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Known as Wisconsin's "Maritime Capitol," Manitowoc celebrates its past and its present as a shipbuilding center with fascinating attractions. The largest maritime museum on the Great Lakes is here, with displays of everything from wooden sailing ships to a World War II-era submarine.

Charter sport fishing boats sail out of the city's modern harbor and marina. The city is also the home port of the last car ferry on the Great Lakes, carrying cars and passengers from Manitowoc to Ludington, Michigan and back. You'll also find the unique atmosphere of the Manitowoc/Two Rivers area includes a classic candy store/antique soda fountain and dozens of inviting shops and stores.

The Manitowoc Parks and Recreation Department has established a myriad of programs and activities for children and adults. Family activities abound here, as do organized leagues for softball, baseball, tennis and more. Eleven parks provide plenty of outdoor space. Children of all ages will enjoy Lincoln Park Zoo, featuring animals and birds native to the North Woods. Two Rivers Parks and Recreation Department oversees a large number of programs, community services and special events, in addition to Hamilton Community House, recreation fields and a senior center, the department assists organizations with yearly events.

City parks offer a variety of shelters for group outings, playgrounds and playfields. Public golf courses: Autumn Ridge 758-3333 Eastwin Valley 793-5997 Fairview 794-8726 Meadow Links 682-6842 Fox Hills Resort & Country Club, in nearby Mishicot, is Wisconsin's largest course. 45 championship holes. 755-2376. Branch River Country Club - private, 18-hole course. 682-5901. Clubhouse- 684-3319. The Elks Lodge - private course along Lake Michigan. 682-8082. Swimmers have the choice of public pool facilities in both Manitowoc and Two Rivers, in addition to beaches, inland lakes and the YMCA. There are a number of public tennis courts in Manitowoc and Two Rivers as well.

Manitowoc Area Activities and Attractions
Lincoln Park Zoo 1215 N 8th St Manitowoc, 54220 920/683-4537 - Community zoo with many animals. Open daily MD-LD 7am-8pm; winter 7am-3pm.
Natural Ovens 4300 Hwy CR Manitowoc, 54220 920/758-2500 - Tour a unique, commercial bakery; then visit the petting zoo.Bakery hours Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-3pm.
Pine River Dairy 10115 English Lake Rd Manitowoc, WI 54220 920/758-2233 - More than 130 varieties of cheeses including fresh curds, string cheese, reduced- fat & salt cheeses, cheese spreads, and cheese gift boxes. RO, PT, OW, MO, BT. UPS shipping. Open Mon-Wed, 8am-4pm; Thur & Fri, 8am-5pm; Sat, 8am-1pm. Exit 149 off I-43, 1/4 mi. west on Hwy 151, 2-1/2 miles south on 42 S, 2-1/2 miles west on English Lake Rd. HA
Pinecrest Historical Village PO Box 574 Manitowoc, 54221-0574 920/684-4445 - Living history museum with 23 historic buildings.Open daily May & Jun 9am-4pm; Jul-LD 9am-5pm; LD to mid Oct 10am-4pm
Rahr-West Art Museum 610 N 8th St Manitowoc, 54220 920/683-4501 - Fine art museum in a Victorian mansion. Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Wed til 8pm, Sat&Sun 11am-4pm. HA-First floor
The Old School PO Box 99 Mishicot, 54228 920/755-2291- Displays of Norman Rockwell prints, along with craft & collectible shops. Open Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 1-4pm.
Wisconsin Maritime Museum 75 Maritime Dr Manitowoc, 54220 920/684-0218 - Extensive maritime museum with an authentic World War II submarine. Open daily summer 9am-6pm; winter Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm. HA- museum, not submarine.
Woodland Dunes Nature Center PO Box 2108 Manitowoc, WI 54221-2108 920/793-4007 - Located on Hwy. 310 just west of Two Rivers, this 991-acre reserve offers a variety of birding opportunities including ten species of warblers in summer. The Center includes marsh, meadow, forest, swamp and prairie habitats, as well as 6 miles of nature trails. The Visitor Center is normally open 8am-3pm weekdays and 8am-11pm on Sat; but call ahead for confirmation.
Lake Michigan Carferry Cruise 900 S Lakeview Dr Manitowoc, WI 54220 800/841-4243, 920/684-0888 Operates May-Oct. Daily round trips across Lake Michigan from Manitowoc to Ludington, Michigan, aboard historic 410' carferry S.S. BADGER. One-way trip takes four hours. Ship carries cars, RVs, motor homes, buses, bikes and passengers. Enjoy dining, gift shop, entertainment, lounge and berths on board. Call for departure information and reservations.
Hillcrest Dude Ranch 8000 Arrow Rd Manitowoc, WI 54220 920/682-0158 - Riding all year by reservation. Groups welcome. Free bonfire, recreation area. Co-ed summer camp, Jun.-Aug. with indoor pool, llama hikes, horse shows and zebras.
Manitowoc County Ice Center offers public skating, as well as hockey and figure skating programs. The center features 23,700 square feet of floor space for exhibits.
The Manitowoc County Airshow (the Midwest's largest free airshow) is sponsored by the Manitowoc/Two Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce, and is always held over the second weekend in June. This is the area's largest event; call the Chamber for more information.
Riverwalk Festival is Manitowoc's celebration of the waterfront. Held annually on the fourth Sunday in June, the festival offers live entertainment, food, refreshments, children's activities and hundreds of arts and crafts vendors. The outdoor festival attracts nearly 30,000 each year.
Held in September, the annual Ethnic Fest in Two Rivers celebrates the area's cultural diversity with ethnic food, crafts, entertainment and more.
Point Beach State Forest offers nearly 3,000 acres of forest land, north of Two Rivers. The site includes several miles of Lake Michigan beach.

Other sites of interest: Rawley Point Lighthouse - campsites, hiking, snowmobile trails; Camp Sinawa Nature and Recreational Area, on Pigeon Lake, 265 acres for outdoor activities and water sports. You'll find year-round opportunities to play, ski, ride and test your golf skills in Manitowoc/Two Rivers.

The Rahr-West Art Museum is a fine art museum housed in a Victorian mansion.

There are plenty of opportunities to relax and play some golf at our many public courses.

If you would like to find out more about the Great Lakes Maritime history visit the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.

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