We recently took a trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) via Wisconsin. We found several roadside attractions in Manitowoc Wisconsin. Check out what we found on our travels through that we found worthy to stop and snap a photo of.
Manitowoc was founded in 1836. It is located right off of Lake Michigan and at the mouth of the Manitowoc River. We arrived to Manitowoc via the S.S. Badger. The Badger is a car ferry that goes across Lake Michigan (4 hour ride) between ports in Ludington Michigan and Manitowoc Wisconsin. It’s about 4 hour ferry ride across the lake.
There are many things to do in Manitowoc, including the maritime museum, a zoo, parks and great places to eat.
We were driving through and checked out some roadside attractions in the area we saw along our way up through Green Bay to Michigan’s U.P.
While driving through Mantowoc and I was able to take in a lot of the old building architecture. It’s just wonderful to see so many old buildings still standing.
Bernice the Cow – Manitowoc
Located out front of the Cedar Crest Ice Cream Parlor, you’ll find big and beautiful Bernice the Cow. Stop in and enjoy some ice cream too.
Location: 2000 S 10th Street, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Large Paint Can – Manitowoc
This is a sign at a local business, Hallman-Lindsay Paint, that was pretty cool and unique to see if you are driving by.
Location: 3498 Dewey St, Manitowoc, Wisconsin – Corner of 35th St and Dewey St
Budweiser Towers – Manitowoc
Located at the end of main street, you’ll find the Budweiser towers standing talk and proud. The Busch Malt plant is now owned by the Breiss family.
Location: 605 Washington St, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Have you visited Manitowoc? Do you have a favorite destination you always visit when you visit?
chris Lewis says
I lived in Manitowoc for three years and there are many iconic places to visit. The ones you mentioned are great, but if you love Architecture, visit the Manitowoc Lincoln High School. Also, seeing the Badger car Ferry come in or leave on the waterfront as it travels to and from Ludington, Michigan is always fun as well! If you have time, traveling north along the coast is a pretty drive and it will lead you to Door County which has a lot of great things to see as well, not to mention attending a traditional Fish Boil!
Thanks for those tips Chris! It is definitely a place to spend time in. We did take the badger over from Michigan. It was a big help to us saving time on our travels. The ship itself is something to check out when in the area too for sure.