American Players Theatre
5950 Golf Course Road
P.O. Box 819
Spring Green, WI 53588
Box Office: 608-588-2361
There's more to the area than APT; take time to explore all there is to offer, from astounding collections to the Wisconsin River and the natural beauty this part of the state is famous for.
|Cave of the Mounds |
2975 Cave of the Mounds Rd, Blue Mounds, WI 53517
(608) 437-3038 | caveofthemounds.com
Cave of the Mounds – National Natural Landmark: Discover Buried Treasure – Discover Fun. This natural limestone cave offers tours daily on paved and lighted walkways. Tours pass a stunning array of colorful crystal formations including stalactites, stalagmites, and columns. Enjoy the constant 50-degree year-round temperature. While on the grounds, have a picnic and enjoy gemstone and fossil mining, the Rock and Gift Shop, natural perennial gardens, and prairie restoration. Cave of the Mounds is located just 20 minutes west of Madison, off U.S. Highways 18/151. To find out more visit the Cave of the Mounds website at www.caveofthemounds.com. Phone 608/437-3038.
The third full weekend each October, some of Wisconsin’s best-known artisans open their studios allowing visitors a unique, behind-the-scenes view into how their work is created. Each year, the Fall Art Tour draws visitors from around the country to artists studios in and around Mineral Point, Dodgeville, Spring Green and Baraboo. Join us for a scenic autumn countryside drive. Along the way you will learn how the artists work their magic in their own studios with opportunities to purchase fine art and fine craft from its source. We hope to see you October 14,15 & 16, 2022
Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts, Mineral Point's nationally known art school, offers creative workshops and programs year-round. Workshops are informative, fun, and led by working artists and craftspersons from across the country and across the street. Classes range from half-day project-oriented workshops to week-long immersive workshops for all skill levels. Retreats of several days allow you to experience several workshops in a category. Come create with us!
Discover the legacy of world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin, his home and studio in Spring Green. Down the road from APT, Taliesin boasts buildings spanning nearly every decade of Wright’s career. Designated as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark, Taliesin is a must-see destination for history/architecture buffs and cultural heritage enthusiasts. Your adventure begins at the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center at Riverview Terrace, home to non-profit organization Taliesin Preservation. Find renewed inspiration when you take an unforgettable tour, explore our curated gift shop, or sit and relax while enjoying the river view.
Slowpoke Lounge & Cabaret has craft cocktails, quality snacks from local producers, and a comfy vibe. Play something from our record collection, or just relax in our outdoor beer garden. We have a variety of music events throughout the year, and are also the home of Two Crows Theatre Company in the winter. Someone might even surprise you by sitting down at the piano, or with a pop-up jam session. Visit our website for details on upcoming events.
Whether it’s a bike ride through the hills, a beautiful hike through the woods or a canoe trip on the Wisconsin River, Spring Green and the River Valley area is a spectacular backdrop for all types of outdoor recreation.
There are two state parks within a 15-minute drive of APT. Tower Hill State Park is located almost across the road (5808 Cty. Hwy. C). It features campsites, hiking trails, a canoe landing and picnic areas. Visitors can take a lovely hike to the top of a bluff overlooking the river where an old shot tower and smelter house have been reconstructed.
Governor Dodge State Park, located eight miles south of Spring Green (4175 Hwy. 23), is one of the state's largest parks with 5,270 scenic acres of steep hills, bluffs, and deep valleys plus two lakes and a waterfall. The park offers hiking, biking, skiing, snowmobile trails, horse trails, camping, hiking, boating, swimming, 8 designated picnic areas, swimming, boating and fishing. Hunting is available in season with proper permits.
There are many great bike routes in the Spring Green area. A marked bike lane runs all the way from Hillside School (just south of the Wisconsin River on Hwy. 23) to Dodgeville, and the Military Ridge Bike Trail is also accessible from Spring Green by following Hwy 23 south to County Hwy. Z.
For a map of bicycling conditions, visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website.
The Lower Wisconsin is a river for people who like to travel and take in the sights at a leisurely pace. River currents range from three to five miles per hour upstream of Spring Green and only one to two miles per hour further downstream near Muscoda.
Along the entire 92.3 miles there are no rapids, falls or portages, making the river ideal for recreational canoeists & kayakers. Two-thirds of river users are found on the 25-mile stretch between Prairie du Sac and Spring Green. There are numerous canoe landings in the River Valley area, including those at Tower Hill State Park, Peck’s Landing, Lone Rock (just east of the Hwy 130 bridge) and Arena (South Bank).
Both the main channel as well as the backwaters of the Wisconsin River support large numbers of gamefish and panfish and good fishing can also be had on area streams and lakes. For more information, contact the DNR office at (608)935-3368.
The Spring Green area is a treasure trove of architecture which has been designed or influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright. Besides the buildings designed by this giant of American architecture, the River Valley has many structures by Wright’s former apprentices, and offers three stops on the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail.
There’s always an event going on in Spring Green, especially in the summer. From Bobfest and Beatlefest, held annually at the Spring Green General Store; to the Spring Green Arts and Crafts Fair in June; and 4Petesake Day in the Park in August; and the Fall Art Tour in October, it’s a busy place. For a full calendar of events, see the Spring Green Area Chamber of Commerce website.