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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Park
“The views of the Mississippi are awesome at Riverside Park. If you're hear during the holiday season, check out the Rotary Club lights! During the summer, free music in the park every Thursday night.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful views of the Coulee Region. Definitely a "must see" while in the area!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Art Gallery
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“The Root Note offers a low-key place to get work done, read a book, or chat with friends. During the week they have a variety of events including jazz nights, open mics, music performances, and trivia. This is a great place to go for crepes, coffee, and work or drinks and fun!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Great place to pick up organic and natural foods. They have a huge bulk area where you can purchase the exact amount you want of any item. They have a fantastic deli and a fancier restaurant on the second floor. June through October on Fridays there is a farmers market from 4-7 pm just across the street from the co-op.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“If you want to see the Mississippi Valley and you don't want to hike far to do it, this is the way to go. Drive up the bluff, park and walk out to a beautiful view of the Mississippi Valley all the way over to the Bluffs of Minnesota. Picnic spots and shelters and some hiking. Mostly its a look out. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Food
“Voted #1 dessert, ice cream and candy and downtown business in La Crosse County. We love their ice cream! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
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“La Crosse's original coffeehouse!!! Great coffee, excellent scones, and soups (mushroom bisque is my fav) made in house. This coffee house even makes their own Italian syrups. As an added bonus, it is attached to Pearl St. Books, a used book store. Books and coffee- always a great pairing! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Cinema
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“Refurbished old movie theater with comfy chairs, food and beverages. Movies are cheap since they're not the just released ones.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Can't decide what to drink? Spin their wheel and try one of their 400+ bottled beers or 20+ tap beers!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Lodging
“If you have children, this is a great place to take them. Three floors of fun!!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Lodging
“The rooftop bar at the Charmant downtown is stunning. You have a full view of the bluff-line and the cocktails are high quality, like the view. They serve a limited food menu that includes to-die-for woodfired pizzas. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
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“Delicious menu including nightly specials. Great atmosphere. Stop in for $3.00 burger specials Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Back Dock. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“Great climbing equipment for kids, dog park, waklking trails through the march, picnic areas”
  • 5 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Nice drive and easy walk to the end of the bluff for a gorgeous view of La Crosse and the river valley.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Local plays are offered in this beautiful theater right on the Mississippi.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Sizable bar offering many Irish beers, specialty entrees & pub grub, plus patio seating & TVs.”
  • 3 locals recommend