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Portage County

Wisconsin fun is on tap in the Stevens Point Area.

You’ll find a long list of fun things to do in the communities of Portage County. Take a tour of the craft breweries, wineries or distillery that make up the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective. Central Waters Brewing Company, O’so Brewing Company, Kozy Yak Brewery and Winery or the famous Stevens Point Brewery are among the best breweries in the state. While you are here, try wines at Kozy Yak Brewery & Winery or stop by Sunset Point Winery. For a custom cocktail made with Wisconsin-grown ingredients, visit Great Northern Distilling.

See art by local artists at studios, galleries and museums. Visit the Korean War Memorial of Wisconsin, located at Pacawa Park in Plover. Stroll historic Main Street in Stevens Point or visit the shops in charming Amherst. Take a walk through the Stevens Point Sculpture Park. Buy fresh farm goods or delicious jams and jellies at the Stevens Point Farmers Market all year-round.

Art enthusiasts should not miss the original art, paintings, drawing, photography, jewelry, or ceramics showing at the Riverfront Art Center and Gallery Q each year. Discover the style developed by local artist Dr. David Smith at the Smith Scarabocchio Art Museum with its unique collections and exhibitions to offer. If you're on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus, stop by the Edna Carlsten Art Gallery.

Bicyclists and walkers will love the Stevens Point Area’s 27-mile Green Circle Trail. This unique trail system links many of the community’s natural areas and follows the Wisconsin and Plover rivers. Other trail opportunities include the beautiful Tomorrow River State Trail and the winding trails at Standing Rocks County Park.

The Stevens Point Area offers many scenic canoe and kayak routes on the Wisconsin River and 6,830-acre Lake DuBay. There are more than 40 lakes, an array of rivers, streams, and flowages that offer an opportunity to fish. Anglers are given a variety of opportunities, including muskies, trout, channel catfish, northern pike and pan fish.

Birdwatchers should explore 280-acres of Schmeeckle Reserve, home to five miles of nature trails and boardwalks. The 33,000-acre George W. Mead Wildlife Area gives birders a chance to see 270 species of birds.

Portage County is an important center for conservation and environmental science. Visit the Museum of Natural History at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Spend some time at the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame and learn about the most important men and women in the field.

Each year Stevens Point hosts the World's largest renewable energy event, the Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Fair. Stop by the third weekend in June to learn about renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association.

Looking for more activities geared towards the family, the Stevens Point area has options for all ages. Want to catch some fresh air, stop by the K.A.S.H. Playground where there are slides, swings and climbing equipment that is suitable and safe for children of all abilities. The Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum is great if you’re looking for indoor, hands-on learning opportunities for the whole family. Stop by Putt-n-Play to try out the brand new indoor miniature golf in Stevens Point. If you’re looking for a real game of golf, make sure to check out the SentryWorld Golf Course.

If you’re looking for events, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point hosts the World’s Largest Trivia Contest every April. Walk Wisconsin encourages getting outdoors and walking up to a full marathon on the Green Circle Trail. In July, you can attend the Midwest’s Largest Car Show, the Iola Old Car Show & Swap Meet. If you’re looking for antique machinery, try the Rosholt Thresheree.

Follow your fork to find delicious food in the Stevens Point Area. Explore the local food movement, classic Wisconsin supper clubs and everything in between. Try the Stevens Point Area Co-op or the Stevens Point Farmer’s Market for local products. For breakfast, we recommend the Wooden Chair, Ruby Coffee Roasters, or if you’re looking for a Bloody Mary, Rusty’s Backwater Saloon is a good choice. Hilltop Pub & Grill serves their fish fry every day, or just have your meal with a water view at Bullhead’s Bar & Grill or Clear Water Harbor. Sky Club or Michele’s are local favorites for supper clubs here in the Stevens Point Area.

For more local flavor, head to The Landmark tucked in downtown Amherst, which often offers live music. Also, try The Market on Strongs for year-round local products and buy excellent Wisconsin cheeses at Mullins Cheese. To get a bit crafty, visit Herrschners for all your supplies or bring a group of friends to have a party at the Clay Corner Studio to take home your very own creation.

There is an endless list of activities to do here in the Stevens Point Area. View or order a visitor's guide and start planning your trip today.