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Ideally located only 15 miles west of the city of Milwaukee and less than one hours drive from Madison, Waukesha is within minutes of the scenic splendor of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and linked to the interstate highway system. Several I-94 and I-43 interchanges provide quick access to outlying recreational areas, business and many other major metropolitan districts. Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport is less than a 30 minute drive from Waukesha. In addition, Waukesha County’s Crites Field is centrally located and used by commercial, private and military aircraft.
Waukesha, translated to mean “By The Little Fox”, gained world notability as a great and prosperous resort area during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The entire tourist boom experienced can be traced to Colonel Richard Dunbar. Suffering from painful diabetes, Dunbar accidentally discovered the alleged “healing effects” of the local spring water. Ending the search for a cure for his illness, he spent the last ten years of his life believing and promoting that Waukesha spring water could indeed cure certain sicknesses. About 1916, the resort days of Waukesha faded and gave way to what is now a thriving city of more than 61,000 residents representing diversified industry, educational institutions, strong health care facilities, attractive and friendly residential areas and a qualified and experienced hospitality industry. While visiting Waukesha, you can catch glimpses of our bygone era in the many parks, museums and carefully restored architecture of the downtown district.
Try a visit to the Charles Z. Horwitz Planetarium at Retzer Nature Center. Without leaving your seats, you will be transported beyond city lights to the wonders of the skies above. Programs begin with a brief tour of the current evening sky, which includes the location of the moon, visible planets and constellations. There are also seasonal programs available.
When visiting in Waukesha–whether it be as a convention delegate, corporate representative or recreational traveler you will be treated as a guest with individual needs. Surrounded in an atmosphere of pride, genuine warmth and midwest hospitality, Waukesha is sure to make you feel welcome. True hometown hospitality and charm await those who explore “By The Little Fox.”