The Stevens Point Area is nestled in the center of Wisconsin, with a vibrant community is intertwined with the love of outdoor recreation, craft brewing and the arts. When the area was founded, the logging industry and trading posts defined the location. With help from the Wisconsin River, the railroad and rich soil, the area continued to prosper. Today, you’ll find a mix of industry (including headquarters for Sentry Insurance, Delta Dental, and Skyward) and a strong commitment to the environment (home to the world’s largest renewable energy fair, the nation’s first college of natural resources at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame). Natural resources are mixed with arts and culture, with public art dotted throughout the communities, including the city-owned Stevens Point Sculpture Park that connects to the Green Circle Trail, a popular 27-mile recreational trail. Local flavor and farm to fork is not a passing fad in the Stevens Point Area. The state’s oldest farmers market is still held in the same spot in downtown Stevens Point, and the 160-year old Stevens Point Brewery is still a staple here along with the other breweries, wineries and distillery that make up the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective. A booming restaurant scene accentuates the local food and craft beverage scene, from a strong local food movement, classic Wisconsin supper clubs and everything in between.
Wisconsin River Communities: Along the River’s Edge
In “Wisconsin River Communities – Along the River’s Edge,” Mariah takes on waterskiing in Tomahawk while Jake explores the trails near the Wisconsin River in Merrill. We also make our way to the Stevens Point Area, where the Wisconsin River serves as the backdrop for fly fishermen and even competitors of the quirky summer event, Paddlequest. In Adams County, Jake tries his hand at bowfishing at dusk while Mariah gets a history tour in Wisconsin’s third oldest city, Portage.
Experience the old-fashioned charm of The Wooden Chair with hardwood floors, brick interior, a cozy fireplace and antique chairs. They serve natural and healthier foods including some of the best omelets, home-baked goods and specialty sandwiches in the area! Visit The Wooden Chair on Facebook for daily specials.
Chef Christian is dedicated to traditional, homemade foods prepared with the finest ingredients. Christian’s Bistro menu shows attention to detail with fresh fish flown in daily, vegetables purchased directly from the Stevens Point Area, made-from-scratch sauces and house-smoked meats. The bistro features an expansive wine list and attentive, precise service.
Family owned since 1961, this supper club is home of the first salad bar (started in 1950)! Experience three generations of fine dining through offerings of choice steaks and the finest seafood. An integral part of Sky Club’s success is the staff, from bartenders to hostesses to wait staff.
In business since 1992, Emy J’s provides customers with the best-quality products and personal service. They feature coffee, ice cream, smoothies and a café all under one roof. Enjoy fair trade and organic coffees roasted on-site, hand scooped Wisconsin-made ice cream, fresh fruit smoothies and unique locally sourced food!
From burgers and salads to nightly specials including prime rib and BBQ ribs, you are sure to find a delicious dish at Hilltop Pub & Grill. Wash down your meal with one of 19 beers on tap. The casual atmosphere is complimented by good food, spirits and Wisconsin beer.
Find out more about outdoor recreation, family-friendly attractions, art galleries, craft breweries and shops with local flair! The Stevens Point Area hosts fun attractions to fill an hour, a day or a weekend getaway. If you need planning assistance, browse travel itineraries and check the latest lodging packages at www.StevensPointArea.com.
Follow the 26-mile Green Circle Trail which winds along the Wisconsin River, Little Plover River and other tributaries. Trek the trails at Standing Rocks County Park or the Ice Age Trail through hills and valleys once shaped by glaciers. Or venture down an abandoned railroad bed on the Tomorrow River State Trail.
SentryWorld offers a championship golf course in a park-like setting. With its dedication to wildlife conservation, it’s easy to see why SentryWorld is known as Wisconsin’s Golf Treasure. In addition to golf, indoor tennis and volleyball courts and fine dining at PJ’s Restaurant offer something for everyone to enjoy.
Plan a weekend of family fun! Launch an outer-space adventure at the Allen Blocher Planetarium. Engage with hands-on exhibits at the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum or explore classic toys at Gepetto’s Workshop. Pit-stop at K.A.S.H. Playground, a universally accessible playground for children of all abilities. When conditions exist, adventure outdoors with snow shoeing, tobogganing or sledding at Iverson Park. Marvel at snow-dusted sculptures at the Stevens Point Sculpture Park off the Green Circle Trail. Or experience a ride through quiet winter woods by horse-drawn sleigh at Wild West Campground & Corral.
This 280-acre natural area on the UW-Stevens Point campus offers trails for running, walking and biking. Fish, canoe or watch wildlife on the pristine Lake Joanis. Schmeeckle Reserve Visitors Center houses the Browse Shop and the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame. Schmeeckle also serves as the Green Circle Trail headquarters.
Located in eastern Portage County, Standing Rocks County Park offers trails for walking, running and mountain biking, 3 disc golf course loops, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, a dog exercise trail, downhill skiing and a field target archery course. A trail pass is required for all users, available at the trail head.
See artwork from local, regional and national artists. Leisurely stroll through 20-acres of towering pines, streams and wetlands to discover the unique connection between nature and art. The Stevens Point Sculpture Park routinely hosts seasonal events and education programs and directly links to the 26-mile Green Circle Trail.
Inside or outdoors, through spring, summer, winter and fall, the Stevens Point Area has activities and attractions for all to enjoy. Check out travel itineraries, lodging deals, giveaways, getaways and more at StevensPointArea.com!
Dedicated in 1853, the Farmer’s Market on The Square in historic downtown Stevens Point has been held May through Oct. for over 150 years. Market hours are Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m. to around 2:30 p.m. Closed Sunday. Saturday mornings are the largest market day and prime shopping time is from 8 a.m. through noon.
The mission of the Hostel Shoppe is to introduce people to the healthy and enjoyable sport of recumbent cycling. Additionally, they aim to provide recumbent buyers with exceptional service and superior choices in recumbent bikes and accessories. After being outfitted at the Hostel Shoppe, try out road biking routes in the Stevens Point Area.
After an action-packed day in the Stevens Point Area, relax by spending the night in one of the many great local accommodations. Whether you are looking for a quaint Bed & Breakfast, a luxurious suite, a hotel with a pool, secluded cottage or a rustic campsite, the Stevens Point Area has it!