Attractions in Green Lake, WI

Some say Green Lake is a small town. But we take pride in our size, and there is always something fun to do, from live music, theater, spa services, and fishing guides, to talking a ride around the deepest inland lake in Wisconsin on a boat tour.  Whatever your fancy, we’ve got something making your stay in Green Lake unforgettable.

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Amish Country


Beginning in the early 18th Century, Amish settlers began immigrating to the United States. One of the Amish communities in Wisconsin can be found in southern Green Lake and Marquette Counties. The settlements found here are Old Order Amish, with no tractors in the fields, no telephones and small one-room schoolhouses. There are many small Amish businesses in the Green Lake area, as well as businesses supporting the Amish heritage. They are mostly located in the Dalton and Kingston communities, and specialize in products that reflect their heritage – like woodworking, baking, cheese making, and greenhouses!

Caestecker Public Library


Caestecker Public Library

518 Mill St.
Green Lake, WI 54941

(920) 294-3572

Say the word “library” to someone, and what’s the first image that comes to mind? Strict old ladies shushing you? Dusty shelves of heavy old books? Sketchy-looking people sleeping in forgotten corner chairs?

If so, you haven’t visited the Caestecker Public Library in downtown Green Lake lately. Here you’re as likely to see people knitting or finalizing a business deal as checking the shelves for a book. You’ll find kids building amazing LEGO structures every week or “sailing” in our wooden boat, most likely with a few puppets or stuffed animals along for the ride. You’ll see chess masters, jigsaw puzzle solvers, Minecraft players, and yes, readers, of every age and interest. And you will see award-winning movies screened on a regular basis. Celebrate local artists. Hear beautiful live music. Join folks playing cards, having meetings or participating in programs. In spring, you will find herb, flower and veggie seeds to “check out” for your garden. A few months later, you can swap seedlings or pick up extra produce. And, of course, your favorite authors and television shows are well represented in our collection.

The Caestecker Public Library is a community center for residents and visitors to our beautiful part of Wisconsin. Come check us out.

Campus Cinema


Marcus Campus Theater

A treat for visitors and residents alike!

103 Watson Street, Ripon
WI 54971, United States

(920) 748-1227

Opened in 1935 as the first Marcus Cinema, Campus Cinema in Ripon is a historic site which reflects our area’s history. Ben Marcus, the founder of the first of the Marcus theaters did not expect for his business to expand to what it is today – a publicly traded company on the stock exchange and a world leader in entertainment and lodging! Located at the corner of Watson and E Jackson Street in historic downtown Ripon, seeing a movie at the Campus Cinema is a treat for visitors and residents alike!

Dartford Historical Society


Dartford Historical Society

-tens of thousands of items to tell the story of the area’s history.

501 Mill St.
Green Lake, WI 54941

 (920) 294-6194

Since its founding in 1956, the Dartford Historical Society has collected and preserved tens of thousands of items to tell the story of the area’s history. The Society’s Museum in housed in the 1870’s Fond du Lac and Sheboygan Railroad depot and features an overview history of the area. The Society’s archives and exhibit gallery can be found in the former public library.

The Museum is open Memorial Day to Labor Day from 10 AM- 1 PM on Saturday. The archives and exhibit gallery is open Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM year round. Both facilities are also open by advance appointment. A small donation is requested at each site.

J.Lawson Tourboat

J. Lawson Tourboat

-keeps the area’s roots alive.

W2511 State Rd 23

Green Lake, WI 54941

(920) 295-2628

Take a cruise on the water aboard the J.LawsonPierless Boat Rentals  50-foot down-east style boat built for the Navy converted for sightseeing.

Larson’s Famous Clydesdales


Larson’s Famous Clydesdales

A truly exciting, entertaining, and fun 90 minute guided tour with a short grandstand show.

W12654 Reeds Corners Rd
Ripon, WI 54971

(920) 748-5466

Open May through October, Larson’s Famous Clydesdales is quite the place to spend an afternoon! A short drive from Green Lake, Larson’s Famous Clydesdales is one of the only places in the United States where visitors can see fourteen famous Clydesdales up close and personal! Enjoy a truly exciting, entertaining, and fun 90 minute guided tour with a short grandstand show. Don’t forget to visit and pet and take pictures of the rare baby Clydesdale! Once you’re done connecting with some of the most adorable horses around, also stop by the museum and Clydesdale gift shop!

Thrasher Opera House


Thrasher Opera House

No visit to Green Lake would be complete without a visit to the Thrasher.

506 Mill Street
Green Lake, WI 54941

(920) 294-4279

Built in 1910, the Thrasher Opera House served as a community center and venue for the performing arts for three decades, until its conversion into a warehouse during World War II. After the war, the building fell silent and slowly descended into disrepair. In 1994, local real estate broker Ron Hagstrom stepped in and immediately set to work turning back the building’s internal clock. By 1997, his restoration was complete, and in 1998 Thrasher started to host its own events once again.

Today, Thrasher Opera House continues to delight residents and visitors alike. Its untiring commitment to showcasing top-flight talent in a small, intimate performance space has cemented its position as one of the most important cultural institutions in the area.

The intimacy and friendly atmosphere of this historic treasure is the backdrop for creating memories that can last a lifetime. With first-class artists gracing the stage up to 50 times a year, there is never a shortage of variety from which to choose. And the expansion of the new bar/lounge area just adds another level to the patron’s overall experience. No visit to Green Lake would be complete without a visit to the Thrasher.

Although Thrasher has been a fixture in Green Lake since 1910, it’s only been in the last 16 years that people have rediscovered the impact that live performance can bring to a community.

Town Square Community Center


Town Square Community Center 

People from all walks of life come to Town Square…

492 Hill St
Green Lake, WI 54941

 (920) 807-0008

There’s always something happening at Town Square, our award-winning community center located in the historic county courthouse buildings right in the heart of downtown Green Lake.

Our Mission: To enrich the lives of the Green Lake community members, family, and friends by providing cultural, social, recreational, educational, and economic opportunities for people of all ages.


Vines & Rushes


Vines & Rushes Winery

Wisconsin grown wine with every sip.

410 County RD E
Ripon, WI 54971, United States

(920) 748-3296

Located in neighboring Ripon, Vines & Rushes is a locally owned and operated winery featuring quality wines and ciders made from Wisconsin grapes. Their wines are an expression of the soil, climate, farming and winemaking practices that provide a sense of place to each wine. You’ll taste their commitment to a quality, Wisconsin grown wine with every sip.

Located on the grounds of a historic family farm, Vines and Rushes gives visitors the opportunity to see the production process while enjoying a glass of wine, as the winemaking facility and tasting room share a building. You can have a seat, buy some cheese and crackers, go through a guided tasting led by the winemaker himself, and truly understand what it means to relax! You won’t leave empty handed either, as the wine is available for purchase. It’s truly a joy to be able to enjoy a tasting led by the experts and knowing that you can walk away with a bottle to remember your time at the best local winery around!