Spring Green – population right around 1,600 – is a small town in south west Wisconsin that sits along the Wisconsin River. It’s probably already on your radar as the home of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin and the House on the Rock, but there’s actually a ton of cool stuff to do in and around Spring Green, making it the perfect place to spend a weekend discovering all this little town has to offer.
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Taliesin was built on land originally owned by Frank Lloyd Wright's maternal family.
America's most famous architect was born in nearby Richland Center and created his home, studio and school in Spring Green. Taliesin is not only a step back in time, but it's a shining example of the architect's prairie style.
Taliesin is located at 5481 County Road C, Spring Green, WI 53588.
The House on the Rock is a strange and wonderful assortment of things.
Now part of a bigger resort, the large house is home to a restored carousel, a window walk over the valley, and so much more. It is definitely one of Wisconsin's best and oddest attractions.
It's located at 5754 State Road 23, Spring Green, WI 53588
American Players Theatre is a 1,148 seat outdoor theater.
With the second-largest audience for classical theater in the country, the APT produces 116 performances of five plays running in repertory from June to October. More than 100,000 people attend the performances every year.
Founded in 1980, they recently added a 200-seat theater for more intimate performances. The APT is located at 5950 Golf Course Rd, Spring Green, WI 53588.
Possibly because of Wright's influence, Spring Green has a thriving art community.
There's a large art fair in the summer.
From pottery to painting, wearable art and more, there's tons to see, buy and participate in.
A unique haven for creative people, their shops are a wonderful place to find gifts.
Cedar Grove Cheese is located just 7 miles from Spring Green.
With a year-round factory store and opportunities to tour the factory, Cedar Grove is a great place to learn about Wisconsin's favorite food.
The factory uses milk from 30 different Wisconsin farms. They are located at E5904 Mill Road, Plain, Wisconsin 53577.
Peck's Farm Market East is open year round.
Located just two miles from Spring Green, Peck's is a wonderful place to stock up on fresh produce, local products and more.
In every season, there's something extra fun to see and do at Peck's. From a summer petting zoo to a Halloween Haunted House and corn maze, there's always something to keep your entertained. They also offer grills and a picnic area. There's so much to keep you occupied at Pecks.
It's located at 6445 US Hwy 14, Arena, WI 53503.
The nearby Wisconsin River provides every type of outdoor activity imaginable.
But it's an especially great area for canoeing and kayaking and offers sand bars for stopping and camping.
Spring Green Prairie Nature Conservancy helps protect the unique Spring Green area that has been called Wisconsin's desert.
Much of Wisconsin's landscape was formed by glaciers moving in and out. But Spring Green is located in an unglaciated region and it's a convergence of forests, bluffs and plains.
Some of Wisconsin's rarest plants and animals live here, including a type of prickly pear cactus, 10 of Wisconsin’s 16 species of tiger beetles, and 8 different types of wolf spiders.
It's located at Pearl Road, Spring Green, WI 53588.
Unity Chapel is on the grounds purchased by Wright near Taliesin.
A large number of Wright's relatives settled in this area after the Civil War. One of his uncles, Reverend Jenkin Lloyd Jones, was an important Unitarian minister of his time and he built Unity church.
Though now in disrepair, many Wright relatives are buried in the cemetary and it was the original resting place of Wright himself before he was moved to Taliesin West. Unity Church is located at 6596 County Hwy T, Spring Green, WI 53588.
Tower Hill State Park offers great hiking.
Open year round, the park has a reconstructed shot tower - a tower used in the late 18th century to create shot - or bullets. They were tall structures that had molten lead poured through a strainer at the top. The droplets become spherical as they fall and cool in this shape during their descent. The pellets are caught in a water basin to break their fall and finish cooling.
The same minister relative of Frank Lloyd Wright mentioned above once owned the land. He created an educational and recreational retreat. Now the park It is located at 5808 County Rd C, Spring Green, WI 53588.
Built in 1877, White School was used for education up until 1985.
Now it's privately owned, but the building is definitely worth a look.
It's located at 242 North Lexington Street, Spring Green, WI.
Did you know there was so much to see and do in Spring Green? How many of them have you been to? What places did we miss? Let us know in the comments.