Sunny days that sweep the clouds away are upon us. Oshkosh is ready for warmer weather, and to feature more activities for you to enjoy Oshkosh when the sun is shining. After all, they don’t call Oshkosh “Wisconsin's Event City” for no reason. Check out our top ten things to do outdoors in Oshkosh. 

1. Enjoy Art

You don’t have to be inside to enjoy art in Oshkosh. Our mini mural project is an outdoor gallery of 20 unique outdoor murals scattered around downtown Oshkosh. You can also see one of the largest sundials in the country, right in downtown Oshkosh! 


2. Take Advantage of Our Trails

No matter your mode of transportation, Oshkosh has a trail for you! We have trails for runners, horseback riders, and during the colder months, snowshoers and snowmobilers. If you use our trails, please remember general trail etiquette. 


3. Smell the flowers at the Paine Art Center and Gardens

It’s time to stop and smell the roses, and all the other flowers and greenery at the Paine Art Center and Gardens. The Paine offers twenty garden areas for guests to enjoy. You’ll be able to view perennials, tulips in the spring, wildflowers, trees, shrubs and other native plants to Wisconsin. Admission fees will cover both entrance to the mansion and the gardens. 


4. Visit Menominee Park 

Menominee Park is the largest park in Oshkosh. The park includes playgrounds, volleyball courts, softball/baseball fields, tennis courts, soccer fields, a picnic area, amusement rides, and more. There’s also the Menominee Park Zoo, which opens for the 2021 season on May 1st. Check out other parks in the city of Oshkosh here


5. Experience Lake Winnebago

Did you know Lake Winnebago is Wisconsin’s largest inland lake? There are so many ways you can enjoy Lake Winnebago! We have boat launches in town, as well as several businesses that rent boats, kayaks, canoes, etc. You can also fish for walleye, perch and even lake sturgeon. Don’t forget about On the Loos Cruises if you’re looking for a unique date night on the water! 


6. Play a Round of Golf

Tee off in Oshkosh at one of our many golf courses. If you’re looking for an alternate type of golfing, we have disc golf at Winnebago County Park or mini golf at Settler’s Mill off of Highway 41. 

Settlers Mill

7. Splish Splash at the The Pollock Community Water Park

The Pollock Community Water Park opened in 2006, and has something for everyone! Enjoy water slides, the lazy river, splash pad, and more! The water park is open for the 2021 season from June 12th through August 18th. 

Pollock Pool

8. Browse Local Products at the Oshkosh Farmers Market

The Oshkosh Farmers Market has been a staple in the Oshkosh community for over 20 years. You’ll find homegrown farm products like bread, vegetables, honey, fruit and more. The Oshkosh Farmers Market will be located in downtown Oshkosh on Saturdays from June 5th through October 30th (closed for the month of May). 

Farmers Market

9. See Oshkosh from the Skies

Did you know the EAA Museum offers airplane rides? You can usually snag a spot for a ride the day you visit, no early reservations required. Flights are normally for those older than 16 years, however they do offer introductory flights for children ages 8-17. 


10. Dine Outdoors

Why not enjoy the weather while you’re eating out? Many restaurants in Oshkosh offer outdoor dining options. From classic drive-in to dining on the riverfront, you can enjoy the views of Oshkosh while you dine.


Did we miss any of your favorite outdoor activities? Let us know in the comments! And don’t forget to share your fun with Discover Oshkosh on Facebook and Instagram for a chance to be featured!

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