Located in the middle of the Wisconsin River Valley, Stevens Point is a riverside city with a blend of natural beauty, historic sites, a thriving art culture, and industry. Stevens Point is the largest city within Wisconsin’s Portage County and is particularly well known in the region for having great recreational trails, offering a fun destination for outdoor sport enthusiasts year-round. Originally founded for loggers as a stopping point along the Wisconsin River, the iconic, small city is now home to the Schmeeckle Reserve, the University of Wisconsin Steven Point, the Green Circle Trail, and many other things to do. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Green Circle Trail
The Green Circle Trail around Stevens Point, Wisconsin is a scenic trail for biking and hiking that loops its way through the local area, totaling approximately twenty-seven miles in length and connecting with more than forty-five miles of other trails. The trail meanders through natural areas and secluded parks, along rivers, and over wetlands, giving hikers or bicyclists a look into the past at the days of pioneer settlements and large pineries, as well as the lore of the Plover River and the Wisconsin River. The Green Circle Trail’s main loop consists of twelve connected trail segments.
Stevens Point, WI 54481
2.Sunset Point Winery
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Situated in downtown Stevens Point, the Sunset Point Winery produces an array of different wines from traditional grape varieties, in addition to a number of fruit-infused blends. Along with the many wines made by Sunset Point Winery, visitors will also find United States and Wisconsin-made gifts, beer, craft soda, snacks, and cheese in the cozy tasting room, which is located right above the winery’s production area. The tasting room offers a comfortable and warm atmosphere with a lofted ceiling featuring skylights and hardwood floors. There are also six swings for guests to relax in during their visit.
1201 Water St, Stevens Point, WI 54481, Phone: 715-544-1262
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The 280-acre Schmeeckle Reserve is a nature conservation area located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. Established to protect central Wisconsin’s natural communities, the nature reserve is open to the general public and acts as a rather unique university and local community gathering place. The Schmeeckle Reserve is made up of a wide diversity of habitats supporting many different species of wildlife, as well as a lake measuring approximately twenty-four acres and five miles of boardwalks and trails. The natural area also offers several outdoor recreation activities, such as photography, birding, wildlife watching, bicycling, and walking.
2419 Northpoint Dr, Stevens Point, WI 54481, Phone: 715-346-4992
4.University of Wisconsin Steven Point
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The University of Wisconsin Steven Point is part of the state’s University of Wisconsin university system and is conveniently located near the U.S. Route 51, Interstate 39, and State Route 66. Encompassing more than four hundred acres, the campus of the public university consists of over forty buildings, a 25-acre lake, and a 280-acre nature reserve, the Schmeeckle Reserve. In addition to arts, performances, and the nature preserve, the University of Wisconsin Steven Point also offers numerous different athletic events for spectators to attend and is part of the NCAA Division III and the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
2100 Main St, Stevens Point, WI 54481, Phone: 715-346-0123
5.Stevens Point Farmers Market
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The Stevens Point Farmers Market is located in the downtown Mathias Mitchell Public Square. The state’s longest running farmers market, visitors and locals alike can shop for produce as available seven days a week during the warmer months, with the best for shopping at the Stevens Point Farmers Market being from 8:00am until 12:00pm, as vendors often sell out by around 2:30 in the afternoon. The two-block local marketplace has been a major focal point for many local farmers since 1847 and is open today starting at 7:00am from the month of May through the month of October.
Second and Main St, Stevens Point, WI 54481, Phone: 715-344-4104
6.Central Wisconsin Children's Museum
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The Central Wisconsin Children's Museum in the small city of Stevens Point, Wisconsin is a place designed for children to discover, play, and learn. Established for kids between the ages of six months and ten year, as well as their families, the children’s museum offers an art room, programming, hands-on exhibits, and many other opportunities made for families to learn through play. The aim Central Wisconsin Children's Museum is to provide a place where both kids and adults can have a fun and safe environment for interactions, with all exhibits sized and built for adults and children.
1100 Main St, Stevens Point, WI 54481, Phone: 715-344-2003
7.Q Artists Cooperative
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The Q Artists Cooperative, situated in the downtown district of Stevens Point, offers a “community for artists” and creates “art for the community.” Gallery Q, which is owned and operated by the artist cooperative, is an art gallery that showcases works of art created by more than twenty artists in the local community, including works of wood carving, wearable art, jewelry, custom lamps, prints, pottering, and painting. The Q Artists Cooperative is democratically controlled and owned by those who create art and strives to meet the needs of its artist members by marketing the artwork they produce.
1108 Main St, Stevens Point, WI 54481, Phone: 715-345-2888
SentryWorld in Stevens Point features a sports complex, a restaurant, banquet facilities, and an eighteen-hole, world-class golf course. Open seven days a week starting at 11:00am, PJ’s at SentryWorld, the complex’s restaurant, serves a menu that pays tribute to the many flavors of the state of Wisconsin and uses locally sourced ingredients as much as possible. Items on the menu at SentryWorld range from “daily blue plate specials” to handmade burgers and beer cheese soup. There’s also handmade pizza on the menu, baked in the restaurant’s wood-fired oven and visitors can watch pizzas being baked from the bar.
601 Michigan Ave N, Stevens Point, WI 54481, Phone: 715-345-1600
9.Muse at Sentry
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Muse at Sentry offers a unique experience in dining in the city of Stevens Point and the greater central Wisconsin area. Visitors will encounter a delightful blend of artful experiences, ranging from gorgeous seasonal views to dazzling artwork and a modern look to the service and precise culinary presentation, which all comes together to provide a positively inspired dining. The goal of the Muse at Sentry is to create a one-of-a-kind sensory experience with both art and dining, one in which the senses of guests are stimulated and tempts them with tastes not found anywhere else within the area.
1800 Northpoint Dr, Stevens Point, WI 54481, Phone: 715-346-1800
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The Wicked Willow restaurant aims to provide the Stevens Point community with a place where people can come and relax while enjoying a delicious meal. One of the goals of this vegetarian eatery is to make the lives of its customers easier, as well as leaving them feeling good about their meal. Wicked Willow uses organic ingredients whenever possible to make a wide variety of nutrient-packed dishes, and almost everything here is made fresh on-site. The restaurant also tries to reduce its carbon footprint by not using animal products and sourcing decor, cups, plates, and furniture from resale markets.
1137 Main St, Stevens Point, WI 54481, Phone: 715-544-1919
The Basement Brewhaus can be found in the Dreyfus University Center of the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. Located on the center’s lower level, it serves as a gathering place for the university community for drinks, food, a game or two of pool, live entertainment, laughs, and stories. Whether people are looking for a place to meet up with friends, to decompress and relax, or simply grab a cup of coffee, the Basement Brewhaus has them covered. The idea of the Basement Brewhaus came about in the spring of 1997, and more than twenty years later is still providing a fun, welcoming atmosphere.
1015 Reserve St, Stevens Point, WI 54481, Phone: 715-346-4949
11 Best Things to Do in Stevens Point, WI
- Green Circle Trail, Photo: hoshi/stock.adobe.com
- Sunset Point Winery, Photo: Sunset Point Winery
- Schmeeckle Reserve, Photo: New Africa/stock.adobe.com
- University of Wisconsin Steven Point, Photo: University of Wisconsin Steven Point
- Stevens Point Farmers Market, Photo: Phillip Rubino/stock.adobe.com
- Central Wisconsin Children's Museum, Photo: Central Wisconsin Children's Museum
- Q Artists Cooperative, Photo: Q Artists Cooperative
- SentryWorld, Photo: SentryWorld
- Muse at Sentry, Photo: Muse at Sentry
- Wicked Willow, Photo: Wicked Willow
- Basement Brewhaus, Photo: Wasan/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Matt/stock.adobe.com