ATTRACTIONS
ALMA Wisconsin | 19th Century River Town | National Historic District

View From Danzinger Vineyard's Patio
  CHAMBER VISITOR CENTER at WINGS OVER ALMA
110 N Main Street, Alma, Wisconsin 
608-685-3303 | info@almawisconsin.com 

BUENA VISTA
BUENA VISTA PARK, TRAIL & OVERLOOK
Buena Vista Road Off County Road E, Alma WI 54610

Phone & Reservations: City of Alma 608.685.3330
Hours: Open daily, dawn to 11pm

Located 500 feet above Alma, it’s a small city park with a big view of the Mississippi River for several miles to the north and south. According to Better Homes & Gardens magazine, "Buena Vista Park is one of the river valley's finest natural balconies."

 

The park is a great birding spot with breathtaking sunsets and is a "must see" when you come to Alma. This scenic vista 500 feet above Alma and the Mississippi River Valley has a natural viewing platform. Visitors can watch barges and riverboats traveling on the river and locking through Lock & Dam #4 along with views of sand islands and backwaters.

 

The area is handicapped accessible and offers picnic tables, grills, a picnic shelter, restrooms and a small children's playground. The park also offers a large parking lot that accommodates several vehicles and motor coaches. No camping is allowed. This is a popular wedding spot but must be reserved in advance.  For information, directions and regulations contact the Alma City Clerk at (608) 685-3330.

 

DRIVE County Road E from Main Street in Alma up the bluff to Buena Vista Park and walk to the overlook. County Road E starts at Wisconsin Highway 35 (the Great River Road) in Alma.

 

HIKE the Buena Vista Trail from Alma's Main Street up the Alma Bluff to Buena Vista Park or hike down the trail from the Park to Alma's Main Street.  This is a 3-mile hike and approximately 7300 steps up 500 feet.

DANZINGER VINEYARD
DANZINGER VINEYARD & WINERY
S2015 Grapeview Lane off County Road E, Alma WI 54610

Web:  www.danzingervineyard.com
Phone: 608.685.6000
Hours:  Open daily, 10am to 5pm, April through December

VINE TO BOTTLE WINE offered by Danzinger Vineyard & Winery has made them a premier attraction in Alma, Wisconsin and along the Wisconsin Great River Road.  Named "Winery of the Year" in 2013 by the Wisconsin Grape Growers Association, the vineyard continues to win metals at the Wisconsin State Fair Professional Wine Competition for their estate bottled wines.

The old adage goes that if you want to be successful, do something you love. For their entire lives, Melvin and David Danzinger loved to farm and were looking for a new venture for their retirement when someone suggested growing grapes.  What started as a family venture has grown into a passion with more than 8,000 plants on 18 acres located in some of the most beautiful scenery you will find in the Mississippi River Valley.  From the casual wine drinker to a true connoisseur, Danzinger Vineyards has the blend to enchant your palate.
A NATIONAL HISTORIC DISTRICT
Historic Alma is a wonderful place to stop as you travel along the Mississippi River and the Wisconsin Great River Road.  Take a leisurely stroll along Alma's historic Main Street, visit the shops and enjoy the architectural diversity of a 19th-century Mississippi River town.

Alma is perched on a narrow strip of land between the Mississippi River and 500-foot limestone bluffs. The historic river town of less than 1,000 is only two streets wide and has 12 stairstep streets connecting Main Street to 2nd Street.  Alma is listed on America's National Register of Historic Places because of its preservation of waterfront nineteenth century buildings built into the river bluffs in the style of a European village (a carryover from the city's original Swiss and German settlers).

NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES

In 1982, 346 acres and over 200 buildings were included in the designation of the City of Alma as a National Historic District (#82000631) when it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The district is roughly bounded by railroad tracks, 2nd Street, Swift Street and Cedar Street.  Three periods of significance were recognized:  1850-1874, 1875-1899, 1900-1924
 

NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC BUILDING
Ten buildings are currently on the National Register of Historic Buildings in Alma, Wisconsin. 

Visit the Alma Area Museum for more information or the Alma Historical Society's website at www.almahistory.org/nationalhistoricdistrict.html.
GREAT ALMA FISHING FLOAT

GREAT ALMA FISHING FLOAT
Mississippi River, dock located on River Street, Alma WI  54610


Web: www.almafishingfloat.com

Phone: 651.3810.7296

Hours: Open daily, 6am to 6pm, April through October

A tradition for many generations, the Great Alma Fishing Float offers a great fishing opportunity below Lock & Dam #4 on the Mississippi River.  Open from April through October, catch a ride over to the Float from their dock located on River Street between the hours of 6am and 6pm. 


If you just want to see a view of Alma from the river, the costs of the ferry ride is $5.  If you want to fish, the cost is $18 and that includes your ride.  They offer a $3 senior discount every Thursday.  You can even spend the night out on the Float in a bunkroom!

ALMA AREA MUSEUM
ALMA AREA MUSEUM | BUFFALO COUNTY TRAINING SCHOOL
505 S 2nd Street, Alma WI 54610

Web: www.almahistory.org/almaareamuseum.html
Phone: 608.685.3303
Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 1pm-4pm, Memorial Day Through 1st Sunday In October

The Alma Area Museum, operated by the Alma Historical Society, is open to the public in the afternoon on Saturday & Sunday from Memorial Day through the 1st Sunday in October.  Admission is free.  The Museum is housed in the Buffalo Country Training School & Teachers College.

SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST
Alma Beach & Recreation Area
Buena Vista Park, Overlook & Hiking Trail
Mossy Hollow Hiking Trail
Rieck's Lake Park & Campground
Lock & Dam #4 & Railroad Bridge
National Historic District Main Street Walk
Danzinger Vineyard & Winery
Big River Theatre
Great Alma Fishing Float
Castlerock Arms & Armor Museum
Alma Area Museum



1
  Experience
19th Century River Town Of Alma, Wisconsin
2   View The Upper Mississippi River Valley From Buena Vista
3   Wine Tasting At Danzinger Vineyard On The Bluff
4   Watch Barges At Lock & Dam #4
5   Fish At The Great Alma Fishing Float
6  
Enjoy Alma's City Parks, Beach & Marina
7   View Bald Eagles At Wings Over Alma
8   Swim At The Alma Beach And The Mississippi River
9   Watch Birds And Wildlife At Rieck's Lake Park
10 Visit Castlerock Museum's Arms & Armor Collection

LOCK & DAM #4

LOCK & DAM #4 | RAILROAD BRIDGE
N Main Street, Alma WI 54610

Web: www.mvp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/LocksDams/LockDam4.aspx
Phone: 608.685.4421

Hours: Open daily, April to November


Alma boasts viewing at Lock & Dam #4 and throughout our city from Main Street, Buena Vista or the viewing deck at Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center.  The Lock & Dam's public observation platform is open from dawn to dusk from April to November.  Handicapped parking and accessibility is available.  The Railroad Bridge is an excellent viewing perspective for both trains and river traffic through Lock #4.


  • Located on Mississippi River mile 752.8 in Alma, Wis.
  • Constructed and placed in operation in May, 1935. Last major rehabilitation completed from 1988 to 1994.
  • Dam consists of a concrete structure 367 feet long with six roller gates and 22 tainter gates. Earth embankment 5,400 feet long.
  • Lock is 110 feet wide by 600 feet long.


Look for riverboats passing through Alma and Lock #4 twice a week during the months of August, September & October. 
Real time info on barge and commercial boat traffic can be found at www.MarineTraffic.com


WINGS OVER ALMA
WINGS OVER ALMA NATURE & ART CENTER | ALMA VISITOR CENTER
118 N Main Street, Alma WI 54610

Web: www.wingsoveralma.org
Phone: 608.685.3303
Hours:  Open daily, 11am to 4pm

Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center is a multi-purpose, non-profit organization staffed by volunteers.  Wings Over Alma overlooks the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge and the magnificent Mississippi River.  The Center also hosts the Alma Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.


The Center offers a 50-foot outdoor viewing deck overlooking the Mississippi River and is equipped with spotting scopes and binoculars to view a variety of wildlife year-round. You can also enjoy a great river from inside the comfort of the Center.


The Mississippi Flyway brings hundreds of migrating birds past the Center every spring and fall.  During the winter months, dozen of bald eagles can be viewed from the deck, feeding in the open water below Lock and Dam #4.


Inside the Center, local area artists display their work in rotating exhibits.Nature displays and educational programs are offered through the year.  The talent of our many local artisans and the National Historic District of Alma have attracted over 7,000 guests a year from all 50 states and many countries.

RIECK'S LAKE PARK

RIECK'S LAKE PARK & CAMPGROUND

Off Wisconsin State Highway 35, Alma WI 54610


Phone & Reservations: City of Alma 608.685.3330
Hours: Open daily, dawn to dusk

Camping:  Open daily, April to December

Rieck’s Lake is located at the confluence of the Buffalo and Mississippi Rivers.  Beautiful sunrises start your day and if you are traveling in the summer months you may experience the morning mist as it rises from the water.  Located 3 miles northwest of Alma on Wisconsin Hwy 35 (the Great River Road), the area is handicapped accessible and provides a large parking lot that accommodates several vehicles.


Rieck’s Lake Park offers a small popular camping area on a “first come” basis.  For $15 a night you will enjoy a paved camping pad, fire pit, picnic table, showers and a direct lake view.  Electricity is available at an additional charge.  Dumping facility is available 2 miles north on Wisconsin Hwy 35 at the Silver Moon facility.  For information, directions, regulations and prices contact the Alma City Clerk at (608) 685-3330.


Recreational options abound with a picnic shelter and a great playground that offers a play structure as well as old time swings, slide and merry-go-round we all enjoyed as children.


The park is an excellent birding spot with two viewing decks and a spotting scope.  Expect crowds in the spring and fall during migration. White Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Tundra Swans, Canada Geese and many species of ducks can be viewed.  Other wildlife like beaver, muskrat and mink can be sited, with muskrat huts visible on the lake.


DRIVE Wisconsin Highway 35 northeast from Alma about 3 miles.

ALMA BEACH & MARINA

ALMA BEACH & RECREATION COMPLEX | ALMA MARINA
Beach Harbor Road off Wisconsin State Highway 35
Alma WI 54610


Phone & Reservations: City of Alma 608.685.3330
Hours: Open daily, dawn to dusk


At the Alma Beach & Recreation Complex you'll find a 300-foot public sand swimming beach on the Mississippi River with lifeguards during the summer season.  This location is also home to the Alma Music & Art Festival held on Sunday of Labor Day weekend each year.


The recreation complex has a baseball field, small playground, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts and tennis courts.  A bathhouse is available to the public with restrooms and showers. 

A gazebo can be reserved for a group function or wedding.  It provides a beautiful shore view of the Mississippi River.  Large shade trees and picnic tables dot the shoreline.

Nearby is the Alma Harbor and Marina, a full-service marina located just above Lock & Dam #4.  They offer a fully stocked ships store with boating supplies, fishing bait and a few grocery items.  Pontoon boats and houseboats can be rented from Great River Houseboats at Alma Marina.
CASTLEROCK MUSEUM
CASTLEROCK ARMS & ARMOR MUSEUM
402 S Second Street, Alma WI 54610

Web: www.castlerockmuseum.com
Phone: 608.685.4231
Hours: Friday & Saturday, 1pm-4pm

Castlerock Museum is an arms and armor museum.  Their exhibits include arms and armor from many points in European history. A visit offers the chance to view and learn about authentic armor spanning many periods; the collection begins with ancient Greece, and concludes in the early modern period. To provide a better sense of the many different cultures our arms and armor originates from, they enrich their displays by using art prints to show the arms and armor in their historical context.

Castlerock Museum embraced a new and exciting concept in museum design featuring open wall interpretive exhibits intermixed with art to walk the visitor through history, highlighting the development and evolvement of arms and armor through the ages.