The Best Park In La Crosse Wisconsin Riverside Park

Dated: November 12 2019

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If you want life to be a walk in the park, sometimes the best place to start is to take a walk in a park! If I had to choose one, I would want to pick one that had more than just your typical paths and grass. I’d want one that has the most to offer. In other words, I would choose Riverside Park! 

Riverside Park is a public park located on the riverfront of downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin. Most of you who live in the area have probably been there whether it be for a leisurely walk/run or for one of the many events they host their such as Riverfest, Fourth of July fireworks, Oktoberfest, Moon Tunes, and the Rotary Lights. Riverside Park is also the home of the La Crosse Queen which offers dinner and sightseeing cruises. Their schedule can actually be found in the park! 

This park is special because not only can you enjoy the fresh outside air, but you have fantastic views of downtown lacrosse, beautiful scenery, and a view of the river. It has been opened since 1911, and was actually originally called Levee Park. Riverside Park is the perfect place to go if you’re looking to just relax and enjoy the river, maybe even do a little people watching. I take my granddaughter there all the time and we always have a blast. 

If you’re more of the active type, Riverside Park is for you as well! The smooth trails and beautiful scenery make it the perfect spot for your run or jog. You can travel through the city of La Crosse on a 6.7 mile path through the marshland and the La Crosse River State Trail and end up at the Great River State Trail at the Great River Landing. Talk about a good workout! 

The park also contains the Riverside International Friendship Gardens at the north end of the park, and adjacent to that, is the Riverside Museum and the offices for the La Crosse County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The International Friendship Garden is my granddaughters favorite spot. She loves to smell and look at all the different flowers. It’s also the perfect spot to capture some photographs because everywhere you look is beauty! It’s almost impossible to take a bad photo here. 

Riverside park has ample parking, public restrooms, a sculpture, and plenty of open area for you and your loved ones to sit. You could pack a picnic or some games and spend the afternoon playing and relaxing by the river. I hope you get to enjoy the park soon! Be sure to subscribe to my videos and blogs to stay up to date on where we go next!


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Renee Heintz

I am a full-time real estate agent at Century 21 Affiliated. I am licenced in both WI and MN, so I do business in La Crosse County and surrounding areas. I have been in the real estate business since....

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