Now that things are warming up in Jefferson, it’s time to get out of the house! We’ve rounded up a list of fun, family-friendly outdoor activities in Jefferson to keep you busy all day long.
Visit Stoppenbach Park
This park is 6.5 acres of fun! It can be found along East Linden Drive and South Dewey Avenue. Equipped with two handicapped accessible shelters (East and West) and restrooms, this park is suitable for everyone. Settle down for lunch under the open air picnic shelter, with use of the community grill, water and electrical outlets. Play and laugh like a kid on the play structures, serve like a pro on the sand volleyball and tennis courts, and hit a homerun on the ball diamond!
Visit the City of Jefferson website to learn more about renting the shelter for the day. Otherwise, enjoy the free facilities! Don’t be afraid to stay out late– there are dusk to dawn lights.
Have a photo op by the Big Green Chair
Sit in the Big Green Chair, located right next to the river! It’s perfect for photo ops, soaking up some sun and showing off your Jefferson pride!
Stop by the Jefferson County Dog Park
Who let the dogs out?! Check out the Jefferson County Dog Park, located off Highway 26 just outside of Jefferson. With gated areas for dogs of different sizes, agility courses, and endless yard space, your pup is bound to love it here! Just remember to clean up after your furry friend! Read more about local dog permits here or download the Dog Permit Application here.
Take a stroll down the iconic walking bridge
The walking bridge is a staple of downtown Jefferson. Recently, renovations have been completed to connect it to the new downtown Riverwalk expansion. Head on out and enjoy the sweet view of the water!
Explore the Beer Tunnels Downtown- 100 N Main St.
Jefferson has a long history of German tradition (why else would they be coined the “Gemuetlichkeit City”?) and the love for beer is one of them! Jefferson has been home to a number of breweries throughout the years. One of the biggest local breweries, established in 1855, was created by Jacob A. Breunig. It stood on what is now FCCU. Take a tour of the old beer tunnels (for free)!
End Your Night at the Highway 18 Outdoor Theatre- at the corner of HWYs 18 & 89
Stop at the seasonal drive-in for double features on a 90-ft. screen! Highway 18 Outdoor Theatre is perfect for your whole family. Pull in, park, and enjoy! There are concessions and bathrooms available at the theater. Visit their website to see their coming attractions!
Fall in love with charming Jefferson, Wisconsin. You’ll find yourself adventuring our scenic downtown area (just adjacent to the Rock and Crawfish Rivers), featuring vintage buildings rich with German heritage and beautiful riverfront experiences.