An Epic Park Day: Riverlife Park in Wausau!

Riverlife Park in Wausau

Do you want to work out, get ice cream, walk a sky bridge, play on a unique and fun playground, and kayak in the same spot? Check out Riverlife Park in Wausau! This park is one of our favorite things to do in Wausau with kids.

Riverlife Park in Wausau

Riverlife Park is a scenic and popular park located in Wausau, Wisconsin. The park offers a variety of recreational activities, including fishing, kayaking, hiking, and biking. Families can enjoy the Wisconsin River’s natural beauty and views of nearby Rib Mountain.

The park features a playground, picnic area, and riverfront boardwalk. Riverlife Park hosts several community events throughout the year, including concerts and outdoor movies. 

Riverlife Park in Wausau

The Playground

Giant playground with an ice cream store on site (seasonally)! Nothing like a beautiful day licking a giant ice cream cone from Briq’s Soft Serve and watching the kids enjoy themselves! This Wausau area park is a true kid paradise! The play structure includes lots of climbing and slides.

Riverlife Park in Wausau

The Riverlife playground is along the Wisconsin River in Wausau under Bridge Street Bridge. This park offers beautiful riverside scenery to stop and enjoy along the water. Riverlife Park includes playground equipment like climbing boulders, a suspended skywalk, an obstacle course to burn calories, and so much more!

Riverlife Park in Wausau

Make sure to check out the timed challenge course for both adults and kids! The outdoor fitness system is a heart-pounding, muscle-building workout spot. Kids 13 and older can work out and burn off some energy. A true, healthy asset to the community of Wausau. You can also enjoy the walking and biking trails alongside the park.  

Riverlife Park in Wausau

Do you like to kayak? Bring your kayak and use their convenient kayak launch at Riverlife Park to paddle down the Wisconsin River!

Briq’s soft serve is on-site, right next to the play area. The ice cream shop is generally open from 11 am to 10 pm each day on a seasonal basis (May 1 to Oct. 1).

Riverlife Park in Wausau


  • 1400 N River Drive Wausau, WI 54403
  • Park Hours are 7 am to 10 pm
  • Leashed Pets Allowed on trail
  • Bathrooms: Yes
  • Parking 
    • Street Parking 
    • Small Parking lot
  • Open to the public
Riverlife Park in Wausau

Park Highlights

  • Off-shore fishing access
  • Kayak Launch Area
  • Fitness Workout Area
  • Beautiful photo opportunities
  • Poured in-place rubber ground 
  • Ice Cream Store on Site
  • Gas fireplace / fire pit with Adirondack chairs 
  • Playground equipment, including a large suspended walkway

Nearby Coffee and Ice Cream

  • Briq’s Soft Serve, 1506 North River Drive, Wausau WI
  • Culver’s, 219 Central Bridge St, Wausau, WI

Other Nearby Things to Do in Wausau

  • WOW (Wausau on Water) Family Entertainment Center
  • Granite Peak Ski Hill
  • Rib Mountain State Park
  • Monk Botanical Gardens 

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