Nestled on the coast of Lake Michigan, the city of Sheboygan offers a blend of sandy beaches, lush forests, and incredible landmarks. It also offers a multitude of fun activities, historical museums, classic restaurants, parks, and many more.
In this article, we’ll help you pick some of the most fun and exciting things to do during your stay in this wonderful city.
When to Visit?
If the crowded scene isn’t a problem for you, visiting Sheboygan during the spring (June-August) is a good idea. The city is the busiest during these months with tourists from far and wide.
Most tourists also prefer to visit Sheboygan during the spring (March-May) as the city experiences pleasant weather in these months.
Being a city that offers a lot of outdoor recreation, these seasons are probably the perfect time to visit Sheboygan.
Do note that both the seasons are considered the busiest. Hence, the cost of flights and hotels tend to be more on the expensive side. Make sure you book in advance.
A perfect place to be if you bring your kids along, Bookworm Gardens is a beautiful park for children with each area inspired by classic children’s literature.
This two-acre park offers a scenic and secure environment where both you and your kids can enjoy freely.
Aside from the beautiful gardens, the park also offers classes in literature, horticulture, art, and cooking as well as plays, concerts, and special events.
The place is well maintained and has plenty of fun activities to offer, from digging up bones of dinosaurs to cleaning Harry to playing the huge xylophone. The gift shop offers all sorts of puzzles, cute toys, and of course, books.
Highlights of this place include the Three Little Pigs and Laura Ingalls areas.
JMK Arts Center
Founded in 1967, the JMK Arts Center showcases the artworks of self-taught artists. This nationally acclaimed museum contains more than 8 specialty art galleries, which include the Arts/Industry gallery, the community gallery, the kid’s gallery, and others.
You’ll find the kid’s gallery the most unique, colorful, and the most interesting. This may sound weird, but do check out the museum’s bathrooms. It’s one of the highlights of the museum.
The gift shop at the museum features plenty of art pieces, decorative items, books, kid’s toys, and games. There is no admission fee to enter. However, donations are appreciated.
James Tellen Wooden Sculpture Garden
Located just south of Sheboygan, this historic garden is the work of James Tellen, who was a factory worker. He transformed his family’s cottage into a whimsical sculpture garden featuring figures that depict prairie settles, woodland creatures, and Native American figures.
This is another unique place to visit for nature and art lovers, plus the entry is free, which is always lovely.
Sheboygan Breakwater Lighthouse
Built in 1915, this lighthouse is another incredible landmark and a must-see place while in Sheboygan. The tower still helps in navigating ships to the harbor. It also features weather monitoring devices and fog signals.
Although the tower itself isn’t open for visitation, you can still walk around and bask in the beautiful sight of Lake Michigan, critique the graffiti, and view Sheboygan skyline.
Also, drop by DeLand Waterfront Park to check out the shipwreck of Lottie Cooper.
If you’re a nature and outdoor enthusiast, you’ll fall in love with this place right away.
Located right on the shores of Lake Michigan, this state park features large campgrounds with picnic tables as well as fire rings in each site. The park is well kept and offers a number of amenities for just about anyone to ensure an incredible experience.
You’ll also love exploring the trails at the park. For instance, while hiking through the Black River Trails, you’ll come across songbirds and wildflowers and an open field. Within the park, you can also swim freely along the beach but be cautious as there are no lifeguards.
Also, make sure to visit the Sanderling Nature Center, which is located on the northern side of the park.
At the center, you’ll find exhibits that display plants, fish, bugs, animals, and many more. Head towards the observation deck where you can take in the scenic beauty of the beach.
Riverfront & South Pier
With fine restaurants, ice cream parlors, boutiques, mini-golf, and coffee shops, South Pier has everything one needs for a little summer fun.
Walk the boardwalk, take in the scenery, grab a bite at one of the restaurants, and check out the unique boutiques and shops that you’ll only find in Sheboygan.
Whether it’s enjoying a relaxing spa day at the Blue Harbor Spa or playing golf with the whole family, there’s something for everyone.
Check out the Food trucks
Sheboygan has seen a number of food trucks over the years, and you should definitely check it out and enjoy the local food it has to offer during your stay. There are a variety of food fare options to choose from, Monday nights at the Volthran Park, in particular, is a massive hit.
Between 4-8pm, you’ll find thousands of people gather to fill their tummies with some delicious food. With families relaxing in the grass, music being played in the background and kids running around, the whole event has a very welcoming vibe to it.
You may, however, find it hard to pick which food truck to go for as each truck has food that sounds so amazing and delicious. No matter which truck you pick, you’ll not be disappointed.