Explore the best of downtown Rhinelander
Rhinelander’s walkable downtown has it all—interesting attractions, tasty restaurants, an eclectic mix of shops and more than a few Hodags. And it’s all close to comfortable lodging options. Here are some things to love about downtown Rhinelander.
Some of Rhinelander’s top attractions are in the heart of downtown. Here are a few that showcase the city’s beautiful art and remarkable history.
The Oneida County Courthouse in downtown Rhinelander is a treasure. Although it’s still a functioning building home to many county departments, it’s also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is worth seeking out. The courthouse is topped by a beautiful Tiffany glass dome that is simply spectacular.
The historic Federal Building in downtown Rhinelander has been transformed into a regional arts and cultural center. ArtStart inspires and educates visitors through exhibits, classes, kids’ activities and more. The gallery has recently been open to the public by appointment. See details and the latest offerings on their website.
Explore Rhinelander’s fascinating past in this downtown museum. The Rhinelander Historical Society offers guided tours and information in a museum that’s located in a historic home. The museum is expected to open for the summer of 2021—in the meantime, take a virtual tour here.
Rhinelander’s downtown has a big mix of retailers—everything from shoe stores to toy stores. These businesses offer products and service you won’t find anywhere else.
Get everything you need for your Rhinelander outdoor adventure at Mel’s Trading Post. The store is a Rhinelander institution—it has been around since 1946. Mel’s sells quality sporting goods for all seasons, including gear for fishing, hunting, biking and winter sports, and also rents bikes, paddleboards, skis and snowshoes.
Kids of all ages will find something fun to discover at Imaginuity. This downtown toy store has high quality toys, games, puzzles and more. Imaginuity’s toys and games inspire kids to unplug and get moving while learning and discovering the power of their imagination.
This locally owned store strives to help you find the right shoe. Danner’s offers superior customer service and top-selling brands like Red Wing, New Balance and more.
Enjoy the full spectrum of dining options in downtown Rhinelander, whether you’re looking for a formal meal for a special occasion or just a place with tasty food and a fun atmosphere.
For more than a century, Rhinelander Café & Pub has been serving guests in the heart of Rhinelander. Tuck into this cozy wood-paneled restaurant—it offers a variety of deliciously crafted items like steak Gorgonzola, fish tacos and loaded bacon cheese fries.
This charming coffee shop and café wows customers with its fresh, fast and delicious food and coffee. Stop in for breakfast and savor a flakey scone or a French omelet. For lunch, enjoy a burger made with organic grass-fed beef or a fresh seasonal salad. Everything is delicious at Tilly’s!
Technically the full name of this restaurant is “Big Daddy’s Burger Happiness Emporium, Air-Conditioned Cocktail Lounge and Pizzeria. Home of the Jack Burger,” but that doesn’t fit on a hat, so they just go by Big Daddy’s! As you might guess, this is a fun place with some fantastic food and cocktails. The made-to-order pizza is awesome!
You’ll find Rhinelander’s most famous resident all throughout downtown, including statues and murals located at businesses and attractions. Check out our Hodag Finder to discover them all.
Note: The Rhinelander Area is open, and all visitors are welcome. Please travel safely and responsibly. Some businesses and events may have modified hours or procedures; please contact businesses or event organizers directly for specific information.