Wisconsin\'s Beautiful Lake Michigan Shoreline
Explore the largest Maritime Museum on the Great Lakes. Go down into a working WWII submarine where you can still hear the klaxon signal "dive dive" and sense the courage of the submariners. Manitowoc built 28 subs for the war, plus landing craft, mine sweepers and tankers.
Our proud tradition started in 1847 with the first wooden sailing ships launched on Lake Michigan. We're still world famous, now producing Burger luxury yachts. A modern, full-service 250-slip
Indians called us "Mundeowk, Home of the Good Spirit." Probably because of our beautiful, natural harbors and rivers discovered in 1673 by French trappers. Come and catch the spirit of being so close to Wisconsin's inland sea.
Nearby Two Rivers, offering four more marinas, is home to commercial and charter fishing fleets. Come aboard to catch that trophy salmon, lake and rainbow trout. Our charter captains provide everything. Be sure to take in a delectable fish boil! And tour the Coast Guard Museum and historic Rogers Street Fishing Village.
Our quality of life shows in our penchant to preserve a rich history. You'll see the pride in our neighborhoods, our friendly service to visitors, and our abundance of boutique and antique shops throughout Manitowoc County. We ever have a zoo to delight the youngsters.
Downtown Manitowoc boasts the exquisitely renovated 1920s Capitol Civic Centre, home to professional touring and local performing groups entertaining visitors year-round. Just across the draw bridge, slip into a 1930s mahogany booth at Beerntsen's ol' fashioned chocolate and ice cream parlor for a hand-dipped delight. And don't miss the free Rahr-West Museum of fine art.
The ice cream sundae, however, was invented in Two Rivers in 1881, but only served on Sundays. Today enjoy ol' fashioned sundaes everyday at Historic Washington House, an 1850s inn for immigrants that even boasts a ballroom with ceiling murals. Indeed, Two Rivers may become our heritage capital with recent additions of the Convent Museum and the Hamilton Museum of vintage wooden printers type and other artifacts.
Travel west a few miles and be ready to don your Blue & Gray for a Civil War Re-enactment at the Pinecrest Historical Village, 60 acres of living history. Go north to discover a working Old Rock Mill built in 1847, and Mishicot's favorite group tour destination, The Old School. Set in a 1905 school, browse the shops and enjoy a vast collection of Norman Rockwell art and the Frances Hook Museum. And don't miss Andercraft Woods. Nearby, see how atomic energy generate power at the Point Beach Energy Center.
If golf is your game, Wisconsin's largest course, Fox Hills, offers 45 championship holes. All told, you can tee off from 162 holes on a variety of courses throughout our area. Come evening, take in stockcar races at the Expo, a Skunks Baseball game, nightlift entertainment or stroll along our river-lake walk. You'll work up an appetite for a choice of 45 restaurants - from family to fine cuisine.
To really enjoy a Lake Michigan sunrise, stay over in a choice of more than 700 rooms from world-class hotel to bed & breakfasts, to economy family lodges to a full-service resort. A variety of private and public campgrounds are also available.
Take in the panorama of Wisconsin's East Coast from the air aboard a Magnus Aviation charter plane. Manitowoc hosts the largest free air show in the Midwest, cosponsored by our local EAA chapter and the Chamber of Commerce.
We're easy to get to, nestled along I-43, an ideal "base camp" from which to explore our many attractions and Door County, just an hour away. However, we urge you to leave the freeway for the Hwy. 42 Scenic Route that hugs the shoreline all the way to the Door. And by water, we're the shortest sailing distance between Wisconsin and Michigan. Save the rigorous 12 hour drive around by sailing the Badger Carferry. We're as majestic from the water as we are from land!
Manitowoc-Two Rivers Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 906
Manitowoc, WI 54221-0903
Manitowoc Visitor Information Center
I-43 at Hwy. 151 Interchange
Manitowoc, WI 54221
Chamber of Commerce
1515 Memorial Drive
Manitowoc, WI 54221
Lake Michigan Carferry
Department of Economic Development
1717 East Park Street
P.O. Box 87
Two Rivers, WI 54241-0087