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Things to Do in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Beaver Dam is a city in Dodge County, Wisconsin, United States, along Beaver Dam Lake and the Beaver Dam River. The population was 16,291 in 2012, making it the largest city in Dodge County.

Beaver Dam was first settled by Thomas Mackie and Joseph Goetschius in 1841, and by 1843 had a population of almost 100. The city was named for an old beaver dam located in a stream flowing into Beaver Dam River. The area had also been known as Okwaanim, Chippewa for "beaver dam." The community was incorporated as a city on March 18, 1856. That same year the Milwaukee Railroad reached the area, encouraging further growth.

Beaver Dam is also home to the Williams Free Library (Dodge County Historical Society), the first public library in the United States to have open stacks.

Dodge County
Historical Society Museum

105 Park Avenue, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

A museum that documents local history, including military displays, a one-room schoolhouse, and a caboose, among others.
(920) 887-1266

Dodge County Center for the Arts

130 W. Maple Avenue, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Hosts six-plus major art exhibits each year.
(920) 341-6278

Beaver Dam Area
Community Theatre

117 W. Maple Avenue, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Producing three or four productions a year since 1964, this company also includes programs for children and other art and education opportunities.
(920) 885-6891
Young Couples at Swimming Pool
Large Brick Building
Golfer golfing in a field

Waterworks Park

(920) 887-4623

Tahoe Park

(920) 887-4623

Swan Park

(920) 887-4623

Beaver Dam Country Club

W8884 Sunset Drive, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Golf course, restaurant, and bar.
(920) 885-4106

Old Hickory Country Club

W7596 Highway 33 East, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

18-hole golf course.
(920) 887-7577

Wisconsin Dells “The Water Park Capital of the World”

Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

This town has more water parks per capita than any other place on earth.
(800) 223-3557

Horicon Marsh

N7725 Wisconsin 28, Horicon, WI 53032

Visit the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the US, home to all kinds of wildlife. You can bike, canoe, fish, and hike in the marsh, among other activities.
(920) 387-7860

The Beaverland Must-Skis Water Ski Show Team

West Water Street, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Water ski shows are held at Tahoe Park throughout the summer and are free.
(608) 695-7180
Gradations of fabric
Antiques wares laid out on a rug
River boardwalk

Beaver Dam Antique Mall

142 Front Street, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Nearby antique mall with a great selection.
(920) 887-1116

Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio

120 Front Sreet, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Sells patterns, fabric, thread, kits, and so much more!!!!
(800) 833-0690

Columbus Antique Mall

239 Whitney Street, Columbus, WI 53925

Wisconsin's largest antique mall with 78,000 square feet of retail space.
(920) 623-1992

Wayland Academy

101 N University Ave, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Local preparatory academy.
(920) 885-3373

Madison, WI

615 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53703 (Visitor's Bureau)

Wisconsin's State Capitol, Madison, offers a host of attractions, such as galleries, nightlife, sports, and restaurants.
(920) 885-3635

Columbia/Green Lake Counties Amish Communities

1800 Kutzke Rd., Suite 109, Portage, WI 53901 (Visitor's Bureau)

Take a 30 drive to Wisconsin's Amish country, where you will see and visit Amish businesses and farms.
(608) 255-2537
Man with Plow and Horses
A horse pulling a carraige down the street
Courthouse building next to large trees

Ooga Brewing Company**

301 S. Spring St.

(920) 306-5100

Benevento’s Italian Grill**

831 Park Avenue, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Locally owned and operated and serving Italian food, including famous meatballs.
(920) 887-7994

Chang Jiang Buffet**

106 Frances Lane, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Chinese buffet.
(920) 887-8889

Palenque's Mexican Bar & Grill**

210 S. Spring St.

Mexican Food
(920) 356-9661

Bayside Supper Club

W9231 County Road G, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Banquet facility, open on Thur–Sun, or open to groups of 30 or more for scheduled events. Full menu with a prime ride, fish, chicken buffet, and a Sunday brunch.
(920) 887-0505

Ming’s Garden Restaurant

150 Front St, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Chinese buffet.
(920) 887-3838

La Tapatia Mexican Restaurant

1105 N Spring St, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Mexican food with all-you-can-eat specials.
(920) 885-2600

**our favorites
Fine cut steak
Pasta and Meatballs
Spring Rolls