Come Together - Downtown Fond du Lac

What are you interested in finding downtown?

Doing Business in Downtown Fond du Lac

Learn about the advantages of doing business in downtown Fond du Lac.

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Donate to YOUR Downtown

Learn how you can support the downtown financially.

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About the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership

Learn about the advantages of doing business in downtown Fond du Lac.

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The Wedding Collection

Downtown businesses dedicated to making your day perfect!

Downtown Gift Certficates

Buy and shop at any participating downtown business.

Guided Downtown Historic Tour

Hear historical tales from Fond du Lac’s past, including the tall-tale versions and what really happened.

Walking tours are available by appointment from May-October, weather permitting and take 2-3 hours. 

Bus-based tours with a step-aboard guide are also available by appointment year-round. 

Both types of tours begin and end at the Downtown Fond du Lac Kiosk at 30 S. Main St. Bathrooms and benches are available while waiting for tours to begin.

Tours are led by faculty from Marian University’s History Department. Tours are free, but donations are accepted and go towards purchasing new archiving software for the History Department and for stipends for History Interns.

To schedule a tour, send an email to Mary at fdlwalks@marianuniversity.edu 

Self-guided Downtown Fond du Lac Historic Walking Tour

Welcome to Downtown Fond du Lac! The City of Fond du Lac was nicknamed "Fountain City" for its many artesian wells. The first fountain erupted in 1849 when water was struck 85 feet below the surface at the corner of Main Street and Western Avenue. While the artesian wells are no longer evident, there are still many sights to see in the downtown. Take some time to enjoy the rich history of the downtown through the buildings and architecture. Learn some interesting facts and tidbits about the people and places that made Fond du Lac the city it is today. As you tour the downtown make sure you take a moment to enjoy the people and businesses along the way - they are making tomorrow's history today!