A quick guide to West Bend winter fun

Published: December 22, 2015 winter trail

There are so many ways to enjoy the season in beautiful West Bend. Located just minutes from Milwaukee, you’ll find some great options for outdoor recreation a short drive from some of the state’s best museums, shops and restaurants. If you’re looking for some fun in the forest — or a good time in town, you’ll find it in West Bend. Here are a few fantastic options for winter fun.

Shopping

West Bend’s historic downtown is filled with buildings that date to the 1800s. It’s a charming place to browse the eclectic mix of specialty shops you’ll encounter. They sell a variety of unique items including gifts, apparel and more. Complete your shopping trip with a visit to the big-name retailers along Washington Street (Highway 33).

Dining 

Feeling hungry? You’ll find an appetite when you visit some of the delicious restaurants that are located throughout West Bend. Sample a craft beer, savor a succulent steak, dig into a hand-tossed pizza or enjoy a carefully-crafted dessert. West Bend is a city filled with great dining options.

Hiking

Minutes from West Bend, you’ll find some of the best hiking in the region. The Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit has beautiful 30,000 acres for you to explore. The Ice Age Trail passes through the park; just look for the yellow markers and enjoy a hike on a national treasure.

Museums

Lovers of art and history will find a lot to love in West Bend. The beautiful Museum of Wisconsin Art hosts the largest and most important collection of Wisconsin art ever assembled. The Old Courthouse Museum features exhibits that cover the history of West Bend, from the Ice Age to modern times. The Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail offers a glimpse into the fascinating life of an early American sheriff.