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“Nice Local History”

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Ashland
Certificate of Excellence
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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
Columbus, Wisconsin
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91 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Nice Local History”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

There is a nice museum of the local history and plenty of information on the travel attractions in the area. Take time to go on the hike around the property. Gift shop is not great, but the other information is great.

Visited September 2012
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Thank UWPPioneer
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NGLVC, Guest Relations Manager at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, responded to this review, October 8, 2013
Dear UWPPioneer,
Thank you for stopping by the Visitor Center and taking the time to review it. We're glad that you had the time to hike around the boardwalk. It's not that common that we still have snow on the trail in May, but this year was different! We hope that you'll stop back in if you are ever in the area again.
Safe Travels,
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Bessemer, Michigan
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“bland”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

A little dull, no one there could detail local history. They simply pointed to exibits and the souvenir shop. The souvenirs were NOT locally made for the most part.

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Thank Dale W
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NGLVC, Guest Relations Manager at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, responded to this review, October 8, 2013
Dear Dale,
We want to thank you for visiting and taking the time to write a review. We apologize for it not being a better experience for you. I guess that day we were just a little off, and we hope that you'll stop by and give us another chance. Although our gift store does try to carry some local items, there is always room for improvement. We will share your thought with the gift store manager. Thank you, and safe travels,
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Janesville, Wisconsin
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207 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Explore, Learn, and Enjoy!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

A treasure trove of local history form native American life to Lake Superior fisherman and lumberjack lore. Mining too! Kid friendly with many interactive gadgets for kids to enjoy with hands on experiences.

We've visited many times and it is a great place for any day, but is always good to keep in mind as a cool or rainy day outing.

The view from the top most level is breath taking! Being your camera!

Visited July 2012
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NGLVC, Guest Relations Manager at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, responded to this review, October 8, 2013
Dear 2sweet4umarie,
Thank you for visiting the NGLVC and for the detailed review. Winter is always a quieter time for our area, so we were very happy that you stopped in. You saw the snowshoes that were available, so next time we hope you bring the winter gear and head out on the trails. We would also love for you to stop back and see the mural. It took nine months, but it's all finished, and we think it is beautiful!
Safe Travels,
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Fort Frances, Canada
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76 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Impressive building for what's in there”
Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

Really nice building, free is as good a value you can get, typical pricey gift shop. Small museum type display area, nothing too awesome or extra kid friendly. The observation deck is a 360 degree view which is pretty nice, my first question was "where is the lake?" Hard to tell in winter and it is not right on the shore. There are walkways to take and you can even snowshoe if you are dressed for the weather. Did not take the trails so can't speak on those. Did get to witness the mural in progress which was neat. Artist was friendly even though I'm sure she has answered the same four questions thousands of times. Nice little stop on our trip but not worthy of being the destination. Did see that they support the junior rangers program which our children loved when they were younger.

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NGLVC, Public Relations Manager at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, responded to this review, August 15, 2015
Dear 2sweet4umarie,
We are glad you enjoyed your time here at the center. We are not too close to the lake, and that is due to both land availability and accessibility for travelers. We hope you can visit again and see the mural, it's all finished now and quite beautiful! We are so glad you noticed our junior ranger program, it is something we like to promote at the center. Thank you again for your feedback, and hopefully next time you visit you can see our nature trails!
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Knife River, Minnesota
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37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Must visit”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

We visited the center on a blustery winter day and loved every minute of it. Our grandchildren are 1, 3, and 5. There was something special for each one of them. Many of the displays are interactive. We left and returned later to snowshoe the trail behind the center. Snowshoes are available for free use. What fun we had!

Visited February 2013
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Thank KnifeRiver
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NGLVC, Guest Relations Manager at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, responded to this review, October 8, 2013
Dear KnifeRiver,

Thank you for bringing the grandkids in last February. We appreciate that you took the time to review us and gave us 5 stars. We hope that you'll be able to visit again this winter and use the snowshoes again.
Safe Travels,
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