Top things to do in Northern Wisconsin

Island in Apostle Islands

Madeline Island

Inhabited Madeline Island makes a fine day trip and is reached by a 25-minute ferry from Bayfield. The isle's walkable village of La Pointe has a couple of mid-priced places to stay, a smattering of eateries and a g…
Pies in Northern Wisconsin

Norske Nook

Norse Nook hangs a sign that says, 'Pie Fixes Everything.' Try the chocolate mint, blueberry crunch or cherry cream cheese varieties, and you'll believe it. They've all won blue ribbons at the National Pie Champions…
American in Apostle Islands

Fat Radish

The Radish uses quality, sustainable ingredients in its deli wares. It's located by the docks and handy for amassing snacks to take on the boat tours. At night the chef serves tasty pizzas and seafood dishes.
Sports in Northern Wisconsin

Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival

In mid-September some 2000 strong-legged men and women peddle a grueling 40 miles through the Chequamegon woods. The action starts in Hayward.
Sculpture in Northern Wisconsin

Concrete Park

Folk artist and retired lumberjack Fred Smith's Concrete Park in Phillips is extraordinary, with 200-plus whimsical, life-size sculptures.
Live Music in Apostle Islands

Big Top Chautauqua

The Chautauqua is a major regional summer event with big-name concerts and musical theater. It all happens under a big tent about 3 miles south of Bayfield. A free shuttle runs from the Seagull Bay Motel.
State Park in Apostle Islands

Big Bay State Park

Big Bay is at Madeline Island's far edge, with a pretty beach and hiking trails. The well-maintained campsites are awesome and book up fast.
American in Apostle Islands


Kitschy, flamingo-themed Maggie's is the place to sample local lake trout and whitefish; there are pizza and burgers too.