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The Waupaca area has many unique shops – from clothing, to gifts, boutiques, arts and antiques and décor – there’s that special something you will want to take back with you!

We have many wonderful dining opportunities for breakfast, lunch and dinner at our many area restaurants. Great pizza, steaks, seafood, homemade specials, ethnic foods and the traditional Friday night fish fry accompanied by an Old-Fashioned, something to satisfy your taste buds.

Quench your thirst with over fifteen different craft beers in the taproom at our local brew pub!

Looking for some winter fun for the whole family within an hour drive of Appleton / Green Bay.

Waupaca, located at the intersection of Hwy 54, 22 and 10, in the center of the state is a great place to bring a family for a quick weekend stay. This time of the year offers some great outdoor activities like snow shoeing, cross country skiing, hiking, skating. sledding or maybe just time at the hotel in the swimming pool.

If outdoor activities are your thing check out Hartman Creek State Park. They offer cross county skinning with six miles of trails, snowshoeing with 3.5 miles of trails and hiking is allowed off-trail in the park. And if you don’t have the equipment, we have you covered at our own local shop, Adventure Outfitters.

Skating and sledding is offered at South Park in the lower level parking lot skating rink and sledding hill. Or check out the sledding hill at Swan Park. You will need to bring your own skates and sled.

Or maybe ice fishing is your thing, our area offers many lakes to choose from, including right in the City limits on Shadow Lake or one of the 22 in the Waupaca Chain or one of the many other area lakes like Spencer Lake.

Fat Tire Biking

Biking might seem line a summer activity but winter enthusiasts know differently. Fat Tire biking is popular the year round, it’s more fun in the winter. Bikes are available to rent from our local outfitter conveniently located in downtown Waupaca. Hop on your bike and ride the trails at Hartman Creek State Park.


Located in Central Wisconsin, Waupaca has many choices of activities. Enjoy the clear waters of the Chain O’ Lakes in your kayak, boat or tube across the waters. Launch your canoe or kayak on the Crystal and Waupaca Rivers for a leisurely float down the river enjoying the scenic views and wildlife. Maps showing boat launches and access points are available at the Waupaca Area Convention and Visitors Center.

Take a hike or bike our River Ridge Trail systems which winds through the city. There are several scenic off road trail segments located throughout the city. Hartman Creek State Park located just outside Waupaca offers many hiking and biking trails. Pick up our Silent Sports guide while you’re in the area.

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