A trip across Lake Michigan on the last operating coal-fired steam ship in the United States in an experience unto itself, but there are still a lot to do once you enter Wisconsin.
Michigan is traversing between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Michiganders looking for a unique adventure should look no further than this. Among these are a maritime museum with a World War II submarine, a free art museum, and a non-motorized trail overlooking Lake Michigan, a brewery, a waterfront restaurant, and a music facility. A lazy river is also a feature.
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Several of Manitowoc's main attractions are within walking distance of the Badger dock, and the city's tourism liaisons that are stationed at the ship office during arrivals are always happy to guide travelers in the correct direction.
According to city tourism officials, here is a list of Manitowoc's most significant attractions:
Children explore the USS Cobia, a restored World War II submarine, at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, 75 Maritime Dr. in Manitowoc, Wis.City of Manitowoc.
The USS Cobia, a World War II submarine, is available for museum visits and serves as an Airbnb for those who want a more intimate encounter. The Sub Pub, a rooftop bar, also serves craft beer, wine, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages, is also available in downtown restaurants.
The Rahr-West Art Museum, which is located in an old house at 610 N. 8th Street in Manitowoc, in the Wis.City of Manitowoc, has a view.
Manitowoc is home to one of Wisconsin's top ten fine art museums, and admission is free. The room features works by Georgia O'Keefe, Andy Warhol, and Pablo Picasso. The room also features rotating exhibitions.
The non-motorized, 6.2-mile, asphalt trail offers views of Lake Michigan. It is universally accessible and is ideal for walking, bicycling, and inline skating. It begins at Blue Rail Beach, which is also home to the Manitowoc Lighthouse.
Manitowoc's distinctive old-timey candy store,, is known for its chocolate molding styles, including high-heeled shoes and perfume bottles. Unlike other stores, the store will make chocolates in whatever shape you desire.
Patrons gather at The Wharf, 606 Quay St. in Manitowoc, Wis. The restaurant is known for its open-air patio that serves as a concert venue during the summer.City of Manitowoc
The Manitowoc community is vibrant, with indoor and outdoor seating. The open-air patio is retractable roof. This outdoor venue serves as an entertainment venue during the summer.
At PetSkull Brewing Company, 1015 Buffalo St. in Manitowoc, in the Wis.City of Manitowoc, a selection of craft purees is displayed on the bar top.
A craft brewery and restaurant serving Cajun dishes and treats in Manitowoc are the only area in town to get a bob. A new beer is distributed weekly.
The property features an outdoor pool, a lazy river, a splash pad, two waterslides, and a diving board. There is also a miniature golf course onsite.
HOW TO GET THERE: The S.S. Badger's sailing season begins on Thursday, May 12, with daily departures from Ludington and Manitowoc. Round trip range from $56 to $129. The ferry can also accommodate cars/trucks, trailers, motorcycles, RVs, and bicycles.
In 2016, the 69-year-old Badger became a National Historic Landmark. She is the last coal-fired passenger steam vessel in the United States. The 410-foot vessel can accommodate 600 passengers and 180 vehicles.
The Badger began transporting railcars across Lake Michigan in 1953, and that was no longer profitable for C&O until 1990. She was saved in 1992 by Charles Conrad, who turned the large ship into a car ferry. In fact, the Badger has ever been transporting passengers and vehicles across Lake Michigan.
In 2020, Interlake Holding Company purchased the Lake Michigan carferry.
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