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West of the Lake Gardens

The West of the Lake Gardens are a private garden located just south of Two Rivers. They were created by Ruth and John West. After purchasing the property, Ruth got the gardening bug and spent her first few years hand… Continue Reading →

Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum

The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum is a truly unique museum. Not only are they the only museum in the world dedicated to wooden type printing, but they still have an active print shop. Visitors to the museum can… Continue Reading →

Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area

Parfrey’s Glen, just a few miles east of Devil’s Lake State Park, is a gorgeous and rugged hike. The Glen is a wind-y slot canyon that increases in difficulty as you move further in. The trail essentially ends about half-way… Continue Reading →

Dinosaur Discovery Museum

While its theme is massive, The Dinosaur Discovery Museum is very small. There is only one, long gallery with a collection that is mostly casts and replicas of bone. The few real bones on display are tiny (as in toe… Continue Reading →

Jelly Belly Warehouse Tour

The Jelly Belly warehouse tour is nothing but sheer fun. Visitors pop their paper hats on, hop on the Jelly Belly express train and are given a guided tour of the jelly bean making process. While not a true factory… Continue Reading →

Chicago History Museum

For all things Chicago, visit the wide-ranging Chicago History Museum. Located a few blocks from the lakeshore, the museum has been in the same location (in various permutations) since the Chicago fire in the 1870s. Displays range from the early… Continue Reading →

International Museum of Surgical Science

Located in a plum location on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive, the International Museum of Surgical Science is a varied collection. Some of the displays are exceptionally good – trepanned skulls, a huge library of medical books, a recreation of a… Continue Reading →

Upper Dells Boat Tours

Wisconsin Dells became famous for its strange rock formations, first photographer by the photographer HH Bennett. He visited many of these locations on the winter, when he could walk across the ice. His most famous pictures were highly imporbably action… Continue Reading →

Merrimac Ferry

If you’re out visiting Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo or the beaches along the Wisconsin River, the Merrimac Ferry is a fun side trip to cross the Wisconsin River. While taking the ferry doesn’t really cut any time off the… Continue Reading →

The Paine Art Center and Gardens

The Paine Art Center is amazing both inside and out. The European-inspired mansion is architecturally awesome on its own. The ever-changing gallery of shows is eclectic and unique – Gee’s Bend Quilts, Craig Blietz’s paintings, Kirsty Mitchell’s Wonderland photos, Chihuly… Continue Reading →

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