La Crosse Region

Historic Trolley Tours

Historic Tours - Lovely Sights - Unique & Macabre Stories - Memorable Tour Guides


Discover the La Crosse Region’s beautiful riverfront, historic districts and famed, scenic parks on the Explore La Crosse guided trolley tours.

The air-conditioned trolley bus tours are guided by the region’s knowledgeable county historical society guides and other local historians, helping you uncover the beauty of the region’s riverfront, historical districts and scenic parks. From June – October, visitors can enjoy the region’s scenery and immersive, themed step-off experiences.
Tickets are available to purchase online. All sales are final, no refunds. Only service animals are allowed on the Trolley Tours.

Architectural Tour

A Look at La Crosse’s Most Significant Homes
and the Stories Behind Them

This 2.5 hour tour will drive through Historic Downtown La Crosse and have step-offs at the Hixon House and at Castle La Crosse. The tour at Hixon House will include a ground floor tour, time to walk through the gardens, and refreshments in the Visitor Center. Historic Castle La Crosse will also include a tour of its exquisite premises.
*Both step-off properties are not ADA accessible.

Last Saturday of the Month:
June – September

The Bluff to Bluff Experience

Explore Between the Bluffs of
La Crescent & La Crosse

From local wine and legendary history to breathtaking views atop ancient bluffs, experience the wonder of the La Crosse Region on this 4 hour, captivating trolley tour. The tour travels through Historic Downtown La Crosse before venturing up into the bluffs of the La Crosse Region. Visitors then cross the mighty Mississippi River into Minnesota to learn about the Apple Capital’s history in La Crescent, MN, enjoy views from Apple Blossom Overlook, and stop at Le Chateau for tantalizing flavors.

Saturday Afternoons:
September – October


Formerly the Historic La Crosse Tour

This tour experience covers the length and breadth of the rich city of La Crosse with step-offs at the Heritage Center Museum and the Historic Hixon House. Get a taste of the North Side with a wine-tasting at DnA Vintners, a light lunch from The Damn Tasty, and a surprise, sweet treat! From its history as the ancestral home of the Ho-Chunk Nation to the present day, WI West Coast hub, get ready to learn about all things La Crosse on this tour.
*This tour starts as a 2-block walking tour.

Every 1st, 2nd & 3rd Saturday of the Month:
June 15 – September 14


Formerly the Dark La Crosse Tour

This guided experience focuses on La Crosse’s macabre past. Travel down a dark path through the red light district, small-town politics gone wrong, hot tempers, cold-blooded murders, and grisly events. The tour has step-offs at the Pump House Regional Arts Center, an exciting, private theater performance, and savory refreshments.

Most Friday Nights:
June – September

*The trolley is air-conditioned, however it can still feel warm on hot & humid days. Many tours include steps, and uneven terrain with multiple step-offs. Not all step-offs are ADA compatible. Please call for accommodations. No children under the age of 21 are allowed on the trolley experiences. All sales are final.

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