All the best things to do in the Lake Geneva area,

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The House on the Rock

The House on the Rock has been open to the public for 54 years. We can assure you that no matter how long or widely you have traveled, you have never seen anything remotely close to The House on the Rock.

There is no explanation as to why one man would, or could, amass the collections and execute the architectural marvel that he did over his lifetime. Since the early days, the world Alex Jordan created has grown far beyond the original House and into an attraction with many buildings, exhibits and collections.  On your self-guided tour, which lasts approximately three hours, you will explore some of the world’s most unique collections including a boat-swallowing a 200-foot sea creature, maritime displays with intricate model ships and Titanic memorabilia.  You'll also see the world’s largest Carousel which displays its 20,000 lights and 269 handcrafted animals – not one of them a horse! 

There are more than 200 fully-furnished doll houses and rooms filled with automated music machines including self-playing orchestras. You can stroll the red-bricked Streets of Yesterday complete with galeries of items from that period. There are intricate ivory carvings, suits of armor and sparkling crown jewels.  

You can experience the thrill of the Infitnity Room, which offers a panoramic view of the Wyoming valley.  The engineering marvel of this structure extends 218 feet out over the scenic valley and 156 feet above the forest floor.  There are an astonishing 3,264 windows for walls, making it an adventure seeker's dream room. 

During the regular season, the attraction has three sections available. 

In Section One, you’ll visit the foundation of Alex Jordan’s vision –The Gate House, The Original House and the Infinity Room, the Alex Jordan Center and the Gardens.

Section Two moves from the unique architecture of the House to the imaginative contents and creations of Jordan’s vision, including the Mill House, Streets of Yesterday, The Heritage of the Sea, Tribute to Nostalgia, Music of Yesterday, Spirit of Aviation and The Carousel.  There is a pizza parlor and ice cream parlor in this section.

Section Three’s focus is on Alex Jordan’s varied and eclectic collections that range from the miniature to the magnificent.   You'll see the Carousel, the Organ Room, Inspiration Point Restaurant, The Doll house Room, The Circus room, The Galleries and The Doll Carousel Room.

The House on the Rock is located just two hours away from Lake Geneva.  You can visit the attraction as a day trip, or stay at The House on the Rock Resort or Inn and spread the fun and excitement out over several days.  The resort is home to a 27-hole championship golf course and a luxury spa. 

****  To learn more about The House on the Rock, check out our feature story: IN THE NEWS: The House on the Rock

OPERATING HOURS: (Subject to change.  Please check with the House on the Rock prior to your visit.)        

Regular Season:  

March 13 to May 1, 2014 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - *Open Thursday-Monday (closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays)                    

May 2 to May 22, 2014 open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 23 to September 1, 2014 open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.                

September 2 to Oct. 20, 2014 open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Oct. 21 to Nov. 16, 2014 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - *Open Thursday-Monday (closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays)

Christmas as the House on the Rock:

Nov. 20, 2014 to Dec. 26, 2014 open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - *Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day

Dec. 27, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015 open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Address: 
5754 State Road 23
Spring Green, WI 53533
Phone: 
800-334-5275