Located about halfway between Madison and Milwaukee, Fort Atkinson is the perfect roundtrip getaway for outdoor sports enthusiasts, nature lovers, performing arts fans, and history buffs.
The Glacial River Bike Trail, with its beautiful covered bridge, runs through Fort Atkinson. The Rock River flows through the city and the smaller Bark River joins it on the eastern edge of town. To the southwest of the city lies Lake Koshkonong, the 8th largest lake in the state by surface area (but with an average depth of 6 feet, not volume).
Famed poet Lorine Niedecker hails from nearby Blackhawk Island. A Panther Intaglio Effigy Mound ground depression--the only remaining reverse mound in Wisconsin--is in Fort Atkinson. The Hoard Historical Museum provides visitors with information on Fort Atkinson's rich dairy history, role in the 1832 Black Hawk War, history and culture of the mound-building Native Americans of the late Woodland period, and much more.
The Fireside Dinner Theatre, one of the Midwest’s most popular entertainment destinations and the only Actor’s Equity dinner theatre in Wisconsin, has been entertaining couples, families, and group tours for nearly sixty years.
Fort Atkinson is also home to countless unique shops, restaurants, parks, events, and attractions.
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