Baraboo is the county seat of Sauk County, Wisconsin; it was established in 1838 as the village of Adams and selected as the county seat in 1846 after a fierce competition with neighboring Reedsburg. It was renamed in 1852 after a nearby river, incorporated as a village in 1866 and again as a city in 1882. It was a natural choice as the location for several sawmills early on due to its proximity to the river; in 1884 it became home for the Ringling Brothers Circus. Several other circuses moved to Baraboo, and it was nicknamed “Circus City” and became home to the Circus World Museum, a collection of circus wagons and other paraphernalia.
Search for an RV in Sauk County, and you can choose from a variety of RV makes and models to find the ideal one for you. Other towns are worth exploring while you're here. Mauston began as a lumber town in Wisconsin's early lumber industry. Portage's city slogan is “Where the North Begins.” Reedsburg began as a shanty town housing workers building a dam after an earlier immigrant left a flat bottomed boat for people to cross the river. Your Baraboo travel trailer rental is how you will experience this historic area in class and style.
The Great Outdoors
Mirror Lake State Park is a developed recreation area where visitors can rent pontoon boats, canoes, kayaks, and standup paddleboards. It is named for the calmness of its lake which seldom has a ripple. There is a campground for overnight guests and a beach where they can swim. The shoreline is wooded with the occasional tall cliff; the park has picnic areas.
Pine Island State Wildlife Area is named after one of the islands in the Wisconsin River but includes several of the river's islands. It is located in the floodplains of the Wisconsin and Baraboo Rivers, consisting of grasslands and wetland, oak/savanna, and wooded habitats. The area was established in 1952 and is used by Canadian Geese as well as endangered reptile, bird, and insect species, whitetail deer, wild turkey, and other mammals. The park is an ideal location for birding and wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting and gathering edible plants, and much more; camping is not allowed within the park. Park your Baraboo RV rental nearby, and you can enjoy the comforts of home between your park explorations.
Devil's Lake State Park is open to the public year-round from early morning to late evening and has a visitors center and a nature center (guests should call them to confirm operating hours). It was established in 1911 and is one of the oldest and most visited parks in the state. The park has miles and miles of trails for hiking; visitors can also enjoy cycling, rock climbing, and picnicking. There are sandy beaches where guests can swim or suntan, or they can enjoy scenic views from the quartzite bluffs that look out over the lake.
There are numerous RV parks and campgrounds near Baraboo, and some of them may have mobile homes. Your Baraboo camper rental is your guarantee of a comfortable vacation no matter where you stay.
Fox Hill RV Park & Campground is a family-friendly RV park open from late April to mid-October. It has a playground and heated swimming pool, basketball and volleyball courts, a disc golf course, and more. There are restrooms and indoor/outdoor showers, laundry facilities, and a camp store. Guests looking for photo ops will appreciate the life-size chess and checkerboards and the nature trails where they can view the plant and wildlife. Cabins are available for rent, and some sites are for tent camping.
Exploring The City
Visitors coming to Baraboo with family will want to check out Circus World and AL. Ringling Mansion; the mansion has tours where guests can see and listen to the history of the family and check out the antique items on display. One local wildlife area has all 15 of the world's crane species on display; guests visiting the park can take a guided tour, hike the property's nature trails, or browse through the park's gift shop for crane-themed items.
Shoppers can check out the designer outlet mall for good deals on name-brand products; it is an outdoor rather than indoor mall but has a roof to protect shoppers from inclement weather. Adults will enjoy the local distillery and winery where they can relax and sample the local products. Don't forget to take your Baraboo motorhome rental for a spin around the countryside. This is your chance to experience driving an RV; be warned, though, it can be an addictive experience.
By now visitors will have worked up an appetite, and this is a good thing; Baraboo has an impressive selection of food outlets ranging in price from inexpensive to moderately priced, and most of them are locally owned. One local cafe is open for lunch and dinner, and it has an roomy open feel with a bar area and dining room. There are wall pictures adding a homey touch to the ambiance. The menu has soups, salads, and sandwiches as well as dinner entrees. Wrap up your leftovers and take them home to your Baraboo luxury RV rental for a late-night snack; this is what vacations are all about.