15 Best Things to Do in La Crosse, WI

15 Best Things to Do in La Crosse, WI

La Crosse- a quaint gorgeous city on the banks of the Mississippi River is one of the gifted tourist places you have never even give much thought to. But, the moment you get here- you will wonder how come you never heard about this place. The best part of La Crosse is its beautiful nature! Also, there are a lot of adventure options here. These are the top 15 things you can do in La Crosse-

Check out The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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We welcome you to your first day of La Crosse trip. We would like to kick it off with one of the tourist favorites. There are a lot of landmarks in the city of La Crosse, and it offers some of the best natural spots. Although we will hop onto those, we’d like to initiate your sightseeing with one of the very best- The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The other name of this is Basilica of our lady of Guadalupe. But, are you aware of the fact that this is an immensely beautiful piece of work? You do not need to be a Catholic if you want to visit and appreciate the beauty of its interior. The Basilica of our lady of Guadalupe receives an immense number of visitors all around the year.

Walk around the Riverside Park

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Welcome to the first of many scenic spots of La Crosse. If you are someone who finds peace among nature- La Crosse is for you. Do you feel nature spots are better than the shopping and the chaos of a big city? Welcome to the Riverside Park.
Having opened its gates to the public back in 1911, Riverside park was not always known by this name. Earlier people used to call it the Levee Park.

The best part about this park is its venue. Also, this park is open for all the ceremonies. The beautiful Fourth of July fireworks is dispersed from here. The infamous Oktoberfest also happens here. There are also a lot of trails here where you can go walking or jogging in the morning.

Go hiking at La Crosse River State Trail

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Are you already in love with nature here at La Crosse? Welcome! We have another one of the gems for you. If you think Riverside Park is the end of it all- you might be mistaken. Running from Sparta right to Onalaska, the La Crosse River State Trail is one of the most popular trails in Wisconsin. Also, there is something known as the Wisconsin bike trail. The La Crosse River State Trail is a part of that.

The La Crosse River State Trail is filled with recreational activities. Be like running, jogging, hiking, or even trekking- this is the one place to do it all. So, go on this unique trail, and enjoy it to your fullest.

Go running along Great River State Trail

Are you done with the La Crosse River State Trail? Are you missing it already? No worries, we have another trail in store for you! Welcome to another of the greatest trails of La Crosse. And, bonus point? This trail is longer than the previous one! Let us introduce you a bit more to the Great River State Trail!

The length of the trail exceeds 24-miles. Also, this trail is just meant for recreational activities. There are a lot of things you could do here. Running through marshlands, the trail offers some of the best Mississippi River scenes.
Want to go walking or jogging? This is the location to go to at the Great River State Trail. The iconic Wisconsin bike trail system consists of this trail along with the La Crosse River Trail and two others.

Get amazed at the Riverside International Friendship Gardens

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There is no end to the beautiful sceneries of La Crosse. Just when you think, you have seen it all with the two trails- we are going to introduce you to another of the most influential places. This beauty attracts everyone and tourists are in love with the Riverside International Friendship Gardens.

This is one of the most beautiful gardens in all of Wisconsin. Also, it is beautifully maintained which draws more attention to it. Sitting on the convergence of the Mississippi River, the Black, and the La Cross- Riverside International Friendship Gardens is a splendid piece of work. Within this, there are a lot of themed gardens like a French garden, Irish, Chinese, German, and many others.

Appreciate the cars at Dahl Auto Museum

Are you a car lover? Do you take pride in all the knowledge that you have gathered about cars? Then, we might have one of the best places on this earth to show you. You can even test out your knowledge here. Come on, what are you even waiting for? Let’s head over to the majestic place.

The main motto of the Dahl Auto Museum is to preserve the rich culture the USA has when it comes to the different versions and models of automobiles. Here, at Dahl Auto Museum, you can see a whole lot of classic car collections. The Dahls have been here in this business for the past five generations, and now the museum shows everything. The collection is amazing and you can get the best of the world here.

Enjoy at Children’s Museum of La Crosse

Are you looking for some fun and cool things to do with your kids? Often children are bored by the different museums and scenic beauties, we adults take pleasure in. But, here in La Crosse, there is something exclusively for your child to enjoy too. Com on, our next destination is the Children’s Museum of La Crosse

This is an interactive space where children of every age will find something to take part in and enjoy to their fullest. Also, there are three floors in the museum. Each floor is filled with stuff that children tend to enjoy. There is even a theater inside where musicals and different performances are hosted.

Grab some lunch at Rudy’s Drive-In

Are you hungry after all the sightseeing? Yes, it is natural to hear your stomach grumbling after all those hikes and walking around. But, when you are on a vacation- the main question is where should you eat. Or, rather which place has the best of that particular spot? Don’t worry, for we have quite a good recommendation for you today!

Here at Rudy’s Drive-In- you get the best food in La Crosse. Having opened its gates back in 1933, this joint is immensely popular in La Crosse. It is more of a staple here. The best American meal of beefy burgers, fries, and rootbeers is the main combination that you could order here. But, now, there are a lot of options too. You need to check them out!

Check out the Grandad Bluff Park

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Let us go explore a state park now! As we mentioned earlier- La Crosse is a beautiful scenic country filled with spots that are rich in raw natural beauty. The Grandad Bluff Park is one of the best ways to enjoy the best of what La Crosse has got to offer. The best part about the state park is the presence of the immensely beautiful Grandad Bluff cliff in the middle of the state park. So, come on, let us explore.

Did you know that this bluff has a certain significance in different cultures? The Coulee Region sees this as a symbol of them. We look at it from its beauty. Offering the best splendid scenes of the Mississippi River Valley, the park is indeed popular!

Go snap a few pictures at World’s Largest Six-Pack

Want to go look at one of the best landmarks in La Crosse? We have something unique for you! Yes, here at La Crosse, we have something quite special that you might not have seen elsewhere!

Welcome to the landmark of the World’s Largest Six-Pack. These are beer tanks. And, there are six of them! These were originally a building in which iconic bars were constructed. But, later those bars/breweries could not keep up with their expense and they were closed. But, the government decided to turn the building into this landmark. And, now there are six huge beer towers that you can see from far away. They make up a good picture for your Instagram feed, and do check them out for some landmark pictures!

Get your spirits lifted at Turtle Stack Brewery

Are you tired after all this sightseeing? Let us call it a day now. But, before we go off to our hotels- we’d like to take you out for some beer. How would you like that? After all, no one says no to beer! The Turtle Stack Brewery is one of the best places to enjoy and get your spirits high.

You can get a lot of crafted beers and locally brewed ones here at Turtle Stack Brewery. Here in the exotic location of Downtown La Crosse- you can get a lot of beers on taps. The Turtle Stack Brewery has some of the best beers in town. Smash Golden Ale, Belgian Blonde, and Session IPA are some of the best beers on their menu.

Visit the Lake Onalaska

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After you are refreshed and rejuvenated, head out the next day to fill your heart’s wish and go see some waterbodies. The most famous lake around here is the incredible Lake Onalaska. If you are into water beauties- we guess this is the spot to be invested in.

The width of this lake is around 4 miles, and it mainly acts as a reservoir for the rivers of Black and Mississippi. This lake is famous for its fishing activities. Even if you have not brought your fishing gears- there are plenty of other ways you can enjoy here. You can even go boating or swimming as they are both allowed here. Also, the lake is huge, and you can easily spend your morning here.

Give your sweet tooth a treat at Pearl Ice Cream Parlor

A vacation needs some ice cream! And, here at La Crosse- we have a pretty good ice cream parlor to check out. But, it is not just any ice cream parlor. It has been decorated in the theme of the Pearl Harbor incident. The parlor is nostalgic by all means, but it does serve the best ice cream of all. Did you know you can even get sodas and candies here? Yes, it is a slice of paradise for all sweet lovers out there. But, the best part about this parlor is its unique flavors.

There are even a lot of toppings from which you can choose your favorite. All of these flavors have been made at home. Also, there are 20 flavors from which you can choose from.

Pray at the St. Rose of Viterbo Convent

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Here we have another one of the gorgeous structures in front of us. If you are into massive beautiful centers- St. Rose of Viterbo Convent is the place for you. Let us tell you more about it.

The other name by which the convent goes is Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Being located on Market Street- it catches the eyes of all. There are three intricately detailed chapels inside the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Also having its name on the National Register of Historic Places- the place is a must-visit in La Crosse.

Have dinner at Le Chateau

If you want to indulge in a fancy dinner on the last day of your trip- Le Chateau is the best place. Also, most people visit La Crosse on their honeymoon, so Le Chateau is the ideal place to take your spouse to!

This is a fancy French restaurant. The moment you step foot inside, you will feel that you are indeed in one of the restaurants in Old Paris. So, try your best to get dinner here.

It pains us to say that this is the end of our beautiful La Crosse trip. We hope you have fun!


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