Recreation-- There are many lakes and reservoirs nearby plus there are 3 rivers that converge on Tomahawk so there are plenty of opportunities for fishing and boating on the water.  For cycling enthusiasts, look to the Hiawatha bike trail which follows an old railroad line from the west side of Tomahawk to the Lake Nokomis Area, a mere 7 miles north of the center of Tomahawk.  It is a very easy trail that is mainly flat but it is not paved.  If you are hungry, don't worry.  You will find plenty of great places to dine especially to the north of town where many "supper club" type places exist as well as a few national chains.  Tomahawk has many taverns as well. Each place has its own identity but not necessarily its own crowd.  Most places offer pub grub with your drinks as they cater to snowmobilers in the winter.   As far as things to do with the kids besides fishing, there's not a whole lot in town.  For really young kids, drive up to Minocqua to the Peck's zoo.  Minocqua has a couple places to run go-karts and 5 mini-golf courses.  For the kid at heart, there are a couple of decent golf courses in Tomahawk.

Shopping-- Tomahawk is not a real mecca for any type of clothes shopping.  The closest shopping with a few big box retailers is found 12 miles east of Tomahawk in Rhinelander. There are a couple ot decent dollar stores in town but that's it.  The grocery stores are decent and well stocked.    Tomahawk's downtown doesn't have much to offer unless you love shopping for antiques and drinking lots of beer.  Most everything is located north of the river on N 4th street.