Spring Green, Wisconsin: House On The RockAn amazing place that starts with a house on a rock, but includes sprawling galleries of music machines, a giant cannon, a sea monster, and excess amounts of everything.
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House on the Rock
One of the most amazing places I have ever been to. So many collections of so many different things. There are dozens, if not hundreds of mechanical musical devices, from simple player pianos to full orchestras (trombones, violins, etc). I ended up spending three hours there and could have spent more. Very interesting large pots of flowers on the drive up, and several very nice garden spots throughout. The place is so big it has water coolers dispersed throughout it and two restaurants (or three?).
Make sure you go into each bathroom; they each have a different theme, from Christmas, to a wall of pretty glass bottles, to a balcony full of "ladies" in very fancy dresses with a ball of flowers for their heads.[Lesss23, 08/14/2012]
Unless House on the Rock has gone unisex, we're not sure if everyone can visit every bathroom, but it sounds like it would be worth a try.
House on the Rock offers 3 pricey tours. The first tour is the lion share of the cost and is interesting and worthwhile.
For a small amount more you can take the other 2 tours, but don't. The 2nd and 3rd tour are endless treks past every strange thing you can imagine. The problem is, there are no descriptions. You almost never know if what you're looking at is real or fake. Some things are obviously fake (like the crowns of every monarch England has known), while most others make you wonder. This is a tourist trap with strategically placed food options.[Jess Graves, 09/22/2010]
Wow! Make sure you allow several days for this house alone. Fortunately, the unused portions of a ticket can be used for up to a year. We plan to come back and explore more thoroughly at a later date, but even a visit to the bathrooms is an adventure![Darlene H, 07/04/2010]
Started our Roadside year with The House on the Rock. Never been before. Amazing. This is a must-see mecca for Roadside fans. The visitor center is very nice. The restaurants are fine, too (brats, burgers and cheese curds). Not the best value, but we forgot the high price before we were done with the tour.
When you're done make your way to Dickeyville to see the Grotto.[Charles Bennett, 06/02/2010]
House on the Rock
We just visited House on the Rock. I can't believe this thing has been sitting there for almost 50 years and I just now found out about it! House on the Rock, is without a doubt, the mecca of roadside attractions. I am now obsessed with the place.
It's actually more organized and professional than I was expecting. It's more like a museum than a crappy, deserted roadside attraction. However, the stuff inside puts any other quirky attraction to shame. Every one of the thousands of exhibits would be a decent roadside attraction on its own.
The price is now $28 to tour all three areas. We toured the first two areas (only a little cheaper), which consisted of the house and most of the other major exhibits. The third area is mostly the large collections. Although it's expensive, you can see that they put all that money right back into the house. I'm already looking forward to going back.
They're in the process of building a museum to honor Alex Jordan, the creator of the place.[Ray Taddeucci, 07/31/2009]
We agree -- it's always been one of the "Seven Wonders of Roadside America" (since our first book).
House On The Rock
- 5754 Hwy 23, Spring Green, WI
- I-90 West, past Rockford to Madison. Hwy 18 West (left hand exit) to Dodgeville, then Hwy 23 North.
- Late Apr - Aug 9 am - 6 pm, Sep 1 - Nov 3 9 am - 5 pm. (Call to verify)
- 3 Tour Areas, priced together and separately.
- RA Rates:
- The Best