The Wisconsin Rapids area is known as cranberry country and proud of it! Our unique agricultural heritage makes the blossom and harvest seasons special to our area. Early settlers thought cranberry blossom resembled the head of a crane, hence the name “crane berry,” which was later shortened to cranberry. Cranberry blossoms are pretty, delicate, pink flowers that bloom in late June through early July. You can join in celebrating the blossom season at the Cranberry Blossom Festival. The harvest season is the most picturesque time for cranberries, and it occurs late-September through late-October. During harvest, you can experience all the fall colors over a sea of red berries by taking a self-guided drive down the Cranberry Highway or touring a cranberry marsh.
Cranberry Blossom Festival
June 20-23, 2019
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
The Cranberry Blossom Festival is a celebration of where the berries begin and our blossoming community! The annual four-day festival is filled with berry fun events including, live music, a parade, arts and crafts, a carnival and of course culinary treats featuring Wisconsin’s #1 fruit crop, the cranberry!
Le Chateau-The Manor Bed & Breakfast
Cranberry Harvest Package
Late-September through late-October it's cranberry harvest season and Le Chateau-The Manor B&B celebrates by offering a delectable breakfast with cranberry inspired dishes. As well as a complimentary gift bag filled with information regarding the cranberry industry, cranberry treats and some special coupons. This package also includes an exclusive opportunity to take part in a cranberry harvest tour at Glacial Lake Cranberries!
Splash of Red Cranberry Harvest Tours
This two-hour cranberry tour takes place just east of Pittsville in the heart of central Wisconsin Cranberry Country. Pittsville FFA members and students, who are part of the only Cranberry Science Class taught in the nation are your tour guides.
The tour starts at the Pittsville School Auditorium located on Elementary Avenue just off First Avenue in Pittsville at 9:15 am, with an introductory video for early arrivals. The tour begins at 9:30 am and includes the following: touring a current marsh under construction, new beds not yet in production, producing beds and the opportunity to pick fresh fruit from the vine, as well as observing the harvesting, testing, cleaning and freezing of the berries. Finally, you will return to the school to enjoy a tasty cranberry based lunch that includes a cranberry dessert made by our Local Foods Class at Pittsville High School. The charge for the tour is $20 per person. All monies go toward scholarship and other opportunities for Pittsville FFA members. All tours include a cranberry treat, juice, and fresh cranberries for each guest to take home.
The tour will run from 9:30 am-12:00 pm with lunch served at 11:30 am. Tours are available September 25 and 27, as well as October 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25. They also have tours available for large groups only (20 or more) October 3, 10 and 17. Reservations are required. Please call 715-884-6412.
Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center
204 Main Street Warrens, WI 54666
(608) 378-4878 | Website | Facebook
At the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center, you can see, touch and taste Wisconsin’s #1 fruit crop! The museum features interactive information all about the cranberry industry and history of Wisconsin cranberries. Cranberries have been grown commercially in Wisconsin for more than 150 years. That’s a lot of history for one tiny berry and by visiting the center you can see the history come to life through videos, storyboards and historic exhibits. After a fun-filled day packed with cranberries, be sure to visit the Taste Test Kitchen and Ice Cream Parlor to satisfy your taste buds. Along with their berry unique gift shop which features a large selection of cranberry products.
Curling past fields and farms, creeks and clouds, waterfowl and other wonders, the Cranberry Highway reveals some of the best fall colors you’ll see: the red sea of cranberries coupled with the blazing yellows and oranges of fall leaves. This self-guided drive stretches for almost 50 miles along century-old cranberry beds from Wisconsin Rapids to Warrens, and between Pittsville and Nekoosa. Click here for a map of the Cranberry Highway.
Rubi Reds is located in the heart of cranberry country. Their sweetened dried cranberries are all-natural and packed with health benefits. They are moist and plump, Wisconsin grown, produced and packaged. Their product line features a variety of cranberry products, as well as additional items which complement Wisconsin’s #1 fruit crop – CRANBERRIES!
The Stone Cottage at Glacial Lake Cranberries
Any reason, any season, enjoy the country quiet of a getaway at The Stone Cottage. During harvest season a stay at The Stone Cottage includes an exclusive opportunity to take part in a cranberry harvest tour at Glacial Lake Cranberries! This cozy cottage situated on Glacial Lake Cranberries property, overlooks the western horizon and has a living room with a wood burning fireplace and full size sofa bed, a bedroom with a queen size bed, a full bathroom (shower only), a kitchen, and a screen porch. Whether it is hiking, biking, birding, skiing, or harvest time, you will find The Stone Cottage a peaceful retreat.