There's a certain charm about living in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.
Nestled between the sparkling expanse of Lake Michigan and the winding course of the Twin Rivers, my town is a treasure trove of natural beauty, rich history, and friendly folks.
On any given day, you can find me wandering along our picturesque trails, savoring the local cuisine, or delving into the intriguing stories of our past.
From the unparalleled serenity of a lakefront sunrise to the warm, inviting glow of our downtown area, Two Rivers never fails to captivate me.
I can't wait to share the magic of this place with you, taking you on a tour of the best things to do in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.
Welcome to a slice of my life in my beloved city.
Our aim is not just to guide you to popular places but to encourage you to venture out and experience the city for yourself.
Marvel at the Architectural Wonders of Still Bend / Schwartz House
Talk about living in a masterpiece!
Every day I wake up to the stunning views of the Still Bend / Schwartz House, one of the architectural marvels of Frank Lloyd Wright right here in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.
It's not just a house; it's an experience that leaves you awestruck.
Living so close, I have had the privilege to tour this incredible home multiple times.
It's never the same - every visit unveils a new facet of Wright's genius.
The intricate woodwork, the grand fireplaces, the enchanting windows - it's like stepping into a living work of art.
And it's not just the physical aspects of the house that are captivating.
The stories behind Still Bend / Schwartz House's creation, shared by the friendly owners, add a whole new dimension to the experience.
Whether you're an architecture enthusiast or not, the beauty of the Usonian design will take your breath away.
This home is proof of Wright's vision of creating affordable, beautiful homes that are in harmony with their surroundings.
It's no wonder that this place was featured on Netflix's show about great vacation rentals.
Learn the City's History with Two Rivers Historical Society
A casual Saturday afternoon in our charming little town often finds me wandering through the enchanting exhibits of the Two Rivers Historical Society.
It's like opening a treasure chest full of rich history, captivating tales, and unique relics that echo the stories of our past.
One of my favorite stops is the Washington House Museum and Visitors Center, managed by Two Rivers Historical Society.
The grandeur of the centuries-old mansion paints a vivid image of the bygone era.
Be it the elegantly restored rooms or the rare artifacts, every corner of Two Rivers Historical Society whispers a fascinating tale from the past.
A few blocks down the road, the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum is a testament to the evolution of print.
Its vast collection of vintage printing equipment and wood-type collection is simply astounding.
Stepping into this museum is like traveling back in time to the golden age of print.
If you're a fan of fine arts, the Lester Bentley Art Collection at the Lester Public Library is a must-visit.
Here, you can witness the artistic genius of Lester Bentley, featuring stunning landscapes, intriguing portraits, and more during library hours.
But the journey doesn’t end there.
The Historic Farm Museum lets you explore the rural roots of our town.
As you stroll through the authentic farmstead, it's almost as if you can hear the clinks of the blacksmith's hammer or the creaks of the old wooden plow.
And for those who have a soft spot for lighthouses and maritime history, this place is a paradise.
The sight of the old lighthouse standing tall against the backdrop of the azure sky is simply breathtaking.
Discover the Early Days of Printing at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum
Let me tell you about my favorite slice of local history: the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.
An unsuspecting treasure tucked away in my home state, Wisconsin, it is a window into the past where the art of wood-type printing comes alive.
My latest visit to the museum was on December 15th, 2021, and I'm still taken aback by the depth and breadth of their collection—trust me when I say it's more than just wooden blocks and old presses.
Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum houses an array of wood-type, machines crafted specifically for creating wood type, along with a stunning collection of wood block posters.
Oh, and did I mention the magnificent printing presses that churned out history, one page at a time?
Every visit is a learning experience, thanks to the staff's wealth of knowledge.
They are friendly and approachable, always ready to share the fascinating history not only of wood type printing but also of other methods like linotype.
The museum is also much larger than you might expect; it's like stepping into a different world where every corner holds a new story.
What I find particularly remarkable is the museum's role as a living, breathing testament to the art of print.
It's not just a place to view exhibits – it's a place where the rich history of print is still being written.
You can even witness machines in action, like the one used to make border pieces.
The museum also showcases a surprising variety of items manufactured by Hamilton, including dental, medical, and consumer goods.
It's a vivid illustration of Hamilton's influential role in the printing industry and beyond.
Admission to this treasure trove of history is free, though a small contribution of $5 is suggested.
Walk the Grounds of Woodland Dunes Nature Center & Preserve
Every so often, I find myself craving peace and tranquility - a respite from the constant hustle and bustle of daily life.
That's when I retreat to Woodland Dunes Nature Center & Preserve, my sanctuary amidst nature.
The sprawling boardwalk paths are a delight to tread upon, drawing you into the heart of nature's wonders.
One of my favorite activities is to take my kids for a visit.
They love the frog pond and get a kick out of walking the platform over the marsh.
It's a memorable affair, watching their eyes light up at the sight of little frogs jumping about in the water.
If it's warm out, don't forget to dab on some sunscreen.
On sunnier days, though, we often head to the shaded play/picnic area at the front for a fun family picnic.
My appreciation for this place truly deepens in the fall.
Despite the nature center buildings being closed towards the end of October, the beautiful trails are always open.
I recommend climbing up the lookout tower for a breathtaking view - it's a sight to behold!
And if you have a keen interest in botany, the educational gardens are a real treat.
In fact; they are so charming that I often find myself planning return visits just to experience them at different times of the year.
Hiking at Woodland Dunes Nature Center & Preserve is a fantastic experience too.
The trails through the woods vary, ranging from well-mowed paths to the adventure of tall grass.
Soak Up the Sun at Neshotah Park
There's something magical about the first rays of dawn glinting off the tranquil waters of Lake Michigan.
I've spent countless mornings strolling along the sandy expanse of Neshotah Park, watching as the world wakes up.
The park is my sanctuary, the sand my canvas. Its fine grains, clean and cool beneath my feet, have seen the trace of my footprints over many a year.
The space is generous, offering an ample stretch of lakefront and abundant room for visitors to enjoy the beach.
Parking is a breeze, with plentiful spots available.
Many a summer afternoon has been spent grilling at one of the available spots, the aroma of charred burgers and hot dogs wafting through the air.
The park's basketball hoops have seen their fair share of friendly scrimmages, and the concessions stand, with its array of refreshments, is always a welcome sight on a hot day.
Neshotah Park is more than just a beach - it's a community haven.
The porter potties and indoor bathrooms ensure convenience for all visitors, and there's always something new to discover with each visit.
Go on a Food Trip at Two Rivers Main Street
It's not every day that I get to gush about my beloved city, but there's no way I can stay quiet about today!
I had the pleasure of attending an amazing event at Two Rivers Main Street.
Oh boy, where do I even begin?
The city was buzzing with energy and excitement.
The mixture of laughter, chatter, and the sweet smell of delicious food from various food trucks filled the air.
Amidst all that, one food truck that really stood out in my memory was the Thai Express.
Their offerings were out of this world, and the aroma of spices wafted through the air, beckoning all who walked by.
The Pad Thai, the Spring Rolls, the Tom Yum soup - the taste still lingers on my tongue.
The food was cooked to perfection, the flavors were well-balanced, and the portions were generous.
I must say, the Thai Express food truck was a culinary delight and a must-try for all Thai cuisine lovers!
As the day went on, the vibes got better, and the entire Two Rivers Main Street was an embodiment of camaraderie and community spirit.
Music, laughter, and festivity filled the air.
It was indeed a day to remember.
Take a Peek at Life in the 1800s at Washington House Museum & Visitor Center
Just another day in my beloved hometown of Two Rivers, I found myself strolling towards one of our beloved treasures, the Washington House Museum & Visitor Center.
It's a place that ties our community together, standing tall and proud as a testament to our town's history.
The Washington House is more than a museum; it's a three-story immigrant hotel built in 1850 that has seen countless stories unfold.
Walking inside always feels like stepping back in time.
The 1890s saloon is a personal favorite; with the old wooden bar and the mirrors behind it; you can almost hear the clink of glasses and the murmur of a crowd.
And, oh, the ballroom!
The ceiling murals take your breath away every single time.
Now, you can't talk about the Washington House Museum & Visitor Center without mentioning Berners' Ice Cream Parlor.
A replica of the original where the ice cream sundae was invented back in 1881!
Every visit, I make sure to grab a scoop of the infamous Cedar Crest ice cream, especially on those warm summer days.
Nothing beats the taste of their ice cream; it's creamy, rich, and unforgettably delicious.
If you're feeling adventurous, go for the rhubarb sundae - a classic taste of small-town USA.
Pay Respects to the City's Indigenous History at the Spirit of the Rivers Monument
Every morning, I lace up my sneakers and head out for a walk on the beautiful Mariners Trail.
The trail offers picturesque views of Lake Michigan and is dotted with several sculptures that add a unique charm to it.
But what really steals the show is the Spirit of the Rivers Monument.
This monument, a stunning bronze statue of three Ojibwa Indians, stands tall, displaying a historical scene.
The figures - a young woman, an elder guide, and a young brave - are seen in a portage from Lake Michigan.
The young brave is carrying an 18-foot-long birch bark canoe.
As a lover of art and a student of history, I find myself drawn to the intricate details etched onto the Spirit of the Rivers Monument.
It's like a snapshot from a forgotten time, brought to life by the talented sculptor R. T. "Skip" Wallen.
While the towering statue is an impressive sight, it's the location that really enhances its beauty.
With Lake Michigan as its backdrop, the monument is a sight to behold.
Although some might argue that its placement right across from the Aurora Hospital is a bit odd, I find that it gives patients and visitors something beautiful to look at, a distraction from their worries, perhaps.
What's more, the monument area offers personal commemorative pavers along the walkway.
It’s a unique way for locals and visitors to become a part of this beautiful landmark's history.
Now, isn't that endearing?
Reconnect with Nature at Point Beach State Forest
I often find myself escaping to Point Beach State Forest to unwind and reconnect with nature.
There's something therapeutic about strolling along the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, especially during the off-peak months.
The chill of the air does nothing to dampen the experience; instead, it amplifies the calming symphony of waves crashing against the shoreline.
Remember to pack some water, though, as the water fountains are usually switched off during this time.
Point Beach State Forest is a wonderland of myriad trails and hidden spots waiting to be discovered.
Whether you're an avid hiker or just someone looking for a peaceful picnic space, there's always something for everyone.
But don't forget to bring your bug spray; those mosquitoes certainly aren't shy!
Another gem of this place is the Rawley trail - make sure to explore it!
The beach is hands-down one of the best in Wisconsin - a claim I don't make lightly.
The clean sand, clear waters, and overall ambiance make for a perfect beach day.
You might have to be a little early, though, as parking can get a bit tricky during busy hours.
And did I mention it's a dog haven?
Your furry friends are more than welcome to join the fun!
Pet the Furry Residents of London Dairy Alpacas
Living in the neighborhood, I've had the joy of visiting London Dairy Alpacas more than once.
It's hard to put into words the sheer delight that one experiences here. Laura, our guide, is truly exceptional.
With her wealth of knowledge, friendly demeanor, and infectious humor, she brings the whole experience to life.
This isn't just any tour; it's a unique, hands-on journey.
We learned a lot about alpacas that we probably wouldn't have otherwise known.
From understanding the unique quality of alpaca hair to feeding these gentle creatures, every moment is a new discovery.
It's not every day you get to step inside an alpaca pen to feed and pet them, and it's as thrilling as it sounds.
One of the highlights was learning about the homemade soaps that Laura crafts.
Wrapped in alpaca fur, these soaps are a revelation.
Being someone with sensitive skin, I can vouch for the fact that they're the best I've ever used.
They're soft yet sufficiently scrubby, offering a clean feel without any scratchiness.
You do need to make a reservation before your visit, but trust me, the experience at London Dairy Alpacas is one you wouldn't want to miss.
Pose with Two Rivers North Pierhead Light Tower
As the sun started to set, I decided to take a leisurely stroll toward my favorite spot in town, the Two Rivers North Pierhead Light Tower.
I've always enjoyed the peacefulness of the beach and boardwalk, with the light tower casting its reassuring glow across the expanse.
Two Rivers North Pierhead Light Tower is just a tower with a light on it, but it feels like a symbol of home for me.
One winter evening, I went down to the beach to capture the serene beauty of the winter scene.
As the snow gently fell, it cast a magical touch over everything.
The beacon light at the end of the pier was surrounded by a beautiful arrangement of ice structures as if guarding some mystical portal.
But don't be fooled by the beauty; the ice builds up quickly, so you have to exercise extreme caution while walking around it.
I remember when they disassembled the original lighthouse tower years ago, replacing it with the current siren/beacon.
It was a sight to behold.
But if you're interested in the original lighthouse, you can see it at the Roger's Street Fishing Village Museum, a throwback to our town's history.
Just behind the coast guard station at the end of the beach, you'll find the parking lot and access to the north pier of Two Rivers Harbor.
It's a pleasant walk from there, with breathtaking lake views from the pier.
You might even spot a few locals casting their lines into the water, especially during salmon season, hoping to catch dinner.
Learn about the City's Fishing Industry at Rogers Street Fishing Village
Raised in Two Rivers, I know the secrets and joys of the place like the back of my hand.
One of those joys is the Rogers Street Fishing Village.
To me, nothing matches the tranquil beauty of this spot.
I still remember the first time I visited this place; my eyes widened with awe looking at the magnificent large boats and the picturesque lighthouse.
During peak season, I would often stroll around the fishing village, soaking in the tranquil atmosphere.
The museum is a wealth of knowledge; the tour guides, with their tales about the fishing industry and the history of the area can captivate you for hours.
One of the stories I recall vividly is about the Christmas Tree Shipwreck and the artifacts that were found from it, including a 100-year-old catsup bottle.
Even when the museum closes for the season, the place doesn't lose its charm.
I would still come around to enjoy the scenic beauty.
The sight of otters playing around the Rogers Street Fishing Village is a bonus treat.
I never got a perfect picture of those little creatures, but their sight is still etched in my memory.
Bring Your Kids to Learn about Farming at Historic Farm Museum
Just the other day, I decided to take a Sunday afternoon stroll through the Historic Farm Museum.
It's tucked away in my hometown of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.
Submerging myself in the nostalgia of the early days of farming was truly magical.
The museum is littered with old machinery and tractors, which I found myself admiring.
They're not just simple exhibits; each one tells a story of the evolution of the agricultural industry in our county over the years.
The thing that makes the Historic Farm Museum even more special is that it's free to enter.
The museum is quite literally a hidden gem in our town.
I've started to make it a part of my Sunday family adventures.
On my last visit, I was able to interact with one of the knowledgeable individuals who happened to be there.
I found myself asking all types of questions, and to my delight, they were all answered.
Historic Farm Museum isn't just a place for adults; my kids were equally intrigued and had their share of questions too.
I must say, for anyone in town looking to learn and have a good time, the Historic Farm Museum is a must-visit.
Have a Tranquil Retreat at Picnic Hill Park
Every morning, I lace up my running shoes and head off to my sanctuary, a place that offers a breath of fresh air and a moment of peace in my busy life. I am talking about Picnic Hill Park.
The park, located at the heart of our small town, is a symphony of chirping birds and rustling leaves.
The sun peeks through the tall trees, casting a warm light on the lush green grass.
I usually start my morning with a brisk walk on the well-maintained trails, taking in the crisp air and natural beauty.
Sundays are for family picnics.
We pack our blanket, picnic basket brimming with sandwiches, fruits, and my wife's famous lemonade.
Our spot is near the towering oak tree, where we spread our blanket and soak in the tranquility that the park offers.
The kids enjoy running around, playing tag or hide and seek, their laughter echoing through the park.
The park features a large playground, which has become a favorite spot for my kids.
Despite the frequent visits, the excitement in their eyes never dims when they climb up the jungle gym or take turns on the swings.
Picnic Hill Park is their magical land filled with endless adventures.
The park is not just a place but a piece of home, a corner of happiness, and a slice of tranquility in our lives.
Have a Moment of Tranquility at Van der Brohe Arboretum
On the days when the city hustle gets too much, I find solace in being amidst nature at the Van der Brohe Arboretum.
The moment you step foot into this place, you can sense the calm that nature has to offer.
One of my favorite moments is when the sunflowers are in full bloom.
The sight is breathtaking, a sea of vibrant yellows bobbing gently in the breeze, and it offers a beautiful backdrop for a leisurely stroll.
Van der Brohe Arboretum has plenty of walking paths that wind through the lush greenery, providing a refreshing escape from the concrete jungle.
Not only that, it's a great place for Fido as well.
The arboretum is dog-friendly, so don't hesitate to bring along your furry friends for a day out.
On sunny afternoons, I often see other locals out with their dogs, enjoying the fresh air and peaceful surroundings.
The arboretum also offers great food.
So, if you're like me and enjoy picnics, do bring along your favorite reads and earplugs, as the quietness can be overwhelming.
After all, it's not every day you get to enjoy a picnic under a beautiful canopy of trees with a view of the blooming sunflowers.
Stroll around Rawley Point Lighthouse
There's something utterly magical about the Rawley Point Lighthouse.
I've had the privilege of living nearby and visiting frequently, and it never ceases to enchant me.
Located in a serene part of Wisconsin, it's one of those places that offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
I find the beach one of the most appealing parts of the area. The sand is soft and perfect for a leisurely afternoon stroll or a brisk morning run.
It's also a great spot to bring a picnic and just sit, enjoying the panoramic views of Lake Michigan.
The tranquillity of the water, the soft rustle of the waves, and the distant squawking of birds provide a perfect soundtrack to a lazy afternoon.
If you're someone who admires wildlife, you're in for a treat.
The area is home to a wonderful variety of birds, and I often bring my binoculars to observe them closely.
There's something incredibly therapeutic about watching them glide through the air or nestle in the trees.
Rawley Point Lighthouse is a majestic sight to behold.
Over the years, it has become more than just a navigational aid; now, it's a place where memories are made.
For a small fee, you can purchase an annual vehicle pass online to the Wisconsin State Park, where the lighthouse is located.
Once you're there, a short walk through the State Forest will lead you straight to the lighthouse.
Trust me; the sight of the tall, sturdy structure against the backdrop of the vast lake is nothing short of breathtaking.
Living in this town is an experience filled with rich history, natural beauty, and small-town charm.
Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover, or someone who appreciates the simple pleasures of life in a close-knit community, you'll find something to suit your interest among the best things to do in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.
It's been a privilege and a joy to discover all the gems this town has to offer, and I can't wait to see what other treasures I'll find in the future.