Air Date: 04/25/2020 - 04/26/2020
Host Eric Paulsen explores Johnson Creek in this episode of Discover Wisconsin, and gives us a new perspective on the city. Eric starts his trek at the Premium Outlets, grabbing some truffles at the only Lindt store in the state and making a few new friends along the way. After some major shopping, Eric makes his way to the Pine Cone just steps from the Premium Outlets, where he talks about the legendary travel stop over a classic breakfast and, of course, one of their cream puffs. Over at Rob’s Performance Motorsports, Eric gets in the driver’s seat of one of their UTVs after perusing the store. And at the end of the episode, Eric joins Johnson Creek residents in celebrating the history of their town with the Founder’s Float on Rock River, kayaking the same path of one Timothy Johnson when he first arrived here.
Known as the “Crossroads with a Future,” Johnson Creek resides about halfway between Madison and Milwaukee. And if you’ve past this city along the highway, you’ve probably seen the huge Premium Outlets, or signs for the legendary travel stop the Pine Cone, as there are so many special spots to check out right off their exit. However, Johnson Creek has so many great trails running right through town to hop on to, such as the Glacial River Trail that leads right past TREK, or the Glacial Drumlin State Trail that runs near Aztalan State Park. Aztalan was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964, as it was once home to a unique Native American ceremonial and residential town established in 1050 A.D. Today, they hold tours and celebrate the Native American culture of the site with events all year round. They also have Rock River Park, right along the Rock River that runs through the village, where they hold the Founder’s Float kayak event every year. What you might not know is that Johnson Creek has become a hub for motorsports, with three major motorsport dealers that bring people from all round the state. And in the Winter, this city is buzzing with snowmobiles, with trails leading right past these power sports dealers.
So whether or not you’re stopping for a quick bite to eat, or a lap around the outlets, plan for a longer trip next time you’re here. Stay a while, relax, and explore, here in Johnson Creek.