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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 9 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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Farmington, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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Denton, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

The center a beautiful structure overlooking marsh land and a small lake. I toured the interior and looked at all the "climate change" propaganda and wondered how the huge glacier that carved out the Great Lakes area melted on its own without man-made carbon emissions. The trails and walkways are well constructed and I did see several birds and other... More

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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Everything about this place was great - our family really enjoyed it. Only downside was the fact that we visited near closing time on a Friday, and I don't think the staff could've shooed us out any faster if they tried. We were even patronizing their gift store and buying stuff - probably would've spent more if they would've let... More

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Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We have been coming up to Ashland for years. It is only 2 hours from our house. It was a rainy weekend and we decided to visit the warm visitor center. WOW.....what a surprise!!!! It is a great museum with history that we never knew about Northern Wisconsin. They have artifacts, movies and so much more. You can go to... More

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Ashland, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Always something new happening. People traveling with kids or seniors need to stretch this place is worth the stop. It's more than a rest stop. Plan to spend at least a half hour but you may want to spend an hour. There's friendly people to greet you, there's walking trail, a 3 story view of the wet lands , a... More

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Marengo, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center has the best mural, and they have wonderful program we attend. The next program we are going to is called Fright Night on Oct 24th 2014. Kids can enjoy the season of Halloween in a safe place.

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Baku, Azerbaijan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

You're going to want a little extra time here. There are trails to walk, a look out tower, a theater of different presentations, historical archives, an interactive museum, a shop, and more. It was certainly more than we had expected.

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Ensenada, Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

They have a wonderful table map of the Great Lakes with all the lighthouses, the view from the tower goes for ever. Very friendly staff and great gift shop.

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Best museum- friendly staff- tons of handouts! Edmund Fitzgerald video- plan on spending at least an hour if not more here

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Greenville, Wisconsin
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49 reviews 49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

When we are in the area we always hit the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. The kids usually do a scavenger hunt and get some cool prizes while learning. This year we hit Smokey's 70th birthday party. So there were even more games and prizes along with cake. The place is very informative, clean, and the staff is always very... More

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