Attractions in Wausau, WI
Amongst the other various things to do, Wausau features several key attractions for both residents and visitors to keep themselves entertained. These, combined with the local and regional events, restaurants and shopping make Wausau and the surrounding region an inviting place to live.
From Big Bird to the ugly duckling, from the mythical phoenix to Coleridge’s albatross, birds have captured the imagination since time immemorial. Every year, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau looks skyward and invites masters of the pen, the brush, the chisel and other media to unleash their avian creativity for Birds in Art. The exhibit, which is in its 33rd year, showcases birds in all media for crowds sometimes upwards of 15,000 people.
Several homes in Wausau can be found on national historic lists, and two homes were even designed by the renowned Frank Lloyd Wright. The Charles and Dorothy Manson House on Highland Park Boulevard was designed by the famed architect in 1938 and features strong horizontal lines and three descending levels.
It’s name says it all – Grand Theater. The Grand began theatrical performances in 1927 and today is a prominent part of Wausau’s downtown ARTSblock. The building is known for its architectural grandeur, including massive arches and fluted columns accented with gold.
Former NASCAR driver Dave Marcis has parked his car and opened a bar. Camp 28 Bunkhouse, Cook Shanty and Saloon is a year-round resort in the Rib Lake area that is owned by Marcis and his wife, Helen. The roomy camp, restaurant and bar welcomes a large number of snowmobilers, bikers, hunters, fishermen and hikers, and there is also a banquet facility that can host up to 200 people.