This Wisconsin city deserves a visit and bring the kids!
I grew up in Sheboygan County and the area unfortunately had a bad rap, mostly due to negative press. We’d hear some obscure story in the news followed by the line, “that’s so Sheboygan,” implying something sounded redneck.
Since I graduated high school, I hadn’t been back much until the last few years. The area has completely transformed and should be on everyone’s Wisconsin bucket list. Like most trips, it was especially fun to see the city through the kids’ eyes.
Here are seven things to do with kids in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. It’s a great overnight or weekend getaway from Milwaukee, Green Bay, or Madison.
1. Bookworm Gardens
This is a true treasure in Southeast Wisconsin. The Botanical Garden is impeccably maintained and it is themed around dozens of Children’s stories. We strolled for hours, following our toddler’s lead as he bopped around each play space, inspected the colorful flowers, and created art with natural materials.
We spent the week following our visit reading many of the books that were ‘featured’ in the Gardens and talking about what he remembers exploring.
Pre-registration is required during the 2021 May – October season.
2. Blue Harbor Resort
Check in to the Blue Harbor Resort with its Breaker Bay Waterpark. This is the perfect place to stay with kids young and old; it offers something for everyone. Situated right along Lake Michigan and a sprawling sandy beach, you can enjoy windy walks along the waterfront.
Breaker Bay Waterpark is included with your stay. My three year old found plenty of slides and activities for his size.
3. Above and Beyond Children’s Museum
We met friends and their children for an afternoon of play at this hidden gem of a Children’s Museum. Their highly engaging activities are best for ages 1-8. As of June 2021, reservations are required due to limited capacity.
4. Mini Mocha Play Café
Pair your morning coffee with happy kids! I love the concept of play cafes; a place for my infant and toddler to play and socialize while I sip my morning brew. The owners of this Sheboygan café are especially friendly, helpful, and business savvy.
Grab a Spotted Cow, Root Beer, and Popcorn and treat your kids to some good old-fashioned bowling fun. With little ones, we were so pleased with the customer service and amenities at Odyssey Fun Center.
To help my toddler’s rolls reach the pins, they set up a Dinosaur shaped ramp for him to push the ball down. Additionally, they had bumper rails for him. They’d automatically rise and lower when it was his turn to bowl. Have I been under a rock? I didn’t know this was a thing!
6. Lake Michigan
Whether it’s a walk along the riverfront, the lakefront, boating, or even surfing, your trip to Sheboygan is incomplete without enjoying the water!
7. See a Colossal American Flag
The Acuity Insurance Building in Sheboygan boasts “The World’s Largest Symbol of Freedom.”