Wind Point Lighthouse Tour

Wind Point Lighthouse

Wind Point Lighthouse rises 108 feet.Wind Point Lighthouse is one the tallest and oldest lighthouses on the Great Lakes. It reaches 108 feet above the wavy waters of Lake Michigan, helping ships navigate the coast since 1880. The original fog house, walkways to the water, and parkland surrounding the lighthouse itself are all accessible year ’round.

Tours of the lighthouse itself are available the first Sunday of the month from June through October on the half-hour from 9am to 3pm. Admission is $10 for adults and kids 12 and up; kids 6-11 are $5; children under 6 are not allowed to climb the lighthouse due to safety concerns.

The Wind Point Lighthouse is accessible via Lighthouse Road or 3 Mile Road, just east of Highway 32 north of Racine. You can also connect nearby from Highways 31 and 38.

Wind Point Lighthouse history

A Capstar, one of many items on the Wind Point Lighthouse grounds.



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Fun facts, courtesy of WindPointLighthouse.org:

  • Orlando Metcalfe Poe designed the lighthouse. He served in the Civil War as a Brigadier General.
  • The Lighthouse’s first lighting occurred on November 15, 1880.
  • The Fog Horn Building shows the original design with the huge fog horns aimed toward the Lake.
  • The fog signals traveled 10 miles out into Lake Michigan.
  • The Fresnel Lens used dozens of glass prisms to bend and focus the light which made for an immensely powerful light. The original lens is on loan from the Racine Heritage Museum. You can see it in the old Coast Guard Keepers Quarters, which now serves as the Village Hall for the Village of Wind Point.
  • A mechanism of weights, cables and pulleys rotated the enormous Fresnel Lens to create the flashing that navigators on the Lake recognized.
  • Fuel for the light had to be carried up the 144 iron steps and the Keeper or his Assistants had to make that climb daily. About 270 gallons were used in 1881.
  • The Keeper or his Assistants had to clean the Lens every day so that it sparkled.
  • 7 Head Keepers and more than 30 Assistant Keepers worked the Wind Point Lighthouse from 1880 – 1964 when the light was automated.
  • In 1997, the U.S. Coast Guard transferred the Lighthouse to the Village of Wind Point, though they continue responsibility of the light itself.

Wind Point Lighthouse Address:

4725 Lighthouse Drive
Wind Point, WI 53402
(262) 639-3777
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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

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” means there is an emphasis on studying birds and serving as a resting and safe place for them, but the Center is also about being responsible stewards of the land.  As its name implies, this area came from the Schlitz Brewing Company families, originally an farm in 1800s called Nine Mile Farm for its distance from the brewery in downtown Milwaukee. It took until the 1970s for this land to become the Schlitz Audubon Center – but it was definitely worth the wait!

You’ll find the Schlitz Audubon Center right where Highway 32 turns from Lake Drive to Brown Deer Road in Bayside, mere yards from the Lake Michigan shore (which you can’t quite see due to the dense forest – which is okay by us!) Highway 100 and I-43 are close by, just to the west.

Hours:
Daily 9am-5pm

Admission:
Adults: $8
Youth 3-17, Military Active Duty & Veterans: $5

Address:
1111 E. Brown Deer Road (Highway 32)
Bayside, WI 53217
(414) 352-2880
Website

Milwaukee Public Market from across Water Street

Milwaukee Public Market


Milwaukee Public Market from the top levelConsidered 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, such as a t-shirt with a bottle opener embedded in it – we found that at Brew City Beer Gear.

Independent merchants make up the Milwaukee Public Market, an indoor venue complemented by its Outdoor Urban Market along with craft fairs during the summer months. The MPM itself crowns the north end of the vibrant Historic Third Ward neighborhood, right along St. Paul Avenue between Water and Broadway and literally nuzzling up against I-794, under which parking is available. The new Milwaukee Streetcar System, known as “The Hop,” is being constructed along this corner; the Public Market will undoubtedly be a key stop along this new route.

You can get everything from fresh fish at St. Paul Fish Company to exotic spices at the Spice House, prepared soups, scratch-made specialty chocolates – and much more. The meat and deli counters at Foltz’s Family Market and West Allis Cheese & Sausage offer anything you could want. For vegans, On the Bus features everything from avocado toast and seitan sandwiches to take-home vegan ingredients for meal prep. Margarita Paradise offers Mexican fare and ingredients; Aladdin has you taken care of on the Mediterranean side. Kehr’s Candy Kitchen is a continuation of a long-traditional shop in the city with specialty chocolates and treats; while C. Adams offers incredible bakery across the way. Thai-namite offers fresh sushi, sashimi and similar fare while the Soup & Stock Market creates new concoctions every way. Bring any food to Thief Wine and sip a variety of wines from around the world at their counter while you enjoy, or peruse bottles to bring home. Brew City Beer Gear covers you with your favorite Wisconsin and Milwaukee t-shirts, hoodies, even socks – with creative messages. Plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants flank the Market in the Third Ward, which has become a prime boutique shopping destination for people from as far away as Chicago.

The Milwaukee Public Market is open seven days a week. Hours are 10am-8pm Monday-Friday, 8am-7pm Saturday, and 10am-6pm Sunday. Early morning coffee lovers can grab a fresh cup as early as 7am on weekdays at Anodyne Coffee, and wine enthusiasts can enjoy extended hours until 9pm Thursday-Saturday nights at Thief Wine in the middle of the Market.

I-794 is one easy way to reach the Milwaukee Public Market via exits to St. Paul or Jackson Street south; Highway 32 flanks its east side as Broadway, U.S. 18/Michigan Avenue is just two blocks north, and Highways 38, 59, and 145 all get you close.

Milwaukee Public Market Address:

400 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 336-1111
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Heritage Hill State Historic Park


greenbay_heritagehillhistmarkerAs 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 to original stores and even buildings from Fort Howard, which gave rise to Green Bay, dot the hill.

During the warm months (sometimes month), you’ll find live interpreters in period clothing running around who will gladly fill you in on the history that abounds. Over 6,600 artifacts are among their collection, some pieces dating back to the 1600s when French explorers first started pulling up on the shores of Green Bay thinking they’d made it to Asia (the Native Americans already there informed them otherwise, of course.)

greenbay_heritagehill02There’s a Belgian farm and Moravian church on the grounds, as well as a newer educational center for classes and program and even events, which are increasingly popular here. Many events take place here throughout the year.

You’ll find Heritage Hill along the east bank of the Fox River in Allouez, just north of where Highways 57 and 172 (the freeway that serves southern Green Bay) meet. Highway 32 is just across the river; I-41 is also just to the west, and Highways 29, 54, and U.S. 141 are just to the north. It’s very easy to get to!

Address:
2640 S. Webster Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54301
Website

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Lambeau Field is THIS close to Heritage Hill.

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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
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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

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; the Kinnickinnic River runs along the side. This is definitely a craft beer-loving area of town, and it’s easy to get to: Highway 32 is just to the east, Highway 38 is just to the south and west, and I-94/43 is a few blocks west.

Their beers include their A Priori Pale Ale, their 53207 (a California Common style, also their zip code), Dark Matters Black Wheat, Sustained Thought Stout, From the Roots Dark Ale, Leap of Faith Gose, an American Wild Ale named Heather, an English Mild Ale called Polly Baker’s Porridge, a Farmhouse Saison called Amour de Soi, and The Luminary, a Belgian Blonde.

Enlightened is very much in the “nanobrewery” category but is growing; as of March, 2016 they’re in the process of preparing to open a new tap room and are targeting late spring/early summer for that opening. Their Facebook page will have the latest updates – and we’ll be there sampling soon!

Address:
2018 S. 1st Street
Milwaukee, WI 53207
(414) 744-2018
Website

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 throughout the year.

Beers include their F451 Jalapeño Peppercorn Pale Ale, Hazelnut Harvest, Single Track IPA, Up North Double Chocolate Milk Stout, Goldings ESB, and Sean O’Murphy’s Dry Irish Stout, along with others brewed during various seasons. Their tap room also offers wine and whips up cocktails including a popular Bloody Mary, especially during Packers and Bears games (remember, lots of Bears fans mill about Kenosha… you’ve been warned.)

Rustic Road is open every day except Tuesday and stays open late on Friday and Saturday nights. Check their site for specific hours – they can also change based on big games or events happening downtown – and their current beer selections. The Kenosha Streetcar and a number of museums and other fun places downtown and in HarborPark are all right nearby!

Address:
510 56th Street
Kenosha, WI 53140
(262) 320-7623
Website

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 Causeway, wedged between downtown Racine and the lakefront in full view of the boats in the harbor. Highways 11, 20, 32, and 38 are all within blocks.

Address:
2 Christopher Columbus Causeway
Racine, WI 53403
(262) 898-7333
Website