Attractions & Events
Spring Green, Wisconsin is home to many famous attractions. Spend your day exploring the area and come home to the Silver Star for a comfortable and relaxing night.
The American Players Theatre boasts an outdoor venue that seats nearly 1100 patrons, as well as a 200 seat indoor theater. Plays run from early June through November, so make your plans now to “Come Play in the Woods”!
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin was the architect’s home, studio, and school, built on the land his family owned since the 1800s. The 800 acre estate was designated as a National Historic Landmark and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Several different guided tours are available from April through November, or by special arrangement.
The House on the Rock was built over 60 years by Alex Jordan, beginning in 1945. The house itself is an incredible tribute to nature, and the attraction has evolved to include displays and collections of the exotic, the unusual, and the amazing. The World’s Largest Indoor Carousel, the Japanese Gardens, and the Infinity Room are just a few of the impressive features of the House on the Rock.
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hiking at Governor Dodge State Park, Tower Hill State Park, or the Spring Green Nature Preserve. The small lakes at Governor Dodge offer opportunities for paddle boarding or kayaking, and there are several outfitters in the area that will rent canoes and kayaks for use on the nearby Wisconsin River. For the less active nature lover, Bakken’s Pond offers glimpses of many waterfowl varieties, or you can bird watch at your leisure from the comfort of our front porch.
Food, music, and art are plentiful in the Spring Green area as well. Every Thursday, “Local Night” at the Post House Garden features live music from local musicians, as well as food and drinks for sale. The Sh*tty Barn is a unique music venue that offers a wide range of musical styles, from bluegrass to folk music to country rock. There are several local galleries to visit downtown, with an impressive array of art in a variety of mediums. In addition, the Spring Green Art Fair draws artists from across the nation. It is held the last Saturday and Sunday of June, and takes place on the streets of downtown Spring Green. Later in the summer, the Fall Art Tour winds its way through the area, with over 30 artists opening their studios to the public from Baraboo down to Mineral Point. This event usually occurs the third weekend in October, and coincides with peak autumn color in the area.
Further afield, the Cave of the Mounds in Mt. Horeb (35 minutes away) offers an educational, fun look into Wisconsin geology. Mt. Horeb also boasts a wonderful art fair, usually the 3rd weekend in July, as well as a microbrewery, winery, and the Duluth Trading flagship store. The city is also known as The Trollway, with many shops specializing in Norwegian and Scandinavian goods.
American Players Theatre
Here are some places of interest for you to consider adding to your travel plans:
- Tower Hill State Park – 7.5 miles away
- Governor Dodge State Park – 6.5 miles away
- American Players Theatre – 8.5 miles away
- House on the Rock – 5 miles away
- Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin – 7 miles away.
- Local Area Dining – Fine & Casual Dining Options
- Wisconsin River – 7 miles away
Check out the area chamber websites for dining, attractions, and events:
Map Of Local Area Attractions
Silent Sports (Hiking, Biking & Paddling)
Governor Dodge State Park: Governor Dodge State Park is one of the state’s largest parks, with 5,350 acres of steep hills, bluffs and deep valleys plus two lakes and a waterfall. Located in Wisconsin’s scenic driftless area, Governor Dodge offers camping, picnicking, hiking, canoeing, biking, hunting, fishing, off-road biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding opportunities. https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/govdodge/
Tower Hill State Park: Visit Tower Hill State Park to see how lead shot was made in the mid-1800s, hike challenging bluff trails and enjoy panoramic views. Tower Hill is a seasonal park open from mid-May through Columbus Day weekend each year. The wooden shaft and the smelter house at the top originally built in 1831, have been rebuilt and displays show how shot was made when the tower was in operation. A picnic area, hiking trails, canoe landing and a small campground are also available. https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/towerhill/
Spring Green Nature Preserve: Spring Green Preserve, known as the ‘Wisconsin Desert’, features a rolling sand prairie on an old Wisconsin River terrace and harbors a unique flora and fauna that are adapted to the hot, droughty environment. The dry sandy soils contain many desert-like plants such as false heather, three-awn grass, and prickly pear cactus. Nearly 40 species of annuals and biennials thrive here, a high number for a prairie, including plains snake-cotton, Venus’-looking-glass, and dwarf dandelion. Several sand blows, with shifting dunes and open sand, are scattered throughout. Bird life is diverse and includes large numbers of rare open country birds such as the dickcissel. The invertebrates, however, are the most unusual of the Spring Green fauna. Several of the spiders and insects are not known from any other site in Wisconsin. Of special interest are the black widow and several wolf spiders, five species of cicada, eight species of tiger beetles, and predatory wasps. A large pocket gopher population has created patches of open ground where short-lived plants grow. https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/naturalareas/index.asp?SNA=102
Military Ridge Trail: The 40-mile Military Ridge State Trail, in Iowa and Dane counties, connects Dodgeville and Madison by way of an 1855 military route between Verona and Dodgeville. The trail runs along the southern borders of Governor Dodge and Blue Mound state parks passing by agricultural lands, woods, wetlands, and prairies. There are several observation platforms adjacent to the trail for viewing wildlife and other natural features. In Ridgeway, the trail passes by a historic railroad depot. https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/militaryridge/
The Taliesin Bike Loop: Cycling Wisconsin, you’ll see incredible views, spectacular rolling hills and rural farmsteads. Glide between beautiful river valleys. Pass through Historic Communities. Regardless of your bicycling abilities, the Cycle Southwest Wisconsin bike trail map has bike loops for every level of bicyclist, one of which goes right past the Silver Star! http://www.cyclesouthwestwisconsin.com/csww-bike-loops-landing.php
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway: The 92 miles of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway, from Sauk Prairie to the Mississippi River confluence, is one of the most popular flatwater paddling rivers in Wisconsin, next to the St Croix and Namekagon Rivers. On the LWSR, canoers and kayakers will find a wonderful, flatwater paddling experience; with no dams and no rapids, this is one of the longest free-flowing, navigable stretches of river in the upper Midwest.
This entire reach flows through the ‘Driftless Region’, where the surrounding area was untouched by glaciers during the Ice Ages. Tall bluffs and steep hills with canopies of dense forests often overlook the riverway providing gorgeous scenery. However, the vegetation immediately surrounding the river can vary greatly; paddlers will float by dry sand barrens, high sandy banks, open prairie, oak savannah, hardwood forests, bottomland forests with dense underbrush, numerous sloughs, and occasional areas of open marsh.
Canoe, Tube & Kayak Rentals
- Riverside Resort https://www.wiriverside.com/canoes-tubes-kayaks/
- Wisconsin Canoe Company https://thebestcanoecompanyever.com/
- Trader’s https://wisconsincanoe.com/canoetubekayak/
- House on the Rock Resort Golf Course: 27 holes of championship golf set amidst amazing natural surroundings. https://www.thehouseontherock.com/visit-stay/golf/
- Spring Green Public Golf Course: A nine-hole 2,866-yard par 36 public golf course. The course is located at the intersection of STH 23 and Hoxie Street on the south edge of the village. http://www.vi.springgreen.wi.gov/section.asp?linkid=1930&locid=166
Local Area Attractions
- American Players Theatre: APT is a professional repertory theater devoted to the great and future classics. It was founded in 1979 and continues to be one of the most popular outdoor classical theaters in the nation. 5950 Golf Course Road, Spring Green, WI 53588 https://americanplayers.org/
- Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin: Taliesin is the home, studio, school, and 800-acre estate of Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959). Located in the Driftless Region of southwestern Wisconsin near Spring Green, Taliesin is the name of Wright’s 37,000 square foot home as well as the estate that includes buildings from nearly every decade of Wright’s career from the 1890s to the 1950s. In 1976, Taliesin is designated as a National Historic Landmark and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. https://www.taliesinpreservation.org/
- The House on the Rock: In 1960, Alex Jordan opened his dream house built atop a chimney of rock to the public. Over the years, Alex expanded his vision beyond the House and collected and built on a massive scale. What began as a lofty retreat with an awe-inspiring view has become a spectacular attraction known as The House on the Rock. https://www.thehouseontherock.com/
- Cave of the Mounds: Cave of the Mounds is the premier cave in the upper Midwest and the jewel box of America’s major show caves. Guided tours of this geologic wonder depart regularly every day of the year. Tours pass a stunning array of colorful crystal formations on paved lighted walkways. https://www.caveofthemounds.com/
- The Sh*tty Barn: The audience and performer coexist in an intimate and integrated space with as little separating instruments and ears as possible. No stage. A limited number of tickets sold. Like having the performance in your living room (except, in this case, a sh*tty barn).https://shittybarnsessions.com/
Cheese, Beer, Wine & Spirits
- Carr Valley Cheese: Owned and operated by the Cook family, Carr Valley Cheese Company is over one-hundred years old. Nestled amongst the rolling hills and lush pastures of central Wisconsin, we remain one of Wisconsin’s traditional cheese plants, famous for making cheese the old-fashioned way! https://carrvalleycheese.com/
- Cedar Grove Cheese: Claims the best specialty organic, artisan and traditional cheese you’ve ever tasted with milk from over 35 Wisconsin cow, sheep, and goat farmers. Offers tours and explains how their Living Machine cleans wash water in a beautiful way. https://cedargrovecheese.com/
- Arena Cheese: Arena Cheese is located in the Wisconsin River Valley on State Highway 14 in Arena, Wisconsin. Arena Cheese is the home of the original Co-Jack Cheese and is easily recognized by the mouse in front of the cheese and gift store. https://www.arenacheese.com/
- New Glarus Brewing Co: Only in Wisconsin! Craft brewer of outstanding beer and ale – including flagship brew “Spotted Cow.” Self-guided tours, tasting room (sampling for a nominal fee), gift shop, beer depot, and a panoramic view of the countryside from their expansive outdoor garden/courtyard area. https://newglarusbrewing.com/
- Minhas: Visit this unique Wisconsin craft brewery in Monroe, WI, and take the world-famous tour. See first hand how they brew their various craft beers and learn about brewing techniques. Walkthrough the largest brewery memorabilia museum of its kind. Stop in the gift shop to take home some brewery souvenirs and craft beers (the sample box is perfect for trying out a variety of flavors). When you are done there, go across the street to take a tour of the Minhas Distillery to learn about the ingenious distilling techniques. They recently added a winery also! Taste the trifecta… if you dare. http://minhasbrewery.com/minhas-craft-brewery-wisconsin
- Botham Vineyards: an original vine-to-bottle Wisconsin winery and one of only a handful with estate vineyards producing authentic Wisconsin wine. Visit their tasting room near Mt. Horeb. https://www.bothamvineyards.com/?v=7516fd43adaa
- Wollersheim Winery and Distillery: Located on a scenic hillside across the Wisconsin River from Prairie Du Sac. Created in the 1840s, Wollersheim has developed into a leader in the Midwestern wine industry, winning numerous awards throughout its storied history. More recently, they began distilling wine into brandy, and have added bourbon, whiskey, gin and other spirits to their lineup. Take a tour of either or both facilities and enjoy their lovely outdoor garden. https://www.wollersheim.com/
- Wild Hills Winery: Wild Hills Winery is a premier artisanal winery, cidery, farm, and orchard nestled among the rugged beauty of the Driftless region of Wisconsin. Located on 80 acres of forest, fields, and meticulously cultivated vineyards, Wild Hills Winery provides a breathtaking backdrop for family, friends, and wine enthusiasts to gather and enjoy the finest wines and local flavors our region has to offer. https://wildhillswinery.com/
Downtown Spring Green: Bursting with unique boutiques and small family owned stores, you can lose yourself window shopping! Check out the offerings at https://www.springgreen.com/list/ql/shopping-specialty-retail-22
Mineral Point: Located 30 minutes south of the Silver Star, you will discover a community filled with historic architecture reminiscent of a small European village, with over 2 dozen artist galleries and studios, charming shops, and friendly folks. https://www.mineralpoint.com/list/ql/shopping-specialty-retail-22
Mount Horeb: Duluth Trading calls it home, and carved Trolls dot the iconic Trollway. Artisans abound in this charming town. https://www.mounthorebchamber.com/list/category/shopping-retail-20
- Spring Green Art Fair: Last full weekend in June. http://www.springgreenartfair.com/
- Mount Horeb Art Fair: Third weekend in July. https://www.mounthorebchamber.com/artfair
- Spring Green Car Show: Mid August. https://www.springgreen.com/annual-car-show
- Fermentation Fest: A Live Culture Convergence, featuring the Farm/Art D’Tour. Early October. https://www.fermentationfest.com/
- Fall Art Tour: Some of Wisconsin’s best-known artisans open their studios, allowing visitors a unique, behind-the-scenes view into how their work is created. Drive the scenic route from Baraboo down to Mineral Point. Mid-October. http://fallarttour.com/