Find Free Family Fun in Portage this summer!

Free Family Fun in Portage

Free Family Fun in Portage, Wisconsin

Keeping your family on the move and entertained is no easy feat! Come to Portage and Explore all the Free Family Fun our community has to offer this summer! 

No matter your family’s size, age, or interests EXPLORING PORTAGE will leave you all with memories to last a lifetime! 

Game On!

Game On in Portage, Wisconsin

Portage Family Skate Park

Grab your blades, skates, boards, and scooters! The Portage Family Skate Park is an impressive place to skate! Featuring a wide variety of obstacles this park will please the beginner while still providing a fun challenge for the experts. Goodyear Park also houses a pavilion perfect for cooling off in the shade or eating a packed lunch in between runs on the obstacles. 

The skate park is located next to the Splash Pad in Goodyear Park at 920 DeWitt Street. 

Pickleball at Pine Meadow Park

Pickleball is a BALL! See what all the fuss is about by visiting Pine Meadow Park and experiencing the game firsthand. The park does have paddles and balls available for use, but we recommend you grab your own set. This game is so much fun that it is almost a guarantee that your first time playing will not be your last! 

Explore the Parks! 

Portage, WI is home to many beautiful parks all offering something a little different for children and families of all ages and interests! XXX has special equipment for children who play a little differently. This accessible equipment is fun for children of all abilities but fills the need to equip all children to play.

Fun in the Sun

Fun in the Summer Sun in Portage, Wisconsin

Silver Lake Beach 

Let’s go to the beach, beach! Let’s get away! 

Silver Lake Beach features a beautiful sandy beach, perfect for sand castles, and soaking in the sun. Silver Lake is perfect for wading, swimming and diving opportunities for the whole family. Floaties, kayaks, canoes, or paddle boards will allow you to explore even more of the lake! Fishing is welcome, too!

Splash Pad

Cool off and soak up the sun with younger kiddos! The Portage Splash pad is designed for young children and families. Benches, a shade structure, and a park shelter with restrooms make this the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon. 

The Splash Pad is located in Goodyear Park at 920 DeWitt Street.

Canvas-ing for inspiration

Enjoy Local Art in Portage, Wisconsin

Canoes on Parade 

Explore Portage’s largest FREE public art display! All 15 canoes have been transformed by local artists and placed on display throughout the city. The inspiration for this project stems from the meaning of Portage – “to carry”. Native people would portage their canoes over this narrow strip of land, known today as Portage, WI, to hunt, fish, travel, and trade. 

Stop by the Chamber of Commerce office (104 West Cook Street, STE A) to grab a map before you begin your journey. Or print your own here.

Portage Center for the Arts

The Drury Gallery is open to the public for free Wednesday thru Friday 1 – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm. The gallery features rotating exhibitions so there is always something new to lay your eyes on! Art lovers will want to mark their calendars for the first Friday of each month for the Artists Reception events. 

History in the Heart of Wisconsin!

Explore History in Portage, Wisconsin

Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters 

Feed the curious mind with a free guided tour! Open May – October Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters offers walk-in guided tours for individuals and groups. The site features two historic buildings: the Surgeons Quarters, where the U.S. Army Surgeons of Fort Winnebago resided from 1834 to 1854, and the Garrison School, a one-room schoolhouse that served the local population from 1850 to 1960. Each site is staged with historical artifacts and documents to give you a look back in time. 

Museum at the Portage 

Admission to the Museum at the Portage is free. Authentic pieces illustrating the unique history that took place at the intersection of Fox and Wisconsin rivers are on display. Discover the story of Portage as you explore the history and culture of the area shaped by the influences of the rivers, native peoples, early explorers, brickyards, railroads, and residents. 

Out WI Go!

Get outside in Portage, Wisconsin

Bike Loops 

Pack up the bikes and Explore Portage. Columbia County offers 14 different bike looks providing stunning views of wetlands, rivers, lakes, and wildlife areas. Please note the routes are traffic routes, not designated biking trails. Please wear a helmet and ride with caution. Click here for the bicycle loop map.

Canoe, Kayak, & Paddleboard

Have your own canoe, kayak, or paddleboard? Load them up and start your adventure!

Ready to explore, but don’t have a “boat”? No worries! Kayak and paddleboard rentals are available at Silver Lake Beach, 522 Silver Lake Drive. Call 608-742-2178 for information. 

Your options for paddling in Portage are numerous! After completing your first paddle you will be ready to jump right into planning your next adventure. Plan a trip with the Sand County Water Trail guide or the Columbia County Canoe Guide as your companion.

Fishing 

We are fishing you a wonderful day! Being surrounded by rivers allows Portage to provide numerous opportunities for fishing! Whether you are looking to fish from shore, or launch your boat use this guide to help you plan for your next big catch! 

While you are exploring all of the free family fun that Portage has to offer this summer we want to invite you to dine locally and treat yourself to a special treat! From popcorn and ice cream to wine on the patio you will find the perfect treat that will leave you feeling refreshed after a day filled with EXPLORING PORTAGE. 

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