Museums, Cranberries, Grotto

and more...


Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum:

Deke Slayton was an American pilot in WWII, and later became one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts. The museum was founded in March 1999 by a core group of residents who wanted to honor Deke Slayton memory in his hometown of Sparta, WI and to commemorate the county’s rich bicycling heritage. Few people realize that bicycles were the starting point for airplane technology, which of course progressed into modern flying methods. Explore the progression from the earliest patented bicycles to the Wright Brothers’ incorporation of bicycle technology from their bicycle shop into early flying creations, to the Wright Flyer… and all the way into outer space!

Hours: Daily Hours-10: 00 am- 4:30 pm, Mon-Sat, Closed on Sundays

Phone: 608-269-0033


Monroe County Local History Room & Museum:

Telling the story of men and women who lived and worked in Monroe County through interactive exhibits and engaging displays, photographs, documents, memorabilia and historic artifacts record all periods of Monroe County life. The Research Room welcomes all those interested in genealogy and the history of Monroe County. All right in downtown Sparta! Free Admission.

Hours: Daily, Mon – Fri 9-4:30, Saturday 9-4:30, Closed Sun

Phone: 608-269-8680


The Little Falls Doll & Railroad Museum: 

The Doll Museum contains hundreds of dolls from the 1800s to the present. The Railroad Museum displays many railroad items, a 1,000+ book library, and a Milwaukee Steel Bay Window Caboose. There is a large picnic shelter with tables and grills, swings for the children, and an outdoor train running on a varied schedule.

Open from 1 April to 31 October.

Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Closed Wednesdays.

Phone: 608- 272-3266 


The Wegner Grotto:

A Grassroots Art Environment Drive through the WI countryside north of Sparta, and you may stumble across an amazing sight of concrete and glass! The Paul and Matilda Wegner Grotto is a grassroots art environment near Cataract. Admission to this beautiful exhibit is free, but donations are appreciated and are used to restore and preserve the beautiful works of art.

Open Memorial Day through Labor Day with closing ceremonies at 6:00 p.m. on the Monday of Labor Day.


Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center: 

Catch the aroma of cranberries at the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center as you see, touch and taste Wisconsin’s No. 1 fruit crop. A Wisconsin crop staple for over 150 years, the cranberry has shaped the state’s agricultural methods. Discover the history of the cranberry in the U.S., from Native Americans to today at this nearby warren, WI museum.

Hours: Change Seasonally

Phone: 608-378-4878


Glacial Lake Cranberries: Five-Stars!

Fresh Cranberries, Tours in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Guests have said it was wonderful with great information. In 2013, the Glacial Lake Cranberries' property celebrated 140 years of continuous sustainable cranberry production!!!

Glacial Lake Cranberries, 2480 County Road D, Wisconsin Rapids, WI.

Phone: 715-887-4161

Reservation needed: 715-887-2095