5 things to do in West Bend this summer
Summer is a great time to explore everything West Bend has to offer. This convenient getaway destination sits just minutes from Milwaukee in the beautiful hills of the Kettle Moraine. Get out and explore, try your hand at geocaching or fill your calendar with fun events—here are five ways to enjoy your summer vacation in West Bend.
West Bend is home to some beautiful southeastern Wisconsin scenery. Head out of town and take a hike along the 25-mile Eisenbahn State Trail. Or, lace up your shoes and explore the Glacial Blue Hills Recreation Area or the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.
On those warm days, grab your beach blanket and head to Regner Community Park to cool off.
Another great way to get outside? Take a stroll along the West Bend Sculpture Walk, part of West Bend’s scenic Riverwalk. Marvel at more than 40 outdoor sculptures from local, national and international artists.
Save the date
West Bend’s summer calendar is filled with fun events. The farmers market runs every Saturday through October 26, and Music on Main welcomes performers to Old Settlers Park downtown every Thursday from June 28-September 6. Other fun events this summer include the downtown’s Fourth of July events and the Washington County Fair (July 23-28).
Grab a bite
Looking for pizza or a craft beer? Frozen custard or a classic supper club? Discover the dozens of restaurants that call West Bend home and enjoy delicious, made-to-order meals at any time.
Go on a shopping spree
What’s a summer getaway without a few souvenirs? Leave a little extra room in your suitcase for all the great finds you’ll discover at West Bend’s friendly retailers. Make an afternoon out of it—our charming downtown is perfect for a mid-summer stroll.
Head out on a high-tech treasure hunt
West Bend isn’t known as the Geocaching Capital of the Midwest® for nothing. (Quick definition: Geocaching means using your phone or another GPS device to track down hidden treasures, or “caches.”) There are more than 1,600 caches in a 10-mile radius of downtown, and avid adventurers can track down the 20 caches that are part of the West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour.
On Aug. 9-10, don’t miss the 12th annual West Bend $1,000 Cache Ba$h, which attracts more than 700 teams from locales around the world. The Cache Ba$h also features geocaching vendors and special classes, and there are even new geocaches created for the event.