Explore Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin where historic sites meet Broadway lights! From Broadway entertainment to unique historical attractions, including the National Dairy Shrine, to exciting recreation and shopping, you will fall in love with everything Fort Atkinson has to offer.
Restore & Recreate
Enjoy the series of bronze sculptures that accentuate the Glacial River bike trail on this converted rail bed. The downtown portion connects to the city’s River Walk with access to quaint shops and restaurants. Cycle over to 2 Rivers Bicycle and Outdoor where you can rent canoes and kayaks and navigate the Bark and Rock Rivers; both of which lead to Lake Koshkonong, where fishing and boating opportunities abound. After that, stop by the historic Koshkonong Mounds Country Club, where golfers can enjoy lake views and a challenging 18-hole course, situated near native effigy mounds. Skydiving, miniature golf, bowling, hiking, skiing and skating are additional family-friendly activities available to adventurers and explorers of all levels.
Talent & Tunes
Experience a top Wisconsin attraction and a taste of Broadway at The Fireside Dinner Theatre, where you’ll also get a mouth-watering meal and the opportunity to shop one-of-a-kind gift shops. If live music is your forte, plan to attend our summer concerts in the park, the Rhythm on the River block party, or dine at Paddy Coughlin’s Pub and Café Carpe, both of which feature regional and national talent.
Feasts & Finds
Fort Atkinson offers a variety of unique finds! Discover distinctive shops and restaurants, or score a bargain at the Nasco Catalog Outlet Stores and Jones Market. Then venture on to our “feasting” establishments. Whether you’re looking for a hometown ice cream shop, an authentic Italian restaurant or a classic pub burger, Fort Atkinson provides many delectable options. We hope you find a great taste for Fort Atkinson!
Preservation & Progress
Fort Atkinson showcases a rich heritage through carefully-preserved landmarks and traditions. A must-see is the Hoard Historical Museum & National Dairy Shrine, where visitors can meet a young soldier named Abraham Lincoln and learn about his role in the 1832 Black Hawk War, or discover who was responsible for making Wisconsin known as “The Dairy State.” On Memorial Day weekend, experience what life was like in the 1800’s at the annual Fort Koshkonong Rendezvous, at Rock River Park. This fur trading re-enactment is complete with authentic costumes, tools, food and games. Go even further back in time with a walk through Indian Mounds Park, or get a bird’s-eye view of the city from the top of the historic water tower.
As a big little city, Fort Atkinson caters to families in every stage. The great outdoors beckon on lakes, rivers, trails and parks. Music, entertainment and shopping are convenient and affordable. Bring your family and explore. Bond with your kids over campfires and sing-alongs at Jellystone Park, recall the simple pleasure of a hot dog and ice cold soda at a Generals baseball game, take the slippery slide at the Family Aquatic Center, run the Fort Half Marathon in summer, cycle the bike trail in autumn, and snow-shoe in winter. Visit our website for detailed information on things to do and places to see, or feel free to give us a call and we’ll help arrange a fun-filled itinerary.
Small towns aren’t always small places. A full calendar of events, diverse lodging options, clean and safe parks, and close collaboration between business, health care, education and city services has resulted in a modern day Mayberry for those of us who love where we live. Fort Atkinson is small-town living at its best, but don’t take our word for it. See for yourself why bizjournals.com named us an “American Dreamtown”, and Money Magazine cited us one of “America’s Hottest Little Boomtowns”. Whether you’re planning a weekend visit or considering relocation, we invite you to experience some of what makes Fort Atkinson such a treasure. Welcome. We hope you’ll stay for a while, or maybe longer.