Couple on Sculpture Walk in summer West Bend Wisconsin

5 things to do in West Bend this summer

Published: May 30, 2019 at 1:15 pm

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
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Go geocaching in West Bend

West Bend geocaching guide

Published: April 29, 2019 at 12:29 pm

One of the best places in the country to go geocaching is closer than you might think. West Bend is the Geocaching Capital of the
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Holiday shopping

Published: November 12, 2018 at 8:00 am

Get in the holiday spirit in West Bend! Our historic downtown creates a timeless backdrop for your holiday shopping experience. You’ll find unique gifts and
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Fall Walks

Four top spots for fall romance

Published: October 4, 2018 at 3:14 pm

There’s something about the changing colors and the first nips in the air that stirs the romantic in people. Here in West Bend, it’s no
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West Bend fall color spots

Published: August 30, 2018 at 2:19 pm

A relaxing autumn getaway may be closer than you think. West Bend is an ideal fall color destination–it’s minutes from Milwaukee and there are so
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See the trails

Unforgettable trail rides

Published: August 2, 2018 at 2:57 pm

West Bend is a destination that welcomes bikers with a wide range of trail options and beautiful scenery. We’re located in the heart of classic
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Cool off in West Bend

Published: July 31, 2018 at 11:06 am

Summer is here and West Bend is the perfect destination for families that want to beat the heat. West Bend has a mix of indoor
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4th of July parade schedule and details

Published: June 21, 2018 at 4:01 pm

West Bend’s July 4th parade is a classic – it takes over the community’s historic downtown, painting West Bend red, white and blue. Floats head past
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Music on Main schedule and details

Published: June 20, 2018 at 10:15 am

Music on Main Every Thursday night from June 7-September 6, free concerts take place in Old Settlers Park in downtown West Bend. The concerts are
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Kettle Moraine

Four ways to explore the Kettle Moraine

Published: May 26, 2018 at 11:58 am

Thousands of years ago, glaciers sculpted the area north of West Bend that’s known as the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. The
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Spring geocaching guide

Published: March 29, 2018 at 2:48 pm

West Bend is the Geocaching Capital of the Midwest™, boasting over 1,600 caches within a 10-mile drive of downtown! Geocaching is a high-tech version of
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historical society

Uncover West Bend’s story

Published: March 5, 2018 at 12:02 pm

West Bend has a rich history that’s alive in the impressive buildings that grace the city. From a picturesque, fieldstone 1800s convent to a modern
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Discover downtown dining hotspots

Published: February 5, 2018 at 9:47 am

West Bend’s charming downtown has a variety of restaurants that treat diners to a vibrant mix of flavors. You’ll find plenty of family-friendly dining options
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Visit West Bend’s Museum of Wisconsin Art

3 reasons to visit West Bend this winter

Published: January 30, 2018 at 11:11 am

Escape the winter doldrums with a getaway to West Bend, just a short drive from Milwaukee in the scenic hills of the Kettle Moraine. From
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Celebrate the holidays at MOWA

Published: December 15, 2017 at 8:58 am

Catch the holiday spirit at the Museum of Wisconsin Art! There are some great exhibits and some holiday activities happening at MOWA—escape the frosty weather
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Unique Holiday Shopping Spots

Published: December 4, 2017 at 1:48 pm

This time of year everyone is looking for unique gifts to make the holidays special – and downtown West Bend is the place to start!
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Enchantment in the Park – what you need to know

Published: November 17, 2017 at 11:42 am

West Bend’s Regner Park will soon become a magical wonderland of colored lights. Every holiday season, the Rotary Clubs of Washington County host Enchantment in
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Old Courthouse Museum

Discover the Old Courthouse Museum

Published: October 19, 2017 at 11:56 am

In the heart of West Bend you’ll find a beautiful building that played a big role in the community’s rich history. The Old Courthouse Museum,
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West Bend Fall Events

Published: September 25, 2017 at 10:51 am

Autumn is a fantastic time to experience West Bend – the colors are changing by the day, the air is fresh and there are festive
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Discover the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive

Published: August 30, 2017 at 5:01 pm

One of the state’s classic fall color driving routes passes through the heart of the West Bend area. The Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive traverses 115 miles
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Your guide to Germanfest

Published: August 9, 2017 at 10:13 am

Raise a stein! Germanfest is returning to West Bend Aug. 24-27 and it’s an event you won’t want to miss. The annual event celebrates all
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Hiking the Ice Age Trail in West Bend

Published: July 26, 2017 at 5:54 pm

The 1,200-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail passes through the heart of West Bend, giving hikers, runners and nature lovers a chance to experience a
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Cache Ba$h pro tips

Published: July 12, 2017 at 4:22 pm

The West Bend $1000 Cache Bash is fast approaching! The big weekend happens Aug. 11-12 in West Bend, the “Geocaching Capital of the Midwest™.” Last
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Washington County Fair guide

Published: June 22, 2017 at 9:20 am

West Bend is home to a classic county fair. The Washington County Fair takes place July 25-31 at the Washington County Fair Park in West
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Summer fun finds

Published: June 12, 2017 at 10:11 am

There’s so much to do this summer in West Bend, just an easy drive from Milwaukee. Every Saturday, food lovers flock to the downtown Farmer’s
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New arrivals at the zoo

Published: May 17, 2017 at 3:37 pm

It’s baby season at the zoo! West Bend is home to the Shalom Wildlife Zoo, a 100-acre zoo just north of West Bend. The zoo, which
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Spring geocaching in West Bend

Published: April 19, 2017 at 11:43 am

In West Bend, geocaching helps visitors discover a fresh mix of sights and attractions. Geocaching is a treasure-hunting game played with a handheld GPS unit
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Winter fun at MOWA

Published: December 15, 2016 at 2:52 pm

  The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) feature’s the largest collection of Wisconsin Art and the most complete collection of Milwaukee-born artist Carl von Marr.
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Geo-color in West Bend

Published: October 16, 2016 at 3:42 pm

West Bend is the Geocaching Capital of the Midwest and autumn is one of the best seasons for geocaching. If you’ve never been geocaches, think
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Driving the Kettle Moraine

Published: September 15, 2016 at 11:24 am

West Bend is lucky enough to call the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest home. And there’s no better time of year to
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Thousands to Descend on West Bend for Geocaching Mega Event 8/12-13

Published: August 3, 2016 at 10:08 am

It’s almost time for the 9th annual West Bend $1,000 Cache Ba$h! Nearly 500 teams and almost 1,000 people from 27 states and three countries
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Six things to know about this year’s Cache Ba$h

Published: July 14, 2016 at 2:16 pm

The West Bend $1000 Cache Ba$h is fast approaching! The 2016 edition of this fun event takes place Aug. 12-13 in beautiful Regner Park in
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Summer Family Fun in West Bend

Published: June 16, 2016 at 4:03 pm

In search of family fun this summer? Come to West Bend! This July 26-31, come to the Washington County Fair for fireworks, bands, truck and
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Fun Along the Milwaukee River

Published: May 12, 2016 at 4:06 pm

The Milwaukee River has played an important role in West Bend’s history since the very beginning. The city even got its name from its location
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Five surprising facts about the Kettle Moraine

Published: April 7, 2016 at 11:36 am

The northern unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is just a few minutes north of West Bend and it’s a fascinating and beautiful place
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Plan your next reunion in West Bend!

Published: March 17, 2016 at 11:16 am

Planning a reunion can be tricky: you’ve got to find space and activities for a wide range of people, all without breaking the bank. Check
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Engage with the arts at MOWA events

Published: February 18, 2016 at 9:56 am

The Museum of Wisconsin Art is considered one of the state’s most important art museums, holding the largest collection of Wisconsin art ever assembled. But
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Winter geocaching tips

Published: January 13, 2016 at 2:27 pm

West Bend is a four season geocaching destination – so strap on your snowshoes and get out here! Here are a few winter geocaching tips:
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winter trail

A quick guide to West Bend winter fun

Published: December 22, 2015 at 10:52 am

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
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Five great places to enjoy the season on foot

Published: November 12, 2015 at 10:51 am

Check out these five great places in the West Bend area to enjoy the season on foot. Lac Lawrann Conservancy – Explore 137 acres of
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Changing seasons bring varied fun

Published: October 13, 2015 at 3:08 pm

West Bend is the place to be this season! Fun fall events this month are just a warm-up for some great holiday-themed events that are
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Feathered Friends and Fall Colors

Published: September 16, 2015 at 1:12 pm

West Bend is again a “Bird City” and for good reason – the birdwatching here is top notch. It’s an especially rewarding pursuit in the
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Wheels on Main

Published: August 17, 2015 at 11:45 am

Car lovers should make plans to visit West Bend on Sept. 6. Classic cars and trucks will fill downtown for Wheels on Main, a car,
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Quick guide to fun summer events

Published: July 16, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Summer is in full swing in West Bend. Fairs, festivals, races are happening every weekend. Don’t miss the fun! Check out these family friendly events.
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West Bend Summer Concert Series

Published: June 4, 2015 at 12:24 pm

Summer in West Bend is a time to enjoy the outdoors and while there are plenty of opportunities for hiking and biking, sometimes it’s nice
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West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour

Published: May 13, 2015 at 3:05 pm

West Bend is the Geocaching Capital of the MidwestTM. Not only are there 1,400 caches within a 10-mile radius of the city, West Bend is
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Exploring the history of West Bend

Published: April 15, 2015 at 11:37 am

West Bend is a place with a long and rich history. This beautiful place by the Milwaukee River was home to Native Americans for centuries
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Spring Geocaching: The Perfect Time to Get Outside

Published: March 11, 2015 at 10:11 am

Winter is making a swift exit, which means it’s time for spring geocaching; arguably the ideal time for this high-tech treasure hunt. So what makes
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Celebrate a beautiful birthday

Published: February 12, 2015 at 4:59 pm

This Valentine’s Day marks this birthday of a Milwaukee-born painter who left an enormous mark on the art world. The master Carl von Marr (1858-1936)
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Exploring the Kettle Moraine

Published: January 14, 2015 at 11:04 am

Just minutes from West Bend is the 30,000-acre Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Contoured by glaciers some 20,000 years ago, the forest
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GeoTour Giveaway Winners Announced

Published: September 2, 2014 at 11:25 am

Congratulations to Rebecca Weber of Evanston, Illinois and Karl Kirkman of Rochester, Minnesota! They’re the winners of our West Bend GeoTour Giveaway! Enjoy your trip
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A Tale of Two Cities – Eight-Day Tour of London and Paris

Published: March 19, 2014 at 9:37 am

Learn about A Tale of Two Cities – London & Paris 2014