The Village of Kohler, founded as a company town when Kohler Co. built a new plant at the location, was incorporated in 1912. For more than 100 years, the company and the village have thrived on offering a sense of gracious living and an enhanced quality of life.
In 1917, Walter J. Kohler Sr. hired the Olmsted Brothers to create a 50-year master plan for the village. Similar to Olmsted-designed Central Park in New York City, the plan focused on creating surroundings of abundant parks and open green spaces. A second plan created in 1977 focused on environmental sensitivity, tree plantings, and woodland and wetland preservation. Today, residents and guests of the resort village enjoy miles of hiking trails and biking paths, championship golf courses, gardens and seven miles of the Sheboygan River that meanders through the village.
Kohler’s scenic natural beauty and quaint character serve as a backdrop for a diverse range of recreational and fitness experiences including renowned yoga and cycling studios, stateof-the-art fitness and tennis facility, community pool, 500-acre nature preserve, an awardwinning spa, as well as cafés, boutiques, organic grocery and an extraordinary range of dining options. And as a world-class resort destination, there’s always something special
going on, from an acclaimed food and wine festival to PGA golf championships. Just a short drive away, you’ll find museums; Lake Michigan; state parks; bike paths/trails and quaint, friendly communities to explore. A visit to major cities like Green Bay, Milwaukee and Chicago are an easy drive away.
Kohler Public School (4K through high school)
The school’s outdoor tennis courts and indoor/outdoor swimming pool are open to the public.
Lost Woods Park, 495 Valley Road
Roosevelt Park, 705 Roosevelt Road
Ravine Park, 335 School Street
Lake View Park, 701 Woodlake Road
Tall Oak Park, 224 Forest Road
Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church
Grace United Church of Christ
St. John Evangelist Catholic Church
Blackwolf Run® Golf Course features two 18-hole Pete Dye-designed championship courses.
Whistling Straits®, home of the 2020 Ryder Cup, is a short drive away.
River Wildlife, an 800-acre preserve of natural woodlands, offers trapshooting and hunting, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and cross-country skiing. Membership is required.
Sports Core Health & Racquet Club, a state-of-the-art fitness facility, features indoor and outdoor tennis courts, running trails, lakeside deck and beach, family and lap pools, professional instructors/trainers and an impressive selection of group fitness classes.
Bold Cycle offers indoor cycling classes with high-intensity cardio, hand weights and music-inspired choreography, plus postride socializing at the Bold Bar.
Yoga on the Lake, overlooking Wood Lake, is the area’s premier yoga studio, offering more than 74 classes a week for all levels.
Kohler Waters Spa, a five-star spa, offers innovative water treatments, therapeutic massage, and facial and body treatments. The spa’s Community Days offers local residents discounts on Wednesdays.
Old Plank Road Trail, running from the city of Sheboygan, past Kohler and 17 miles west to the hamlet of Greenbush, is ideal for cycling, walking and running.
Additional activities include historical and factory tours; Lake Michigan fishing, boating, sailing and swimming; Road America Race Track; John Michael Kohler Arts Center; museums; state parks; Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts; camping; and a wide range of dining options.
MILEAGE TO CITIES
Milwaukee – 52 miles
Green Bay – 62 miles
Chicago – 135 miles