Things To Do in Waupaca

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If you’re looking for family fun, Waupaca is the place to be. With two area zoos, a movie theater, mini golf and more, Waupaca is the family-friendly vacation destination. Enjoy a trip to J.R.’s Petting Zoo, where kids can learn about and interact with different animals. Or take the kids to see the latest Disney or Pixar movie at the Rosa Theatre. Mini-golf at Tom Thumb’s Miniature Golf is another great option for family fun and don’t forget to check out kid-friendly events at the area libraries and at Dragonwings Bookstore. Waupaca also offers several wonderful camping venues, where parents and kids can get back to the simple joys of family life and experience the wonder of nature. Choose Waupaca – where memories are made!

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Animal Haven Zoo
N1720 Buckholtz Road
(920) 867-3707
Take Hwy 10 east to Weyauwega, Exit Cty Trk X. At the bottom of the ramp take a right- 2nd rd. on the left is Buckholtz Rd. (follow the signs). Animal Haven rescues animals from around the country.

J.R.'s Petting Zoo
1277 W Fulton Street
(715) 258-8978
Pet or feed over 40 different kinds of animals and birds - exotic and native. View our Whitetail Deer year-round! Field trips & group rates available. Call in advance 715-258-9808.

library / bookstores

Book World
121 N Main Street
(715) 256-9393

110 S. Main Street
(715) 258-2555

Dragonwings Bookstore
108 N. Main St.
(715) 256-9186
A lively, children's store with puppet demonstrations, a woodland fairy garden, a dragon's tree house, a table-size chess game, and a tree house play area with Melissa & Doug wooden train sets, dollhouses, barns, and puzzles, craft and science workshops, American Girl events, free weekly search-and-find games, and a large selection of books, puzzles, music and games for kids.

Waupaca's Public Library
111 S Main Street
Fun programs for children throughout the year.


The Waupaca area features many parks with playground equipment, ball diamonds, sledding hills, shelter buildings, beaches, fishing piers and family friendly hiking trails.  Click here for a list of City and County Parks in the area.


Hutchinson House
South Park
921 S Main Street
(715) 256-9980
Open during the summer months on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 1-4 p.m. Call to arrange a special tour for groups or families outside of regular hours. Entry into the Hutchinson House Museum takes visitors into the pioneer home and its impressive display of household furnishings, clothing, glassware, and textiles, with many of the artifacts having ties to early settlers of Waupaca County. children ages 5-12 have the option to participate in activities such as a scavenger hunt for artifacts.


Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants in the activity.  For more information on geocaching in the Waupaca Area go to


King Berry Farm
E2076 King Road
(715) 258-6055
Featuring seasonal produce and pick your own raspberries beginning in mid-July. Tractor and horse drawn wagon rides to the pumpkin patch in the fall.

Turner’s Fresh Market
E208 Highway 54
(715) 258-3355
Families are welcome to pick and taste the Strawberries in June.  In Fall, there are pumpkins for picking, a corn maze, hay rides and more.


South Park
921 S Main Street
Features a dock with slides, diving board, and on-site lifeguards.

Hartman Creek State Park
N2480 Hartman Creek Road
Featuring a 300-foot long sand beach and  swimming area.

Horseback Riding

Family Friendly

Wild West Campground & Corral
9495 Highway 54
(715) 824-5112
Horseback riding, girls horse camps, sleigh rides, birthday parties and more.

Miniature Golf

Tom Thumb Miniature Golf
N2494 Whispering Pines Road
(715) 258-8737

Movie Theater

Rosa Theater
218 S Main Street
A historic movie theatre in Waupaca's downtown, the Rosa has four screens with matinees and evening shows.

ice cream

Culver's of Waupaca
1045 W Fulton Street
(715) 256-0066

Dairy Queen/Brazier
304 E Badger Street
(715) 258-8909

Land of Ahhhs
N3681 Highway 110
(920) 867-3222

Moo's at Clearwater Harbor in King
N2757 County QQ
(715) 258-9912
Open mid-April through mid-September.

Scooper’s Ice Cream Shop
E1209 County Road Q
(715) 258-6061
Open May through September.

The Red Mill
N2190 County Road K
(715) 258-7385


Nelson's Strike Zone
408 Oak Street
(715) 258-2622

Waupaca Bowl
810 Bowling Lane
(715) 258-8915