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Sheboygan, Wisconsin Attractions

Sheboygan County Wisconsin has so much to offer and the Rochester Inn is centrally located for you to enjoy all this county has to offer.  Championship golfing at Kohler's Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits, World renowned racing at Road America, charter fishing on Lake Michigan, fantastic hiking and biking in the Kettle Moraine State Forest, beautiful lakes to list a few. The boutique Shops at Woodlake, The Kohler Design Center, the John Michael Kohler Art Center, Antique shopping all await you! Visit the following Sheboygan County tourism page for more ideas. 
 
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Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts (Sheboygan Theatre) 826 N. 8th St.
(920) 208-3243
motion picture industry built palaces in cities all across the nation in the 1920s and the Sheboygan Theatre is an exceptionally fine example of this now highly endangered type of building. It was built it in Sheboygan's downtown in 1928 as a combined motion picture and live theatre building. The original Spanish architecture drew acclaim in 1928 and is drawing the same raves now. Restored to its original grandeur were the magnificent Spanish Castle decor, ornately plastered walls, the twinkling star-studded ceiling, landscape painting and spectacular chandeliers. The Weill Center will be home to the Sheboyogan Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Community Concerts, the Gospel Music Wisconsin Concerts Series and the Rotary Concert Series.
Historic Sheboygan Falls
Sheboygan Falls 
(920) 467-6206
We are located in a historic little city that has a charming and thriving downtown.  Winner of the 1995 Great American Main Street Award and earmarked as one of the country's top five downtowns, Sheboygan Falls boasts beautifully restored buildings that have opened as unique retail shops, restaurants, and even an apartment building housed in the cream-city-brick former Wollen Mills. 
 
Sheboygan Falls Walking Tour
Sheboygan Falls 
(920) 467-6206
This 1 1/2 -hour, self-guided tour features more than 30 significant homes, churches and buildings. Two of its districts, the Cole District and Downtown Historic District, are listed on the National Register. Brochures available.
 
Historical Research Center
518 Water St.,
Sheboygan Falls 
(920) 467-4667
Located in Sheboygan Falls' historic Mill House, this research library has thousands of pieces of material including books, genealogy materials, county documents, maps and military service records available for perusal and study. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9am-4pm.
 
Kohler Design Center
Highland Drive, Kohler 
(920) 457-3699
Discover a world of gracious living in the premier showroom for the nation's leading plumbing products manufacturer, Kohler Co. More than two dozen designer bath vignettes, along with product displays for Baker and McGuire furniture and Ann Sacks Tile & Stone, fill the dramatic 36,000 square foot, three-level space. Tour the ceramic art gallery and displays of historic Kohler Village and Kohler Co. Open Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm, weekends and holidays 10am-4pm No admission fee.
 
Kohler Co. Factory Tours
Highland Drive, Kohler
(920) 457-3699
Kohler Co., the nation's leading plumbing products manufacturer, welcomes tours of its huge manufacturing facility. Factory tours are offered to those 14 or older Monday through Friday (except holidays) at 8:30. Reservations are required and should be made at least 24 hours in advance. Comfortable shoes are recommended for the 2 1/2hour tour.
 
The Shops at Woodlake
Woodlake Road, Kohler 
(920) 459-1713
This exceptional collection of over 25 retail shops attracts sophisticated shoppers from miles around who seek both special and essential purchases.
 
Sheboygan County Museum
3110 Erie Avenue 
(920) 458-1103
The new museum, completed in 1999, houses artifacts pertaining to the history of Sheboygan County.  Inside the main museum are the Indian, Maritime, Pharmacy, a doctor's office, circus, baseball exhibits and much, much more.The Taylor House, built by Judge David Taylor in the early 1850s, is set up to resemble a Victorian House.  The Log House, built   in the early 1960s by the Weinhold Family, is furnished with items relating to pioneer living.  It is one of the last remaining log houses in the county.  The Schuchardt Barn houses antique farm machinery and large implements.  The Bodenstab Cheese Factory was built in 1867 and houses items pertaining to the cheese industry.Open 10am-5pm Tuesday through Saturday; 1-5pm Sunday, April through October. Admission. See the events page for information on the History Adventure Weekend (July) and Holiday Memories (December).
Lakefront Promenade
Broughton Drive 
(920) 457-9495
Warm, pleasant summer evenings become memorable and enjoyable when spent strolling on the Lakefront Promenade. Enjoying the view and the cool Lake Michigan breezes, walkers amble from the boat launching area to the north breakwater, admiring the array of sailboats and power boats docked at Harbor Centre Marina as they meander past. Accompanied by the music of waves gently lapping on the sandy beach, the journey can continue on a paved all-purpose trail all the way to the North Point overlook. 
 
Lake Michigan Circle Tour
Sheboygan Lakefront 
800-457-9497
The popular Lake Michigan Circle tour runs along the Sheboygan Lakefront, all you have to do is follow the brown and white Lake Michigan Circle Tour signs.
 
Kettle Moraine State Forest
Western Sheboygan County 
(920) 626-2116

Sheboygan County's portion of the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, includes some 14,865 acres along the western boundary of the County.  Across the impressive terrain created by gouging glaciers, stretch 71 miles of picturesque hiking trails, 58 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, 39 miles of scenic bridle trails, 30 miles of cross-country ski trails as well as extensive areas and facilities for picnicking, hunting, fishing, primitive camping, biking, tobogganing and general sightseeing.

 
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
608 New York Avenue 
(920) 458-614

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) is a thriving visual and performing arts complex. The Arts Center is the hub of cultural life in eastern Wisconsin and attracts thousands of visitors annually.  JMKAC is nationally renowned for its innovative and challenging exhibitions and for the scholarly publications developed in conjunction with them. There are up to 24 exhibitions each year offering a wide variety of concepts and directions in contemporary art, craft, and folk-art. JMKAC completed its expansion from 30,000 to 99,000 square feet in May of 1999. The light-filled, airy, comfortable new facility now includes nine galleries consisting of an Arts/Industry, ExplorARTorium, interactive gallery for children, community gallery, performance spaces and intimate theatre; the Carriage House Cafe; Flying Colors gift shop and coming soon an outdoor library sculpture garden.  The six public washrooms created by national artists astonish and delight everyone! Don't leave Sheboygan without visiting the new Arts Center. The JMKAC is open 10am to 5pm Monday , Wednesday and Friday; 10am to 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursday; and 10am to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays.  Admission is Free. Also, visit Artspace, a shop and gallery of JMKAC, located in the Shops at Woodlake Kohler--offers artist-made gifts and jewelry. 

The Riverfront Boardwalk
Riverfront Drive
(920) 457-9495

From the Rotary Riverview Park harbor overlook to the new Eighth Street Bridge, the Riverfront Boardwalk takes leisurely walkers past a row of weathered shanties originally built for use by commercial fishermen. While some maintain that purpose, others have been transformed into restaurants, art galleries and retail shops. Two new shanties have been added within the last year. Afloat at the Boardwalk docks are charter fishing boats where captains tie in after unloading passengers and fish following half-day or full-day Lake Michigan sportfishing excursions.

Harbor Centre Marina
821 Broughton Drive 
(920) 458-6665
(Photo by William Stenseth)
The best on this side of the lake ... outstanding service ... no worries about safety and security ... the cal mest docking anywhere ... love those festivals ... Those are the comments of both the seasonal and transient boaters about Harbor Centre Marina, Sheboygan's lakefront gem. A total of 253 slips are available to boaters, who are pampered in the luxurious marina building that contains a comfortable lounge, convenience store, laundry, shower and restroom facilities. An overlook that provides a panoramic view of the lakefront is enjoyed by the general public as well as by the slip tenants. Outside, boaters avail themselves of a pool, whirlpool and poolside social area.  Spacious Deland Park, home to major summer festivals, a lakefront promenade, a large beach and bathhouse, community center, tot lots, several shelters, public boat launching facilities, the Sheboygan Yacht Club and the Youth Sailing Center are all adjacent or near to the marina building.
 
Festivals
Various Parks 
800-457-9497 (ext. 700)
Fun-seekers flock to the array of festivals that take place in the Sheboygan area annually. Details appear in the calendar section of this publication, but visitors planning a vacation should note the traditional Bratwurst Day, Lakefest, the July 4 Celebration, Coho Family Festival, Holland Fest, the Greek and Slovenian picnics, Wings and Wheels, the Outdoor Arts Festival, Falls Fest, the Silver Dollar Picnic, Mill Street Festival and the Ducktona 500 events.
 
Fall Color Driving Tour
Western Sheboygan County 
(920) 893-0079
Approximately 25 miles of Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive run through western Sheboygan County, providing spectacular displays of fall color. County Highways A and S (part of the Rustic Road program), and the beautiful drive around Crystal Lake also offer delightful visual experiences. Peak color generally runs from mid-September through mid-October. Brochures are available.
Charter Fishing
Riverfront 
800-457-9497
The captains and first mates of Sheboygan's charter fishing fleet are anxious to help visitors board their boats, show them where the "big ones are hitting" and help land them. Clean water and large, healthy trout and salmon have returned Lake Michigan sportfishing to an extremely popular summer activity. Visitors can book half-day or full-day charters through the Convention and Visitors Bureau ... and if the success of July and August last year continues, it would be advisable to book early.
 
Kohler-Andrae State Park
1520 Old Park Road 
(920) 451-4080
Fascinating landscape and wildlife make Kohler-Andrae State Parks a must for outdoor-minded visitor s. Located just south of the city of Sheboygan on the shores of Lake Michigan, the parks provide activities for campers and day visitors in every season. The Sanderling Nature Center offers many interesting displays and its auditorium is the site of presentations and programs. State Park sticker required.
 
Parnell Tower
Western Sheboygan County 
(920) 626-2116
One of the highlights of an Ice Age Trail hike is coming upon the Parnell Tower. Located in the heart of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, near the intersection of County Hwy. A and Kettle View Road, this 60-foot wooden observation tower was rebuilt in 1988 and offers a panoramic view of the forest and surrounding farmlands. On a clear day, one can see about 25 miles. Park sticker required. Open year round. On weekends call (920) 533-8322.
 
Indian Mound Park
Panther Avenue &
S. 9th Street 
(920) 459-3444
Effigy Burial Grounds, unique in the world, are found primarily in southern Wisconsin. Located in the Black River area are 18 of them in animal and geometric forms. Their builders were nomadic Native Americans living between 500 and 1000 A.D. The Open Mound Exhibit contains artifacts and replica skeletal material. A walking path for free self-guided tours provides easy viewing. Also part of the park is a boardwalk nature trail through the park's wetlands that demonstrates foliage of the northern hardwood province.
 
Elwood H. May Environmental Park
3615 Mueller Road 
(920) 459-3906 
Much more than a park, this wonderland of nature encompasses 125 acres of forest, wetlands, prairie and a riverway. Miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails and a variety of wildlife make Maywood a prized attraction for lovers of nature, the environment and the out of doors. The park's Ecology Center is the site of many classes and activities.
 
Old Plank Road Trail
Adjacent to Hwy. 23 
(920) 459-3060
This 17 mile multi-purpose recreation trail parallels State Hwy. 23 from Sheboygan on the Lake Michigan Lakefront to historic Greenbush where it connects with the Ice Age National Trail in the beautiful Kettle Moraine State Forest. It passes by the many attractions of Kohler Village and the American Club Resort Hotel, Sheboygan Falls and its beautiful Main Street, and historic Plymouth along the way. This award-winning trail accommodates walkers, runners, bicyclists, rollerbladers, horseback riders and snowmobilers on the 10 feet of asphalt and the eight feet of turf that are side by side. A number of amenities grace the trail including beautifully landscaped trailheads, rest benches, water and emergency telephones. There is no fee to use the trail.
Waelderhaus
1100 West Riverside, Kohler 
(920) 452-4079
This "house in the woods," which reflects the spirit and architecture of the Bregenzerwald region of Austria, was designed by Austrian sculptor­architect Kaspar Albrecht. The building features intricate carvings, woodcuts, reliefs, iron and pewter work all executed by Albrecht. Interesting furnishings include candle-reflected waterglobe lighting fixtures, a tile stove and wrought iron radiator covers. Open every day except holidays. Free tours are conducted at 2, 3 and 4 pm Bus tours by reservation.
 
Wade House and Wesley Jung Carriage Museum
W7747 Plank Road, Greenbush 
(920) 526-3271
Built in the 1850s by early settlers Sylvanus and Betsy Wade, the landmarked three-story frame building in Greenbush was formerly a stagecoach inn. Many original early American furnishings decorate the house at this State Historic Site. 

Also on the site are the Robinson House, home of Wade's daughter and son-in-law; and the Jung Carriage Museum, one of America's finest collections, featuring more than 100 vehicles. A variety of activities geared to the entire family are planned throughout the spring, summer and autumn, including Family Pioneer Days, a huge arts and crafts fair, the popular Yankee Harvest Dinners, a draft horse exposition, the nostalgic and entertaining Buffalo Bill Wild West Show and the huge September Civil War Re-enactment, to which this year has been added a Spring Muster. The site is open May to October, 9am-5pm. The last tour begins at 4 pm Admission is charged. 
 
Road America
Hwy. 67, Elkhart Lake 
800-365-RACE
Located near Elkhart Lake, midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay, Road America is North America's longest and finest natural road racing facility. Four miles and 14 turns on 525 rolling, wooded acres challenge drivers and excite spectators. Five exciting events from June through August -- two motorcycle events and three auto events, including the thrilling Motorolla 220 CART race -- make up the public race schedule. Admission is charged. An array of concessions are available and carry-ins are permitted.
 
Elkhart Lake Depot Museum
104 S. East St.,
Elkhart Lake 
(920) 876-2922
A quaint museum is housed in an old railroad station in the midst of the historic resort village of Elkhart Lake. Nearly 100 years old, the museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and contains many original depot furnishings. Newspaper clippings, photos and a variety of other mementos provide fascinating glimpses into this community's history. Open June 1 to Labor Day, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission charge. 
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