The centerpiece of La Crosse, Wisconsin is the district known as Historic Downtown La Crosse. With 110 buildings, built in eras ranging from the 1860s to today, Historic Downtown La Crosse is a bustling district with always plenty of activity. La Crosse is a shopper’s paradise with plenty of unique and specialty shops, from Old Towne North on La Crosse’s Northside to Shelby Mall on La Crosse’s Southside with many stops in between, including the Village Shopping Center, Jackson Plaza, Bridgeview Plaza, Three Rivers Plaza, Valley View Mall, and the aforementioned Historic Downtown La Crosse.
Of course, once you are finished shopping in La Crosse, you will be ready for dinner at one of our award-winning restaurants, or you may be looking for a quick bite at one of the many chain restaurants serving our area. From pubs and grills, to good old fashioned bar food, to sit-down restaurants and fast food, La Crosse has the answer to feed your inner foodie.
The culture of La Crosse doesn’t stop at food, as you will find world-class entertainment at the La Crosse Center or enjoy local theater with our award-winning La Crosse Community Theater. La Crosse also has a Symphony Orchestra along with many venues for live music and poetry readings. Learn more about our area with a visit to one of our museums, including a truly unique and fun Children’s Museum located downtown.
La Crosse also a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts with activities including fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking, snowboarding, downhill and cross country skiing, disc golf, golfing, walking, outdoor tennis and swimming, as well as a variety of different guided tours both on land or on the water. You can’t forget about the many campgrounds close by as well, including Goose Island to our south and Perrot State Park to our north.
In the La Crosse area, there are plenty of festivals including La Crosse’s own Riverfest, Oktoberfest, Airfest, Freedom Fest, Irish Fest, Winter Recfest, the Beer, Wine and Cheese Festival, and many more local festivals.
Education is also paramount to the infrastructure of La Crosse. The city features a pair of universities – Viterbo University and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse – as well as Western Technical College. We also have a high rate of graduation with 88% of our high school seniors graduating.
Home to three public libraries, La Crosse has many family friendly neighborhoods, promoting safe neighborhood schools, and the median cost for buying a house in La Crosse is an affordable $126,000. If home ownership isn’t in the cards, the average cost for rent in La Crosse is $553 per month with plenty of apartments, lofts, and condos available.
Health care in La Crosse is covered with our two regional medical centers, Gundersen Health System and Mayo Clinic Health System. Along with these first-rate medical centers, you will find plenty of dentists, chiropractors and a world class allergy clinic in town to keep you healthy while in the area.
Businesses describe La Crosse as both progressive and diverse, making many best of lists from national publications; including being named the 15th best city for doing business in America, (Inc. 2005) and the 16th smartest place to live in America, (Kiplingers Personal Finance 2006), and in 2009, US News ranked La Crosse, Wisconsin as the 6th best place to live in the country. Other awards include the best Wisconsin Small Metro area for jobs creation and the 20th most secure place to live in the United States among small towns.
Workers in the region have a strong work ethic, making relocating your business to La Crosse, Wisconsin a great idea where you will receive plenty of support.