Top 5 Things to do in Fond du Lac, United States

August 21, 2017 Moriah Teneyck

Fond du Lac is a city in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, United States. The name is French for Bottom of the Lake, named as such because of its location at the bottom (south end) of Lake Winnebago. The population was 43,021 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Fond du Lac

1. Lakeside Park

Lighthouse Drive, Fond du Lac, WI 54935 +1 920-322-3460
Excellent
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4.5 based on 207 reviews

Lakeside Park

Located on the shore of Lake Winnebago, this park includes a lighthouse, small amusement park and a petting zoo.

Reviewed By willie35 - Dyer, Indiana

This is a beautiful park with a lighthouse, a small train for kids, a carousel and numerous gorgeous bridges. Granted, we were here on a perfect day in the fall but unless you were in a downpour, I can't imagine that you wouldn't have fun and take dozens of pictures.

2. Wild Goose State Trail

382 W Rolling Meadows Dr, Fond du Lac, WI 54937-9167
Excellent
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Wild Goose State Trail

Reviewed By AmosRedux - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

This trail takes you through East Central rural Wisconsin. It has few amenities. The most available restroom option is "the green door." The Wild Goose is one of 15 trails in Wisconsin averaging 30 miles in length suitable for hybrid bikes. Most of these trails require the purchase of a trail pass, although the only place you are likely to be asked for proof of a pass is in Madison. Only three of these trails are 100% paved: the Oak Leaf in Milwaukee, the Interurban which connects with the Oak Leaf and goes north to Sheboygan, and one in Vilas County. The Root River Trail in SE Minnesota and The Fox River Trail in NE Illinois are 30 mile plus trails that are 100% paved and have lots of amenities. Wisconsin has done a good job of converting railroad beds to trails if you do not mind riding on groomed crushed stone.

3. Children's Museum of Fond du Lac

75 W Scott St, Fond du Lac, WI 54935-2342 +1 920-929-0707
Excellent
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4 based on 29 reviews

Children's Museum of Fond du Lac

The Children's Museum of Fond du Lac is a place where discovery and curiosity are brought to life through a touchable learn-by-doing atmosphere designed to foster creativity and a passion for lifelong learning. In a children's museum, children and adults play, learn and have fun together.

Reviewed By 532saraha - Oshkosh, United States

We have enjoyed this museum for years both in their original location and their new larger location. Lots of fun things for the kiddos to do and lots of bright colors and hands on imagination stuff to keep their senses churning.

My son was last there at age 6… I did feel that last time that we had somewhat outgrown the space. It's definitely geared more toward younger kids. From ages 3-5 he loved it. I don't think we'll be back again unless they introduce more things for the next age bracket.

4. Historic Galloway House and Village

336 Old Pioneer Rd, Fond du Lac, WI 54935-6126 +1 920-922-1166
Excellent
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Historic Galloway House and Village

Reviewed By MinnesotaRobin - Saint Paul, Minnesota

Full disclosure: I've visited historical museums all over the country. So on one hand, I report with some authority from seeing many similar museums. On the other hand, I'm the kind of person who would visit history museums. :)

One type of history museum seeks out a few representative antique items to illustrate a each era or location over a broad sweep of history. This is not that kind of museum.

The Galloway House and Village is made up of things that people treasured throughout their lives and then donated for others to enjoy. It's eclectic and features one-of-a-kind collections and antiques.

The Galloway Mansion was donated. Several of the village buildings were brought to the site, including the schoolhouse. The Thornton library honors Ray Thornton who donated his photo collection and equipment. There are arrowhead collections, a working print shop, pioneer kitchen pots, beautiful quilts and a beaver coat.
One unusual collection is Trench Art--more than 50 carved shell casings produced by soldiers using the readily-available spent casings. They are hauntingly beautiful; the work is not graffiti but actual sculpture and embossed details.


The village is staffed by historical society members who know their subject well. The displays are well-documented with signage and detailed explanations.

In short, this museum is unusual and appealing to all ages. It would take at least 2 hours to breeze through.

5. Mascoutin Valley State Park Trail

N6989 Rolling Meadows Dr, Fond du Lac, WI 54937-9728
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4 based on 4 reviews

Mascoutin Valley State Park Trail

Reviewed By AmosRedux - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

The Mascoutin Valley State Park Trail has two segments. One goes from Fond du Lac to Rosendale. The other goes from Ripon to Berlin. Alas, the two are not connected. We rode the latter today. It's about 12 miles. The surface is crushed stone and is in decent condition considering it is a multi-use trail. Trees lining most of the trail protect you from summer sun and wind. There are no amenities anywhere on this segment. Elevation is minimal. There are benches scattered throughout the trail in case you need to rest.

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