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MANITOWOC — One of the many, many great things about Sheboygan is its proximity to other great spots to see. Whether you're looking for a day trip or a full week-long getaway, follow along with our Travel Guide series.

Through this feature, we will be your guide to some of Wisconsin's most sought-after vacation spots, hidden gems and scenic spots. From where to eat to when you should plan your stay around major events, check out this guide.

TRAVEL GUIDE: MANITOWOC-TWO RIVERS

With more than 20 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the Manitowoc-Two Rivers area offers pristine coastline and parks. The area is also full of history and unique places to eat and drink during your trip.

Major attractions

Wisconsin Maritime Museum: Manitowoc is home to the midwest's largest maritime museum where enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy the nation's most completely restored WWII submarine, the USS COBIA, experience hands-on activities and operate a triple-expansion marine steam engine.

Farm Wisconsin Discovery CenterGuests of all ages can learn all about where and how their food is produced and why agriculture is so important at the discovery center, located on the west side of I-43.

Shops

Downtown Manitowoc: Crystal Pathway, "On Second Thought" consignment shop, Heart and Homestead, Ivy Trails Lakeshore, The Wharf

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Unique Flying Objects has the area's largest selection of flags, windsocks, kites, spinners and more.

Downtown Two Rivers: Basil Ishkabibble's Art Gallery, Cleveland Cycleworks, Intertwined Yarn Shop, Molly's Closet, Quilt Shop of Two Rivers, Read Apple Toye Shoppe, Seeds N Beans, Shipwreck Adventures SCUBA, Unique Flying Objects.

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Head to LondonDairy Alpacas to see the fully operational ranch involved in agri-tourism.

Specialty shopping: LondonDairy Alpacas, Andercraft Woods, The Cheese Nook, Golden Ring Music and Folklore Center, I43-JJ Antiques, Lakeside Country Store.

Eating and Drinking

Downtown Manitowoc: Salute to Everyone, Courthouse Pub, Brix, Moore's Irish Pub, Wrap it Up, Beerntsen's Confectionary, Ryan's on York, Pizza Garden, Lucky Bamboo, Petskull Brewing Company.

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BRIX is located in a renovated historic building serving up unique menu items and experiences.

Downtown Two Rivers: Casa Mexico, City Central Bar and Grill, Connie's Diner, Crafty Cravings and Cafe, Dick's Wonder Bar, Fatzo's Subs and Pizza, Level Up Nutrition, Linda Loves Cheesecake, Red Bank Coffeehouse, Scream'N Conuts Ice Cream, Water's Edge Restaurant.

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The Wharf Manitowoc is expected to open in May 2021 and feature a 4,000 sq. ft. open air patio with a retractable roof system.

Wineries and breweries: Ahnapee Brewery, Captain's Walk Winery, Cold Country Vines and Wines, Courthouse Pub, Duck Creek Vineyard and Winery, Parallel 44 Vineyard and Winery, Petskull Brewing Company, Silarian Vineyards, The Wharf, Von Stiehl Winery.

Sightseeing

Public art: Murals and other artwork can be found all around Manitowoc and Two Rivers. Use this guide courtesy of the Manitowoc Visitor and Convention Bureau to see them all.

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  • Art Slam Community Mural: Frogs, A tribute to Ron Stokes - 8th Street between Wine Bar and Maritime Museum
  • Sister-City Mural: Inspired by the original art of Hokusai, "The Great Wave Off Kanagawa" - 822 Franklin Street
  • Creative Crosswalk: Books Art Slam Community Mural, Paint by Number - Northeast corner of 9th and J streets
  • Red Arrow Park: 32nd Infantry Memorial - S. 9th Street and Jaycee Drive
  • Manitowoc Public Library: Three Little Pigs - 101 Quay Street
  • Unity - Quay and 7th streets
  • Novak's Service Center: Engine - 1320 Washington Street
  • 10th Street Bridge Mural: Nautical
  • LaDeDa Books and Beans Mural: Books and Bird - 1624 New York Avenue
  • Red Arrow Park Mural: 32nd Infantry - S. 9th Street
  • Mainly Manitowoc Mural: Farmers Market - 910 Washington Street
  • Manitowoc Postcard Mural - 824 S. 8th Street
  • Late for a Date - 610 N. 8th Street
  • Ruth West Imagination - Corner of N. 8th Street and Maritime Drive
  • Manitowoc Bobber - 1015 S. Lakeview Drive
  • L.W. Bentley Mural - 915 Memorial Drive
  • Shipbuilder the Badger Sculpture - Manitowoc lakefront adjacent to SS Badger Carferry dock

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  • Schroeder's Ice Cream Mural - 1623 Washington Street
  • Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve: Wildlife Barn Mural - 3000 Hawthorne Avenue
  • Pet Nirvana Mural: Elephant - 1705 13 E. St., Suite A
  • Silo Project: Geese - Dr. Jon Henry Farm, 3104 Woodland Drive
  • Spirit of the Rivers - 4815 Memorial Drive
  • Lake Fish Mural - 1400 Lake Street
  • Roger Street Fishing Village Fisherman Statue - 2102 Jackson Street
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This seven-panel mural, "Pride," created by Caryl Yasko for City Hall honors Manitowoc's great ship-building era.

Mariners Trail and Rawley Point Recreation Trail: The six-mile paved recreational Mariners Trail connecting Manitowoc and Two Rivers is the longest continuous scenic view of Lake Michigan in the state. Follow the signs through downtown Two Rivers to reach the Rawley Point Recreation Trail that has a hard-packed limestone base.

Lighthouses: The Manitowoc-Two Rivers area is home to three different quaint lighthouses - Rawley Point Light, Manitowoc Breakwater Light near Manitowoc Marina and Two Rivers North Pierhead at Rogers Street Fishing Village.

Fun Facts

Schroeder's Department StoreVisit one of the nation's oldest independent department stores. This "old fashioned," family-owned store was opened in 1891 and includes Red Bank Coffeehouse.

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Schroeder's Department Store is located at 1623 Washington Street in Two Rivers.

Sea glass: The Manitowoc-Two Rivers coastline is a favorite spot for sea glass hunters along Lake Michigan's edge. Pieces are formed from tableware and glass used on ships, bottles and other items discarded into the water. The best time to search is after a storm or during a full moon when tides are strong.

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