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Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Nice visitor center

Great experience at this incredible visitor center. Great information and a lovely nature walk in... read more

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A trip highlight!

This environmentally responsible visitor center provided a breadth of knowledge about the area... read more

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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...more
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29270 County Highway G, Ashland, WI 54806-9339
+1 715-685-9983
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great experience at this incredible visitor center. Great information and a lovely nature walk in the marsh area. We enjoyed the films to learn about this area.

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Reviewed yesterday

This environmentally responsible visitor center provided a breadth of knowledge about the area. What has occurred in the past to create the current surroundings and how things might develop in the future. The center is gorgeous and the staff were super friendly. I did the...More

Thank Tiki L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is definitely a must see attraction when visiting the Ashland area. You will need to set aside at least two hours to see everything this place has to offer.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a free museum but don't be misled....You will want to make a donation after you spend time here. Leave plenty of time to be educated on so many phases of Great Lakes history, flora & fauna, shipwrecks, etc. The displays are so well...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You need to give yourself close to 2 hours to adequately see the displays here. Well done Historical description and present state of the Majestic Lake Superior and surrounding area. So glad we stopped!

Thank James99946
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed touring thru the displays of information. I especially enjoyed the quilts on 2nd floor. The top floor view was something else! Take the stairs for Cardio, or there is an elevator. A small gift shop is on site, the bathroom was clean. The...More

Thank Lucky0420
Reviewed August 26, 2018

That slogan on a sweatshirt made me plan a visit to this place, but my visit ended up being several hours long because of the exhibits and art inside. The gift shop also had some local crafts to love. A lotion stick and a bar...More

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Reviewed August 20, 2018

I'm not sure how we never noticed this beautiful facility before, but we are glad we stopped in for a visit on our recent trip. The rangers were very helpful with information about the area and even about Minnesota State Parks along the North Shore...More

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Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

Stopped to get information while traveling. Has a very nice exhibit area. Beautiful small quilt hangings on 2nd floor and lookout on 3rd floor. Had a walking path. Very friendly and helpful staff. Small gift shop.

Thank Donna W
Reviewed August 8, 2018

We stopped in for a quick visit. So much to see and do! Definitely could have spent a couple of hours here. Seemed more like what you would find at a museum then just a visitor's center. The views were amazing (even on a cloudy,...More

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Rose H, Front Office Manager at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2018

So glad you stopped and took time to take in what you could! The NGLVC values your opinion and we are very happy you had a positive experience. Come back soon!!

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Alex B
July 14, 2018|
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Response from iowamom2014 | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see any facilities for dogs. I was surprised at how dog-unfriendly the entire UP was.
September 22, 2015|
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Response from w951srb | Reviewed this property |
It's free and is run by several federal and state agencies.