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Guidebook for La Crosse

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Guidebook for La Crosse

Parks & Nature
This is the location for beautiful views of Lake Onalaska any time of day, but especially at sunset. There are also walking trails to the south of the Spillway in the backwater woodlands. The Spillway is about 3/4 of mile long and about a twenty minute walk from the Cottage.
Spillway Drive Dike
This is the location for beautiful views of Lake Onalaska any time of day, but especially at sunset. There are also walking trails to the south of the Spillway in the backwater woodlands. The Spillway is about 3/4 of mile long and about a twenty minute walk from the Cottage.
Walking trails, ballpark, picnic area. The private La Crosse Sailboat Club is located on the north end of the park. Sailboat races and regattas on Lake Onalaska are held on weeknights and weekends. A public viewing platform is located at the end of Lakeshore Drive, which is the road leading to the park and Sailboat Club.
Louis Nelson County Park
Walking trails, ballpark, picnic area. The private La Crosse Sailboat Club is located on the north end of the park. Sailboat races and regattas on Lake Onalaska are held on weeknights and weekends. A public viewing platform is located at the end of Lakeshore Drive, which is the road leading to the park and Sailboat Club.
Beautiful lake created by Lock and Dam #7 on the Mississippi River surrounded by the beautiful bluffs in the heart of the Driftless Area that is a part of the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge. Great for wildlife viewing, watersports, hunting and fishing all year long.
Lake Onalaska
Beautiful lake created by Lock and Dam #7 on the Mississippi River surrounded by the beautiful bluffs in the heart of the Driftless Area that is a part of the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge. Great for wildlife viewing, watersports, hunting and fishing all year long.
The best place to for a spectacular view of La Crosse and the surrounding landscape from our iconic bluff.
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Grandad Bluff Park
3020 Grandad Bluff Road
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The best place to for a spectacular view of La Crosse and the surrounding landscape from our iconic bluff.
Mississippi River promenade Park with free concerts at the bandshell on Thursday nights during summer. Beautiful and lively.
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Riverside Park
100 State Street
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Mississippi River promenade Park with free concerts at the bandshell on Thursday nights during summer. Beautiful and lively.
Gardens with international themes located at the north end Riverside Park. If you are gardener don't miss this.
Riverside International Friendship Gardens
405 E Veterans Memorial Dr
Gardens with international themes located at the north end Riverside Park. If you are gardener don't miss this.
Fantastic views and hiking.
Great River Bluffs State Park
43605 Kipp Dr
Fantastic views and hiking.
Great beach house architecture on the sand on Pettibone Island, which has great views of La Crosse from across the river.
Pettibone Beach
Great beach house architecture on the sand on Pettibone Island, which has great views of La Crosse from across the river.
Sightseeing
View the working part of the Mississippi River up close here. Huge barges, passenger boats, even paddlewheel boats can be seen as they pass through the locks.
Lock and Dam No. 7
View the working part of the Mississippi River up close here. Huge barges, passenger boats, even paddlewheel boats can be seen as they pass through the locks.
Experience the Mighty Mississippi!
La Crosse Queen Cruises
405 E Veterans Memorial Dr
Experience the Mighty Mississippi!
Food Scene
Lakeside informal restaurant and bar with a friendly atmosphere drawing locals and boaters on the north shore of Lake Onalaska. Indoor/Outdoor seating.
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Red Pines Bar & Grill
W7305 County Rd Z
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Lakeside informal restaurant and bar with a friendly atmosphere drawing locals and boaters on the north shore of Lake Onalaska. Indoor/Outdoor seating.
Restaurant and bar on the Black River overlooking marina.
Huck Finn's On the Water
129 Marina Dr
Restaurant and bar on the Black River overlooking marina.
Our special occasion place. Reliably great "supper club" food in a historic building.
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The Freighthouse Restaurant
107 Vine Street
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Our special occasion place. Reliably great "supper club" food in a historic building.
If you're not up for their finer fare stop by their cafe/bar for lunch or for jazz on the weekends.
Piggy's
501 Front Street South
If you're not up for their finer fare stop by their cafe/bar for lunch or for jazz on the weekends.
Old-fashioned drive-in A and W restaurant with roller-skating waitstaff. Fun.
Rudy's Drive In Restaurant
1004 La Crosse St
Old-fashioned drive-in A and W restaurant with roller-skating waitstaff. Fun.
Buzzard Billy's
222 Pearl St
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Jules Coffee House
327 Pearl Street
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The Root Note
115 4th Street South
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Great ice cream.
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The Pearl Ice Cream Parlor
207 Pearl Street
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Great ice cream.
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The Charmant Hotel
101 State St
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Fantastic architecture, fantastic food! Located in an early La Crosse's stone mansion, this place is special for special occasions. Be sure to explore the upper floors to see views from "the tower" and the exquisite original woodwork and decor. Le Cave cocktail bar located the basement.
Le Chateau
410 Cass St
Fantastic architecture, fantastic food! Located in an early La Crosse's stone mansion, this place is special for special occasions. Be sure to explore the upper floors to see views from "the tower" and the exquisite original woodwork and decor. Le Cave cocktail bar located the basement.
This restaurant and bar have a sophisticated ambience with "uncomplicated food with intriguing ingredients and big flavors - locally sourced and seasonally driven." Romantic
Lovechild
300 3rd St S
This restaurant and bar have a sophisticated ambience with "uncomplicated food with intriguing ingredients and big flavors - locally sourced and seasonally driven." Romantic
Above a longtime food co-op, this chic eatery & bar offers a menu for various dietary restrictions
Hackberry's Bistro
315 5th Ave S
Above a longtime food co-op, this chic eatery & bar offers a menu for various dietary restrictions
Modern Diner + Tavern, specializes in modern comfort food and contemporary elixirs that brings people together for a great time.
David Reay's Modern Diner + Tavern
214 Main St
Modern Diner + Tavern, specializes in modern comfort food and contemporary elixirs that brings people together for a great time.
Spacious, easygoing hangout doling out hearty pub fare, plus various craft beers & bourbons.
The Crow
100 3rd St S
Spacious, easygoing hangout doling out hearty pub fare, plus various craft beers & bourbons.
Our favorite! Award winning. Take a road trip to Viroqua (about 35 miles) through beautiful country. Art & tree trunks accent this cozy cafe with a changing menu of locally sourced New American plates. Delicious! Explore Viroqua while you are there.
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Driftless Cafe
118 West Court Street
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Our favorite! Award winning. Take a road trip to Viroqua (about 35 miles) through beautiful country. Art & tree trunks accent this cozy cafe with a changing menu of locally sourced New American plates. Delicious! Explore Viroqua while you are there.
Drinks & Nightlife
Funky smaller bar/restaurant with outside seating in summer with views of marina on the backwaters of the Mississippi River.
River Rats Bar and Grill
1311 La Cres St
Funky smaller bar/restaurant with outside seating in summer with views of marina on the backwaters of the Mississippi River.
Restaurant and bar on the Black River overlooking marina.
Tom Sawyer's Bar & Grill
136 Clinton St
Restaurant and bar on the Black River overlooking marina.
Gary recommends Downtown Brown, Pam likes Java Lava Stout. ...many more. Try a flight to find you bliss.
Pearl Street Brewery
1401 St Andrew St
Gary recommends Downtown Brown, Pam likes Java Lava Stout. ...many more. Try a flight to find you bliss.
Landmark historic downtown bar. Music, food, funky. Lotsa beer.
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Bodega Brew Pub, Inc.
122 4th Street South
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Landmark historic downtown bar. Music, food, funky. Lotsa beer.
We like the funky places and have been going to Del's since out college days in the seventies. It's been a here forever. Great bloodies.
Del's Bar
229 3rd St N
We like the funky places and have been going to Del's since out college days in the seventies. It's been a here forever. Great bloodies.
Cavalier Theater and Lounge
114 5th Ave N
Food, bar and music with a funky local atmosphere.
Robins Nest Bar and Grill
328 Goddard St
Food, bar and music with a funky local atmosphere.
Really a distillery, not a brewery, but that was the closest category.
La Crosse Distilling Co.
129 Vine St
Really a distillery, not a brewery, but that was the closest category.
Cocktail lounge located below Le Chateau Restaurant.
La Cave
410 Cass St
Cocktail lounge located below Le Chateau Restaurant.
Sizable bar offering many Irish beers, specialty entrees & pub grub, plus patio seating & TVs.
Dublin Square Irish Pub & Eatery
103 3rd Street North
Sizable bar offering many Irish beers, specialty entrees & pub grub, plus patio seating & TVs.
Arts & Culture
Regional art in 3 galleries and a performance space for music and theater.
Pump House Regional Arts Center
119 King St
Regional art in 3 galleries and a performance space for music and theater.
New facility in a beautiful location featuring local and national performers.
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Weber Center for the Performing Arts
428 Harborview Plaza
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New facility in a beautiful location featuring local and national performers.
La Crosse's origin is the lumber industry. Visit the lumber baron, Gidon Hixon's house.
Hixon House
429 7th St N
La Crosse's origin is the lumber industry. Visit the lumber baron, Gidon Hixon's house.
Entertainment & Activities
The bluffs are us. Here is where you start. A network of trails for walking, skiing and biking all along the bluffs bordering the city.
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Upper Hixon Forest
800 Milson Ct
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The bluffs are us. Here is where you start. A network of trails for walking, skiing and biking all along the bluffs bordering the city.
Children's Museum of La Crosse
207 5th Avenue South
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Rivoli Theatre and Pizzeria
117 4th Street North
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Bike trail connected to all others in the area.
Great River State Trail
Bike trail connected to all others in the area.
This park is located across the Black River side of French Island. Enjoy the views of the quaint boathouses here and take in a Loggers game.
Copeland Park
1130 Copeland Park Drive
This park is located across the Black River side of French Island. Enjoy the views of the quaint boathouses here and take in a Loggers game.
Dahl Auto Museum
711 3rd St S
Shopping
Cameron Park Farmer's Market "The farmer's market takes place on Fridays 4pm-dusk and Saturdays 8am - 1pm. Local produce, crafts, and food trucks with live music at a park where families can hang out."
Cameron Park Farmers Market
Cameron Park Farmer's Market "The farmer's market takes place on Fridays 4pm-dusk and Saturdays 8am - 1pm. Local produce, crafts, and food trucks with live music at a park where families can hang out."
The Antique Center of La Crosse, Ltd.
110 3rd St S
Brand new fishing and other water recreation supplies. Kayak rental.
Island Outdoors
1330 Bainbridge St
Brand new fishing and other water recreation supplies. Kayak rental.