Alma, WI

National Historic District Between River Bluffs & The Mississippi

Historic Alma is a perched on a narrow strip of land between the Mississippi River and 500-foot limestone bluffs. The historic river town of less than 1,000 is only two streets wide and has 12 stairstep streets. In 1982 over 200 buildings were included in the designation of the City of Alma as a National Historic District because of its preservation of waterfront 19th century buildings built into the river bluffs in the style of a European village.
Downtown Alma has several shops, galleries, gift stores and the Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center. There are restaurants and a restored bakery as well as many lodging options housed in a variety of fascinating 19th-century waterfront buildings.
Riverfront Alma provides an incredible view of the historic town and bluffs. Alma, the only river town in the MVP Area to offer lock & dam viewing from our city streets, has 2 marinas, 2 boat ramps and a 300-foot sand Mississippi swimming beach. Alma’s courtesy dock, mid-town, offers visitors the opportunity to pull up and enjoy the city’s many attractions.
Railroad Alma offers 30 trains a day for train buffs, the old Burlington Railroad Hotel and a walking bridge to Lock & Dam #4 where you can stand and watch the trains pass underneath.
Birding Alma is well known for tundra swans, bald eagles, herons and pelicans. Rieck’s Lake offers opportunities to view migrating tundra swans. From December through February, below Lock & Dam #4, wintering bald eagles congregate to feed and sit on the ice.
Seasonal Alma offers many surprises throughout the year. Wildflowers, morning valley fog along the Buffalo River, spring & fall bird migrations, autumn color and the frozen river keep our city vibrant all year long.

Here are several reasons visitors enjoy Alma:
19th Century National Historic District with walking tour & unique stairstep streets
Nature & birding events; “in the wild” viewing throughout the year
Fishing at its best at the Great Alma Fishing Float
Music & Arts Festival along the river, September 3rd
Shops, galleries, dining, lodging, boating & camping opportunities

Alma Area Museum
Buena Vista Park & Overlook
Great Alma Fishing Float
Hiking trails to Buena Vista and Mossy Hollow
Lock & Dam #4
National Historic District
Rieck’s Lake Park
Stairstep Streets
Upper Mississippi River Fish & Wildlife Reserve
Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center