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Logan Museum of Anthropology

The Logan Museum of Anthropology, located on the UW-Beloit campus, is the amuse-bouche of anthropology museums. There is a teeny tiny bit of everything, giving you a minute sample…but really not enough to learn anything. Additionally, while collection is called… Continue Reading →

John Muir Memorial County Park

The pandemic has given us a much greater appreciation of county parks. There are so many of them, and they are usually just as nice as the state parks – but quieter and less visited. John Muir Memorial ParkĀ  is… Continue Reading →

Whistler Mounds Park

This small, hidden park contains an extensive Native mound system. Sadly, these ancients memorials are greatly eroded. Without the hand-made map, you would likely overlook them. While the rest of the park is small, it has an amazing view over… Continue Reading →

Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve

You can’t beat the views of Lake Michigan from the bluffs at Lion’s Den Gorge. Most of the trails are along the bluffs, through woods and wetlands. However, if your thighs are up to it, head down a long flight… Continue Reading →

Green Lake/ Winnebago Trail Conservancy

There’s something eerie and rather inhospitable about the Green Lake region. We’d only been there once in the past, and only knew it existed from the listing on a now-defunct sculpture garden. Despite it being a sizable lake, it seems… Continue Reading →

Brooklyn Wildlife Area

Part of the Ice Age Trail that runs through much of Wisconsin, this wildlife area is quiet and secluded. With over 2600 acres of land, you’ll find plenty to do and see. Just a short drive from Madison, but very… Continue Reading →

Linmar Garden

This was one of our holy grails of locations. Not because it is hard to get to, but because the garden is only open 1 hour a day, 5 days a week. Miss the 11am tour Tue-Saturday and you’re out… Continue Reading →

Belvedere Mansion

This stately home has an amazing history. This massively strong and elegant home was built by one of America’s wealthiest citizens, Russell Jones, and is the basis for the term “keeping up with the Joneses.” As you view the property,… Continue Reading →

Wyalusing State Park

The best time to visit Wyalusing State Park is actually when the weather is pretty miserable – Jan. through early Spring. While the view is quite dramatic, with it’s steep cliffs overlooking the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers, the main draw… Continue Reading →

Isle of Ferns

The Isle of Ferns lives up to its name in every way. It’s an island, it’s covered in ferns. This small island in the Wisconsin River has a series of windy trails the encircle the island. Pleasant and shady, it… Continue Reading →

Monk Botanical Gardens

Billed as “Wausau’s Happy Place”, this 30 acre garden is a lovely new(ish) location to visit. Donated in 2003, the 30-acre gardens are clearly still a work in progress. What is there and growing in is quite attractive. Wander through… Continue Reading →

Highway 18 Drive-In Theatre

A drive-in is a delightful anachronism in these days of streaming services. But there’s something so truly summery about going to the drive-in. Though the Highway 18 Theatre has since switched to digital projection to the get newest movies, they… Continue Reading →

Glacier Hills County Park

Just a few miles north of Monches is a fantastic county park. Glacier Hills is a large, hilly area with something to offer for every season – hiking, sledding, swimming, kayaking, skiing, plus reservable hall and chapel for special events…. Continue Reading →

Kohler Design Center

Does spending an hour looking at toilets and taps sound like torture to you? You’ve clearly never been to the Kohler Design Center Showroom! The Kohler company has been around since the 1870s, making toilets, tubs, sinks and more. Their… Continue Reading →

Art Preserve

The fantastic new Art Preserve, created by the Kohler Foundation, is a continuation and culmination of their long-running work to preserve outsider art. The JM Kohler Art Center has displayed works of outsiders for decades. The Kohler foundation has preserved… Continue Reading →

Tiny Church and Waterfall

When Montello no longer needed their old quarry, it was turned into a tiny tourist attraction. The mini monument features a teeny “church”, waterfall and man-made pond. Stop by to stretch your legs if you’re in the area. Montello, WI