One of the premier visitor attractions in Northern Wisconsin, the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center is located 2.5 miles west of Ashland just off US Highway 2. Open 7 days a week, year round, it has activities and attractions for all ages. Jo and I regulary use their boardwalk nature trail to get some exercise as well as see the seasonal changes in the flora and fauna along the trail. We also like to visit the 5 story high observation tower and deck during spring and fall bird migrations and during fall color time.
Observation Tower Great Lakes Visitor Center - Ashland Wisconsin
NGLVC Programs & Events
Holiday Bazaar - December
Other attractions include a bookstore-gift shop and a geographic & natural history museum with interactive exhbits, including sections on the northern great lakes. The Wisconsin Historical Society operates a history and research center on the second floor. In addition to its archives they also sponsor periodic programs. They also have an excellent trip planning area with large maps and extensive information on interesting things to see and do in Northern Wisconsin and around Lake Superior. In our estimation if you are visiting the area or vacationing in the upper midwest, a stop at the center is a must.
The center's meeting rooms, lounge areas and multi-media theatre make it an excellent site for conferences and events. One popular event is the annual Chequamegon Bay Birding Festival held each year on a weekend near the end of May.
The Martin Hanson Theater offers a number of regular nature and outdoor movie features available upon request.
The Exhibit Hall and Art Gallery focus on the history and heritage of Lake Superior
Exhibits are also sprinkled throughout the center.
The natural history museum has several interactive and education exhibits.
The trip planning area has large maps and lots of brochures and information. The Visitor Center staff is happy to help you.
The Boardwalk Trail is a ¾-mile interpretive trail through black ash, cedar, and tamarack swamps and along a sedge meadow.
Skunk cabbage and spring flowers along the boardwalk nature trail.
Great 360 degree views from the Observation Deck
Learn more about Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
activities, events, and facilities here: https://www.nglvc.org/
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