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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
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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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Excellent Meeting facility

The large auditorium type structure makes an excellent event venue. Check their website for a list of very impressive presentations.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hayward, Wisconsin
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Hayward, Wisconsin
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116 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The large auditorium type structure makes an excellent event venue. Check their website for a list of very impressive presentations.

Thank LeeB13
Jacksonville, Florida
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pleasantly happened upon this visitors center as we were driving around Ashland on a college tour. AMAZING place. Great indoor displays, great outdoor displays, great trails. Wish it were closer to us!

Thank jaxquiltmaker
Duluth, Minnesota
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81 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On our way to Bayfield, we decided to stop and stretch our legs and we are glad we did! The visitor center has a very easy to navigate layout with helpful staff to guide if needed. Take the time to climb up the stairs to the top lookout area. We then walked the path through the marsh & woods, it's... More 

Thank Andrea P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went here while in Ashland with three children 9,6,2. It is a small cute center. The best part was the look out floor on top with a couple sets of binoculars for the kids to look at. I probably wouldn't bring them back as it is pretty limited to keep their interest. I was surprised that it was so... More 

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Woodstock, Virginia
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188 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

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 

Thank Lance B
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111 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 

Thank andmic510
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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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165 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
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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53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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!

Thank Dennis M

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