1,000 Miles of Green
With a name that evokes visions of a prehistoric wonderland, the Ice Age Trail is one of Wisconsin's premier outdoor destinations. The 1,000-mile-long trail runs through Stevens Point, leaving evidence of its glacial past for cyclists and hikers who exercise along the trail. While this is a perfect starting point for exploring sights outside the town, Stevens Point is also home to the Green Circle Trail if you would like to stay closer to civilization. This 26-mile cycling and walking trail follows the outer city limits and has several spurs that lead you into some of the town's 20 parks.
Knowledge is power, and perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in Stevens Point, home to the world's largest trivia contest. Every spring, the 54-hour-long contest, put on by the local radio station WWSP, involves several hundred teams in a mad quest to research and answer questions on-air. The station is run by students at the city's University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, and all trivia questions are media-related. Residents are somewhat proud of this distinguished competition, so the trivia weekend typically kicks off with a large parade (complete with food vendors) through the university campus two hours before the event begins.
Tunes at the River
If you want to sample Stevens Point life and the residents' appreciation for the outdoors without breaking a sweat, head to the yearly Riverfront Jazz Festival during Labor Day weekend. Hosted at Pioneer Park on the banks of the Wisconsin River, the festival invites local and regional jazz ensembles to participate in one of the largest outdoor musical gatherings in the area. Bring a blanket, an appetite, and your friends. You will spend hours lounging on the grass trying bites from nearby restaurants while the music sets the scene for a perfect end to the summer.