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.

1215 N. 8th Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
(920) 683-4685

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 II submarine similar to the ones manufactured in the city.  The Cobia is permanently berthed in the river and can not only be toured, but kids and parents can bunk down for overnight stays during monthly events!

Other exhibits include the Children’s Waterways Room, the Maritime History Gallery, an Aquatic Species Investigation Lab, and “Treasures of NOAA’s Ark”, which offers a look at Wisconsin’s underwater treasures. The museum is a big part of the effort to turn the Lake Michigan coast from Port Washington to Two Rivers into a national marine sanctuary.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-15, and free for kids 5 and under. Other discounts are available for military, AAA members, senior citizens, and families.

The museum’s hours vary by season:
• Spring (Mid March – June): 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
• Summer (July – August): 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
• Fall (September – October): 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
• Winter (November – Mid March): ◦Weekdays: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
◦ Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

They are closed New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

75 Maritime Drive
Manitowoc, WI 54220
(920) 684-0218


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, the Rahr West features a variety of art collections including a rare porcelain sculptures, original furnished 1930s dollhouses, and period furniture throughout the museum’s many rooms. Special exhibitions are regularly held, as is Sputnik Fest, which commemorates a piece of the Soviet satellite landing in the street in front of the museum in 1962.

The Rahr West’s hours are 10am-4pm Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm Saturdays and Sundays. They are closed Mondays.

610 N. 8th Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
(920) 686-3090

Shipwrecked Brewpub, Egg Harbor along Highway 42

Shipwrecked Brewpub

Shipwrecked Brewpub in Egg Harbor

The original Brewpub along Highway 42 in Egg Harbor, before the fire in August, 2017.

Shipwrecked Brewpub, Egg Harbor

The rebuilt Shipwrecked Brewpub, which rose from the ashes of its predecessor in 2018.

Shipwrecked Brewpub 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 was a craft brewing pioneer in this part of the state when it opened in 1997. The brewery served thirsty and hungry residents and visitors alike until a major fire rendered the original building and brewery to ashes in 2017.

Late the following year, a new, larger Shipwrecked Brewpub opened on the very same spot. Shipwrecked expanded its food menu, added more beers, and even moved on up with a second floor space that offers views of the waters of Egg Harbor as well as up and down the main drag. Some whimsical art pieces have been added, including some that support drinking and dining tables.

Some bike art holds up a table at Shipwrecked Brewpub in Egg Harbor

A lil’ bike art helping to hold up a table at Shipwrecked Brewpub.

Beer-wise, Shipwrecked has been legendary for its Door County Cherry Wheat, drawing from the peninsula’s extensive cherry orchards. Other beer selections – subject to change, of course – include the Bayside Blonde, Peninsula Porter, Captain’s Copper, Milk Stout, an India Pale Ale, and their East Coast IPA, among others. A variety of cocktails and martinis can also be enjoyed, along with local wines and spirits from the Door County Winery & Distillery.

You can also choose from an extended food menu from appetizers to sandwiches to a variety of entrees from meatloaf to shrimp to pike with your beer (or other) selections, since one can’t eat on an empty stomach.

Bar area at Shipwrecked Brewpub, Egg Harbor

Brewpub Hours:

Sunday – Thursday, 11am – 9pm
Friday & Saturday, 11am – 10pm

Shipwrecked Brewpub Address:

7791 State Highway 42
Egg Harbor, WI 54209
(920) 868-2767

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3 Sheeps Brewing Taps

3 Sheeps Brewing Company

3 Sheeps Brewing logo3 Sheeps Brewing is based in Sheboygan. It started, as may craft breweries, as a home brewing hobby by Grant Pauly. Meanwhile, along Highway 42 the Hops Haven Bar housed the Port Washington Brewing Company for several years before that brewery went under in 2012. That provided an opportunity for 3 Sheeps to open up shop in the bar, with the brewing operations in the back. They stayed there for four years before a new opportunity presented itself.

3 Sheeps won the 2012 RateBeer Award for “Best New Brewery in Wisconsin.”

Top year-round beers at 3 Sheeps include the Cashmere Hammer Nitro Stout, the First Kiss IPA, Rebel Kent Amber Ale, and their Really Cool Waterslides IPA.  Seasonal beers include Nitraberry, a tart wheat ale; the Paid Time Off, an Imperial wheat ale; Uber Joe Imperial Stout, and Happy Summer. They also brew a variety of small batch beers and ales.

3 Sheeps Tap Room

Their beers are now available across Wisconsin, the Twin Cities metro, down into central Illinois, and plenty of craft beer festivals across the Midwest, but why not try them at the source??

3 Sheeps has its brewery and Tap Room just north of its previous location. The large building hosts the brewing equipment, the full bar, and an event space. The tasting glass holders, which are really cool, were forged out of old barrel staves. Tables and chairs were repurposed from Sheboygan’s old Armory building.

3 Sheeps Tasting Glass Holder

You’ll find 3 Sheeps Brewery and Tap Room along North Avenue, just a few blocks east of Highway 42 (Huron Avenue.) It’s not too far north of the big intersection where Highways 23, 28, and 42 begin and end together just west of downtown Sheboygan. It’s less than 10-minute drive off I-43 and only a few minutes from downtown and Sheboygan’s beautiful lakefront and harbor area.

3 Sheeps Brewing Address:

1837 North Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081
(920) 395-3583

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