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Between hiking, camping, fishing, and biking – you know that Rice Lake, Wisconsin has endless outdoor activities to enjoy. However, Rice Lake and its surrounding areas is home to several museums, theaters and other cultural activities. Looking to expand your horizons and keep on learning? Here are some of our favorite places to visit in the Rice Lake area.
Rice Lake Curling Club:
The origins of curling date back to 16th century Scotland where the game was played on frozen lochs and ponds. The Rice Lake Curling Club began in the winter of 1967-68 with about 45 people in the barn of the Barron County Fairgrounds. Over the years, it has slowly evolved into the successful club it is today. Want to get involved? Check out Rice Lake Curling Club’s website to learn more about league information.
Want to break out of your normal routine? Tactical Escape in Rice Lake provides a real life escape room game where you and your friends have to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within 60 minutes. Depending on the room you rent, group sizes can range from two to twelve people. The game is open to people ages nine and up (although those under 16 must be accompanied by at least one adult). Reservations are required and cost $25/person. How well can you work as a team and think under pressure?
Step into a world of relaxation and transcend cultural boundaries – that’s what you’ll do at Rice Lake’s Japanese Friendship Garden. The Japanese Garden is located in the UW Barron County Campus. This garden, designed by a master gardener from Miharu, Japan is a symbol of the relationship between Rice Lake, Wisconsin and Miharu Japan. As sister cities, Miharu and Rice Lake have student and adult exchange programs that began in 1987. Enter the garden and follow the stepping stones to a meditation bench where you will see a vision of a miniature mountain range and illusion of a waterfall flowing into a pond.
Northern Star Theatre Company:
Located in downtown Rice Lake, the Northern Star Theatre Company serves to promote and develop interest in the dramatic arts and to expose the community to quality theatre year round. Northern Star is a non-profit community theatre and is completely run by volunteers. Grab your tickets for the next show, and while you’re there enjoy their pre-show bistro or grab dessert anytime during the show!
Barron County Historical Museum:
The Barron County Historical Society’s Pioneer Village Museum is made up of buildings that were constructed in the late 19th and early 20th century. When you take a tour, you are transported back to a simpler time and gain and understanding of what life was like back then. At Pioneer Village you will see a school, dentist office, a doctor’s office, a saloon and a jail! Pioneer Village is open Memorial Day weekend through the weekend after Labor Day.
Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary:
Hunt Hill is a nonprofit nature sanctuary whose priority is focused on connecting people to the environment. Hunt Hill offers unique habitats for everyone to explore such as bogs, old growth forests, meadows, and two glacial lakes. Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary offers a variety of classes and camps throughout the year. From creative writing classes, to teen paddle camps, and a mushroom foraging workshop – it has everything you need to continue learning and staying inspired.
Railroad Memories Museum:
Housed in a former railway depot, the Washburn County Railroad Memories Museum has been transformed with artifacts and memorabilia of railroad history. In the twelve different rooms of the museum you will see conductor uniforms, tools, train interiors, and historical photos. The Railroad Memories Museum has guided tours available or you can take a brochure and go at your own pace. It is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend and is about 35 miles north of Rice Lake on Highway 53.
Enjoy your time learning, exploring, and growing culturally -we look forward to seeing you in Rice Lake soon!