by nighttime’s blinding darkness, the witches would conjure

up sinister creatures using dark magic.


Forming a treacherous triangle,

three famous cemeteries hold the key to some of the more dangerous tales of

Whitewater’s creepy appeal. Calvary, Oak Grove, and Hillside cemeteries each

have their own set of spooky tales and uncomfortable legends. Together, these

cemeteries form an isosceles triangle known as “Witches Triangle.” The

space between these three spiritual hotspots are well-recognized for the

legends and spirits lurking on the grounds. People like famed Mary Worth

(Bloody Mary) and other apparitions.


Beyond spirits and

spiritualism, Whitewater (and its nearby neighbors) are home to other local

lore like the Beast of Bray Road, the Wild Man of LaGrange and

the Lake Winnebago Water Monster, which hold their esteemed place in the

heart of Whitewater’s unbelievable history.Experience the spooks and scares for yourself

on the annual Spirit Tour in

October. The event is sponsored by the Whitewater Area Chamber and tickets sell

out fast, so stay tuned to our Facebook for updates and further information!



Parade of

LightsH: Parade

of Lights in

Whitewater, WISH: Join us for holiday festivities and fun at

the annual Parade of Lights!


Ho Ho Ho! It’s the holiday

season and Whitewater is ready to light up the town at the Parade of Lights!

The 2020 Whitewater Holiday Parade of Lights is on Friday, December 1, 2020

along Main Street. Pack your snacks, fill the thermos with creamy hot cocoa,

and prepare to be in awe of the twinkling lights helping us bring in the

holiday season!


If your organization wants to

participate in this year’s festivities, please fill out a registration form at

150 W. Main Street or email director@downtownwhitewater.com for more information.














Outdoor

RecreationH: A Walk

on the Wild Side in Whitewater, WISH: Hike, bike, walk, or run your way through our

scenic parks and trails.


Whitewater is the premiere

location for all things outdoorsy and adventurous! With over 20 parks in the

Whitewater area, you’ll find the perfect place for exploration of all kinds. Take

a peek at some of the more popular options for outdoor adventure.


Hike the Trails!For fans of hiking, walking, or

running, there are multiple trails ready to host your next #optoutside adventure.

The Ice Age Trail has two trail loops for varying levels of experience

and expertise. The Nordic Trail Head lies completely within the Kettle

Moraine State Forest South. Plus, it has capabilities for cross-country skiing

and sledding when there’s an adequate amount of snow. Whitewater’s Cravath

Lakefront Park offers a well-maintained, picturesque spot for picnics,

fishing, and lounging under the warmth of the sun.


Two Wheels are Better

Than NoneWith two popular trail systems,

beginner bicyclists and expert off-roaders alike can experience the thrills of

powerful upward drives and the relief of those bunny hills! Test your skills on

the moderately intense John Muir Trail System with 6 loops ranging from

1.25-12 miles long. Or, break an immediate sweat on the Emma Carlin Trail

System as it winds through the Kettle Moraine with three difficult loops.

Both trails offer picturesque views of pines, hardwoods, lowlands, and moraine.


Make WavesEnjoy some of the best water

play in the great state of Wisconsin. At Rice Lake, you’ll have the

opportunity to kayak into a gorgeous sunset while you take in the sights and

sounds of Wisconsin wildlife. Or, hop on a jet ski, boat at your leisure, or

even fish all afternoon! There’s even a park area with a playground for the

kiddos to burn off some energy. Whitewater Lake not only has boating and

kayaking, but there’s opportunity to plan a beach day or family BBQ! Don’t

forget to grab your picnic basket and your fishing rods for a fun day outside.

Water fun doesn’t stop when the weather feels bitter. The Whitewater Aquatic

& Fitness Center offers indoor slides, pools, and water programs to

keep the fun going all year long with day passes available for purchase.


Bogey DownRemember to pack the golf clubs

before leaving for Whitewater! Explore the variety of golf courses located in

the area. Prairie Woods Golf Course, with its forested greenway, offers

a pristine experience lined with 100-year-old trees and hilly terrain. Spring

Creek Golf Center sets the tone for a full golf experience with a plethora

of activities and programs available for all ages and levels of expertise! A

beautiful 9-hole golf course, Willow Brook Golf Course satisfies any

golfing ability. Plus, they serve it up off the course with amazing food

and a full bar available in the club.


Click here for more

outdoor recreation information!

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