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Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A "must stop"

If you have any interest in the Great Lakes, the history of the area, or things to do while passing... read more

Reviewed November 12, 2018
Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Superb stop

This is a great find; it’s much more than an information centre. Welcoming staff. Plenty of... read more

Reviewed November 5, 2018
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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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 November 12, 2018

If you have any interest in the Great Lakes, the history of the area, or things to do while passing through, you must stop here!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank HemlockHill12
Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

This is a great find; it’s much more than an information centre. Welcoming staff. Plenty of displays. Large viewing area upstairs. The visitor centre is definitely worth a stop while travelling in the area

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 16, 2018 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JoAnn2656
Reviewed October 16, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tiki L
Reviewed October 2, 2018

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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed September 23, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 20, 2018 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!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank James99946
Reviewed September 20, 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
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

Date of experience: October 2017
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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

Date of experience: August 2018
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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.