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Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

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Address: 29270 County Highway G, Ashland, WI 54806
Phone Number: 715-685-9983
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center is a four-season facility...
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
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OUTSTANDING!

Wow. This was an unexpected stop on our way home from visiting the ice caves in Bayfield, and I will be going out of my way to visit from now on. I have driven through every state... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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Palau
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Wow. This was an unexpected stop on our way home from visiting the ice caves in Bayfield, and I will be going out of my way to visit from now on. I have driven through every state in the country, and visited many countries of the world, and this is by far the best visitor's center I have ever seen.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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121 reviews 121 reviews
102 attraction reviews
450 helpful votes 450 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This was an unexpected gem encountered on a day of driving across Wisconsin. In addition to the museum, there is a nature trail on a boardwalk through the northern forest. There were birches, marshland grasses, flowers, butterflies and more. Take your camera and take pictures. The back porch was shaded, had a nice breeze, had rocking chairs, and was a... More 

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Burnett, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We decided to give this place a try and it was a nice way to get info on the area. It is almost like a mini museum and there are little movies about different topics that I found very interesting. If you like info on the history of a area and surroundings it is worth a look.

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Ashland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A lot of information on display. Well set up and an excellent view from the tower. A theater for presentations, gift shop and good bathrooms.

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This place is full of information about the area, the history, the activities, and everything there is to know about Lake Superior, Apostle Islands, and the area. There are snow shoes to rent with trails behind the building. The staff are all very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. Go here first, you'll be glad you did.

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USA
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155 reviews 155 reviews
22 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This was a pleasant surprise after a long road trip. We stopped in here, more as just a pit stop but it became much more. Very informative on all things to do with Lake Superior and northern Wisconsin. From mining and logging to the fishing histories of this area. The staff were all friendly and helpful. We liked the look... More 

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Weyerhaeuser, Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

This is a wonderful teaching facility. Stop in - stay for as long as you want - you will learn, you will be introduced to the beauty of the Greatest Lake and its history, cultures, habitats, and become aware of how you can make a difference in our Natural World. Also a great resource for those who are planning a... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Nice views of Apostle Islands. Informative multimedia presentation. Very helpful people. Interesting exhibits, too. Clean, well maintained. Even a fun gift shop.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We drove a long time to get there and it was worth it! I asked the person at the front desk if it was OK to let our two-year-old run loose and she said "of course." The observation deck at the top was my favorite though the exhibits and murals are great too. The staff was very nice. We liked... More 

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Farmington, Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

this was our first trip to Ashland in several years and we were surprised to find this visitor center there. it represents both Wisconsin and Minnesota history in the region. Mining, lumber, fishing, geology...you name it. It has a great circular observation tower that can be reached by stairs or elevator. Nice trails and parking. The exhibits were well thought... More 

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