Things To Do / Attractions

General Attractions

Explore the Marshfield area's history, heritage and natural beauty.

Grotto Gardens and Wonder Cave

Open Memorial Day through Labor Day

6957 Grotto Avenue, Rudolph, WI
715-435-3120Google Maps

Nestled on five acres of land on the grounds of St. Philip's Parish, the Grotto Gardens are home to relaxation and reflection. You will find paths and a picnic area, along with beautiful floral gardens in the summer. Experience the Wonder Cave and gift shop from 10 am to 5 pm daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day.


Jurustic Park

Open spring through Labor Day and by appointment

112021 Old Sugarbush Lane, Marshfield, WI

Voted "Best Kept Secret" in 2018, Jurustic Park is a display of many of the extinct creations that inhabited the large McMillan Marsh near Marshfield during the Iron Age. After amateur paleontologist Clyde Wynia discovered the corroded remains of these creatures he began excavating.

As the rusted components of these critters were recovered they were matched as closely as possible with the original creatures and welded back together to their original forms.

In addition to the metal sculpture, Nancy Wynia has a studio/shop, the Hobbit House, exhibiting her hot glass (beads, flowers, sculpture) fibers (processing natural fibers-knitting, spinning), and life size soft sculpture. There are many pieces of her jewelry, necklaces, bracelets, pins and hairpieces made from handmade glass beads.

Jurustic Park is open most of the spring, summer and fall until 4:30 p.m. There is no admission charge to the public, but a fee is charged for guided group tours. Group tours are available by appointment.

Jurustic Park is located four miles north of Marshfield. Turn off Highway 97 onto Highway E on the north edge of Marshfield at the Wal-Mart stoplight. Go north past Menards 3 1/2 miles to Sugarbush Lane for 1/2 mile until sculptures appear on the right.


Kodiak Bears

Wildwood Zoo

608 W. 17th Street, Marshfield, WI
715-384-4642WebsiteGoogle Maps

LIONS?... No, TIGERS?... Nope, BEARS?... YES!!! (OH MY!)

You don't have to travel to Alaska to get up close and personal with a Kodiak bear... we have TWIN Kodiak Bears right here in Wisconsin, at the Wildwood Park & Zoo!

For an in-depth look at the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit and Munsey & Boda story click here.


The Highground Veterans Memorial Park

W7031 Ridge Road, Neillsville, WI
715-743-4224EmailWebsiteGoogle Maps

"More than for all veterans, more than for those who did not come back, The Highground is a place for all of us!"  The 155 acre park includes tributes to veterans of all the wars fought for our country, a meditation garden, handicapped accessible treehouse, learning center, and 4 miles of hiking trails.  The learning center and gift shop is open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm year-round.  The park is open 24-hours a day, year-round.

Upham Mansion

Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays or by appointment

212 West Third Street, Marshfield, WI
715-387-3322EmailWebsiteGoogle Maps

The Upham Mansion, restored home of former Wisconsin Governor William Henry Upham, represents mid-Victorian architecture at its finest.

The Heritage Rose Garden behind the home is a never ending source of pleasure to visitors. The 32 varieties of roses in the garden are among the oldest, most beautiful roses in the world, with origins dating back to 200 A.D. at the time of the Roman Empire. The Garden is open June through September. Guided group tours are available by apointment.

Admission is $2.00 for adults, children are free
Hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Open by special arrangement for group tours.


Wildwood Park & Zoo

608 W. 17th Street, Marshfield, WI
715-384-4642WebsiteGoogle Maps

Established in 1937, Wildwood has grown to become one of the state's premier parks and leading municipal zoos.  On more than 340 acres, the zoo features rare twin Kodiak bear cubs, wolves, bald eagles, buffalo, and many more animals!  The park has miles of trails and is a favorite spot for hikers, runners and bikers.
Zoo Hours:
  • Spring:  April 1-Memorial Day, 7:30am-6pm
  • Summer:  Memorial Day-Labor Day, 7:30am-7:30pm
  • Fall:  Labor Day-October 31, 7:30am-6pm
  • Winter:  November 1-March 31, 7:30am-2:30pm
Large Animal Drive Hours:
  • Daily, 6am-10:30pm
Wildwood Park Hours:
  • Daily, 6am-10:30pm


World's Largest Round Barn

Marshfield Fairgrounds Park

513 E. 17th Street, Marshfield, WI
715-387-1261EmailWebsiteGoogle Maps

The impressive focal point of the Marshfield Fairgrounds is the "World's Largest Round Barn". The round barn was built in 1916 to house purebred animals in 250 stanchions. The barn is 150 feet in diameter and 70 feet high, it is a wonder to behold. Every year during the fair, the round barn is utilized for it's original intent-to display Purebred animals during the shows and sales.

The awesome sight of the arena, with no supporting beams apparent becomes even more wondrous as one realizes this architectural feat was accomplished without benefit of scaffolding. This was done by means of staging. They simply started at the bottom and worked up and in. The only supporting beams evident are the cross beams beneath the cupola. The Round Barn stands stately and is regarded as a prized asset to the fairgrounds.

The barn is also used during Dairyfest for an ecumenical church service. This year, share a moment of history in the making at the Central Wisconsin State Fair in Marshfield held on Labor Day Weekend.

Time for a road trip - Wood County has two other round barns. One is located on County Road S between Country Road C and Hwy O. The other one is located on Lincoln Road, east of Pittsville.

Feel free to contact us with questions and/or comments.