There are a variety of restaurants around Ripon to keep students satisfied, but as far as attractions around town, Ripon doesn't offer a lot. The town is still quaint and charming but relatively quiet and low-key. Overall, the local businesses and owners are friendly and welcoming to college students. Some places will even give discounts to students with their college IDs! The surrounding cities are about as safe as can be expected for mid-sized cities. There isn't a lot of crime, and if people are smart, there aren't many problems. Since Ripon is somewhat removed from other towns, students have to drive 20 to 40 minutes to get to larger cities. Therefore, students tend to stay on campus and find things to do there.
The Ripon community does have some nice events, like a local farmers' market (in good weather) and some bands playing in parks. There is an annual event around the holiday season called "Dickens of a Christmas," and there is caroling and people get dressed up, and the businesses do living windows. It's a lot of fun, and both students and community members get involved. In the past few years, Ripon students have taken to getting a group together to carol inside some of the local businesses on Main Street. There is also a Halloween event called "Tiny Terror on the Square" for young kids, but Ripon students get involved and volunteer to help out with the event, too. There is a parade of the kids in their costumes around the square, and kids can go trick-or-treating to local businesses, as well.