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Manitowoc – Wisconsin Harbor Town

Welcome sign in Manitowoc


1997 to Present

Manitowoc is a city of 33,736 located on the shores of Lake Michigan, 7 miles south of Two Rivers.  It is also the county seat of Manitowoc County. My husband Al grew up near here in the suburb of Branch and I have grown to love this city by the lake.  A great resource to learn about this city and county is the Wisconsin Historical Society. Here you can find historical markers and museums in this county and all the others in the state. Be sure to stop at the Visitor’s Center to pick up all the info you need about the area, and much more!.

Manitowoc Visitor Center

Manitowoc is the gateway to fun on Lake Michigan and beyond!  This sign is located near the S.S. Badger Car Ferry, taking passengers to Ludington, Michigan and back.  We finally took the voyage to Ludington on June 20, 2016. Read more about our visit here.  Take the trip with us here.

Badger Car ferry arrival in Manitowoc

When we were visiting on 8-19-16 we saw a lot of activity in the port.  It was being dredged with the job expected to be completed in September before conditions get more challenging.  We were also lucky enough to see the S.S. Badger depart!

Manitowoc County Airport for those wanting to fly-in on their  private plane.

Manitowoc County Airport

Once you get here, the fun continues! Enjoy the historic downtown and view the many landmarks there. This one is a favorite!

Budweiser Large Beer Cans and Bottle in Manitowoc

The Courthouse across the street. You can eat at the Courthouse Pub.

Manitowoc Courthouse

Courthouse Pub in Manitowoc

 The Manitowoc Savings Bank building with its beautiful clock on the corner.

Manitowoc National Bank

Manitowoc Bank Clock


The Capitol Civic Center downtown.

Capitol Civic Center in Manitowoc

We even saw a one-room schoolhouse building. School District 4, 1891.

Historic one-room schoolhouse in Manitowoc

If you are here on a Saturday from May-Oct., stop by the Farmers Market.

Manitowoc Farmers market

Stop by the Lincoln Park Zoo too.


This restaurant no longer exists, this picture is from 2010. It was demolished 11-19-12. The Penguin was a place my husband went to with friends when he was a teen. Too bad it couldn’t be saved.

Penguin Restaurant 2010 in Manitowoc

We discovered more buildings on the chopping block when we came back 8-7-14.  It was the Alf Muchin Furniture House in 1930. Alf Munchin and Son Furniture Store 1930 Manitowoc

Alf Muchin and Sons building plaque in Manitowoc

Also the former Mirro cookware company factory is coming down. They moved overseas, many jobs lost.  In 2016 it’s still not completely demolished.

Former Mirro Plant in Manitowoc

 Now back to the history that has been preserved. There are many museums in Manitowoc. The one we have been to most is the Maritime Museum. This museum is a fun place to visit, and you learn about Manitowoc’s rich heritage on the lake, and in WW II.  Permanently docked is the Cobia sub,  whose crew defended our country in the war.  You can take a tour of the sub too with one of the museum guides!

Museum and Cobia in Manitowoc


Uss Cobia outside and plaque


Cobias tour in Manitowoc

On 8-19-16 we were back for a final visit for the year and were able to view the annual Balloon Glow festival across from the Maritime Museum. We were attending an event on the rooftop and we had a great view!

Another place is the Rahr-West Art Museum near downtown.

Rahr-West Art Museum in Manitowoc


We had a great time at the Pinecrest Historical Village, a lot of great history here. There also is a historic marker for a bridge there.  And a train too! We had fun posing next to it.

Pinecrest Historical Village Welcome Center in Manitowoc

Collins Road Bridge Span in Manitowoc

Greetins from Pinecrest Village

For a great walk or bike ride, the Mariners Trail is worth the time. It is 7 miles long and goes between Manitowoc and Two Rivers.

Al and Laurie on Mariners Trail in Manitowoc

Mariners Trail in Manitowoc

 All that exploring can sure work up an appetite!  We have eaten at Four Season’s Family Restaurant a few times, good food there.

Four Seasons Restaurant in Manitowoc


Friar Tuck’s is also a great place to eat.

Friar Tucks in Manitowoc

Late’s is also a very popular place in Manitowoc.

Lates in Manitowoc

 To get away from the hubbub of the city, Silver Creek Park offers a quiet retreat. You can get some food at Late’s which is nearby and enjoy it there.

Silver Creek Park sign in Manitowoc

Silver Creek in Manitowoc

We also paid a visit to West of the Lake Gardens, also accessible on the Mariners Trail.  Peaceful views of Lake Michigan in many spots.

West of the Lake Garden in Manitowoc


Flowers at West of lake garden in Manitowoc

We have enjoyed all our visits here together and discover something new each time we come.

Badger ferry and Lighthouse in Manitowoc

Dive into History at the Manitowoc Maritime Museum

Cocia at Manitowoc Museum

Manitowoc  is one Wisconsin’s largest Harbor Towns with rich maritime history.  Located on 75 Maritime Drive, its hard to miss!  Here is the museum from across the water, the sub USS Cobia docked alongside. It is nearly as long as the museum!  With your admission you also get a tour inside the Cobia! First some history on a couple of markers outside.

Manitowoc Maritime Heritage sign

Manitowoc Submarines sign

Cobia Riverfront Improvement  Project in Manitowoc


There are a great many exhibits inside, showing the rich maritime history of the Manitowoc-Two Rivers area. Even what it may have looked like as a small fishing village long ago.

Fishing village in Museum in Manitowoc


Ship Chandlery display at Manitowoc Museum


After walking through the museum on our own, it was time for our guided tour of the submarine USS Cobia docked outside.

Uss Cobia outside and plaque in Manitowoc


We had our picture taken in front of the bell before descending.

Selfie on Cobias in Manitowoc


Inside Cobias in Manitowoc


Cobias tour in Manitowoc


We had a great time here. There is a lot to see so give yourself plenty of time.  We have visited several times already and due for another visit, our last one was in 2010.

Related Sites and Articles

*  Wisconsin Maritime Museum

* Shipbuilding in Manitowoc

* Nav Source Online – USS Cobia

* Manitowoc-Two Rivers travel info





Lake Michigan Shortcut- The Manitowoc Carferry

Welcome sign in Manitowoc

S.S. Badger Historic marker in ManitowocManitowoc and the Car Ferries Marker

From our location in Wisconsin,  it’s a long car ride to our neighboring state of Michigan.   We do have a shortcut, taking the Manitowoc  Carferry out of Manitowoc.  It’s port-of-call in Michigan is the city of Ludington, and the trip is only 4 hours. The ferry is only operational in the summer months, when Lake Michigan is calmest. We have not yet had the chance to take the journey ourselves yet, but we have had fun just watching the ship come into port from Ludington.  

The ship starts out as a black speck on the horizon, slowly growing larger. Before you know it, it’s coming in!  You can see the lighthouse and people on it watching the ferry, a favorite past time of the locals here.

Badger Carferry arrival in Manitowoc

Badger docking in ManitowocBadger Carferry docking in Manitowoc

It is quite the show watching the ship ease its way into the dock. It has to turn around and back in.  A very skilled Quartermaster indeed!  After the ship docked, the largest cargo was unloaded first.  I believe these were parts of wind turbines.

Wind Turbine tower segment


I heard some clapping near the ticket building and a celebration was going on.

2.5 Millionth customer on Ferry in Manitowoc


Badger was celebrating their 2.5 millionth customer. How nice of them to throw a party for them.

Passengers waiting to disembark..

S.S. Badger passengers in Manitowoc


We had a great time watching this great ship come in.  Someday, we will take a voyage on the S.S. Badger!

We hope you enjoyed your stay in Manitowoc



Two Rivers – Wisconsin Harbor Town

Many visits

Two Rivers Water tower picture

Two Rivers sign

We really enjoy traveling by the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin, and visiting the towns and cities that are located along it.  Seven miles north of Manitowoc is Two Rivers, a town with an active, vibrant community.  We have made several visits there, all in the summer.  The town has much to offer.  Rogers Street Fishing Village is very picturesque, especially when sunset approaches.  They charge a small admission to go within the building and structures, that’s to maintain it.

Rogers Street Fishing Village in Two Rivers


Two Rivers is also known for inventing the ice cream sundae. You can get one at The Washington House downtown.  Historic artifacts are kept in this building. But first, lets get some ice cream!

Washington House in Two RiversWashington House side Two Rivers

Washington House Berners Ice Cream Two RiversBerners sign Washington House Two Rivers

Us and Berners Washington House in Two RiversTwo Rivers Washington House mug


Red Bank Coffee is another popular place to relax.  Schroeder’s Department Store is in the same historic building.  We had dinner at Kurtz’s Pub and Deli in 2014. They have been open since 1904, 110 years. Now the third-generation is giving Two Rivers a place to unwind.

Red Bank Coffee House and Schroeder's Dept. Store


Kurtze's Pub and Deli in Two Rivers

We were back on August 19, 2016 and enjoyed lunch at a new restaurant called Schwarz’s Pub and Grill.  It’s a former band, the vault is now used to store wine!

Schwarz's Pub and Grill in Two Rivers

It’s also fun to go to the boat launch area. To the left is the Coast Guard station. We saw a boat full of scuba divers come back to port after a day of diving.

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We enjoyed the view from the lookout tower there.

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We also happened to be there during their Cool City Classic Car Show at the end of June.  325 cars were on display. Their media happened to get a pic of me in center of pic below.  Here are just a few of the cool cars there.

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Two Rivers also has a Municipal Band that performs in the summer. We watched them on August 7, 2014. You can too!

Two rivers Municipal Band 8-7-14

Lastly, we will visit Rawley Point Lighthouse about 7 miles north of Two Rivers in the Point Beach State Forest. It was so beautiful!

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Rawley Point Lighthouse in Two Rivers

Rawley Point Beach

The beach was beautiful too. What a fun visit to Two Rivers!