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 paintings to sculptures. It’s truly a prime destination for nature art lovers – and admission is free!

The Museum also hosts a series of events from art exhibits to concerts and holiday celebrations. Check their website’s event calendar for updated schedules.

The Museum’s hours are:
Tuesday-Friday 9am-4pm, with extended hours until 7:30pm on the first Thursday of each month
Saturday-Sunday noon-5pm
Closed Mondays and major holidays

You can get to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum via Highway 52, with I-39, U.S. 51, and Highway 29 all close by!

Address:
700 N. 12th Street
Wausau, WI 54403
(715) 845-7010
Website

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, with cherries from nearby Door County. They have since expanded into gins and whiskies as well as vodkas with lime and grape flavors, great for mixers.

Green Bay Distillery is in a pretty huge building, and they host plenty of events – especially Packer game parties. Their indoor/outdoor patio room shows games and is a great place to enjoy food and drink in the nice weather months.

You’ll find Green Bay Distillery along Mike McCarthy Way, just off Oneida Street near Lambeau Field. Highways 32, I-41, and 172 are close by, and Highways 29, 54, 57, and U.S. 141 also bring you to Green Bay to check this place out and enjoy.

Address:
835 Mike McCarthy Way
Green Bay, WI 54304
(920) 393-4403
Website

Irvine Park & Zoo, Tiger

Irvine Park & Zoo


Chippewa Falls has an amazing place to play, relax, and observe animals in the beautiful 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 and 100,000 lights – makes the holiday season sparkle. Historical displays include the Sunny Valley Schoolhouse and Pioneer Norwegian Log Home on the weekends, which are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Irvine Park Cave on the grounds runs about 20 feet long, with natural springs running through.

Cave in Irvine Park, Chippewa Falls

Rumble Bridge in Irvine Park, Chippewa Falls

The Rumble Bridge (above) is a pony truss style bridge that spans a ravine in Irvine Park. It got its name from its design that features wood planks that were only nailed down on one end. It allowed for flexing and stress relief, plus expansion and contraction with the seasons. It also created a rumbling sound when cars would drive over it, hence the name of “Rumble” or “Rumbly” Bridge. The Rumble Bridge carried vehicles all the way to 1981; it’s now for pedestrians and bicyclists in the park.

Sunny Valley School in Irvine Park, Chippewa FallsThe Sunny Valley Schoolhouse (right) was originally built in 1903, standing about 8 miles west of Chippewa Falls to serve the nearby Town of Wheaton. This one-room schoolhouse was heated with cord wood and slabs in a box stove, and lit with kerosene lamps. Almost all of the children who attended back then walked to school, as there were few automobiles and no snow plows (of course, they told their kids and grandkids it was uphill, both ways.) Sunny Valley School stayed an operating school until the early 1960’s, when the growth of Chippewa Falls and its school district took over. It was donated and moved to Irvine Park in 1965, where you can explore it – in season.

Irvine Park & Zoo is located on the north side of Chippewa Falls, near the Leinenkugel Brewery and Northern Wisconsin State Fair Park. Just off Highway 124, Highway 29 and U.S. 53 also bring you close.

The Zoo is open year ’round from 7am to sunset, with extended hours during the holidays. Admission is free.

Irvine Park & Zoo Address:

125 Bridgewater Avenue (Highway 124)
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
(715) 723-0051
Website



Irvine Park, Chippewa Falls

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Hinterland Brewing Company


From 1995, Hinterland Brewing operated in a former meat-packing warehouse in Green Bay. In 2017, they moved to a new facility in the Titletown District next to Lambeau Field – right at the site of the Mobil station we used to warm up at during cold-weather (read: October-January) games.

Hinterland Brewery at night

Hinterland’s year ’round beers include their flagship Luna Coffee Stout; their Pale Ale; Packerland Pilsner; Hinterland IPA; Nitro IPA; and their Pub Draught English-style ale. In various seasons, you’ll also find their Cherry Wheat, Oktoberfest, Hinterland Timberland (yes, it rhymes), their Bodenbrecher, and a Saison. Other limited releases are also available here and there – naturally-made products have a way of being dependent on growing seasons and such!

Tours of the Green Bay brewery are available Saturdays at noon, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm; they cost $10 and include a souvenir pint glass and a beer.

You’ll find their brewery and restaurant in the Titletown District in the shadow of Lambeau Field, just off I-41 near Highways 32 and 172. Highways 29, 54, and 57 also come close as they go through Green Bay.

Hinterland Brewing Address:

1001 Lombardi Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54304
(920) 438-8050
Website




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 – soon to be six – Packers players to have his number retired, Tony Canadeo; the Dark Helmet Schwartzbier; Green 19 IPA; Hogshead Mild, a British session; IrrationAle, an unfiltered American wheat beer that is quite rational; Johnny “Blood” Red, named after another Packers legend; a Maibock; Pullman Porter; St. Norbert Pilsner; and the tech-savvy Ctrl “Alt” Delete, a German-style amber ale.

You’ll find the depot along U.S. 141/Dousman Street, with the iconic Packers statue out front that once stood on the grounds of the Packers Hall of Fame before they moved into Lambeau Field. The depot itself dates back to 1898 and still has tracks out front, which are fun to play on since trains no longer run on them. The brewery includes a popular restaurant; we rate everything there quite tasty.

Of course, I-41 and Highways 29, 32, 54, 57, and 172 also bring you to Green Bay.

Address:
200 Dousman Street
Green Bay, WI 54303
(920) 437-2337
Website

World's Tallest Grandfather Clock, Kewaunee

World’s Tallest Grandfather Clock


The World’s Tallest Grandfather Clock showed up as a bicentennial gift for the City of Kewaunee. Towering 36 feet above the Ahnapee State Trailhead on the north side of downtown, this (working) Colonial-style redwood grandfather clock was built by Jake Schlies and his son Rodney on behalf of Svoboda Industries, a local business, which donated it to the city in 1976.

It was moved in 1984 to the new “Top of Hill Shops” along Highway 42 north of downtown. It stood there for over three decades before the shop closed and the clock, while staying there, fell into disrepair. The building was sold in 2013; the clock was then dismantled and moved back downhill to a location on the north edge of downtown.

Parts were reconditioned and the World’s Tallest Grandfather Clock went back up in its current location on August 27, 2014. It now serves downtown with accurate time and towers above the trailhead for the Ahnapee State Trail, which runs west through the farmlands and woods of Kewaunee County on its way north towards Algoma. A pavilion and sound system were added in 2015, and now you can not only see the clock, you can hear it as it chimes every 15 minutes and has specialty music for various seasons and events.

The World’s Tallest Grandfather Clock is just north of Highway 29, at the intersection of Highway 42 and Miller Street. The Tug Ludington, a historic jail, Kewaunee’s beautiful marina and harbor with its Pierhead Lighthouse, Parallel 44 Winery, and Bruemmer Park & Zoo are all nearby.




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.

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Bull Falls opened in 2007 with an Oktoberfest Lager that proved popular; today they also brew their Five Star Ale, Holzhacker Lager, Hefeweizen, Bock Lager, Bourbon Barrel Stout, Hop Worthy, Irish Red Ale, Marathon Lager (a salute to the former Marathon City Brewery), Midnight Star Schwarzbier, Nut Brown Ale, and Oatmeal Stout.

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Brewery tours, done by appointment, cost $5 and feature the brew house, the fermenting and aging area, and the packaging section, along with beer samples and a souvenir mini-stein. They’re available Monday-Friday after 4pm and Saturday after 1pm; they’ll set one up for you if you call 715-842-2337.

Bull Falls Brewery is just south of downtown Wausau, south of Highway 52 and just a few blocks east of Business U.S. 51. I-39/U.S. 51 are west across the river, and Highway 29 is west and south of the city.

Address:
901 E. Thomas Street
Wausau, WI 54403
(715) 842-2337
Website

Redeye Brewing

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 in Wisconsin to use this method.

Brews at Red Eye include the Bloom Belgian Wheat; Thrust, an American-style IPA; Scarlet 7, a Belgian Dubbel; Charlatan, an Imperial Stout; Dyna-mighty Wheat; Lemongrass Rye; and Fast Eddy’s Anniversary Ale, a Belgian-style Pale Ale.

They’re open six days a week, closed on Sunday. You’ll find Red Eye in Wausau’s downtown area, along Highway 52/6th Street northbound, which is also northbound Business U.S. 51. I-39/U.S. 51 is just a few miles to the west, as is Highway 29 as it winds around the city.

Address:
612 Washington Street
Wausau, WI 54403
(715) 843-7334
Website

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 brews a wide variety of beers, from their flagship Leinenkugel’s to their Leinie’s Honey Weiss, Berry Weiss, Sunset Wheat, Helles Yeah, Leinie’s Red, Leinie’s Creamy Dark, Summer Shandy, Canoe Paddler, Oktoberfest, Snowdrift Porter, Big Butt Doppelbock, and more.

The Leinie Lodge is the visitors’ headquarters of all things Leinenkugel, located off Highway 124 just north of downtown Chippewa Falls. From here, brewery tours of the original Leinenkugel Brewery are conducted; they’re available every half hour seven days a week (specifics here) and of course the Leinie Lodge offers plenty of samples and items to purchase for you and other beer lovers.

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The Leinenkugel Brewery in Chippewa Falls.

Address:
124 E. Elm Street
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
(888) 534-6437
Website

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.

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Opened in 2013, Badger State operated a 15-barrel brewing system inside a 10,000 square foot building that was the last property left along Lombardi Avenue to be zoned manufacturing, allowing them to brew beer there.

They sell it, too: their tap room inside the facility opened in late 2014 and features two dozen Wisconsin-brewed beers, including their own flagship brands Bunyan Badger Brown Ale, Green Chop Session IPA, Porte des Morts Maple Porter, Green Chop Session IPA, Vive La Belge! Belgo-Pale Ale, Walloon Witbier, and the almost intimidating-sounding Dubious Ruffian Chocolate Stout. More recently, brews like their Resilience IPA and others have come aboard, and you can increasingly find their beers in bars and restaurants across the state.

You’ll find them southeast of – or behind – the Stadium View and Brett Favre’s Steakhouse on Tony Canadeo Run, where a lot of hotels are now going up, too. Lombardi Avenue, Oneida Street, and Ashland Avenue (Highway 32) surround this part of the Titletown District.

Check out all our Badger State Brewing pictures here!

Badger State Brewing Company Address:

990 Tony Canadeo Run
Green Bay, WI 54304
(920) 634-5687
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