Friday, August 3, 2018

"House on the Rock" astounding, fun Wisconsin family attraction

House on Deer Shelter Rock (TheHouseOnTheRock.com)
If you are touring the Midwest and are looking for an astounding and unique destination with something for everyone in the family, head to the House on the Rock.

Long a regional tourist attraction in southwest Wisconsin, this "eccentric architectural and entertainment attraction" is a sprawling complex of unique structures, rooms, streets, and gardens designed by  Alex Jordan, Jr. (1914-1989).

Alex Jordan, Jr.
The "House" itself is atop Deer Shelter Rock, a column of rock approximately 60-feet tall, 70-feet by 200-feet on the top, which stands in a forest. Additions were made to the original structure over the course of several decades beginning in the 1940s.

Jordan, an imaginative architect, said about his complex: "One thing just sort of led to another."  And staying true to his feeling that "more is not enough," he continued adding "room after room filled with some of the world's more unique, eclectic and whimsical collections," according the brochure.

Views of the Infinity Room of 'House on the Rock'
One of the most intriguing spaces is "The Infinity Room."  It juts out 218-feet from the house, without supports underneath. The room is said to have more than 3,000 windows" and is considered to have one of the best views in the world.

House on the Rock has three Sections ... way more than any one can see in a single RV Short Stop.
 
Section 1 - Includes the Asian Garden, the Alex Jordan Center and Sculpture Pavilion, the Gate House and the Original House and the Infinity Room.

Section 2 – Includes the Mill House, Streets of Yesterday, Heritage of the Sea, Tribute to Nostalgia, Music of Yesterday, Spirit of Aviation and the Carousel.

Section 3 – Includes the Carousel, the Organ Room, the Doll House Room, the Circus Room, the Galleries, the Doll Carousel Room and the Japanese Garden.

Carousel at House on the Rock.  (TheHouseOnTheRock.com)
During the Regular Season (March 15-Nov. 11) all three self-guided sections are open.

"The Dark Side," a decidedly different experience at The House on the Rock, the spooky night time  Halloween event runs Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27.

During Christmas at the House on the Rock (Nov. 16-Jan. 1) St. Nick takes up residence in a big way. More than 6,000 collectibles of Old St. Nick deck the halls and adorn the walls throughout The House.

Open year round. Double check TheHouseOnTheRock.com website for special events during the year. Prices vary for the special events.  For information on RV Parks near this incredible attraction, click here.

If you go:

The House on the Rock
5754 State Road 23
Spring Green, WI 53533
608-935-3639
URL: TheHouseOnTheRock.com

During the regular season, the Ultimate Experience is a self-guided tour of all three sections of The House.
Adult (age 18 and over) $29.95
Senior (age 65 and over) $26.95
Children (age 4-17) $15.95
Children (3 and under) FREE

Ticket sales and admittance end one hour before closing time.
Directions use MapQuest

-- Julianne G. Crane
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