Wisconsin May 29, 2015
9 Of Wisconsin’s Most Hidden Yet Awesome Gems
I love the touristy spots for photo-ops as much as the next person when I’m visiting a new place. But to get the real experience, I have to go to what locals consider the “hidden gems.” There is so much to explore in Wisconsin beyond our sports arenas and major cities (although they are fabulous as well). So here are some of my favorite spots in Wisconsin that are a little out of the way but totally worth the drive:
1. Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians is located in Erin, Wisconsin. It was built in 1926. Nestled among 435 acres of Wisconsin tranquility, it is absolutely breathtaking and is a must-see.
2. EAA AirVenture is located in Oshkosh. If you're an airplane nut, this convention should be right up your alley. Come see all sorts of planes, new and historic. The pilots love to talk about their experiences and favorite aircraft !
3. Taliesin was the summer home of Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as, his school of architecture. It is located in the small town of Spring Green. They offer tours so you can check it out yourself!
4. The Delta Diner (located in Delta, Wisconsin) is a truly unique experience. It is located in the heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet Forest. No, really. Many people visit on ATVs or on snowmobiles in the winter. You get the authentic diner experience in a truly unique setting.
5. The town of Algoma is charming. People tend to skip right by it on their way up to Door County but Algoma is worth stopping for. Visit the fantastic Von Stiehl Winery. The Flying Pig is a very unique storefront, with tons of interesting items to peruse. If you like fish, stop at Bearcat's Fish House where they smoke fish in-house.
6. The Timber Rattlers are the Class-A Affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. So why not just see the Brewers play? Well, yes--see the Brewers. But going to the Timber Rattlers game is great for baseball fans and non-fans alike. The fabulous arena is located in Grand Chute. Admission is very cheap, and there are often nights where concessions (including beer!) are also very inexpensive. They often do themed nights such as Star Wars, where a lot of people dress up and get into it. It's fun for the whole family. Also--when else are you going to get baseline field level seats for $25?
7. Mineral Point is an old town built by Cornish miners back in the 19th Century. Eat some figgyhobbin. Get your fill of beautiful turn of the century architecture. Soak up the starry sky at night.
8. Kinnickinnic River in River Falls is a great place to kayak. It's also great for trout fishing. The scenery in River Falls is some of the best in the state.
9. Madeline Island is the southernmost island of the Apostle Islands. It's a great place to camp and hang out on the beach. You can also take the ferry and visit La Pointe, Wisconsin.
What are some other great hidden gems in Wisconsin? Please tell us in the comments.