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.
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 riverwalk 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. Whether your passion is fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, or just appreciating nature, visit TPF Outdoors for your outdoor needs. 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, fat bike riding, snowmobiling, skiing and skating are additional family-friendly activities 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 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 Café Carpe, Mr. Brew’s Taphouse, The Rustic Smokehouse, Island Bar and Grill, Sunset Bar and Grill, and Brock’s River Walk Tavern & Grill, or Riverstone Premier Event Center which all feature regional and national talent.
Fort Atkinson offers a variety of unique finds! Discover distinctive shops and restaurants, or score a bargain at the Nasco Retail 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!
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. 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, pick your perfect pumpkin at Busy Barns Adventure Farm, cycle the Glacial River Bike Trail in autumn, and snow-shoe, ice skate or cross-country ski at Haumerson’s Pond 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. 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.