Wisconsin Tourist Attractions

By | January 3, 2023

Special churches, temples and monasteries

Basilica of St. Josephat in Milwaukee
This is a cathedral built in 1901, modeled on St. Peter’s in Rome. By Paps Pius XI. in 1929 she received the honorary title Basilica Minor as the third in the United States. The St. Jesephat Basilica Foundation was founded in 1991, so that major renovations to the cathedral have been possible since then. Back then, people did not trust the local cement for the foundation, which is why they imported some from Germany. The total height of the building is around 65 m.

Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary at Hubertus
This is a church building, whereby the special feature is actually the place steeped in history and legend where it is located. It stands on a 410m high hill in southeastern Wisconsin, on which there is a lookout tower next to the church, which offers a wonderful view of Milwaukee and its skyline, 30 km away. The church here today was completed in 1931, but had predecessors in the 19th century. Holy Mass takes place here at the weekend, but services are also held during the week. Particularly striking are the statues at the entrance from 1958, which depict Mary and Joseph. The church was extensively renovated between 2002 and 2006.

Little Norway in Blue Mounds at Madison
This is a Norwegian stave church located on a Norwegian farm from 1856 that is now open to visitors as an open-air museum. The interesting thing about the church is that it was originally not part of the farm but was an exhibition piece made in Norway for the World’s Columbian Exposition, the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. It was brought to Little Norway and is one of the few structures of this kind outside of Norway.

St. Stanislaus Romam Catholic Oratory in Milwaukee
The St. Stanislaus community was founded in 1866 by Polish immigrants and was the third Polish community in the United States. The current building was completed in 1873 and is particularly characterized by its twin towers.

St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Milwaukee
St. Stephen Lutheran Church, also known as Iglesia Luterane San Esteban, is located just off Interstate Highway 43. It was founded in 1853 as a missionary church called The Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Stephen, whereby the community consisted largely of German immigrants. However, the congregation did not move to the location of today’s church until 1866, when a new church was built. During the course of renovation work around 1901, the building got its typical appearance from the red brick facade. Also worth mentioning is the organ from 1941 with 2100 organ pipes, which was restored in 2004. Services in Spanish have also been offered here since the 1960s.

Trinity Evangelican Lutheran Church in Millwaukee
The congregation of this church was founded by German immigrants in 1847. The building dates from 1878 and was built with the locally made Cream City Brick, which is responsible for the special color of the church. The facade is also adorned with small details made of sandstone. Also noteworthy is the organ from Germany, which is hidden in the back of the church and has around 1600 organ pipes.

Big celebrations and events

German Fest in Milwaukee
Here German folklore is celebrated in the American style. You can see Bavarian costume fashion, German food and lots of beer, the whole thing is crowned by brass music. It takes place annually at the end of June and is in the light of the long German tradition that came to Wisconsin with the early settlers.

Great Taste of the Midwest Beer Festival in Madison
Around 120 breweries serve their beers at this festival. The tickets are in high demand and cost a lot, at US $ 35, if you are interested in visiting the festival you should get a ticket early, which can be found online on the website of the Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild (mhtg.org) is possible. The period for the festival is early August each year.

Irish Fest in Milwaukee
This Irish folk festival has brought Irish music and dance to Milwaukee since 1981. Almost 130,000 visitors admire the approximately 250 artists on 17 stages each year. Culinary specialties and the famous Guinness as well as the whiskey from the Green Island are also offered here.

Polish Fest in Milwaukee
This Polish folk festival takes place annually in late June and is one of the largest Polish folk festivals in the United States. The festival originated in the early 20th century, when the Poles made up the second largest part of Milwaukee’s population after the Germans. Polish food, typical handicrafts and music are presented.

Pride Fest in Milwaukee
This annual festival is representative of the diversity of the gay, lesbian and transgender community in Milwaukee. It always takes place on the second weekend in June and offers a lot of art and cultural programs in addition to information.

Summerfest in Milwaukee
The festival venues on Lake Michigan are populated annually by hundreds of bands of different styles. The ten stages have something to offer for rock, blues, country, jazz and alternative fans. It is not for nothing that one often speaks of the “largest music festival in the world”. As a visitor you pay US $ 15 for a day pass.

World’s Largest Brat Fest in Madison
With a lot of music and a large fairground here in Madison every year around 208 00 sausages are eaten by festival goers at the end of May. The festival has been held since 1983 and has been freely accessible to visitors ever since.

Zoos, parks and amusement parks

Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison
The Henry Vilas Zoo has a total area of ​​20,000 m² and attracts more than half a million visitors every year. In addition to numerous primate species such as orangutans or chimpanzees, the zoo also houses predators such as grizzly bears, tigers and alligators, as well as a variety of birds and amphibians such as the sea turtle.

Lakefront Park in Milwaukee
Lakefront Park is located directly on Lake Michigan and offers ample space for long walks, bike rides or inline skating. The sports equipment for the latter activities can be rented directly in the park. Bradford Beach in the park is ideal for sunbathing and swimming.

Milwaukee County Zoo
The zoo has a total area of ​​81 ha = 0.81 km² and currently houses around 1800 animals. The zoo was founded in 1892 as a west park with much smaller dimensions and was called the Washington Park Zoo from 1900 until it finally got its current name in 1958. There are numerous species to be admired in the Milwaukee County Zoo, including gorillas, lions, elephants, polar bears and many more.

Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo in Green Bay
The Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo is located approximately 18 km northwest of Green Bay. The Brown County Reforestration Camp extends over 170,000 m². It was founded in 1952 when bear, deer and wolf enclosures were started. Today you can find exotic animals such as lions, giraffes, alligators and monkeys among the at least 215 animals living here.

Oshkosh Menominee Park Zoo
The zoo is located in Menominee Park in the eastern part of the city of Oshkosh on the shores of Lake Winnebago. The area of ​​the zoo covers an area of ​​around 32,000 km² and is home to around 30-50 animal species which are admired by around 43,500 visitors throughout the year. The zoo’s mission is not only to focus on the exotic fauna, but also to present it in balance with the fauna native to Wisconsin.

Racine Zoological Gardens
This zoo is located directly on the shores of Lake Michigan. It builds a bridge between wilderness and civilization and also has a wide range of different events, especially for younger guests. You can admire a variety of species such as giraffes, rhinos, zebras, penguins, alligators and countless other large and small animal species.

Special Memories Zoo in Greenville
The Special Memories Zoo is a small, tranquil, privately run zoo in Greenville in western Wisconsin, which gives it a particularly family charm. In addition to an extensive range of soft toys, you can also experience big cats like tigers or even lions more directly than anywhere else.

Other natural beauties

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary at Green Bay
Nature Reserve at Green Bay, which should make it easier for the urban population to get in touch with nature. In various on-site facilities, visitors are introduced to numerous species of regional plants and wildlife. The nature park is open all year round, but there are also regular special events such as bird watching or similar. instead of.

Crystal Cave at Eau Claire
This stalactite cave is located in the western part of the state near the Spring Valley. It is said to be the longest cave of its kind in Wisconsin. It is well developed and accessible to visitors, so that everyone can admire the numerous stalactites and stalagmites during the guided tours.

Pattison State Park at Superior
The park is located in the north of Wisconsin south of the village of Superior on Lake Superior and has an area of ​​approximately 5 km². The State Park is traversed by the Black River, which plunges here as a waterfall approx. 50 m deep. The waterfall is called Big Manitou Falls and is the tallest in the entire state of Wisconsin.

Pattison State Park at Superior