Area Attractions

 

COLUMBIA COUNTY

 

 

BIKE-N-CAMP - Bicycling & Camping on the back roads of Wisconsin staying at Wisconsin’s family campgrounds. Self planned, Self guided,  Self paced bike & camping trips. Bike & Camp where you want, when you want, at the pace you want, the distance you want and with whom you want.  We’ll transport your gear so you can just bike-n-camp.  www.bike-n-camp.com

 

COLUMBIA COUNTY TRAVEL PLANNER  -  Convention & Visitors Bureau.   Check out their web site for:

 

- Bike Loop Maps of Columbia County -

Columbia County invites you to explore our diverse roadways! Choose between straight, winding, hilly, rustic or a combination of these conditions, for an enjoyable bicycling experience.  A great way to see our beautiful county is on a bike! Here is a helpful map with 18 different loops to ride. To download the pdf version of our maps go to:  http://www.travelcolumbiacounty.net/

 

- Amish Tours -

One can find several Amish businesses, or businesses supporting Amish heritage, along many routes in the area. Most of these roads are very old and follow the "lay of the land", and were constructed using routes in existence in the 1700's and 1800's. http://www.travelcolumbiacounty.net/

 

- Barn Quilt Tours - Our new barn quilt was designed and painted by Sara-Soaring Golden Eagle and was made to commemorate the Sauk and Meskwaki people that once inhabited this part of the state- their ancestral home. The barn quilt takes most of its symbols and colors from each existing Sac & Fox Nation flag. Get a tour guide at: http://columbia.uwex.edu/family-living/barn-quilts-3/ and start your barn quilt tour at Indian Trails Campground.

 

- Concerts at the Portage -

Summer Concert Series in June, July & August:

Grab your lawn chair or blanket and come enjoy the Columbia County Visitor's Bureau's Annual Concerts at the Portage.   http://www.travelcolumbiacounty.net/

 

- Rustic Roads of Columbia County -

Take a leisurely drive on six designated rustic roads in the county: http://www.travelcolumbiacounty.net/

 

 

PARDEEVILLE AREA

 

Memorial Weekend – City Wide Rummage Sales, Sidewalk Sales, & Firemen’s Breakfast at the Fire Station.

 

Band Concert/Pie & Ice Cream Social- Thursday evenings on the Library Lawn starting mid June and ending mid August. Pies are served at 6:30 and the concert starts at 7:00. Inclement weather will not stop the show, the doings are moved to the local High School.

 

Pardeeville Classic Car Cruise - will meet at Indian Trails Wednesday evening June 28th 2017.

 

July 4th - parade in town, live music & fire works.

 

Labor Day– City Wide Rummage and Sidewalk Sales.

 

Pardeeville Car & Truck Show - at Chandler Park in Pardeeville on September 2nd 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Hundreds of  classic vehicles on display.  www.pardeevillecarshow.com

 

Watermelon Festival – Saturday, September 9th 2017, seed spitting and watermelon eating competitions. All the free watermelon you can eat.

www.pardeevillewatermelonfestival.com

 

COLUMBIA COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM – Located in downtown Pardeeville, the former hotel houses three floors of fascinating exhibits. Recall early life in Columbia County, featuring clothing and other artifacts from the “Roaring 20’s” period. Open to the public June 1st – August 31st, Friday & Saturday only from 1:00-4:00 or by appointment. No Charge, donations appreciated.

 

AMISH STORES – The Amish Community has several shops all within 15 minutes of Indian Trails Campground. There are several bakeries, a grocery store, a cheese factory and a woodcraft furniture shop. Stop into the office and ask for a map with a list of shops and hours of business.

 

PARDEEVILLE ANTIQUE MALL - Open daily 10 -5. Located on the south side of Pardeeville at 103 Industrial Dr.  Over 90 quality dealers.  608-429-9393.  www.pvilleantiquesmall.com

 

 

PORTAGE AREA

 

SURGEON’S QUARTERS – Located 7 miles West of Indian Trails on Highway 33. The only remaining building of historic Fort Winnebago where Marquette & Joliet left the Fox River. See a collection of surgeon’s equipment plus furnishings of the time.

Open daily May 15th –October 15th from 10:00-4:00. One hour tours. Call ahead 608-742-2949.

www.wsdar.com

 

 

INDIAN AGENCY HOUSE – Located about 8 miles West of Indian Trails on Highway 33. The US Government built this house in 1832 for its Indian Agent John Kinzie. His granddaughter Juliette Gordon Lowe founded the Girl Scouts of America. The house is furnished with antiques of the period. Open daily May 15th – October 15th from Monday - Saturday 10:00-4:00. Sunday 11:00 - 4:00. One hour tours. Call 608-742-6362. www.agencyhouse.org/

 

ICE AGE TRAIL – Check out this great attraction. It’s  about 7 miles West of Indian Trails on Highway 33. This trail is handicap accessible and has 8 rest areas.   www.iceagetrail.org

 

 

 

 

COLUMBIA COUNTY FREE FAIR – July 26th -

July 30th 2017. The fairgrounds are located about 8 miles from Indian Trails at Portage. Go west on Highway 33 & left on Wauona Trail. Free admission & parking.

www.columbiacofair.com

 

 

PORTAGE THEATRES – They have 7 screens and are just 10 miles from Indian Trails. Go west on Highway 33 into Portage and then right at the second stop light at 322 W Wisconsin Street. Check at the Indian Trails office for weekly showings or call 608-742-2313 or 608-742-6900. www.portagetheatres.com

 

GOLF COURSES –

 

PINE TRAIL GOLF CLUB is about 3 miles west of Indian Trails with a very nice 9 hole course.   Call for hours and fees 608-742-2181. Special golf rates for Indian Trails registered campers. www.saddleridgegolf.com

 

 

 

THE PORTAGE COUNTRY CLUB is about 2.5 miles west of Indian Trails on Highway 33.  It offers an excellent eighteen-hole layout. Portage Country Club 608-742-5121.  Special golf rates for Indian Trails registered campers. http://www.portagecc.net/  

 

 

 

POYNETTE AREA

 

MACKENZIE ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER – Located about 15 miles from Indian Trails. Go south on Highway 22 & then right on County Roads CS & Q.  This 280-acre facility contains an exhibit of Wisconsin wildlife, three museums, seven nature trails, an arboretum, picnic area & programs. Open daily 8:00-4:00 seven days a week May through October. Free. Call 608-635-4498.   http://dnr.wi.gov/education/mackenzie/

 

LAPACEK’S ORCHARD - Open Mid August – November. Over 40 varieties of apples to try throughout the season. Pick your own Pumpkin, Raspberries, Veggies, Herbs. A self-guided orchard walk, Ginormous Sunflower Field. 608-635-4780   http://www.lapaceksorchard.com/

 

 

RIO

 

JOHNSON'S SAUSAGE SHOPPE is located just off Hwy 16 Rio. Take Hwy 22 South to 16 West.   920-992-6328.  www.johnsonssausage.com

 

 

 

COLUMBUS AREA

 

SASSY COW CREAMERY - See first hand where your Sassy Cow dairy products come from. W4192 Bristol Rd. Columbus, WI 53925. 608-837-7766 www.sassycowcreamery.com

 

 

WISCONSIN DELLS/BARABOO AREA

 

The world famous Wisconsin Dells is only 30 miles from Indian Trails and has a lot to offer in the way of fun. Enjoy the natural beauty of the upper & lower Dells boat trips, ride an Original Wisconsin Duck, discover the Lost Canyon, experience the heritage

of the Dells at the Indian Ceremonial, Tommy Bartlett’s Ski, Sky & stage show, and numerous water parks.

 

ALDO LEOPOLD LEGACY CENTER - is located at E13701 Levee Road in the rural township of Fairfield, Wisconsin. Located between Portage and Wisconsin Dells.  www.aldoleopold.org   The Aldo Leopold Foundation's mission is to foster the land ethic through the legacy of Aldo Leopold.  Check out the 300 acre property, take tours, seminars, outreach programs, nature trails. 608-355-0279

 

 

CIRCUS WORLD MUSEUM – Located 30 miles west of Indian Trails off of Highway 33. See the wild animal menagerie, largest collection of circus wagons, a big top circus and unique musical instruments. The museum is open daily mid May through mid September. www.wisconsinhistory.org/circusworld

 

INTERNATIONAL CRANE FOUNDATION

Located between Baraboo and Lake Delton. See a unique conservation organization working to preserve the world’s cranes and their habitat. Tours include a slide show. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Phone 608-356-9462. www.savingcranes.org

 

MID CONTINENT RAILWAY MUSEUM

Located approximately 40 miles from Indian Trails. Take Highway 33 west to Hwy 136 then to North Freedom. See displays of antique railroad cars. Ride a nine mile round trip on a real steam train. Call 608-522-4261. www.midcontinent.org

 

WISCONSIN BIG CAT RESCUE AND EDUCATION CENTER -

Big cats get a chance at a peaceful and happy life, a chance for the public to learn about them, and protection from the abuse that they endure elsewhere in captivity.  Call for hours 608-524-5466.  305 Pine Street, Rock Springs, WI 53961   www.wisconsinbigcats.org

 

HO CHUNK CASINO – Open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Must be 21years old. Located on US Highway 12 between Lake Delton and Baraboo.

 

FREE CAR FERRY - The Merrimac Ferry, named “Colsac” because it bridges Columbia and Sauk counties, is a highlight to experience and the only free ferry in the state. It crosses the Wisconsin River

from Highway 113 in Merrimac south to the junction of Highways 188 and 113 just north of Lodi. Trip time is 10 minutes, and 15 cars (trailers too) can cross at one time. It runs 24 hours a day during the months the lake is not frozen. Top it off with a stop at a nearby restaurant or ice cream stand.

 

MADISON AREA

 

THE CAPITAL BUILDING is at the heart of the city. Tours are offered seven days a week year round. Free. Call 608-266-0382 for information.

 

FARMERS MARKET – Capital Square. See www.dcfm.org for dates.

 

OLBRICH BOTANICAL GARDENS – A tropical plant conservatory and seasonal gardens, including a rock, butterfly, & a rose garden. Open daily. Gardens are free, Conservatory charges a fee and may be more when special events are held. Gift Shop.

Call 608-246-4718. www.olbrich.org

 

UW-MADISON ARBORETUM – Featuring the prairies, forests & wetlands of Wisconsin. This 1,260 acre arboretum houses flowering trees & shrubs. Tours and classes offered during the year. Open daily 7:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. Free. Call 608-263-7888

or 608-262-2746. www.uwarboretum.org

 

HENRY VILAS ZOO – This zoo is home to nearly 800 animals, a park, picnic facilities & a children’s zoo too. Open daily year round. Free. Call 608-266-4732 for more information. www.vilaszoo.org

 

CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU – Call 1-800-373-6376 or www.visitmadison.com  

 

ART FAIR ON THE SQUARE  Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Located around Madison’s beautiful Capitol Concourse. www.mmoca.org

 

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