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.
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.”
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!
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.
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.
Hometown Holiday Itinerary
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,
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!
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
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
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
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!
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.
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
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
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!
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
If your organization wants to
participate in this year’s festivities, please fill out a registration form at
150 W. Main Street or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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!