15 Fun Facts About LAX

Who doesn’t love fun facts? Especially when they are about the beautiful La Crosse Region, interesting tidbits of information are always welcomed! From outdoor adventures to drinks, here are 15 of the most fun facts about LAX!

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1. Festivals

 The region hosts over 30 different festivals, focusing on gathering families, friends, and cultures to celebrate! Between Irishfest, Oktoberfest, Riverfest, June Dairy Days, Kornfest, Applefest, and Celebrate Onalaksa there is a festival for everyone!


2. The Castle

La Crosse even has a “castle!” Today the “Castle on Cass” is an award-winning Bed and Breakfast and a famous photo destination. Castle La Crosse has become a landmark and is the best-preserved example of late 19th century residential architecture in the region.

3. Tourism

 La Crosse County is one of the top 10 of Wisconsin Counties for tourism-related business activity. Whether fishing, festivals, meetings, or food, the La Crosse Region brings people around the world to see our breathtaking bluffs or Mississippi River!

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4. La Croix

La Croix Sparkling Water was originally created by the G. Heileman Brewing Company, who’s headquarters are in La Crosse.

Pouring beer

5. Beer Lovers

In 1884, La Crosse produced more beer than any other city in the state. Can you tell what La Crosse’s favorite beverage is? Hint: It’s not water!

6 Pack of Beer

6. The 6 Pack

La Crosse is home to the World’s Largest 6-Pack! It holds 22,000 barrels of beer, which is equal to 688,200 gallons or 7,340,796 cans.

7. Third Street

Third Street, in downtown La Crosse is known for having the most bars on a single street in the U.S. and was listed in the Book of World Records.

Missin’ the River?


8. Fishy Favorites

The Upper Mississippi River is home to over 119 species of fish; that’s more species than are found in any of Wisconsin’s inland lakes! Favorite sport fish include walleye, sauger, bass, channel catfish, northern pike, bluegill, and crappies.


9. Riverside Park

Riverside Park is located along the Mississippi and offers over 20 acres of green space. This park was designed by the landscape architect and city planner John Nolen in 1911 and constructed in 1912. Riverside Park is a fan favorite with its beautiful views.


10. The La Crosse Marsh

The La Crosse River Marsh is 1,077 acres and is included in the Mississippi River Floodplain. It is extremely important for many reasons including the fact that it absorbs excess water when the river level is high and releases water when the river level is low.

Nature Lovers Look No Further

11. The Queen

Not only does La Crosse have a “Castle”, it also has a “Queen”. These boat tours are a great way to see the majestic bluffs and beautiful river without leaving your seat!


12. Camping

La Crosse has more than 400 camping sites in the two county campgrounds – some of our favorites include Goose Island County Park and Veteran’s Memorial County Park.

Dad and Daughter Swinging

13. City Name

 La Crosse was named by explorer Zebulon Pike whom led a group of people up the Mississippi River to the location now called La Crosse. The name came when he saw a Indigenous group playing a game with sticks that looked like a cross. La Crosse is the French word for cross.

14. The Bluffs

La Crosse’s Grandad Bluff is over five hundred feet above the La Crosse Region. It overlooks three different states including Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. It is also the largest city on the entire western border of Wisconsin. No wonder La Crosse is known for it with it’s far reaching gaze!

Biking Outlook

15. Biking

Over 100 miles of highly maintained bike paths and trails cover the region! The City of La Crosse has achieved the Silver-Level designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community, with miles of designated bike lanes, and the most bicycle friendly businesses per capita in Wisconsin.

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