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Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

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Address: 29270 County Highway G, Ashland, WI 54806-9339
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+1 715-685-9983
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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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Comprehensive Visitors Center... Beautiful Exhibits

This place only showed up on our journey as we were LEAVING the area...only wish we had stopped in here FIRST as we were ARRIVING! This place is extremely well put... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Lance B
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Woodstock, Virginia
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Woodstock, Virginia
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179 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place only showed up on our journey as we were LEAVING the area...only wish we had stopped in here FIRST as we were ARRIVING! This place is extremely well put together...beautiful displays.... and gives a comprehensive overview of the whole region. It is cooperatively run by several regional and municipal governmental and tourist agencies and with the National Park... More 

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Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Staff was very friendly and accommodating when we arrived just before closing. Be sure to allow enough time to fully enjoy what the center has to offer. There are all sorts of displays that will educate you about Wisconsin's wonderful natural habitats.

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WI
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28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We have driven by here a few times but I never noticed it until I looked on Trip Advisor's Things to Do recommendations. We turned a day out of school into an educational experience. My son is fascinated by Lake Superior and I was glad to see so much about the history of the people in the area. Native Americans,... More 

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Thank andmic510
Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This dramatic and well designed tower building houses a wealth of local information about the Great Lake Superior, and the water shed that supports it. Directly across the parking lot, and the adjacent county road, is a well designed, and expertly maintained, handicapped accessible walking trail through the terrain that Aldo Leopold helped save from total destruction. There is a... More 

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East Anglia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I hadn't expected much from this place intending only to stop off to buy a park pass (they don't sell the National Parks Annual Pass) Instead we found a considerable amount of interesting information which held us there for more than an hour. The rangers are extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed my visit -... More 

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Iowa, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We like museums and enjoyed this one. The elevator ride to top floor observation deck was much better than stairs. Staff was friendly and helpful. Good place to pause from driving. Very clean restrooms!

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Amazing information about Lake Superior. Interesting displays and weather facts. Also LOVED the quilts --so creative...so colorful

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Thank Carol K
Milwaukee
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117 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

What a nice place. The woman behind the desk was so very knowledgeable and kind. We wanted apples and they had a great map of the places and what kind of apple they have. We asked about Cable and Hayword as well as Bayfield and she really covered all of the bases plus mapped out a great route to drive... More 

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Thank Cheri25
Darlington, Wisconsin
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122 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Very interesting museum, good gift shop for local and conservation-oriented items, and nice trail system.

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Thank Lori N
Cascade, Idaho
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41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Although I visited the center to learn about the Great Lakes (I'm a westerner), I spent more time looking at the quilts on display They were outstanding! The interpretive displays are good and well done. The view from the crows nest is outstanding. The field glasses on the window ledges are a nice touch. The historical photos and questions about... More 

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