Ripon may be a small city, but there are plenty of fun activities both on-campus and off. You can enjoy live music, karaoke nights and a newly released movie at Ripon’s historic Campus Theatre; take a tour of the historic Little White Schoolhouse museum, birthplace of the Republican Party; visit a local winery; take an historical walking tour; or enjoy a community event or celebration.
Try these out for size:
- Ripon College’s Caestecker Fine Arts Series and the Chamber Music and Jazz at Ripon Series, offering performances by visiting musical artists.
- Campus Cinema, corner of Watson and East Jackson streets. Founded in 1935 by Ben Marcus as the first of many Marcus Cinemas.
- Cedar Ridge Stable and Lodge. Activities include horse riding lessons, trail, wagon and sleigh rides.
- Green Lake Festival of Music. Summer series of musical performances in C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts at Ripon College and Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake.
- Larson’s Famous Clydesdales, one of the only places in the United States where visitors can see 14 clydesdale horses close up and personal. An exciting, entertaining and fun 90-minute guided tour with a short grandstand show.
- Golf, golf and more golf. From Wisconsin’s oldest golf course to one of the state’s finest, visitors appreciate the beauty, variety and challenge of local courses. Discover more about Tuscumbia Golf Course, The Golf Courses of Lawsonia and nearby Mascoutin Golf Club.
- Thrasher Opera House, Green Lake. 200-seat historic opera house, built in 1910, was beautifully restored and reopened in 1997. Offerings include outstanding musical, comedy, theatrical, film and other cultural and educational events.
- Vines & Rushes, a winery. The focus is using cold hardy grape varieties capable of surviving Wisconsin’s frigid winters. Wines are an expression of the soil, climate, farming and wine-making practices that provide a sense of place to each wine. Sample the wines in a relaxed environment.
- Wellspring Farm, offering horse-drawn wagon carriages and sleigh rides.
- Outdoor recreation and trails, nature areas and neighboring lakes and rivers. They provide the perfect backdrop for biking, birding, strolling, swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating and sledding. Check out Ripon College’s Ceresco Prairie Conservancy. Other popular venues include South Woods, Annie Starr Woods, Northwestern Trail, Mascoutin Valley Trail, Kiwanis Trail, and Riggs County Park.