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Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

29270 County Highway G, Ashland, WI 54806
715-685-9983
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Ashland
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Owner description: The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center is a four-season facility, capturing the unique qualities of this multi-state region. An intriguing objects... more » Owner description: The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center is a four-season facility, capturing the unique qualities of this multi-state region. An intriguing objects theater, engaging exhibits and special programs are designed to tell the stories of the region's cultural and natural history. Comprehensive visitor information services and a friendly hospitality staff will help guide you on your journey. Open Daily from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Free « less
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Middleton, Wisconsin
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Great exhibits and information from the staff. Nice trail outside and views from the observation deck.

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Hayward
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Nice movie theater with a variety of choices for FREE! Small gift shop and lots of activities even indoors. Better in the spring, summer of course but still a good daytime trip for the winter.

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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201 reviews 201 reviews
95 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is a very attractive visitor centre. As well as very helpful staff who are keen to spend time giving you ideas and answering your questions, the building is a delight. There is a tower from which you get a 360 degree view and also the most amazing mural. Well worth a stop if you are in the area.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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67 reviews 67 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This center offers some focused information about the area, with opportunities to learn some basics about the geology, birds, fish and other wildlife of the area, history of the region, and some of the economics that played into the history. There is no admission, but they offer opportunities to donate to their mission. While we only stopped for a short... More

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Beloit, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Try to spend an hour or two and even take a walk along the hiking trail at this site to get acquainted with the area and the history of the region. The exhibits are informative and we've seen the video presentation several times--we stop here on every trip to the Washburn, Bayfield and Red Cliff area.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This place has so much going on. The grounds are beautiful. I think there are 3 or 4 floors. Don't plan just a quick visit. Give yourself some time to check out all it has to offer.

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

This was our first stop of our weekend in Ashland. The view from the top is worth the stop. My kids 8 & 10 enjoyed th walk up & the view from outside on the deck. The people working inside were very friendly & helpful.

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

A thorough overview of local Native American culture and regional geology/topography. I would highly recommend the view from the top to anyone that stops by. Open 9-5 everyday.

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Atchison, Kansas, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This visitor center is filled with information and I found it to be most helpful as we explored the area around the Apostle Islands. There are a lot of interactive displays and the information about the glaciers was fascinating. The grounds are well kept and the movie about the shipwrecks in Lake Superior were very interesting!

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Palm Bay, Florida, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This is a neat stop if you are in Ashland and really want to learn about Lake Superior and the surrounding area. The center is fairly large with lots of displays and history and exhibits. The view from the top is very nice and they have telescopes you can see lighthouses on the lake. There is a nature trail like... More

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