Explore Old World Wisconsin
Return to Wisconsin of the late 19th century, when waves of immigrants came to America’s heartland in search of a better life. Explore Old World Wisconsin.

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A couple of us from Relax Wisconsin headed out to the shores of Lake Michigan on Sunday, June 10th, and spent the afternoon at beautiful Point Beach State Forest near Two Rivers. As the thermometer on our van said it was 88 degrees, it was clearly much more comfortable on the beach.

Point Beach offers 127 campsites, a self-guided nature trail, Hiking/Ski trails, picnic areas as well as a sandy beach for family activities. Along the beach you can view Rawley Point Lighthouse (see picture). The lighthouse was originally built in 1853 and was replaced with the current steel tower in 1894.

If you park at the north end of the park, near the concession stand, there is wheelchair access to the beach (see picture).

During our walk on the beach we saw many families enjoying their day. From just laying in the sun, building sand castles, getting buried in the sand (see picture), to flying kites, the possibilities are endless.

To top it off, we ended at the concession stand and we both enjoyed a waffle cone with some delicious Cedar Crest ice cream.

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Owned by the Milwaukee Horticultural Society, the “Milwaukee Domes” conservatory. Mitchell Park is Milwaukee’s oldest park. The land was purchased in 1889 with the first conservatory opening in 1899. 

The domes were built around 1960, quickly becoming one of the city’s most popular destinations for garden lovers and tourists. Architect Donald Grieb’s award winning entry called for three beehive-shaped (not geodesic) glass domes, 140 feet in diameter at the base and 85 feet high, offering 15,000 square feet of growing space for plant display. Each dome has a distinct climate and exhibit plants in a naturalistic setting. The three Milwaukee Domes are the Desert, Tropical, and Floral Show domes.

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Here are a couple of pics of a bear cub watching Appleton’s Friday night commute near County A and JJ. Funny stuff, he just sat there watching the traffic go by. According to a couple of bikers he was there for about five minutes.  Click on the images above to enlarge them.

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Update Spring 2013, Owl: This nest has been taken over by an owl. George and Martha, last year’s Eagle Parents, have left the nest. This owl is named Bonnie. She is waiting patiently for her eggs to hatch –at any time. At the time of this writing, there was just an attack on the nest…

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Spring’s a little late this year, but coming sooner than you think it will be time for the sturgeon to spawn again. Leave it to Wisconsinites to come out in droves to celebrate the cycle of life. This is a pretty simple thing to take in, just drive there, park and step out along the…

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Take a memorable journey through the streets of a turn-of-the-century neighborhood, filled with historical ambiance and architecture.

Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward – the place to live, work, play, dine and shop. Just three blocks south of downtown, the neighborhood is now known as “Milwaukee’s Arts and Fashion District” and offers the city’s most dynamic array of restaurants, spas, theaters, galleries and unique shopping, all in a historic warehouse setting.

Download the free map at their website.

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