From Broadway entertainment and historic lures to scenic recreation and inviting shops, Fort Atkinson offers the perfect mix of big city amenities and small-town charm.
Fort Atkinson is an ideal destination for silent sports enthusiasts. The Glacial River Bike Trailruns directly through our historic downtown. You’ll experience scenic views of farmsteads, prairie flowers, wetlands, woods, and a rustic, red covered bridge built with recycled timber. Cycle over to 2 Rivers Bicycle and Outdoor for kayak and canoe rentals, bike tune-ups, and friendly service. The meandering Bark and Rock Rivers both lead to the 10,500 acre Lake Koshkonong, where fishing and boating opportunities abound. Bait Box on the Rock is a one-stop-shop for all your fishing needs – a new fishing pole, bait, and anything else you might need for a day on the water. Spend an afternoon at 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, fat bike riding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and ice skating are available to adventurers and explorers of all levels.
Experience a top Wisconsin attraction and a taste of Broadway at The Fireside Dinner Theatre, where you’ll also find a mouthwatering meal and the opportunity to shop one-of-a-kind gift shops. Stay tuned to our website for updates on local concerts and live music at venues such as Café Carpe, Mr. Brew’s Taphouse, Fort 88 Smokehouse, Island Bar and Grill, Brock’s River Walk Tavern & Grill, or Riverstone Premier Event Center.
Discover distinctive shops and restaurants, score a bargain, and stock up on your local favorites. In our historic downtown, you’ll find floral designs, jewelry, antiques, home accents, and unique gifts. Additional shopping is located throughout the city, offering household and hardware goods, pet supplies, and discount clothing. The freshest foods can be found at the Fort Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, May through October. Jones Market offers locally made products and fresh brats, and even an ice cream walk-up window. Tavern on Rock, a new restaurant to Fort Atkinson, is home to Smash Burgers and a giant 32-ounce super loaded Bloody Mary. North Shore Chophouse, another new restaurant, features hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, craft cocktails, and stunning lake views. You can’t leave without a visit to a typical Wisconsin supper club, river front or lakeside dining, a mom-and-pop pizzeria, or standing in line with the locals for a scoop of ice cream on a warm summer night.
Fort Atkinson showcases a rich heritage through carefully preserved landmarks and traditions. A must-see is the Hoard Historical Museum and National Dairy Shrine, where visitors can get to know a young soldier named Abraham Lincoln and learn about his role in the 1832 Blackhawk War, or discover the history of the dairy industry in Wisconsin. Go even further back in time with a walk through Indian Mounds Park, a visit to the Panther Intaglio historical marker, 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 beckons on lakes, rivers, trails, and parks. Music, entertainment, and shopping are convenient and affordable. Jellystone Park is the place for campfires, s’mores, and making memories. Bring your family to experience the simple pleasure of a hot dog and ice cold soda at a Generals baseball game, the slippery waterslide at the Family Aquatic Center, a hunt for the perfect pumpkin at Busy Barns Adventure Farm, a bike ride on the Glacial River Bike Trail in autumn, or a day to snow shoe, ice skate, or cross-country ski at Haumerson’s Pond during the 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 would be happy to 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 community who love where we live. Fort Atkinson is small town living at its best, but don’t take our word for it. See it for yourself. Whether you’re planning a weekend visit or considering relocation, we invite you to experience what makes Fort Atkinson such a treasure. We hope you’ll stay for awhile, or maybe longer.