Things to Do in Oconomowoc

March 8, 2023

things to do in oconomowoc

Oconomowoc may not be as well known as many cities in the United States, but it’s a rising tourist destination that’s worth a visit. Take a break from your vacation to check out some of the best things to do in Oconomowoc!

If you’re staying in the city, start your day off with a walk around Fowler Lake. It’s a tranquil and picturesque lake surrounded by restaurants, stores and coffee houses.

1. Take a Bike Ride

Biking is a great way to get around and burn calories. It’s also a low-impact activity that doesn’t produce any air pollutants.

Start by getting a bike and learning how to ride it safely. Make sure to use a light and bell.

Once you’re comfortable with riding, you can explore Oconomowoc by bicycle. The City has 41 cycle routes available to explore!

When you’re riding, remember to follow traffic signals and signs. Stay out of the travel lane when possible, don’t weave in and out of traffic and look for traffic before changing lanes or making turns.

2. Go to the Farmer’s Market

The Farmer’s Market is a family friendly destination that offers a wide range of goods and services. The most popular items on offer are locally grown produce, meats, dairy and craft beverages. The largest vendors by far include Oconomowoc Brewing Company, Black Star Roasters and a bevy of small businesses. The market is pet friendly and there are plenty of opportunities to mingle with your neighbors while you are at it.

The Oconomowoc Farmers Market is a worthy homage to the town and its residents. Its mission is to promote local agriculture, craft products and burgeoning businesses by providing opportunities for local farmers to sell their wares directly to consumers. This is a not for profit community event that has been around since 1980.

3. Grab a Frozen Treat

If you’re looking for a frozen treat, downtown Oconomowoc is home to several places to grab ice cream and custard. From Golosi Gelato Cafe, which makes authentic artisan Italian gelato with pride and passion, to Mullen’s Ice Cream, which opened over Memorial Day weekend behind Roots Coffee and Beer. The new store offers 25 flavors of ice cream daily, including classics like butter pecan, mint chip and coffee to one of Brian’s favorites—Yellow Brickle Road—made with buttery yellow custard flecked with chunks of English toffee.

If you’re looking for something a little more on the sweet side, take a stroll along the Fowler Lake Boardwalk and enjoy some sundaes in the sun. Or, if you’re lucky enough to be in the mood for some popsicles, try Pete’s Pops, which has a really great lineup of popsicles in fun flavors.

4. Dine Outdoors

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend an evening with your significant other, try some charming outdoor dining. Oconomowoc has a number of restaurants and bars with patio seating and great food and drinks. From beer brats and ceviche to camarones and a martini with a view, there is something for everyone. Take a seat on the deck of Splash Martini Bar overlooking Lac La Belle or sip on a cocktail at The Etcetera on Fowler Lake. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to have a great time.

There are plenty of other things to do in Oconomowoc, but these are the best for quality time with your loved one. For more information, click on the links below. Be sure to check out our list of the Top 10 Things To Do in Oconomowoc!

5. Catch a Sunset

When the weather is nice, you can sit outside and enjoy a sunset on Lac La Belle. It’s a relaxing way to end the day!

Oconomowoc is named for a Potawatomi word meaning “where the waters meet.” The town’s history is tied to two lakes, Fowler Lake and Lac La Belle.

The earliest settlers came from the Chicago and Milwaukee areas, lured by tales of natural resources and beauty. Among the early pioneers were John S. Rockwell, the “Father of Oconomowoc.”

He established a grist mill and developed Oconomowoc’s first fire department and library. The town was incorporated as a city in 1865 and became a popular summer resort for wealthy families from around the country. Six U.S. presidents visited Oconomowoc and enjoyed their grand summer homes on the area’s lakes.


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