Whether your preference is themed itineraries, industry tours, special events, museums, or the outdoors, the Janesville area in southern Wisconsin is an ideal addition to your itinerary. The Janesville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau offers many exceptional services to make your trip a success, including itinerary planning, lodging and restaurant assistance, videos and photos, FAM tours, escort notes, step-on guide services, customized maps, and welcome receptions.
Treat your group to excellent dining, experiences that can accommodate up to 50 guests, and unmatched Midwestern hospitality. Here are a few of Janesville’s signature attractions:
Edgerton Performing Arts Center
The Wartmann Endowment makes it possible to provide world-class performances of many music styles including classical, pop, jazz, and more, and theater productions including musical theater.
Tour this nearly 2-acre indoor greenhouse growing operation and nursery that is widely considered one of the finest in southern Wisconsin. Shop in the gift shop, learn at a class, or create something special to take home with you.
Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show
Experience edge-of-your-seat thrills as you watch a performance by the best water skiers in the world! Take in the astounding ski show on Wednesday and Sunday evenings, Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. Special seating is available for your group.
Rock County Historical Society’s Lincoln-Tallman House
Explore this historic Italianate-style mansion where Abraham Lincoln was a guest in 1859. Learn the reason behind his “extended stay.” Also located on the Rock County Historical Society Campus is the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center featuring several permanent and rotating exhibits, including Pauline Pottery and Pickard China, and browse items by local artisans in the gift shop.
Rotary Botanical Gardens
Tour 20 acres of scenic walkways that wind their way over picturesque bridges, through an ornate gazebo, and past heavenly scented flowers in this award-winning garden. Shop the Cottage Garden Gallery, featuring local and regional artisans. Annually, from May through September, the Rotary Botanical Gardens has a display throughout the gardens called the Garden Art Project. This year’s theme will be lady bugs.
Skelly’s Farm Market
Discover one of the largest providers of fresh produce in southern Wisconsin that is sold directly to the consumers. Then shop in the gift shop and enjoy a delicious treat from the bakery. Seasonally, experience sunflower fields and corn mazes.
Sterling North Home & Museum
Visit the childhood home of Sterling North, an Edgerton native who lived from 1906 to 1974. North wrote such classics as “So Dear to My Heart,” “The Wolfling,” and beloved children’s book “Rascal,” an autobiographical story about raising a raccoon in the Edgerton area in the early 1900s. Both “Rascal” and “So Dear to My Heart” were adapted to films by Walt Disney. His childhood home and barn have been turned into a museum and literary center. Self-guided individual tours, and guided school and group tours are available. There is also a gift shop that features books, clothing, and collectibles.
Rotary Botanical Gardens
Credit: Rotary Botanical Gardens