Milwaukee Art Museum from US Bank Tower, Milwaukee
Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) features over 35,000 works of art in its collection, making it one of the largest such museums in the country. Originally established in 1882, it moved into part of its current building in 1957 and expanded in 1975. By 2001, the museum opened its distinctive, world-renowned expansion designed by Santiago…

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R’Noggin Brewing Company

R’Noggin Brewing Company

Along I-41/94 in Kenosha between Highways 50 and 158, you’ll find a small, unassuming building that for years served D.O.T. trucks maintaining the roads. Today, this building maintains a brewery called R’Noggin, which opened in 2016. R’Noggin Brewing is the brainchild of two brothers, Jeff and Kevin Bridleman. They craft brewed for a number of…

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Benjamin Beer Company

Benjamin Beer Company

Racine hadn’t had a craft brewery since Prohibition when Benjamin Beer Company showed up in 2016. Relocating from its original space in Paddock Lake, this microbrewery named after the Ben Franklin has thus been crowned “Racine’s Oldest Craft Brewery.” Benjamin Beer offers a tap room right through the door of its storefront along this busy…

Racine Art Museum on Main Street
Racine Art Museum/Wustum Museum of Fine Arts

Racine Art Museum/Wustum Museum of Fine Arts

The Racine Art Museum (RAM) grew out of the Charles A. Wustum Museum, which was founded in 1941 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (fewer than 5% of the nation’s museums receive this), the Racine Art Museum opened in 2003 and offers 46,000 square feet of galleries,…

Chippewa River Distillery and Brewster Brothers Brewing sign
Brewster Bros. Brewing, Chippewa River Distillery

Brewster Bros. Brewing, Chippewa River Distillery

Chippewa Falls’ spirits rose even further in 2016 with the addition of Brewster Brothers Brewing and the Chippewa River Distillery. Located on the western edge of downtown along Business 29, the building is right across from the Chippewa River – the namesake of its distillery. Founded by two former supercomputer engineers, you can bet they…

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River Bend Vineyard & Winery

River Bend Vineyard & Winery

Tucked literally into – although not directly along – a bend along the Chippewa, River Bend Winery started in 2009 by a husband-and-wife team. Donna and Al (the team in question) developed a variety of reds and whites using their own vineyard grapes and some combinations from other regions. They do everything on-site, from the…

Big Manitou Falls and some of the spectacular rock formations near it.
Pattison State Park

Pattison State Park

Established in 1920, Pattison State Park is one of the oldest in Wisconsin. It covers over 1,400 acres along the Black in Douglas County about 16 miles south of Superior. Pattison State Park is notable for Big Manitou Falls, Wisconsin’s highest waterfall at 165 feet – which also makes it the fourth highest waterfall east…

Peshtigo Fire Museum
Peshtigo Fire Museum

Peshtigo Fire Museum

On October 8, 1871, a massive firestorm broke out in the woods near Peshtigo. Dubbed the “Peshtigo Fire”, the inferno consumed about 1,875 square miles of land – 1.2 million acres – along a wide strip from north of Menomonee, Michigan through Peshtigo down towards Green Bay. It is still the largest loss of life…

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Thirsty Pagan Brewing Company

Thirsty Pagan Brewing Company

The Thirsty Pagan Brewing Company opened in Superior in 2006, in the former Twin Ports Brewing space. The building itself, which opened in 1906 and housed a creamery for many decades, includes several different sections including a restaurant, main bar, and stage area where bands regularly perform. Through the space craft brews made on-site are…

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Aztalan State Park & Museum

Aztalan State Park & Museum

“Aztalan” is the name for an original Native American settlement that thrived along the Crawfish River banks in Jefferson County from around 1000-1300 AD. Now a National Historic Landmark, Aztalan State Park sits just east of Lake Mills near I-94 between Highways 26 and 89 just south of County B, which was formerly Historic Highway…

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Seven Hawks Vineyards

Seven Hawks Vineyards

Seven Hawks grows grapes on the hills outside Fountain City, with vineyard vines overlooking the Mississippi River – nearly 18,000 of them. They are actually one of the largest vineyards in the Midwest. They are also in one of the more picturesque towns along the Mississippi, nestled between towering bluffs and the great river in…

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Octopi Brewing and 3rd Sign Brewery

Octopi Brewing and 3rd Sign Brewery

Octopi Brewing first “grew its tentacles” in 2015, setting up as a contract brewer for many other brands but also launching its own brand of beers called 3rd Sign. The slogan for 3rd Sign is “Dually // Brewed,” with the name being taken from Gemini, the third sign of the Zodiac. It hints at the…

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Gobbler Theater

Gobbler Theater

The Gobbler is an unusual building: a circular, Jetsons-esque design made to appear in the shape of a turkey from above – even the roof over the entrance was designed to represent a turkey’s neck. This place opened in 1967 as a restaurant, lounge, and hotel. Its location along I-94 at Highway 26 quickly helped…

Miller Park

Miller Park

Miller Park is home to the Milwaukee Brewers and the only stadium in North America with a fan-shaped convertible roof. The roof can open or close in about 10 minutes and – along with the panels in the outfield capable of blocking the lake breeze – allows the ballpark to be heated up to 30…

Johnson Wax Tower, just south of where Highway 38 begins
Johnson Wax Research Tower

Johnson Wax Research Tower

Standing tall – 153 feet tall, to be exact – above the S.C. Johnson & Son World Headquarters campus in Racine is the Johnson Wax Research Tower. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, it was completed in 1950. The walls are a mix of glass and brick, and at night the glow from inside the tower…

Urban Harvest Brewing Company

Urban Harvest Brewing Company

Urban Harvest Brewing Company opened in Milwaukee’s Walkers Point neighborhood in April 2016. They brew several small batches of lagers and ales per week and offer a taproom Thursday through Saturday for sampling. Beers they craft on a fairly regular basis include their 414 Golden Ale, Black Puppy Pale Ale, their Falls Pilsner, Who the…

Motorama Auto Museum

Motorama Auto Museum

Tucked in the Marathon County woods just off Highway 52, the Motorama Auto Museum preserves rare and classic cars for past, present, and future generations to enjoy. With over 400 vehicles on display, it’s the largest auto museum in Wisconsin. Motorama calls itself “Alfa Heaven” for its collection of over 50 Alfa Romeos, the largest…

District 14 Brewery

District 14 Brewery

District 14 Brewery is in the heart of Milwaukee’s historic Bay View neighborhood. They serve a variety of their own craft beers and offer pizzas and a variety of fare in a pub-like atmosphere that occasionally includes live music. It’s not a huge place, so even a small crowd makes for a lively atmosphere in…

Granite Peak Ski Area at Rib Mountain State Park

Granite Peak Ski Area at Rib Mountain State Park

Granite Peak is one of the oldest ski areas in the country. It opened in 1937 when Wausau residents cleared six runs by hand, installed the country’s longest ski lift, and built the stone chalet from granite quarried nearby. More recently, a “$12 million facelift” in upgrades, including installation of high-speed quad chairlifts. With a…

Minocqua Brewing Company

Minocqua Brewing Company

Nestled in a corner of the peninsula containing downtown Minocqua, Minocqua Brewing Company started up in 1997 inside a former Masonic Temple, church, school, and library along Minocqua Lake. They expanded into a pub and restaurant in 2006 and during summer nights and weekends plenty of vacationers pack the place. Live music, lake views, and…

Rowland’s Calumet Brewing Company

Rowland’s Calumet Brewing Company

Rowland’s Calumet Brewing lies in the heart of Calumet County, in the county seat of Chilton. It debuted in 1990 after a 48-year absence of breweries in Chilton, using what was known as the Roll Inn Tavern for its home base. Still, it was one of the first craft breweries in Wisconsin after the repeal…

Kenosha Public Museum

Kenosha Public Museum

The Kenosha Public Museum is a natural sciences and fine and decorative arts museum with over 80,000 collections, including 1,200 works in fine arts. Exhibit programming includes mammoths, world cultures, Native Americans, zoology, geology, fossils, and fine and decorative arts. Permanent exhibits include: The Wisconsin Story, a multi-disciplinary adventure in ecosystem development, evolution of plants…

Vilas County Historical Society Museum

Vilas County Historical Society Museum

The Vilas County Museum chronicles the history of Vilas County and area communities. From the original snowmobile that won the first patent to the giant statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox out front, you have plenty of history to explore in this North Woods of Wisconsin museum along Highway 155 in Sayner.

Snowmobile Hall of Fame & Museum

Snowmobile Hall of Fame & Museum

The Snowmobile Hall of Fame on St. Germain’s west side along Wisconsin Highway 70 preserves and showcases the rich and exciting history of snowmobiling at both the recreational and competitive levels through the operation of a museum, hall of fame and library for the sport.

Sprecher Brewery

Sprecher Brewery

Sprecher started back in 1985 as the first microbrewery in Wisconsin since the repeal of Prohibition. Brewing in Milwaukee’s Walkers Point neighborhood for the first ten years (very close to where the Great Lakes Distillery is now), they moved to a former elevator car factory in Glendale in 1994 along Lexington Avenue, just west of…

Eagle Cave

Eagle Cave

Wisconsin’s largest onyx cave – and one of the first to be discovered (1849) and opened to the public (1938), Eagle Cave offers over 3,000 feet of passages for exploring across eight levels, four of which are underground. Guided cave tours are available Memorial Day-Labor Day Thursdays through Sundays. Eagle Cave has hosted a cave…

East Troy Electric Railroad

East Troy Electric Railroad

The East Troy Electric Railroad operates on the last 7.5 miles of original, operational interurban railroad track in Wisconsin. Many of the former tracks and now bike trail rights-of-way, or simply obliterated with time. Not East Troy RR: they provide rides, dinners, and more on the original interurban route between East Troy and Mukwonago –…

World's Largest Muskie in Hayward
National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame

National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame

Hayward is a major center for fishing, lumbering, and cross-country skiing. It’s only fitting that this town hosts the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. It’s Hayward’s largest attraction (100,000 visitors per year) and the “international headquarters for education, recognition, and promotion of freshwater sport fishing” (their words from their website.) This Hall of Fame…

Angel Museum

Angel Museum

The World’s Largest Collection of Angels can be found along U.S. 51/Pleasant Street in downtown Beloit. Collector Joyce Berg, who tends to wear an angel costume when she shows visitors around, amassed this collection over the years: over 6,000 of them… and counting. Angels aren’t all porcelain figurines, by the way; some are made out…

Langlade County Historic Museum & Railroad Park

Langlade County Historic Museum & Railroad Park

The Langlade County Historic Museum is housed in an original Carnegie Library, constructed with a grant from Andrew Carnegie in 1905. It served as the public library for Antigo until 1997 and now features historic items from around Langlade County. The Deleglise Cabin on the grounds showcases the typical early structures of northern Wisconsin, many…

Webster House Museum

Webster House Museum

In Elkhorn, Walworth’s County Seat, you’ll find the home of composer Joseph Philbrick Webster, who songs were popular through the Civil War and beyond. The well-maintained Greek Revival-style cottage was constructed in 1836 and was originally located in Elkhorn’s public square (today’s Courthouse Square) and served as the federal land grant office, which sold land…

Leatherhead Brewing Company

Leatherhead Brewing Company

Opened in September 2015, Leatherhead is located blocks from Lambeau Field in the Titletown District on Lombardi Avenue in Gree – well, you should know what city it’s in by the description already. Leatherhead is so new they’ve still getting licenses set for serving in their brewery/restaurant, but they can offer samples while selling craft…

Willow River State Park

Willow River State Park

Following the Willow River and its beautiful valleys, Willow River State Park covers nearly 2,900 acres and offers terrific hiking, swimming, canoeing, camping, fishing, and more. The surroundings include forest and prairie grasslands with the river cutting through it all on its way to the St. Croix. The park’s crowning glory is Willow Falls, a…

Tornado Brewing Company

Tornado Brewing Company

In March 2000, a tornado hit Cudahy, a south suburb of Milwaukee on a rare 80-degree day. That was the inspiration behind the name of Tornado Brewing, which opened in Cudahy in 2013 but relocated to Menomonee Falls in June, 2015. Owner Dennis Erb – who grew up around Menomonee Falls – focuses on a…

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

An impressive art museum in the heart of Wausau – which itself is in the heart of Wisconsin – the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum covers four acres and is housed in a beautiful 1931 Tudor mansion. Their “Birds In Art” exhibition is world-class, filled with contemporary artistic representations of all kinds of birds, from…

Green Bay Distillery

Green Bay Distillery

The Green Bay Distillery opened in 2011 right across from the Packers’ practice facility, Ray Nitschke Field. It’s now part of the “Titletown District,” within easy walking distance of Lambeau Field, the Resch Center, Brown County Arena, and more. The Distillery started as a restaurant with specialty vodkas, Green Bay Classic and Green Bay Cherry,…

Irvine Park Zoo

Irvine Park Zoo

Set in Chippewa Falls’ 318-acre Irvine (pronounced “ER-vin”) Park, the Irvine Park Zoo opened way back in 1909 with a bear exhibit. Today, the Zoo features tigers, bobcats, cougars, deer, bison, and other wildlife. Summer months also offer the Red Barn Petting Zoo, and an extensive lighted holiday display – we’re talking over 100 displays…

AeppelTreow Winery & Distillery

AeppelTreow Winery & Distillery

Located just off Highway 142 east of Burlington abutting the Richard Bong Recreation Area, AeppelTreow features a winery, distillery, and an orchard. They specialize in apple-based wines, hard ciders made with apples and pears (known as “perrys”), and a variety of spirits. The winery started in 2001, partnering with the adjacent Brightonwoods Orchard which grows…

Schlitz Audubon Center

Schlitz Audubon Center

The Schlitz Audubon Center offers 185 acres of unspoiled beauty along the lakefront with six miles of trails, a variety of nature programs and a 60-foot observation tower that lets you enjoy the lake view as well as the sight of downtown Milwaukee, now about 10 miles to the south. As one might guess, “Audubon”…

Lynden Sculpture Garden

Lynden Sculpture Garden

In 1962, Peg Bradley (a matriarch of the Allen-Bradley Corporation, now part of Rockwell International) began collecting contemporary sculptures and installed them on the grounds of the 40-acre property and she and her husband Harry owned. They purchased the home and property in 1927 and transformed the grounds into an English country garden, complete with…

Tyranena Brewing Company

Tyranena Brewing Company

Tyranena notes itself as “Legendary Wisconsin Beer,” calling back to the mysterious stone structures and effigy mounds that border – and are submerged under – today’s Rock Lake… the original name of which was “Tyranena.” Tyranena began operations in late 1999 and has grown to a production capacity of about 45,000 barrels annually in its…

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) offers a variety of concepts and directions in contemporary art with particular consideration of craft-related forms, installation works, photography, new genres, ongoing cultural traditions, and the work of self-taught artists.  They have an impressive collection of permanent exhibits and a dynamic series of rotating ones.  Their ARTspace gallery…

Milwaukee Public Market

Milwaukee Public Market

Conidered one of “America’s Best Public Markets”. the Milwaukee Public Market opened in 2005 and offers a variety of one-of-a-kind, high quality artisan & ethnic products, fresh produce and prepared foods, beer and wine from crafters all over the world, demo kitchens, and even places to pick up fresh-cut flowers and goofy Milwaukee-themed clothing –…

Ochsner Park & Zoo

Ochsner Park & Zoo

Right along Highway 33 in beautiful Baraboo, the Ochsner Park & Zoo offers 26 acres of parkland and a free zoo covering two of them. Ochsner originally opened in 1926 and features an interesting variety of animals for a relatively small zoo:  a snow leopard, a Capuchin (just acquired in 2015), bobcats, prairie dogs, a…

Hearthstone Historic House Museum

Hearthstone Historic House Museum

Hearthstone is the first house in the world to have electric lights powered by a centrally located hydroelectric station that used the Edison system. It began operation on September 30, 1882 with a generator situated in the beater room of the Appleton Paper and Pulp Company. The three buildings that were lighted on that historic…

Raised Grain Brewing Company

Raised Grain Brewing Company

Raised Grain opened in 2015, billing itself as “Waukesha’s Craft Brewery.” What began as an argument between a Scottish home brewer and a Belgian home brewer evolved into this place. The brewery sits just west of “Goerkes Corners”, where I-94 and U.S. 18 meet on the north side of Waukesha close to Pewaukee and Brookfield….

Burr Oak Winery

Burr Oak Winery

Burr Oak Winery dates back to 1997, when the first grapes were planted. A few years later they were drawing visitors to their tasting room, a European-style building featuring beautiful stained glass windows salvaged from a church built in 1882. Today they host a number of events and offer over 15 varieties of red, white,…

Heritage Hill State Historic Park

Heritage Hill State Historic Park

As its name implies, Heritage Hill State Historic Park is a 48-acre outdoor museum filled with historic structures adorning a lovely hill that offers views of the Fox River, Lambeau Field, and even towards downtown Green Bay (more so when the leaves aren’t on the trees.)  Over 30 historic structures from fur trade-era log cabins…

Pettit National Ice Center
Pettit National Ice Center

Pettit National Ice Center

A truly world-class facility, the Pettit National Ice Center features a 400-meter speedskating oval that serves as only one of two official U.S. Olympic training facilities in the United States. The oval surrounds two international-size ice rinks, popular for hockey players. The Pettit opened in 1993, welcomes about 425,000 visitors annually, brings in speedskaters from…

Thrasher Opera House

Thrasher Opera House

A vintage 1910 theater built by Charlie Thrasher to showcase vaudeville acts and (very) early movies, the Thrasher Opera House was a community hub for decades after it first opened. After being shuttered for decades, it was refurbished and once again hosts musical acts, plays, theatre and comedy performances, events, and more – though we…

Muk Luks Museum

Muk Luks Museum

Ah, Muk Luks. The comfy, fashionable footwear originated in Princeton and gained worldwide acclaim. The Muk Luks Museum opened in 2014 with Muk Luk artifacts and a variety of styles to show. Original Muk Luks, the tools used to make them, old shipping boxes, and more adorn the small but interesting museum. And there’s plenty…

National Dairy Shrine

National Dairy Shrine

We’re “America’s Dairyland.” Of COURSE the National Dairy Shrine should be here, right? Fort Atkinson hosts this salute to bovine lactation, chock full of interactive displays, exhibits, and artifacts. The actual National Dairy Shrine is headquartered in Ohio, but its museum is here in Fort Atkinson and offers a detailed look at rich heritage of…

Hoard Historical Museum

Hoard Historical Museum

The Hoard Historical Museum covers Fort Atkinson’s colorful history, starting with its namesake William Dempster Hoard, the “father of American dairying.” The museum also offers a good look at the likes of noted Sauk warrior Black Hawk and the “Black Hawk War” of 1832, the experiences of a young Abraham Lincoln as he rode into…

Rhinelander Brewing Company

Rhinelander Brewing Company

Rhinelander Brewing has a long history in the North Woods. Founded in 1882, the Rhinelander brand became well-known for its 7-ounce “shorty”, the stubby bottle that some other brands have imitated. A many local brewers did in the 1960s, the original Rhinelander Brewery facility shut its doors in 1967. The Joseph Huber Brewing Company bought…

Dahl Auto Museum

Dahl Auto Museum

The Dahl Auto Museum offers a stroll down memory lane, where you can immerse yourself in the rich history of automobiles. The Dahl family has been in the automotive dealer business for over 100 years, spanning five generations – so they know their history and have an impressive collection to show. Much is shown “through…

Children’s Museum of La Crosse

Children’s Museum of La Crosse

Exhibits and interactive displays for children of all ages cover three floors, and the Mt. LeKid Climbing Wall lets grown-ups compete with the kids to see who can reach the top. It’s an impressive museum for a city the size of La Crosse, and it draws families from all over the region. Hours: Tuesdays–Saturdays, 10am-5pm,…

Swarthout Museum

Swarthout Museum

Located in a library and part of the La Crosse County Historical Society, the Swarthout Museum features an extensive look at the history of La Crosse, features one of the few remaining horse-drawn fire pumpers in the world, and rotates exhibits frequently. You’ll find a lot of artifacts and period clothing from as far back…

Hinterland Brewing

Hinterland Brewing

Hinterland started in a former meat-packing warehouse in Green Bay in 1995. Their artisan brews are served around the state, including their directly-owned Hinterland Erie Street Gastropub in Milwaukee and their affiliated Whistling Swan Inn in Fish Creek, but the source is on Dousman Street in downtown Green Bay. Hinterland’s year ’round beers include their…

Titletown Brewing Company

Titletown Brewing Company

Located in Green Bay’s former Chicago & Northwestern Train Depot, Titletown Brewing Company opened in 1996, just weeks before the Packers became “Titletown” once again by winning Super Bowl XXXI. Beers brewed by Titletown include their “400” Honey Ale, named after the former “400” passenger train; Canadeo Gold, named after one of only five –…

Door Peninsula Winery & Distillery

Door Peninsula Winery & Distillery

The Door Peninsula Winery started back in 1974 in a former two-room schoolhouse built in 1868. Taking advantage of the abundant and legendary cherry orchards nearby, they started out with cherry wine. Numerous expansions since have added on more wine storage and production space, a restaurant, and finally new distillery in 2011 where gin, whiskey,…

Door County Historical Museum

Door County Historical Museum

This museum looks small from the outside but the inside is extensive. The Door County Historical Museum tracks the extensive and colorful history of the peninsula, complete with an original jail cell, a fire truck you (and the kids) can sit in, and even a nature section illustrating the variety of plants and animals you’ll…

Door County Maritime Museum

Door County Maritime Museum

Located right along the waters on the “mainland” side of Sturgeon Bay, the Door County Maritime Museum offers four galleries showcasing model ships, shipwrecks, lighthouses, the shipbuilding companies in the region, and an in-water exhibit of the restored tug John Purves from 1919, which was restored in the 1960s and continued to serve until 2000. You…

Ahnapee Brewery

Ahnapee Brewery

Making use of Algoma’s earlier name, the Ahnapee Brewery is a resurrection of an original that lasted from 1868 to 1886. Located next to the Von Stiehl Winery, Ahnapee came back in 2013 with a brewery just outside of town that supplies in their in-town tap room with fresh craft beer. Ahnapee’s revolving list of…

Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum

Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum

The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton’s collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world. The Museum is also…

Historic Washington House Museum

Historic Washington House Museum

Built as an immigrant hotel and saloon in the 1850s, the Historic Washington House lays claim to inventing the ice cream sundae. Around 1881, they dished up ice cream and chocolate sauce, but only in sodas. One customer started asking for a dish of ice cream topped with the sauce and they began selling it…

Historic Rogers Street Fishing Village

Historic Rogers Street Fishing Village

Anchoring Two Rivers’ historic district, Rogers Street Fishing Village showcases the long and colorful history of Two Rivers’ commercial fishing industry – the longest such history of any city on the Great Lakes. Calling commercial fishing “America’s most dangerous profession,” the district offers a look at history, techniques, boats, and even shipwrecks (hence the “dangerous”)…

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

This free zoo just north of downtown Manitowoc features over 200 animals, ranging from black bears and snow leopards to eagles and a prairie dog town that can occupy you for a while (they’re pretty cute.) The Lincoln Park Zoo is open seven days a week except in winter, when it’s closed on Sundays. Address:…

Wisconsin Maritime Museum

Wisconsin Maritime Museum

Since Manitowoc is “Wisconsin’s Maritime Capital” (even one of the high schools has the nickname “Shipbuilders”), it’s only fitting that the Wisconsin Maritime Museum would be located in the city. Holding one of the nation’s most extensive collections of Great Lakes maritime artifacts and history, the museum prominently features the USS Cobia, a World War…

Rahr West Art Museum

Rahr West Art Museum

The Rahr West Art Museum sits just north of downtown Manitowoc along northbound U.S. 10/Business 42 (8th Street) in an 1893 Queen Anne mansion. The mansion was originally built for Joseph Vilas, a successful merchant and two-time mayor of the city (UW-Madison students will recognize his name on their communication building.) A museum since 1941,…

Circus World Museum

Circus World Museum

The Circus World Museum is a place where boys, girls and children of all ages can see how circuses have worked and entertained people for generations. As they say, “experience the thrill that never gets old.” Featuring a Circus Museum, an area called Ringlingville, a wide variety of circus animals and the World’s Largest Circus…

Silver Creek Brewing Company

Silver Creek Brewing Company

Nestled in the middle of Cedarburg’s historic downtown, Silver Creek Brewing grew out of a home brewers club in town. The brewpub opened in 2002 and they’ve been operating the brewery in-house since 2004. Silver Creek offers four beers continuously and more in various seasons. Brews include their Silver Creek Pacific Coast Lager, Barleywine, IPA,…

Shipwrecked Brewpub

Shipwrecked Brewpub

Shipwrecked sits right at the bend of Highway 42 as it makes its way through Egg Harbor, one of the beautiful little towns on the Green Bay side of Door County. Housed in a saloon originally built in 1882, Shipwrecked opened in 1997 and has been treating thirsty residents and visitors ever since. Their Door…

Second Salem Brewing Company

Second Salem Brewing Company

With plenty of thirsty UW-Whitewater students in close proximity, Second Salem Brewing keeps its small nanobrewery busy. The brewery took its name from one of Whitewater’s historic nicknames, harkening back to “witches’ gatherings” that supposedly took place near the water tower, strange creatures in the local lake, and other lore that makes for good stories….

Sand Creek Brewing Company

Sand Creek Brewing Company

Sand Creek Brewing is the third largest microbrewery in Wisconsin, located in a space that has been a brewery since 1856. Previously, the building was home to the Oderbolz Brewing Company, the Badger Brewing Company, and the Pioneer Brewing Company. Sand Creek itself started up in Downing, Wisconsin in 1999; in 2004, Sand Creek and…

Enlightened Brewing Company

Enlightened Brewing Company

Enlightened Brewing started in 2014, setting up shop in the Lincoln Warehouse complex, a 1928-era building on 1st Street in Milwaukee that one served as an A&P grocery distribution center. The Twisted Path Distillery and Bittercube, a specialty maker of bitters, are also in the building and Horny Goat Brewing is right across the street;…

Rustic Road Brewing Company

Rustic Road Brewing Company

Noting itself as “Kenosha’s Oldest Operating Brewery,” Rustic Road opened waaaay back – in 2012. But it’s still true they’re the oldest operating one in town! Located right downtown on 56th Street just east of Highway 32 between Highway 50 (63rd Street) and 158 (52nd Street), Rustic Road is a nanobrewery with different batches fermenting…

National Historic Cheesemaking Center

National Historic Cheesemaking Center

Housed in a former railroad depot and part of the Green County Welcome Center, this charming little museum is located on the west side of Monroe along Highway 69.  Outside, you’ll find the charm of a train station, a fiberglass cow and some large copper kettles, all part of a “Memory Walk.” Inside, you’ll find…

Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway

Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway

These classic trains run May-October, following the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway tracks to nearby Marine and Dresser on 90-minute excursions. It’s a beautiful ride through the St. Croix River valley, and the Depot is pretty cool, too. You’ll find the train and its station in Osceola just off Highway 35, across the tracks…

Fountain City Brewing Company & the Monarch Public House

Fountain City Brewing Company & the Monarch Public House

Wisconsin’s oldest serving establishment, the Monarch Public House opened back in 1894. But beer was brewed on this site as far back as 1856, when Fountain Brew first started emerging from copper kettles. Fountain Brew continued until 1965, when the brewery closed. Resurrected in 1997, Fountain City Brewing brought back the original recipe and also…

Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum

Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum

Perched on Eagle Bluff just outside Fountain City along Highway 95 near Highway 35 and the Great River Road, Elmer’s offers one of the largest displays of muscle, classic, antique, and pedal cars and trucks in the country, some dating back to 1910. Over 100 pedal tractors are on display along with thousands of toys,…

Reefpoint Brew House

Reefpoint Brew House

Racine now has a brewpub. The Reefpoint Brew House is perched above Racine Harbor in the downtown area and serves up a variety of Wisconsin craft beers, including some of their own recipes like the Belle City Ale. The restaurant offers an extensive variety from brunch to nice dinners. You’ll find Reefpoint on Christopher Columbus…

Bull Falls Brewery

Bull Falls Brewery

Bull Falls Brewery takes its name from the falls along the Wisconsin River as its run through Wausau. They’re known for their craft beers – usually canned – and hosting a series of events and festivals at their brewery, from a Maifest to barbecue events to bands of many genres performing on various nights. Bull…

Red Eye Brewing Company

Red Eye Brewing Company

Red Eye brews their beer on-site in downtown Wausau and serves up artisan pizzas along with a full menu to go with them, emphasizing fresh ingredients and sustainability in both their food and their beer. Speaking of sustainability, they actually use a solar thermal hot water system to heat their water – the first brewery…

Public Craft Brewing Company

Public Craft Brewing Company

Public Craft is one of two microbreweries in downtown Kenosha, in the midst of a resurgent district filling up with shops, art galleries, and bars. Beers from Public Craft include their PUBLIC Pale Ale, Sweet Colleen’s Irish Red, K-Town Brown Ale, UBER Hefty Weizen, Inkwell Black IPA, Special Porter, and more. Their Tap Room is…

Plymouth Brewing Company

Plymouth Brewing Company

Plymouth is a nano-brewery producing small batches of ales in their downtown location on Mill Street. Their selections change regularly and include their own craft beers and selected others from around Wisconsin. Their Tap Room offers beer, brewery items, popcorn and free wi-fi. Within a block, the City Club and 52 Stafford offer food nearby….

Minhas Craft Brewery logo
Minhas Craft Brewery

Minhas Craft Brewery

Minhas Craft Brewery is the oldest brewery in Wisconsin. It’s also the second oldest in the nation and yet still one of the ten largest breweries in the country. Minhas originally opened as the Monroe Brewing Company way back in 1845. Ownership changes led to name changes; by 1906 it was the Blumer Brewing Company,…

Stevens Point Brewery

Stevens Point Brewery

Stevens Point is home to the 5th oldest continuously operating brewery in the United States. The Stevens Point Brewery started up back in 1857 and supplied beer to Civil War troops, near-beer to people waiting out Prohibition, and Chicago Daily News columnist Mike Royko in 1973, whose choice of Point Special as the best-tasting beer…

Pitchfork Brewing Company

Pitchfork Brewing Company

Pitchfork Brewing was started by some local home brewers in Hudson who kept at it for nearly 20 years before opening their brewery in 2013.  Located next to Paddy Ryan’s Irish Pub, Pitchfork’s Tap Room offers up their craft beer, TVs for game watching, and even chess boards to sharpen your strategic skills – while…

Pigeon River Brewing Company

Pigeon River Brewing Company

Located right along U.S. 45 where Highway 110 ends in Marion, Pigeon River Brewing Company believes that beer is “more than just a catalyst for drunkenness” (it’s right there on their website). Pigeon River opened in 2012 (despite the “end of the world” prognostications for later that year) and offers up a full bar and…

Grumpy Troll Pub & Brewing Company

Grumpy Troll Pub & Brewing Company

The Grumpy Troll lies just off the main “Trollway” (Highway 78) in a former creamery and cheese factory in Mount Horeb. Opened in 2000, you’ll find a nice selection of craft beers which can be enjoyed anytime, but especially during “Grumpy Hour” (Sunday-Wednesday 4-6pm, ’til close on Thursdays.) The Grumpy beers include the Sunflower, a…

One Barrel Brewing Company

One Barrel Brewing Company

This Madison “nano-brewery” sits on Atwood Avenue on the city’s near east side. Located in a former neighborhood grocery, this cozy pub offers a look at the entire brewing process, from the one-barrel brewing system (hence the name), and 11 fermentation tanks. From these, seven beers are regularly brewed: their Commuter Kolsch, Penguin Pale Ale,…

O’so Brewing Company

O’so Brewing Company

Just south of Stevens Point in a shopping center strip in Plover, O’so Brewing Company offers 40 Wisconsin beers in its Tap House. Anywhere from 8 to 14 are brewed by O’so in-house, and tours of the brewery are available on Saturdays at 2, 3, and 4pm. O’so beers include their flagship “The Big O”,…

Northwoods Brew Pub, Osseo
Northwoods Brew Pub

Northwoods Brew Pub

Originally in Eau Claire, Northwoods Brew Pub moved into a massive former condensery in Osseo in April, 2016 and now sports an incredibly impressive space featuring its brewery operations, full restaurant with a front patio, and bars on two levels with event space that rivals anything we’ve seen in Milwaukee or Madison. They still brew…

Next Door Brewing Company

Next Door Brewing Company

Next Door Brewing Company is a restaurant and brew pub on the east side of Madison, just off “Willy Street” along Atwood. Their beers include the Bascom Blonde American Blonde Ale, Luminous IPA, Eastside American Pale Ale, Rockets Red Ale, Hammerhead IPA, and Sevex, a unique stock ale. Seasonals include Sunshine Wheat, a Bam Ba…

New Glarus Brewing Company

New Glarus Brewing Company

New Glarus is now known for Spotted Cow as much as its Swiss heritage. The New Glarus Brewery opened in 1993 along Highway 69 just north of the village center; by 2010, a newer, larger facility opened on a hilltop just south of the village center, also along Highway 69. The original brewery is still…

Milwaukee Brewing Company

Milwaukee Brewing Company

Milwaukee Brewing, which almost sounds redundant, started in 1997 with the opening of Milwaukee Ale House on Water Street in the city’s Historic Third Ward district. Demand grew, and eventually the main brewery had to move south into the Walkers Point neighborhood along 2nd Street, one block west of Highway 32, three blocks north of…

Miller Brewery Tour

Miller Brewery Tour

One of the largest and most popular brewery tours in the nation, the Miller Brewery Tour covers the grounds of MillerCoors’ Miller Brewing plant, Wisconsin’s largest with an output of over 10 million barrels per year.  The brewery sits on land purchased by Frederick Miller back in 1855 and fermentation has been happening here ever…

Lakefront Brewery

Lakefront Brewery

Lakefront Brewery is actually on Milwaukee’s riverfront, and dating back to 1987 they’ve been one of the most popular breweries in Milwaukee. Their tour has been rated among the best in America! Their Beer Hall also whips up a terrific Friday Fish Fry; live entertainment is not uncommon, and it’s a popular place for weddings…

Lake Louie Brewing

Lake Louie Brewing

Named for the vast, 1/4-acre pond (often used for skinny dipping by residents back in the day) upon which this microbrewery abuts, Lake Louie Brewing sprouted up back in 2000 in the tiny town of Arena just off U.S. 14. Their beers are available all over the state, but their brewery is of course where…

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Ale Asylum Brewery

Ale Asylum Brewery

Ale Asylum started in Madison in 2006 and has expanded nicely; they now have a beautiful restaurant and tap room along Highway 113 on the road to Madison’s Dane County Airport, literally seconds north of where Highway 30 ends (close to U.S. 51 and U.S. 151, too!) The bar and dining room are open for…

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Karben4 Brewing

Karben4 Brewing

Karben4 Brewery in Madison specializes in – as they say – “English-style malt bombs.” Their website features a video “roadtripping” to their brewery (that’s extra credit in our book!) They started up in 2013, revitalizing the brewery Ale Asylum originally used. Beers include their Fantasy Factory IPA (which may have the coolest label ever!), the…

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Known far and wide nowadays, the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company traces its roots back to 1867, when Jacob Leinenkugel founded his brewery in Chippewa Falls. They stayed primarily regional – as in NW Wisconsin and the Twin Cities – until 1988 when Miller Brewing bought into the company and expanded their reach considerably. Today, Leinenkugel’s…

Green Dragon Brew Pub

Green Dragon Brew Pub

Currently serving plenty of Wisconsin-based craft brews from around the state, the Green Dragon is preparing to open their own brewery in their Fond du Lac facility. We’ll share more details as we get them! Address: 156 Western Avenue Fond du Lac, WI (920) 933-5224 Website

Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company

Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company

The Great Dane opened its original location just off the Capitol Square in Madison in 1994. Located inside the former historic Fess Hotel, the building dates back to the 1850s, with the Victorian cream brick half of the building added in 1883. While their flagship location continues to thrive, they’ve expanded to five locations and…

Gray’s Brewing Company

Gray’s Brewing Company

Gray’s Brewing dates back 1856 and is in its fifth generation of family ownership. Through the years (centuries, really), Gray’s has both brewed specialty beers and created gourmet sodas; beer production ceased in 1912 but came back in 1994 and today Gray’s offers seven brews. They include a Honey Ale, the state’s original honey beer;…

Fox River Brewing Company

Fox River Brewing Company

Fox River Brewing Company started up in 1995, an early entry in the craft beer resurgence across the country. It started with Fratello’s Waterfront Restaurant in Oshkosh and expanded to Fox River Brewery & Restaurant in Appleton’s bustling Fox River Mall in 1997. The beers brewed in their Oshkosh and Appleton facilities encompass a wide…

Fixture Brewing Company

Fixture Brewing Company

Fixture Brewing popped in downtown Waukesha a few years ago and have become a fixture, so to speak, for thirsty patrons in the city famous for streets that go all over the place. Beers include the “‘Sha-Shank” Stout and Fox River Red; their Wizard Weissbier is a salute to Waukesha native Les Paul, inventor of…

Door County Brewing Company

Door County Brewing Company

Door County Brewing began in early 2013 and despite Door County’s reputation as a summer destination, their brewery and Tap Room is open year ’round with plenty of brews and activities. Door County brews many small batches on-site; they contract with Sand Creek Brewing in Black River Falls to help fill their demand while they…

Common Man Brewing Company

Common Man Brewing Company

Common Man Brewing keeps it modest: “we are just a couple storefronts east of the Family Dollar” is how they describe their location in Ellsworth, Pierce County seat and the Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin. A “nanobrewery” that started out in 2015, Common Man has 22 beers on tap from around Wisconsin and the country,…

Pearl Street Brewery

Pearl Street Brewery

Pearl Street has long been a center of activity in La Crosse, and La Crosse has long been a major beer town. The Pearl Street Brewery combined the two to offer residents, visitors, and many UW-La Crosse students (21 and over) several craft beers in the heart of downtown “LAX”. Pearl Street Brewery opened up…

City Brewery

City Brewery

City Brewery in La Crosse grew out of the former G. Heileman Brewing, a longtime La Crosse legacy that brewed Old Style, Colt .45, and many other national brands. Heileman started in La Crosse back in 1858 and in the 1980s was the third largest brewer in the U.S. after acquiring regional brands around the…

Central Waters Brewing Company

Central Waters Brewing Company

Located right in central Wisconsin, Central Waters Brewing Company fired up in 1998 inside a former Model-A Ford dealership along U.S. 10 in Junction City. By 2007 they had grown so much they moved to a newer facility in nearby Amherst, where today they brew over 20 styles of beer. Central Waters is expanding like…

Capital Brewery

Capital Brewery

Capital Brewery is just outside the state’s capital, in Madison’s highly-toured suburb of Middleton. Also highly touted are Capital’s beers: they’ve won over 200 awards including a Gold at the Great American Beer Fest. Capital’s offerings include their flagship Wisconsin Amber, a very ‘consin lager called Supper Club, the Mutiny IPA, Capital Special Pilsner, a…

Brenner Brewing Company

Brenner Brewing Company

Brenner Brewing opened in Milwaukee’s Walkers Point neighborhood – and its Latin Quarter district – in 2014. Founder Mike Brenner injects Milwaukee’s arts and music scene into his beer experiences, so each style of beer features the artwork of a local artist and comes with a soundtrack featuring the music of local bands. The Tasting…

Biloba Brewing Company

Biloba Brewing Company

Biloba Brewing started in Brookfield in 2014.  Named after the “Ginkgo biloba” tree, this microbrewery sits just off Brookfield Road on Pleasant Street, in this booming suburb’s original downtown just south of Highway 190/Capitol Drive. Biloba’s beers and specialty ales regularly rotate; their Tasting Room features several on tap at any given time, along with…

Big Head Brewing Company

Big Head Brewing Company

Big Head Brewing sits just a little over a mile west of the behemoth known as the Miller Brewery. Opened in 2013 just off State Street in Wauwatosa, Big Head brews a variety of craft beers, with an eye also on specializing in a diabetic-friendly line of beers with low carbs that still taste like…

Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum

Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum

The Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum offers yo-yos, gyroscopes, spin toys, and plenty of hands-on science exhibits…. over 2,000 in all!  Regular presentations and interactive tours make it a fun stop. Please note the museum requires tickets or arrangements scheduled ahead of time; you can’t just “drop in”. However, several times per month presentations take…

Logic Puzzle Museum

Logic Puzzle Museum

The Logic Puzzle Museum offers over 100 unique hands-on brain, brain teaser, logic, and mechanical puzzles. Exhibits of puzzles, the ability to make your own puzzles to bring home, even a collection of vintage and – as they claim – “diabolical” puzzles can all be found here. The Logic Puzzle Museum is located in downtown…

Delafield Brewhaus
Delafield Brewhaus

Delafield Brewhaus

Delafield Brewhaus is perched above I-94 just east of Highway 83 in Delafield, serving up a variety of craft beers including three medal winners in the 2014 World Beer Championships. In-house brews include the “always on tap” Dockside Ale, Delafield Amber, Pewaukee Porter, Naga-Wicked Pale Ale (named somewhat for nearby Lake Nagawicka), and Sommerzeit Hefe…

Badger State Brewing Company
Badger State Brewing Company

Badger State Brewing Company

Badger State Brewing Company is in the heart of Green Bay – and by that, we mean mere blocks from Lambeau Field in the “Titletown District,” which also includes the Resch Center and Brown County Arena. Opened in 2013, Badger State operated a 15-barrel brewing system inside a 10,000 square foot building that was the…

Angry Minnow Brewing Company & Restaurant

Angry Minnow Brewing Company & Restaurant

The Angry Minnow is a craft microbrewery and restaurant in Hayward. It’s located in a beautiful brick building constructed in 1889 by – ironically enough – a lumber baron named Robert L. McCormick. It originally housed the offices of the Northern Wisconsin Lumber Company.  The renovation to a brewery and restaurant was very well done…

3 Sheeps Brewing Company

3 Sheeps Brewing Company

3 Sheeps Brewing is based in Sheboygan, inside the Hops Haven Bar which formerly housed the Port Washington Brewing Company. 3 Sheeps won the 2012 RateBeer Award for “Best New Brewery in Wisconsin.” Top beers – many of which carry a sheep theme – include the Baaad Boy Black Wheat Ale, Cirque du Wit Wheat,…

Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens

Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens

The Milwaukee County Zoo is one of the nation’s best, hands down! Opened in 1958, it’s home to over 2,000 animals including mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles – many of whom reside in specialized habitats. The grounds of the Milwaukee County Zoo spread across over 200 acres of forests, exhibits, a large pond, indoor…

Menomonee Park Zoo

Menomonee Park Zoo

The Menomonee Park Zoo is set on 8 acres in a beautiful location on the shores of Lake Winnebago. Open from early May through late September, the Zoo features nearly 50 varieties of animals and exhibits, including permanent exhibits for Gray Wolves and North American Elk. The zoo is bordered by Lake Winnebago on the…