Sunset over the Mississippi River in Wyalusing State Park

Things to do Around Prairie Du Chien

By: Craig

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On your Wisconsin weekend getaway, there is no better place to stay with the whole family than Prairie du Chien! 

This charming Midwestern town is nestled along the banks of the Mississippi River, making it an ideal spot for sightseeing and enjoying nature. With its endless options for outdoor recreation, cultural attractions, and shopping opportunities, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s taste in Prairie du Chien.

Let’s take a closer look at all the fun things you can do in Prairie du Chien.

Wyalusing State Park

Image of a brown sign that states Bluff Trail surrounded by green foliage.
Image of Mel walking down wooden stairs through a rock formation

A popular spot for camping and hiking, Wyalusing State Park is the ideal destination for a weekend getaway. With over 1,000 acres of pristine wilderness, it’s the perfect place to explore nature and enjoy various outdoor activities. 

The park, located along the beautiful Mississippi River, makes for fantastic photo opportunities. 

Several hiking trails are throughout the park, with the Bluff Trail and the Sand Cave Trail being our favorites. 

Wyalusing is also home to wildlife, including great blue herons and bald eagles. Bring your binoculars and hike along the bluffs to spot some of these beautiful creatures.

Pikes Peak State Park – Iowa

On the Iowa side of the Mississippi, you’ll find Pikes Peak State Park

This park is excellent for escaping into nature and taking in the breathtaking views of the river bluffs. The nearby river access makes it ideal for canoeing and kayaking, while other activities like fishing and hiking are also popular. And, if you’re looking for something a little more leisurely, there are plenty of picnic areas to enjoy.

This is a great way to spend a few hours or an entire day. You can even spend the night in one of their primitive camping sites and make a weekend out of it! Just be sure to bring your own food and gear, as no facilities or amenities are available onsite.

Effigy Mound National Landmark

Landmarks are an excellent opportunity to learn something about the local history. And Effigy Mound National Landmark is an excellent example of this. 

Home to over 200 ancient Native American mounds, it’s a fun opportunity to explore the area’s past. Visitors can take guided tours or explore the mounds on their own. For more information about the history of this sacred ground, you can visit the visitor center. And, of course, there are plenty of photo opportunities to capture the beauty and history of this site.

Villa Louis Historical Site

Villa Louis is a historic house museum featuring the restored 1800s home of prominent prairie residents. The estate offers an unparalleled look into the lifestyle of wealthy Prairie du Chien residents in the late 19th century. 

Visitors can explore the fascinating grounds, including vintage gardens and a carriage house. Self-guided tours are available. Note that the historical site is only open from May – October, so check their website to verify their hours. 

Eagles Landing Winery

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What would a visit to a small Midwestern town be complete without a stop at the local winery? Eagles Landing Winery specializes in producing handcrafted wines, including a variety of reds, whites, and rosés. 

Patrons can sample the wines in their tasting room or purchase bottles to take home. Their passionate winemaking philosophy and commitment to quality are sure to please any wine connoisseur.

Fort Crawford Museum

Another great spot for learning about local history is Fort Crawford Museum

This 19th-century fort was once home to the U.S. Army and now serves as a museum dedicated to the history of Prairie du Chien. Visitors can explore the fort’s past and learn about its significant role in the city’s development through its exhibits and artifacts. This is an excellent learning opportunity for anyone interested in the city’s history.

Note that the museum is only open from May – October, so check their website to verify their hours. 

Check out a Classic Wisconsin Supper Club

One of the first things we look for when planning a trip to a new area of Wisconsin is the nearest supper club. Wisconsin supper clubs are a great way to get a feel for the area and have a great meal at the same time.

In Prairie du Chien, we checked out Jones Black Angus and were not disappointed. The old fashioneds were delicious, the salad bar was a great start to our meal, and the steaks were done to perfection.

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Valley Fish and Cheese

No charming town tour is complete without a visit to the local market. Valley Fish and Cheese offers an excellent selection of locally-caught fish, Wisconsin cheeses, and more. 

Visitors can sample some of the finest offerings from the region, from smoked salmon to award-winning cheddar and traditional bratwurst.

Pete’s Hamburgers

When feeling peckish after a long day of hiking, look no further than Pete’s Hamburgers in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. 

One of the oldest eateries in town, it has been serving up delicious burgers since 1909. The burgers are made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. It’s a classic Midwestern experience that you won’t forget.

Note: Pete’s Hamburgers is open from April through October, so check their Facebook page for hours.

Final Thoughts

For the ultimate Midwest adventure, Prairie du Chien is the place to be. From swimming and canoeing in Pikes Peak State Park to exploring artifacts at the Fur Trade Museum to embarking on a boat tour, there’s an endless amount of things to do. 

Whether you’re looking to explore local history or simply relax and enjoy nature, Prairie du Chien has it all. So why not plan your next trip and experience the best of this charming Midwestern town? You won’t be disappointed!

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