Resting on the shores of Lake Michigan and fondly known as ‘The Spirit on the Lake,’ the city of Sheboygan, Wisconsin is a charming coastal community that offers an enchanting mix of historical and cultural attractions and outdoor recreational activities. From museums, galleries, cultural events, and festivals to white sandy beaches, pristine golf courses, and the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan, Sheboygan has something for the whole family.

Enjoy world-class sailing and premier charter fishing on the lake, explore the historic downtown district that boasts an array of unique shopping, dining, and entertainment, or head into the great outdoors at one of the 34 beautiful parks or three athletic complexes to have some outdoor fun. Scroll to see the full list with photos or jump to the table of contents.


Kohler-Andrae State Park

Kohler-Andrae State Park

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Located a few miles south of Sheboygan, the Kohler-Andrae State Park is made up of two state parks, namely the Terry Andrae State Park and the Michael Kohler State Park, which are managed together as one. The park is home to beautiful natural landscapes and offers an array of activities, including camping, hiking, mountain biking, boating, fishing, sailing, kayaking, swimming, and relaxing on the beach. A Nature Center is open seasonally from May through October and offers a wealth of information on the area, and there are several cross-country skiing and beach trails.

Kohler-Andrae State Park, 1020 Beach Park Ln, Sheboygan, Wisconsin 53081, Phone: 920-451-4080


Bookworm Gardens

Bookworm Gardens

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Bookworm Gardens is a whimsical botanical garden inspired by popular children's books that offers a fun, educational way to spend the day with the kids. The gardens are open seasonally between May and October and feature over 70 different gardens, each of which is inspired by a children’s book and have all sorts of fun and educational activities. Designed for children of all ages, the gardens are trash-free and a picnic-friendly zone and offer an array of field trips, camp programs, and family festivals throughout the year.

Bookworm Gardens, 1415 Campus Dr, Sheboygan, WI 53081, Phone: 920-287-7895

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John Michael Kohler Arts Center

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

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The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is a community art museum in downtown Sheboygan that promotes all spheres of art and the performing arts. Based in the historic John Michael Kohler House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 100,000 square foot center features ten galleries showcasing an art collection of works produced by artists-in-residence, a performance center and theater, studio-classrooms, and meeting spaces. The center offers a variety of programs, including art exhibits, music and dance performances, classes, workshops, lectures and symposiums, demonstrations and festivals. The center also has an on-site retail shop called ARTspace, an activity space known as The ARTery, and a café named ARTcafe.

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 608 New York Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53081, Phone: 920-458-6144


Above and Beyond Children's Museum

Above and Beyond Children's Museum

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The Above and Beyond Children's Museum (ABCM) is an interactive children's museum in downtown Sheboygan that features three floors of hands-on exhibits that encourage children to explore, discover, and learn through play. Spanning 10,000 square feet, the museum has an array of educational presentations, including a 1900's schoolhouse, a naval vessel called the USS Efroymson, a life-size Giant Pin Screen, a wind tunnel, and a Sky Crawl. Above & Beyond Children’s Museum also offers a variety of educational programs, classes, and workshops for children of all ages.

Above and Beyond Children's Museum, 902 N 8th St #4005, Sheboygan, WI 53081, Phone: 920-458-4263


Acuity Flagpole

Acuity Flagpole

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The Acuity Flagpole is a 400-foot high flagpole flying a 9,800-square-foot US flag weighing 340 pounds based at the Acuity Insurance headquarters between Milwaukee and Green Bay on Lake Michigan. Visible from a considerable distance, the flagpole is nearly 100 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty and is the world's largest free-flying American flag with each stripe measuring over five feet high and each star almost three feet across. At the base of the flagpole is a Veterans Memorial featuring the names of Sheboygan County residents killed in active duty.

Acuity Flagpole, 2800 S Taylor Dr, Sheboygan, WI 53081, Phone: 800-242-7666


Sheboygan County Historical Museum

Sheboygan County Historical Museum

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Located in Taylor Park, the Sheboygan County Historical Museum is a community museum that was founded to collect, preserve and educate visitors about the history of Sheboygan County. The museum is spread over five historic buildings, including the 1864 Weinhold Family Homestead, the 1867 Bodenstab Cheese Factory, and the 1890's Schuchardt Barn, which features rural agricultural displays. Exhibits at the museum include presentations on maritime history, Native American history, and manufacturing, along with a gallery of regularly changing exhibitions.

Sheboygan County Historical Museum, 3110 Erie Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53081, Phone: 920-458-1103


3 Sheeps Brewing Company

3 Sheeps Brewing Company

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3 Sheeps Brewing Company is a locally-owned brewery and Sheboygan's only packaging brewery that has been producing a variety of craft beers and ales, as well as seasonal brews since 2012. The brewery produces up to 20 beers on tap, as well as growler fills and bottled, and canned beer to go, and visitors can sample the beers in the modern taproom, which is family and pet-friendly and offers plenty of entertainment options and a retail shop selling beer-related merchandise and souvenirs. Regular tours of the brewery are also available.

3 Sheeps Brewing Company, 1837 North Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53083, Phone: 920-395-3583


Sheboygan Visual Artists

Sheboygan Visual Artists

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Sheboygan Visual Artists (SVA) is a network of visual artists, both amateur and professional, and patrons that was established to enrich and encourage the community to take a more profound interest in the visual arts. The network hosts art gatherings that showcase the works of local and international artists in a variety of mediums, including sketching and drawing, watercolor and oil painting, photography and video, fiber art and sculpture, ceramics, glass, and wood. SVA is best known for Final Fridays, a combination of an art show, concert, and networking gatherings held on the last Friday evening of every month that draws hundreds of artists, friends, and visitors.

Sheboygan Visual Artists, 1201 Erie Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53081, Phone: 262-416-1278


Harry's Prohibition Bistro

Harry's Prohibition Bistro

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Harry's Prohibition Bistro is a 1920s bistro, pizzeria and wine bar on the Sheboygan riverfront with a beautiful riverfront patio and breathtaking views. The casual eatery serves authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizza cooked in a traditional Neapolitan oven, along with other delicious Italian fare, along with a variety of casual wines from Italy and other wine-growing regions, along with craft beers by the bottle, and made-to-order cocktails. Daily specials are available, desserts are decadent, and the enclosed patio has heating for alfresco dining in the winter. Prohibition Bistro is open for dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.

Harry's Prohibition Bistro, 668 S Pier Dr, Sheboygan, WI 53081, Phone: 920-451-9100


Highway 42 (State Trunk Highway 42)

Highway 42 (State Trunk Highway 42)

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State Trunk Highway 42, also known as Highway 42, is a 138-mile highway in northeast Wisconsin that runs from Sheboygan to the ferry dock in Northport. The road is a popular route into Door County and is popular with vacationers wanting to enjoy the scenic beauty of Door County and the activities in and around Lake Michigan. Highway 42 runs to the end of the Door Peninsula, ending at a ferry dock to Washington Island. Map


Sheboygan Railroad Museum

Sheboygan Railroad Museum

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The Sheboygan Railroad Museum is dedicated to the preservation of local railroad history and the model railroad hobby. Maintained by the Sheboygan Railroad Society, the museum features a collection of railroad historical artifacts dating back 100 years, local railroad relics, objects and items, and eight model layouts in G, O, S, HO, N, and Z operational scales on display for the public. The Society also maintains an extensive library of books, periodicals, and videos on all aspects of railroading, and offers a range of educational programs and workshops throughout the year.

Sheboygan Railroad Museum, 1011 N 10th St, Sheboygan, WI 53081, Phone: 920-783-6248


Lino Ristorante Italiano

Lino Ristorante Italiano

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Lino Ristorante Italiano is a casual Italian restaurant with a patio overlooking the Sheboygan River that serves both classic and contemporary Italian cuisine in a warm and welcoming setting. Owned by industry veteran, Lino Autiero, who boasts over 35 years of restaurant experience, Lino Ristorante Italiano serves a menu of traditional Italian fare that combine Lino’s favorite childhood dishes from the Amalfi Coast with innovative recipes gathered during his career. Signature dishes include pasta primavera, chicken piccata, and Frutti de mar, and classics like lasagna and spaghetti Bolognese, and desserts of tiramisu, pannacotta, and homemade gelato. The cuisine is paired with a variety of casual wines from Italy and other wine-growing regions, along with craft beers by the bottle, and made-to-order cocktails. Lino Ristorante Italiano is open for dinner, Wednesday through Sunday.

Lino Ristorante Italiano, 422 S Pier Dr, Sheboygan, WI 53081, Phone: 920-457-5200


Il Ritrovo Pizza

Il Ritrovo Pizza

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Il Ritrovo Pizza is an Italian deli, pizzeria, wine bar, and grocery store that showcases the best of Italy. The eatery is a certified VPN and APN pizzeria, serving traditional wood-fired Neapolitan pizza made with locally sourced seasonal ingredients. The APN (Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana) is an international organization that cultivates the culinary art of making Neapolitan pizza, guaranteeing a perfectly cooked Neapolitan pizza made with the best of seasonal and sustainable ingredients. The cuisine is paired with a variety of casual wines from Italy and other wine-growing regions, along with craft beers by the bottle, and made-to-order cocktails and imported deli delights can be purchased in the Italian specialty retail store. Il Ritrovo Pizza is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.

Il Ritrovo Pizza, 515 S 8th St, Sheboygan, WI 53081, Phone: 920-803-7516


Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center Water Park

Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center Water Park

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Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center Water Park in Sheboygan, Wisconsin could be described as an ideal destination for a lakeside getaway. Guests can find family fun at the Breaker Bay Indoor Waterpark, have a day of adventure outdoors, or relax and be pampered at the Reflections Spa. There’s also a lakeside patio that’s perfect for sipping on a cocktail and taking in the views of Lake Michigan, as well as dining options available on site. Blue Harbor Resort also offers over 50 villas and more than 180 guest suites, including themed kid suites, along with complimentary wireless internet.

Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center Water Park, 725 Blue Harbor Dr, Sheboygan, WI 53081, 920-452-2900


Parker John's BBQ and Pizza

Parker John's BBQ and Pizza

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Parker John's BBQ and Pizza combines the best of barbecue and pizza in a casual spot close to the Sheboygan River. The family-friendly restaurant serves a variety of slow-smoked meats accompanied by homemade barbecue sauces and sides such as beans and potato salad, as well as stone-fired pizzas with a variety of toppings. The full-service bar offers Wisconsin craft beers, handcrafted cocktails made with high-end spirits, Bloody Mary’s, and easy-drinking wines from around the world and guests can dine in the comfortable bi-level dining room with reclaimed wooden floors and a brick bar area or in one of two riverside outdoor dining spaces with great views. Parker John's BBQ and Pizza is open for lunch and dinner daily.

Parker John's BBQ and Pizza, 705 Riverfront Dr, Sheboygan, WI 53081, Phone: 920-453-0299


St. Peter Claver Parish

St. Peter Claver Parish

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The St. Peter Claver Parish is a Tri-Parish Catholic faith community that includes Immaculate Conception, St. Peter Claver, and Saints Cyril and Methodius. The parish is based in a historic church that was built in 1907 and recently renovated to include a new entrance to the worship space, ample gathering spaces, immersion baptismal font, four meeting rooms, and an elevator.

St. Peter Claver Parish, 1439 S 12th St, Sheboygan, WI 53081, Phone: 920-457-9408


Lottie Cooper Shipwreck

Lottie Cooper Shipwreck

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The Lottie Cooper Shipwreck site in Sheboygan, Wisconsin showcases the remains of the three-masted schooner known as the Lottie Cooper. The ship wrecked during a roaring gale off of Sheboygan in April of the year 1896. The remains today are open for the public to view throughout the year in DeLand Park at the town’s waterfront. The wreckage of the Lottie Cooper was discovered while constructing the Harbor Marina, and is displayed today as the only display of its kind anywhere in the Great Lakes. The shipwreck can be found following signs for Harbor Marina off of Highway 23. Map


Ellwood H. May Environmental Park

Ellwood H. May Environmental Park

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A diverse park in Sheboygan, Ellwood H. May Environmental Park spans across more than 130 acres of prairie, wetlands, and forests and is home to abundant wildlife, rivers, and ponds. Open to the general public throughout the entire year with no charge for admission, the miles of trails throughout the park are great for hiking, viewing wildlife, skiing, mountain biking, and snowshoeing. Some of the trails are also handicap accessible. The park also features the Environmental Lab, Prairie Overlook, and the Ecology Center that offer dozens of programs about natural history year-round for tour and school groups of all ages.

Ellwood H. May Environmental Park, 3615 Mueller Rd, Sheboygan, WI 53083, 920-459-3906


Indian Mounds Park

Indian Mounds Park

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Indian Mounds Park is home to Effigy Burial Grounds that are primarily found in southern Wisconsin. This uncovered unique site is located in the area of the Black River, at the far south side of Sheboygan, and features more than a dozen mounds in geometric and animal forms built by nomadic Native Americans who once occupied the area from 500 to 1000 AD. The Open Mound Exhibit at Indian Mounds Park includes an array of replica skeletal material and artifacts. Visitors can take a self-guided tour along the walking path or walk through the wetlands on the boardwalk trail.

Indian Mounds Park , Sheboygan, WI 53081, 920-459-3440


Old Plank Road Trail

Old Plank Road Trail

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The Old Plank Road Trail in Sheboygan, Wisconsin parallels Highway 23, which was the original plank road route built by laying down wooden planks during the middle of the 1800’s to accommodate the flood of immigrants headed west. This seventeen-mile, award-winning, popular trail is able to accommodate bicyclists, snowmobilers, nordic skiers, moped users, horseback riders, in-line skaters, walkers, and runners on eight feet of turf and ten feet of asphalt. The seldom flat Old Plank Road Trail extends from Sheboygan to Greenbush and travels by some good places to explore along the way, such as the Plymouth historic district. Map


Sheboygan Quarry Park

Sheboygan Quarry Park

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Sheboygan Quarry Park is operated in partnership by the City of Sheboygan and Eos Surf and Outdoor. In business since 1998, Eos has grown to offer outdoor gear and products, lessons, and rentals. Located at the park is Quarry Beach, a family-friendly waterpark offering a wide array of activities designed for the entire family to enjoy. The free-play waterpark features both deep and shallow water activities for any age, as well as a sandy area for building sandcastles, playing volleyball, sunbathing, and simply relaxing. Eos also offers surf and standup paddleboard lessons and rentals at Sheboygan Quarry Park.

Sheboygan Quarry Park, 3401 Calumet Dr, Sheboygan, WI 53083, 920-287-3303


Shaw Family Playground

Shaw Family Playground

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Situated within Evergreen Park, the Shaw Family Playground in Sheboygan, Wisconsin was created as a fully accessible, ADA playground. The playground was built through a partnership by the Friends of the Sheboygan Jaycees and the Sheboygan Park Project, and was inspired by the Shaw Family’s previously conjoined twins. The mission of the Shaw Family Playground is to remove barriers and allow every child to have an opportunity to experience imaginative, unorganized play with their peers on an accessible and safe playground. The playground is the first of its kind in Sheboygan County and completely accessible to everyone.

Shaw Family Playground, 2614 Pine Grove Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53083


Victorian Chocolate Shoppe

Victorian Chocolate Shoppe

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The family-owned and operated Victorian Chocolate Shoppe in Sheboygan transports customers back in time to the days of the old-time candy store while the smell of chocolate fills the air. The chocolate here is made in small batches in order to maintain the best quality. More than eighty different kinds of hand-dipped, homemade chocolates are available in the Victorian Chocolate Shoppe, such as the chocolate covered raspberries that are offered year-round. The shop has been family owned since 1997, however, Peggy and Joel Tauschek took over the shop in 2005. A variety of chocolates are now made on site.

Victorian Chocolate Shoppe, 519 S. 8th St, Sheboygan, WI 53081, 920-208-3511


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