10 Things to Do in Hartford That You Shouldn't Miss

December 16, 2017 Malia Yoakum

Hartford is a city in Washington and Dodge counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 14,223. All of this population resided in the Washington County portion of the city.
Restaurants in Hartford

1. Holy Hill

1525 Carmel Rd, Hubertus, WI 53033-9407 +1 262-628-1838
Excellent
75%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 275 reviews

Holy Hill

This shrine sits atop a 1,350 foot tall hill, offering panoramic views of the surrounding area.

Reviewed By lizSiouxFalls_SD - Sioux Falls, SD

Lovely church with great views. The best part is that it's free. One thing I didn't like was all the unwelcoming signs, like be silent and dress appropriately. Other than that, it's nice.

2. Wisconsin Auto Museum

147 N Rural St, Hartford, WI 53027-1407 +1 262-673-7999
Excellent
67%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
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4.5 based on 61 reviews

Wisconsin Auto Museum

Reviewed By lovehawaii2016 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

We've been here for Rotary functions, as well as just to visit the museum itself. It is not huge, but has preserved the history of Hartford and the Kissel Motor Car Company that was in Hartford many many years ago.

3. Held's Meat and Cheese shop

480 Kettle Moraine Dr N, Slinger, WI 53086-9511 +1 262-644-5135
Excellent
86%
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5 based on 7 reviews

Held's Meat and Cheese shop

Reviewed By Bernardo F - New York City, New York

Very convenient right off of HWY 41, it's a nice place to pick up some good cheese and meat and the prices are direct from the makers. Service was very friendly and nice, and they'll pack it nicely if you're getting on a plane.

4. Little Switzerland

105 Cedar Creek Rd, Slinger, WI 53086-9502 +1 262-297-9621
Excellent
21%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Little Switzerland

Reviewed By DISNEYCHICKS - Wisconsin

Second time to visit Little Switzerland . Brought DD and her friends skiing and snowboarding…
But never seem to make here until the end of the season... hopefully we change that next season.

The chalet/restaurant is great place to hang out if you are not into doing the outdoor adventure that day.

Sitting in the chalet enjoying the sunshine and watching everyone skiing or boarding.. what a great view.

Had a couple cocktails while sitting there ...the bartenders know what they're doing... drinks are fun and the company was nice.

Again with being at the end of the season the snow was pretty good but like I said previous we need to get here when the season is in full swing so my DD can really enjoy the hills.

We have a pass for Nordic they had to close a few weeks ago because of the snow condition... LS offered Nordic season holders a ski free weekend.

5. Pike Lake State Park

3544 Kettle Moraine Rd, Hartford, WI 53027-8920 +1 262-670-3400
Excellent
64%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Pike Lake State Park

Welcome to Pike Lake Unit, a beautiful unit of Wisconsin's Kettle Moraine State Forest! ADMISSION: ~$8 daily, $5 hourly for Wisconsin Residents. ~$3 daily for senior Wisconsin Residents over 65. ~$28 annual admission sticker for Wisconsin residents. ~$13 annual admission sticker for senior Wisconsin residents. ~$38 annual admission sticker for non-residents. CAMPING: We have a full campground with 33 sites, including electric. We also have three, primitive backpacking sites along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, about a 15-20 minute hike from the parking lot. There is a shower, bathroom building as well as a dump and water filling station. Reservations are made online with Reserve America. Walk-in, first-come-first-serve sites are #32, #33 and backpacking site #B1. ~$18 per night, non-electric for Wisconsin residents. ~$28 per night, electric for Wisconsin residents. ~$23 per night, non-electric for non-residents. ~$33 per night, electric for non-residents. Check out our 'Friends of Pike Lake' Facebook page for up-to-date information on park and naturalist events like guided kayaking tours, sunset standup paddleboarding, campfires, star gazing and nature hikes. OFFICE HOURS: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8am-4pm Fridays 12pm-8pm Saturdays and Sundays 8am-4pm

Reviewed By la_vdv - Hartford, Wisconsin

I have been to many, MANY state and county parks in southeastern Wisconsin, but I think this one is my favorite because of its size and versatility.

I like the woods here because you can see deep into them; in many wooded areas the shrubby brush and bushy undergrowth is so high, you couldn't see a gnome if he bit you in the ankle. Much of the woods here in Pike Lake is just carpeted with low wildflowers, mayapples and the like, so you can spot that mossy, mushroomy stump. Mostly, it's deciduous, with some oaks (but not dominated by oaks. that would be boring) and aspens, lots of maples, some beech, etc. There are also some lovely stands of fragrant pine.

Of course the woods aren't all there is. Meadows rampant with wildflowers, butterflies and bees. Sandhill cranes, deer, chipmunks. Freshwater springs and little ponds. The big lake with swimming beach, dog beach, public pier, and a little sand launch for your kayak or canoe. Campsites. The tower. That tree that was bent long ago by native Americans marking the path. A ranger station where you can pick up a map or use a nice clean civilized toilet. Remnants, if you know where to look, of long-ago farms. Snowmobile trails. Boardwalk through the swamp--know how nice it is to see pretty skunk cabbage growing in February when your heart is weary from Wisconsin winter? A lovely segment of the Ice Age Trail, Wisconsin's own national trail. I have even seen bald eagles here on two or three occasions.

On second thought, perhaps I should tell you all NOT to come here! I wouldn't mind keeping it all to myself! JK see you on the trails.

6. Erin Hills Golf Course

7169 County Road O, Hartford, WI 53027-9786 +1 866-772-4769
Excellent
75%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
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Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Erin Hills Golf Course

Reviewed By Hardrocker8888

I volunteered here for the US Open. The golf course is picturesque. There were many photo ops along the course. There wasn't much shade so it was quite hot. Erin Hills was a great host for the 117th US Open Championships.

7. Amber Inn Bar & Grill

101 W Commerce Blvd, Slinger, WI 53086-9024 +1 262-644-8055
Excellent
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4 based on 1 reviews

Amber Inn Bar & Grill

Reviewed By Bernardo F - New York City, New York

Go for the people. So friendly and nice. The place isn't the most beautiful and elegant place around but it is comfortable and nice and friendly. Good drinks good prices. And great service.

8. Schauer Arts Center

147 N Rural St, Hartford, WI 53027-1407 +1 262-670-0560
Excellent
72%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Schauer Arts Center

Filled with culture and history, the Schauer Arts Center was transformed from a canning factory built in 1919 into a non-profit, regional center for the arts that inspires creativity and connects people. Since opening in 2001, the Schauer Center presents professional touring performances in the Ruth A. Knoll Theater and regional artwork in the Suckow Family Art Gallery, and also serves as a home to the Hartford City Band, Hartford Community Chorus, The Hartford Players, and the Kettle Moraine Fine Arts Guild. The Schauer Center strives to be a vital resource that fosters, supports, and enriches the cultural, educational, and social well-being of the community by serving as a gathering place where people from all walks of life enjoy and participate in the arts. The year-round Schauer School of the Arts offers music, theater, dance, and visual arts education for students of all ages, levels, and visions. In addition, the Schauer Center is the perfect backdrop for special occasions and business functions that can be hosted throughout the facility.

Reviewed By Jennifer C

I went to see a play at the Schauer Arts Center because A friend of mine was in it. The place is beautiful, the architecture was beautiful and the intermission was effortless as the line for the woman's room was fast and efficient. Great for us ladies. The show was fabulous and I look forward to my next trip there.

9. Veteran's Memorial Aquatic Center

777 S. main, Hartford, WI 53027 +1 262-670-3730
Excellent
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5 based on 5 reviews

Veteran's Memorial Aquatic Center

Reviewed By Jan H - Port Saint Joe, Florida

We had a great time at this pool. The kids did everything that they could do including some swimming. They loved the slides, the lazy river, the high dive and the water walk. It is definitely a family pool. Our kids were to old to play on the sand toys or the shallow water slide but thoroughly enjoyed the day. There is a concession stand that sells some food, which is good! We loved the day and will return.

10. Washington County Golf Course

6439 Clover Rd, Hartford, WI 53027-9585 +1 262-670-6616
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5 based on 3 reviews

Washington County Golf Course

Less than an hour's drive northwest of downtown Milwaukee, and 8 miles north of 2017 US Open site Erin Hills, secluded in the heart of Wisconsin's picturesque Kettle Moraine Area, lies Washington County Golf Course. Designed by the renowned Arthur Hills, Washington County Golf Course has received a 4 1/2-star rating and it is a course as challenging as it is beautiful. #1 Ranked Municipal in Wisconsin and #34 Ranked in the Nation, by Golfweek's Best Municipal Courses.

Reviewed By Piano2ner - Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States

This is one of the nicer golf courses in Wisconsin. Decently wide fairways, large greens, many tees for different talents, great clubhouse, well maintained carts. The course had just about perfectly manicured fairways. However, the greens, while quite large, were very fast and quite contoured. Putting was difficult to figure out, particularly if one had not played the course often. Being in the hilly part of southern Wisconsin, where the glaciers did not flatten the landscape, views were outstanding, but, driving the ball became dangerous on some holes because of the hilly and tilted fairways. Although the rough was of decent height, balls do sink into this type of grass, and getting a good length shot is difficult. Staff was very personable and helpful.

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