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 of which were built along early military trails. This cabin, originally built in 1878, housed the Deleglise family and later church services and a printing office for a local newspaper, the New County Republican. Inside the cabin you can check out original items such as a chest of drawers from the 1850s and an altar from the 1870s.
Also on the ground is Railroad Park, with a restored Union Pacific 440 steam locomotive originally constructed in 1900. She worked through Kansas and Nebraska before being retired in 1955; the locomotive was on display in Lincoln, Nebraska and then at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum in North Freedom, Wisconsin, before being moved here to Antigo in 2005. Some restorations to the train and a roof for it were completed in 2007.
You’ll find the Langlade County Historic Museum right along U.S. 45/Highways 47 and 52 (they’re all combined on this stretch) in Antigo, just south of the downtown crossroads. Highway 64 is just to the north.
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
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!
700 N. 12th Street
Wausau, WI 54403
(715) 845-7010 Website
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 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.
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.
901 E. Thomas Street
Wausau, WI 54403
(715) 842-2337 Website
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.
612 Washington Street
Wausau, WI 54403
(715) 843-7334 Website