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Wausau is located near the junction of Interstate 39/U.S. Highway 51 and State Highway 29, as well as the heart of Wisconsin.

“Wausau/Central Wisconsin offers the best of bigger-city amenities paired with small-town hospitality and charm,” said Carly Hanney, sales/events manager at Wausau/Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our unique points of interest, like the 45×90 Geographical Marker and thriving ginseng industry, make us a must-visit destination with truly one-of-a-kind experiences, conveniently located as a hub for all corners of the state.”

The 45×90 Geographical Marker is halfway between the equator and the North Pole, a quarter of the way around the planet, and halfway between the Greenwich meridian and the International Date Line.

Wausau/Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau


Willow Springs Garden
Willow Springs Garden Wausau, Wis.
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Head to Willow Springs Garden Cheese Tours. Group members will make their own cheese, butter and ice cream. Then let the staff use those homemade ingredients to prepare lunch while the group learns about the history of one of the last remaining round barns in the state.


Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprises, Inc
Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprises, Inc., Wausau, Wis.
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Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprises, Inc., shares its operations with groups — from seed to root harvest, including a stop at the cultivated ginseng gardens. See the processing and packaging of ginseng products. Learn about Hsu’s Ginseng and the history of the ginseng industry, see the products and visit the store. Tours operate May through September.


Yawkey House Museum
Yawkey House Museum, Wausau, Wis.
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The best way to put a visit to the Wausau area in context is to start at the Woodson History Center and learn what the city and its neighboring communities were founded upon. Paired with a tour of the beautiful and historic Yawkey House Museum, groups will feel the richness of Wausau’s history.


Motorama, Aniwa, Wis.
Credit: Wausau/Central Wisconsin CVB

Not only does Motorama in Aniwaoffer a large collection of unique and vintage automobiles, including over 50 Alfa Romeos, it also boasts an owner whose depth of knowledge about each car in his collection seems almost limitless. Motorama is open from May through October. Guided tours must be set up in advance.