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Ice skating in West Bend, Wisconsin

4 fresh ways to enjoy a West Bend getaway

Finding an inspiring getaway may be easier to find than you think. West Bend has renowned museums, gorgeous outdoor spaces and eclectic shopping, and it’s the place to go for the treasure-hunting sport of geocaching. Minutes from Milwaukee, West Bend is a destination that’s also easy to experience. Here’s a guide to some of the wonderful things you can see and do this year in West Bend.

Discover new treasures

Have you ever gone geocaching? This is the perfect year to discover this fun outdoor activity—and West Bend is the perfect place to do it. West Bend is the Geocaching Capital of the Midwest™, boasting over 1,600 caches within a 10-mile radius. For those unfamiliar with geocaching, it is a treasure-hunting game you can play with a handheld GPS unit or a smartphone.

Hunt your way through the West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour: Across the city, 20 special caches have been hidden and the tour will take you through historic sites, parks, trails, museums and more.

Enjoy eclectic shopping

Treat yourself this year! West Bend offers some of the region’s best shopping. The community’s charming and historic downtown is home to specialty shops offering gifts, jewelry, candy, apparel and more. There’s plenty of parking, and it’s a pleasant place to stroll, with wide tranquil pedestrian areas and plenty of dining options. You’ll also find a variety of locally owned shops and national retailers along Washington Street (Highway 33).

Explore fascinating museums

This is the perfect year to make new discoveries. West Bend is home to museums that offer fascinating collections and ever-changing exhibitions. The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) has an extensive collection of late 19th-century and early 20th-century paintings and drawings, including the works of Milwaukee-born, Munich-trained painter Carl Von Marr. Other museums worth a stop include the Tower Heritage Center, St. Agnes Historic Convent & School and the Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail.

Experience outdoor beauty

If you’ve made the resolution to spend more time outdoors, West Bend is a great place to be. The community has many beautiful parks and tranquil natural areas, including the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. The forest covers 30,000 acres and stretches 30 miles across Sheboygan, Fond du Lac and Washington counties. It’s the place to go for cross-country skiing, hiking, biking, trail running or simply enjoying the outdoors. Other popular outdoor places for recreation include the Eisenbahn State Trail and the Glacial Blue Hills Recreation Area. You’ll find places to enjoy everything from swimming to ice skating. Learn more about West Bend’s parks and trails here.

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