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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

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,…

Johnson Wax Tower, just south of where Highway 38 begins

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…

World's Largest Soup Kettle, Laona

World’s Largest Soup Kettle

Laona is known to many for its Lumberjack Steam Train, but did you also know they have the World’s Largest Soup Kettle? This tiny burg in Forest County where U.S. 8 and Highway 32 features this large gray pot, dangling by a tripod wood supports in a town park. The kettle has a seven-foot circumference…

Larry the Logroller along Highway 32 in Wabeno

Larry the Logroller

Driving along Highway 32 through Wabeno? You can’t miss Larry the Logroller, a 22’4″ lumberjack who serves as this town’s answer to Paul Bunyan. Instead of an ax, Larry brandishes a logging tool. He stands guard over the Wabeno Logging Museum and a 1901 Phoenix Log Hauler, a steam locomotive that once helped haul logs…

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…

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

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…

32

“The Red Arrow Highway”   Quickie Summary: State “Trunk” Highway 32 runs the north-south length of Wisconsin and goes through the heart of so many key Wisconsin cities and towns, serves as the lakefront route for southeastern Wisconsin and a key highway for the lake- and forest-filled regions in northern Wisconsin. It’s both the main…