Great Reasons to Live in Wausau, Wisconsin!

  1. Location! Just 3 hours from both Minneapolis and Milwaukee, and also close to Madison, Green Bay, and the Lake Superior shoreline.
  2. Abundant Outdoor Activities! Our city has 37 city parks, 18 county parks, Rib Mountain State Park, Granite Peak Ski area, and mountain bike trails at 9 Mile Forest and Ringle.
  3. Vibrant Downtown! Our 400 block is home to numerous events and festivals, with a live music stage, surrounded by quaint buildings and locally-owned small businesses.
  4. Our Sporty Side! Home of the Olympic-style Badger State Games for amateur athletes, both winter and summer. Our new curling facility is the only one in the world to hold eight Olympic-size curling sheets. Whitewater Park, on the Wisconsin River, hosts international kayak competitions each summer.
  5. Thriving Arts Scene! Our Woodson Art Museum is internationally known for the annual Birds in Art exhibit. The Grand Theater, built in 1927, is a cornerstone of a revitalized performing arts center and home to Wausau Dance Theater, Wausau Symphony & Band, and Wausau Community Theater.
  6. Festivals Galore!  Winterfest downtown (yes, OUTSIDE in January!), the Balloon Rally and Rib fest in July. On the 400 Block you will find weekly Concerts on the Square, Harvest Fest, and Chalkfest. The annual Festival of the Arts weekend is held in three locations. Enjoy Jazz on the River each week in summer, and the Marathon Valley Fair in August.
  7. Charming Mix of Dining Options!  Get acquainted with supper clubs of the Northwoods, locally-owned cafes and coffee shops, and even pizza on the farm!
  8. We Embrace Winter! Sylvan Hill park has the longest tubing hill in the state. We have multiple indoor and outdoor ice-skating rinks, and Granite Peak has the tallest vertical ski drop in the state. Add in miles of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing trails and snowmobile trails and you’ll be busy outside all winter!​
  9. Best of Both Worlds! You won’t be stuck in traffic or have long commutes but you will find great restaurants, quality entertainment, a lower cost of living and slower pace of life.​ 


#1 small city for bicycling in the country, 2nd best bike city overall

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