Interested in trip ideas for your next visit to Baraboo? Look no further!
Baraboo’s Circus History
Start your circus history tour by visiting Circus World! View the world’s largest circus wagon collection and stupendous displays you won’t see anywhere else.
Next, tour the Al. Ringling Theatre – a beautifully restored theatre built in 1915.
Wrap up your tour by visiting Al. Ringling’s spectacular red stone mansion, built in 1905, the Al. Ringling Mansion.
Fans of craft drinks and outdoor treks should make a beeline to experience the Baraboo Area’s “Spirit Trail.”
We’re close to Devil’s Lake State Park, the state’s most visited park; Mirror Lake with its stellar cross-country ski trails; and quiet and secluded Rocky Arbor. Don’t forget state natural areas like Parfrey’s Glen and Baxter’s Hollow. Then take a leisurely stroll of the Baraboo Riverwalk, a paved trail from Ochsner Park to the famed Circus World state historic site.
How to unwind after all that hiking? One can easily plan an entire trip around tours and tastings in Baraboo, starting at Driftless Glen Distillery, which distills, ages and barrels all its spirits on-site. It’s known for its bourbon and rye. Stay for a distillery-inspired meal and be sure to ask for a table with a view of the Baraboo River.
Visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to wineries. Balanced Rock Winery is the new kid on the block, with a location that offers perfect soil, sun and temperatures for growing grapes. Baraboo Bluff Winery, a short jaunt down a country road west of Baraboo, offers panoramic views of the Baraboo Bluffs right from the tasting room. In downtown Baraboo, there’s Von Klaus Winery, with 20 handcrafted wines, all made using original recipes and all natural ingredients, and Con Amici Craft Bar, known for its wine selection in a constantly evolving menu.
Remember to try Tumbled Rock Brewery, a new 15-barrel brewhouse and restaurant located at the doorstep to Devil’s Lake. Coming this summer is a brewery at the historic Al. Ringling Mansion, with a brew pub concept built around a Ringling family beer recipe.
Begin your history tour with a visit to Circus World. This Wisconsin Historic Site offers exhibits, original Ringling structures, live programs and much more.
The Sauk County Historical Society not only offers a rich photograph and newspaper collection, it has its own museum – a 1902 Tudor Revival mansion. The mansion houses period rooms and is an excellent interactive way to learn about the history of Sauk County.
End your history tour at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum – a history museum and operating railroad recreating, preserving, and interpreting the Golden Age of Railroading.
On your way to Baraboo, stop by Carr Valley Cheese and pick up some Cave Aged Mellage – it will pair perfectly with the “Color Me Cab” from Baraboo Bluff Winery. You’ll also want to grab some Onesto Sea Salt Crackers and any of their cheese spreads.
Once you arrive at Baraboo Bluff Winery, take a tour of their new tasting room and sample their wines. Unpack your cheese and crackers from your picnic basket and take in the breathtaking views of the Baraboo River Valley.
Satisfy your sweet tooth by stopping by Baraboo Candy Company and sample their varieties of rich, creamy fudge.
The next winery on the tour Balanced Rock Winery, located south of Baraboo near Devil’s Lake State Park. Enjoy its many proprietary flavors and a panoramic view of the Baraboo Hills.
Begin your conservationist tour by visiting the International Crane Foundation and see all 15 of the world’s crane species! Enjoy a guided tour, hike on the nature trails and browse their gift shop.
Next up, tour Aldo Leopold’s historical shack, visit the landscape that inspired him and explore the center’s “green building” features at the Aldo Leopold Foundation.
Wrap up your conservationist tour by checking out Parfrey’s Glen Natural Area outside Devil’s Lake State Park. Tour its always-cool gorge and listen as a brook trickles by.
Brewery Tour & Tasting Experience
Kick off your tour by vising Tumbled Rock Brewery just outside Devil’s Lake State Park. Sample the beers made on-site, order a pizza baked in a wood-fired oven and enjoy a seat by the fireplace.
On your way back to Baraboo, stop by The Meat Market and pick up some local cheese, smoked meats and snack sticks. They will go perfectly with the 6 pack you purchased at Port Huron.
Wrap up your brewery tour by satisfying your sweet tooth at Driftless Glen Distillery. Try a Rockin Root Beer Float or a Rollin Cherry Cola Float. This hard twist on an old classic is unique, fun and delicious!
Start out your morning at Wisconsin’s most visited state park, Devil’s Lake State Park. Park at North Beach and walk up the East Bluff Trail, then return by walking back on the East Bluff Woods Trail. (2.6 miles)
Next on the list is Durward’s Glen – a pristine 40-acre property with scenic hiking trails, a pond, a rambling brook and a white oak tree over 350 years old. Bring a picnic with for a relaxing lunch!
After Durward’s Glen, take a paddle down the Baraboo River. Baraboo River Canoe & Kayak Rentals, LLC offers a variety of trips ranging in length and difficulty. Choose a relaxing and meandering trip, or a more challenging trip with rapids.
Relaxation & Rejuvenation
Start out your weekend of relaxation by visiting New Life Lavender – a gorgeous lavender and cherry farm. Breathe in the fresh lavender from the fields and stop by the farm store to purchase a calming bath bomb.
Next up, head to Spa Serenity for a 45 minute “Shoulder Bliss” treatment. The stress will melt away with a combination of massage, aromatherapy and heat. Your neck, shoulders and upper back areas will be feeling revitalized in no time.
Take a walk down to Bekah Kate’s afterwards and pick up yummy scented Milkhouse soy candle and peruse the selection of tea.
As the day comes to an end, relax on the cozy furniture at Con Amici and indulge in a martini or glass of wine.