6 of the Best Reasons to Visit Riverside Park in La Crosse, WI, This Year

Riverside Park in La Crosse, WI, is a great place to enjoy nature, watch steamboats, and just take a load off. The beautiful Riverside Park is located where three rivers converge in the center of an active community.

For more information on Riverside Park and other local attractions, be sure to download our complimentary Vacation Guide. It’s packed with tons of tips on dining, events, and attractions, so you can seamlessly plan your trip to the Driftless area.


Reasons to Visit Riverside Park in La Crosse, WI

Once you visit Riverside Park, you’ll find lots of reasons to return!

1. Cruise on a Riverboat

The La Crosse Queen riverboat departs from Riverside Park. They offer daily sight-seeing cruises, as well as a variety of dinner cruises and tours. You’ll enjoy incredible scenery as well as local points of interest from this paddlewheel river boat. (Check out our blog on riverboat cruises for more info!)

2. Stroll Through the Gardens

The Riverside International Friendship Gardens pay homage to La Crosse’s sister cities in China, Germany, France, Russia, Norway and Ireland. Each garden is distinctly different, beautiful, and representative of the country.

3. Visit the Riverside Museum

Learn more about the fascinating history of the area at the Riverside Museum and Visitor’s Bureau. View new collections, artifacts, and gain a new understanding of the lives of the early settlers. Guided and self-guided tours are available.

4. Have a Blast at RiverFest

This family-friendly summer festival is always a hit! Come to Riverside Park in La Crosse, WI for RiverFest on July 4th for concerts, fireworks, food, and more. Taste some of Wisconsin’s best foods while you listen to excellent music. It doesn’t get much better than this!

5. Ring in the Season with the Rotary Lights

During the Christmas season, you’ll be wowed by more than a million lights that deck out Riverside Park for Rotary Lights. Walk, drive, or take a magical carriage ride through this glittering wonderland and start your season off right! Admission is free, but you can also make a donation of canned goods or cash for local charities.

6. Relax!

Sit on a bench and enjoy the sights, take bread to feed the ducks, have a picnic by the river, or enjoy a stroll. You don’t have to have an event or an itinerary to enjoy Riverside Park in La Crosse, WI!


*Note: Riverside Amusement Park, also in La Crosse, is not located at Riverside Park. They offer mini-golf, batting cages, and go-karts.


Park for the Night at Westby House

After a relaxing time at Riverside Park in La Crosse, WI, take a short drive over to your home away from home in Westby. At Westby House, we pride ourselves on hospitality, and want you to feel comfortable and pampered in our luxurious suites. We prepare a gourmet breakfast each morning to get your day off to the right start. Be sure to check out the great packages we offer to enhance your stay. And our free Vacation Guide is a great jumping off point to your Driftless vacation. We know you will love and cherish the time you spend in our beautiful area. And we look forward to seeing you soon!