May 24, 2012

Only In Wisconsin

Visit Wisconsin’s most interesting and eccentric attractions this summer

Take a trip across the Badger State and you’ll find an astonishing assortment of fun things to see and do. You can bike, walk and wander through acres upon acres of state parks and natural areas, filled with scenic beauty and copious wildlife. Launch your boat or canoe on thousands of inland lakes. Experience the lively cultural scene happening in historic opera houses, performing arts centers and museums.

But, the best thing about traveling across Wisconsin is the surprises you’ll find. Quirky and unique, these four attractions are among the most fun and interesting in the Midwest.

Kovac Planetarium

The clear skies of northern Wisconsin are a boon to stargazers, but what happens when fog rolls in or clouds obstruct the constellations? That’s the problem Frank Kovac wanted to solve in 1996 when he started building his own planetarium near Rhinelander. The result of Frank’s decade of hard work is the Kovac Planetarium, a two-ton, 22-foot diameter, electrically driven globe planetarium that shows every star – painted by hand by Frank himself – in Wisconsin’s night sky.

National Mustard Museum

Mustard MuseumKetchup fans visiting Middleton are out of luck – the condiment celebrated by the local museum in this Madison suburb is mustard. Inside the National Mustard Museum, you’ll find a whopping 5,400 types of mustard from all over the world – all 50 states and more than 70 countries – as well as mustard memorabilia, antiques and more. And, there are endless opportunities to sample new Dijons, yellows and plenty of other varieties in the museum’s store. Don’t miss National Mustard Day, August 4, when all of Middleton celebrates the beloved condiment.

Stevens Point Area’s Breweries

Oso's Tap HouseWisconsin’s rich brewing culture is alive and well in the Stevens Point Area, home of three working breweries. The Stevens Point Brewery – the nation’s fifth oldest continually operating brewery – shares the spotlight with up-and-comers like O’so in Plover and Central Waters in Amherst. Each brewery has its own unique features. Point Brewery sits in the same residential neighborhood it has occupied since 1857. The tap room at O’so Brewery boasts a rotating selection of three dozen Wisconsin taps. Central Waters Brewery is the state’s first green-powered brewery. Each of the three breweries offer fantastic beer and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Fred Scheer’s Lumberjack Shows, Oneida County

Scheer’s Lumberjack Shows are a summertime staple in the Minocqua area in Oneida County. These action-packed shows run five days a week from June through August to the delight of summer visitors and year-round residents alike. The audience will see a wide array of lumberjack feats, including log rolling, power sawing, pole climbing and axe throwing. Expect plenty of thrills and a lot of wood chips.

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