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Information About Historic Downtown Waukesha
Architecture - Historic Downtown Waukesha is bursting with architecturally significant buildings, historic treasures, and charming brick paved streets and sidewalks - all giving our city's downtown a unique "European" feel. Located in the heart of the downtown business district, the Five Points Historic District includes 18 buildings, some dating from 1838 and listed on the National Historic Register.
Composition of the Downtown - Our downtown features an array of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants, and businesses
Riverwalk - Water is a treasure and Waukesha has developed its shoreline along the Fox River. The award winning Park System and the Riverwalk provides many types of recreation including boating, water ski shows, a dog walk and much more.
Bike Paths - Waukesha County Parks has a linear trail system. The 26 miles of unique and scenic recreational opportunities are great for hikers, bikers, runners and horseback riders. Throughout the winter months, these un-groomed trails are great for cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and other non-motorized winter activities.
The Waukesha County Museum - The museum has been in the same building since its opening in 1915, the 1893 castle-like former Courthouse at 101 W Main Street. The large museum exhibits celebrate Waukesha County's rich history include an exhibit dedicated to Waukesha's native son Les Paul.
Gibson Guitar Town - Waukesha has the honor of being an "Official Gibson Guitar Town". Throughout the downtown on display are artist decorated playable Gibson guitars and 10-foot Gibson display guitars on exhibit for the summer months. Waukesha was honored due to being the birthplace of Les Paul and joins other notable music rich towns such as Nashville, Austin, Miami, Los Angeles, Orlando, Cleveland, and London.
The Arts - Historic Downtown Waukesha is rapidly developing as a center for visual and performing arts. In recent years, hundreds of artists have chosen to exhibit in numerous galleries and studios downtown.