Get ready for the return of longer days, chirping birds, and warm(er) weather this spring! Find fun this season with ideas from gorgeous spring hikes along the Green Circle Trail to soaking in the springtime sun on the Point Patio in our guide to 15 things to do this spring in the Stevens Point Area.
Start spring off with a swing at any one of the great golf courses in the Stevens Point Area. Check out the Wisconsin River Golf Club and their par-72, 6,584-yard course set amid the picturesque Wisconsin River. Or venture over to the Stevens Point Country Club and their private-friendly club that offers a recently renovated 18-hole course.
Gear up for the re-opening of the Sentryworld course slated for the beginning of June. Play their world renowned course and get excited for the 2023 Senior Open that'll be hosted at the course.
Pair a great meal with a tasty drink this spring by dining al fresco! Treat yourself to a tapas-style meal at Father Fats on their back patio where you'll be surrounded by lights and a vegetable garden. Or, grab some locally brewed beer paired with a countryside view at Central Waters Brewing Company. Find more outdoor dining options with our guide to the best patios in the Stevens Point Area.
Get Out & Ride
Spring makes for the perfect time to get out and bike. Cover some ground on the popular 27-mile Green Circle Trail where you can view a variety of seasonal scenery from budding leaves to newborn wildlife. Looking to get your adrenaline pumping? Hit the mountain biking trails at Standing Rocks Park where they offer miles of both old-school narrow legacy trails and newer (wider) flow trails.
Head to the Park
Get the kids outside and enjoy the weather with a day at the park. Fun for all ages, spend time at the universally-accessible playground, K.A.S.H Playground, tucked within Mead Park in downtown Stevens Point. Looking for more room to explore with Fido? Visit the Stevens Point Dog Park with 30-acres for dogs to run and play. Find more fun ideas with our guide to parks in the Stevens Point Area.
Get Your Farm-to-Table Fix
From farm-to-table, brunch of the farm, and behind-the-scenes tours - get a taste of local flavor with culinary farm experiences. Get your farm-to-table fix from Adelante through Liberation Farmers. Grab brunch straight from the source at Lonley Oaks Farm's brunch on the farm (which kicks off around Mother's Day). Or, go behind the scenes with a tour at the state-of-the-art robotic dairy operation at Feltz Family Farms & Dairy Store.
Take a Trail Ride
With trail rides starting back up in the spring, don't miss out on viewing the rural countryside all while horseback at Wild West Campground and Corral. Bringing children? Check out their pony rides specifically for young children.
Have you ever been walking around the Stevens Point Area and found a rock with a vibrant painting on it? You're probably not alone as a few years ago, a woman started an initiative to spread joy and kindness through the area by painting rocks and placing them around the area. Join in on the fun and paint some rocks this spring and find your own hiding spot!
As a top bird-watching spot, the area is home to many wildlife areas and nature trails perfect for bird watching. Explore the 33,000-acre Mead Wildlife Area, find some of the best springtime birding views around the Erickson Natural Area, or visit the largest concentration of the greater prairie chickens at Buena Vista Grasslands. Keep exploring with our guide to bird watching in the Stevens Point Area for additional spots.
Grab Some Flowers
Head to the farmers' market this spring and grab some fresh, local flowers to spruce up any space. Bring both the smell and the colors of the season into your home and get ready for all the fun that the summer season will bring. The market returns to downtown Stevens Point's Public Square typically in early May each year.
Picnic in the Park
Grab some local goodies and head down to Pfiffner Park and enjoy a picnic right on the water. Need some goodie ideas? Check out Main Grain's delicious baked goods or find a nearby food truck (take a look at our guide to food truck finds for specific ideas).
Take a Hike
Get a breath of fresh air this spring by getting out and hiking on one of the various hiking trails in the Stevens Point Area. From the 280-acres of the Schmeeckle Reserve to the Mead Wildlife Area, find more spots with our guide to the top spots for a spring hike.
With a plentiful amount of vibrant murals located just within walking distance from one another, take a mural walk this spring. Head downtown Stevens Point and view exciting murals from the Trailblazer mural near Sunset Point Winery to the iconic Grab the Glass mural near Galaxy Comics.
Visit a Gallery
Knowing April showers are bound to happen, grab some ideas for things to do indoors. Indulge yourself in the local art scene by visiting Gallery Q or the Riverfront Arts Center to view their incredible spring exhibits.
Mix Art & Nature
Spring is one of the best times to walk around the Stevens Point Sculpture Park. Budding trees and flowers make for the perfect backdrop behind all the incredible artwork. Don't miss out on iconic sculpture pieces like the Sand County Bench, created by Jacob Brault, or the majestic Elk Centaur, by Francios Lelong.
Hit the Water
While it may still be too cold for swimming, grab or rent a kayak or canoe to enjoy a day on the water. Paddle along the winding Tomorrow River or take it easy on the crystal clear Sunset Lake. Find additional great paddling spots with our guide to paddling in the Stevens Point Area. Don't have the gear? Rentals are available from outfitters like Schmeeckle Reserve and Northward Peddle & Paddle.
Spring into the season with more fun ideas for things to do from our 22 food and drinks to try in 2022 guide to all things outdoor recreation. And while you're out exploring, don't forget to tag us @StevensPointArea and use #StevensPointArea on your Instagram photos for a chance to be featured!