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Washburn County is home to a variety of incredible attractions. Spend an afternoon with the kids on the Spooner Train Ride's Family Pizza Train or head out for an evening train ride with your loved one for the Elegant Dinner Train. The Spooner Train Ride follows along the picturesque Namekagon River, managed by the National Park Service.

The area also offers a variety of museums to choose from. The Railroad Memories Museum is located in Spooner, right next door to the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum. In nearby Shell Lake, you'll find the Museum of Woodcarving, housing over 100 life-sized carvings all created by one man, the Washburn County Historical Museum complex which offers several buildings to learn about the area's rich history. You will also find historical museums in Springbrook, Stone Lake, and Birchwood. Stone Lake's historical museum is housed in the old depot and even has a caboose that you can climb inside. Birchwood offers two museums, the Birchwood Area Log Museum and the Howard Morey Homestead. 

For the more adventurous, Washburn County offers attractions such as Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary, a 500 acre nature reserve, Bulik's Amusement Park to sharpen up your mini golf skills or race around the go-kart track, or the Beaverbrook Wildlife Area where you'll find an artesian well. In addition, tours are offered at the Spooner Fish Hatchery if you want to learn more about how Wisconsin's lakes are stocked. If you're looking for some hands on fun for the kids, head to Wilderness Walk Zoo & Western Town just outside of Hayward. 

Some of the other fun you'll find here includes the Potter's Shed, located in Shell Lake, which offers a unique gallery, garden and a create-your-own area where you can build your own mosaic or paint your own pottery. Just outside of Shell Lake, you'll find Clover Meadow Winery, the midwest's only certified organic winery. Shell Lake also offers two performing arts attractions; the Shell Lake Arts Center brings talent from all over the U.S. to perform during the summer at the Darrell Aderman Auditorium and the Lakefront Pavilion at the Shell Lake Beach. Theatrein the Woods offers a variety of plays, musicals, and concerts throughout the year at the Erika Quam Memorial Theatre. 

There's always something fun to do in Washburn County. Have fun exploring!

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Birchwood Area Log Museum

101 N. Main Street
Birchwood, WI 54817



The Birchwood Area Log Museum houses a handcarved replica of an entire logging camp operation at the turn of the century. In addition to the logging camp replica, the museum also houses many logging ... more



Bulik's Amusement Center

N5639 Highway 63
Spooner, WI 54801


Bulik's Amusement Center is a great family fun amusement park. Started in 1980, Bulik's has been a family owned amusement center ever since. Bulik's is a great place to bring your family and enjoy our ... more


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Burch Barn, The

N5921 County Hwy K
Spooner, WI 54801

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The Burch Barn is currently a pumpkin patch serving up fall family fun! As you enter through the white shed the old wood rafters and the ambiance of the barn brings you back to simpler days with ... more



Clover Meadow Winery

23396 Thompson Road
Shell Lake, WI 54871

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Clover Meadow is the only certified organic, travel green winery in the Midwest. Wine making has been in our family for over a century and our family continues the tradition using ancient methods ... more



Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park

8500 County Rd U
Danbury, WI 54830

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Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park is a living history site on 80 wooded acres along the Yellow River with authentic 1802 fur trade posts & an Indian Village. The Historical Park is located near ... more


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Hoofbeat Ridge Ranch, LLC

W1650 Cty Hwy A
Springbrook, WI 54875

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Explore the beautiful northwoods of Washburn County on horseback! Guided trail rides are offered Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday by reservation only. Trails wind through beautiful forests and ... more


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Howard Morey Homestead

Birchwood Historical Society
Park Avenue
Birchwood, WI 54817


The Morey house was originally built in 1901, and with many additions was finally completed in 1908. Howard Moreys parents bought the house for $304.07. In 1924 Howard left Birchwood for Chicago to ... more


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Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary

N2384 Hunt Hill Road
Sarona, WI 54870

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Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary is a nature preserve and learning center, open to all, dedicated to fostering understanding, appreciation and protection of the environment. Hunt Hill is a locally run, ... more


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Jack Link's Aquatic & Activity Center

714 W. Hokah St.
MInong, WI 54859

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The Jack Link’s Aquatic & Activity Center is a community center that enhances community life in Minong and the surrounding area by providing positive and impactful social, physical, and recreational ... more


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Log Cabin Resort & Campground

N7470 Log Cabin Dr.
Trego, WI 54888

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Located in Trego on the Namekagon River, Log Cabin offers camping, cabins, tube, canoe and kayak rentals, splash pad, dunk tank, inflatables, and much more! ... more


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Minong Center

212 W 5th St.
Minong, WI 54859

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The Minong Center was created by Jack Link for the purpose of enriching the Minong community with fitness classes, comedy nights, playgroups and more available to the public. ... more


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Namekagon Visitor Center - National Park Service

W5483 Hwy 63
Trego, WI 54888

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The Namekagon Visitor Center is operated by the National Park Service. The center features new exhibits including a life size replica sturgeon, interactive and hands on exhibits, and a diorama ... more


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Northern Wisconsin Veterans' Memorial Cemetery

N4063 Veterans Way
Spooner, WI 54801


The Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery near Spooner provides a final resting place for veterans and creates a lasting memorial to their achievement and sacrifices. The cemetery has an ... more



Palace Theater

238 Walnut St.
Spooner, WI 54801

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The Palace Theater is open daily and we're conveniently located in historic downtown Spooner, WI. Additional parking is available one block south of Main St. ... more


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The Potter's Shed

260 Industrial Blvd.
Shell Lake, WI 54871

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The Potter's Shed is a 50,000 ft creative compound with an art gallery and old world garden with ponds and waterfalls. A "hands on" area gives visitors young and old a chance to decorate their own ... more



Quarter's Arcade

Sam Smith
111 Elm St.
Spooner, WI 54801

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All arcade games cost a quarter! Mini golf for only $1! ... more


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Railroad Memories Museum

424 Front St.
Spooner, WI 54801

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Railroad Memories Museum, in the old Chicago & North Western depot in downtown Spooner, is dedicated to the preservation of railroad memorabilia and the education of the public on the significance of ... more


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Shell Lake Arts Center

802 First St.
Shell Lake, WI 54871

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The mission of the Shell Lake Arts Center is to provide creative arts education and enrichment experiences for diverse populations of youth and adult learners.  Home to the oldest continuous jazz ... more


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Spooner Ag Research Station Teaching & Display Garden

UW - Extension
N5264 Orchard Ln.
Spooner, WI 54801

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This award winning one-acre garden includes landscaped perennial and annual display gardens, an enabling garden, themed vegetable gardens and displays of small fruits, grapes and fruit trees. It is an ... more



Spooner Civic Center

301 Walnut St.
Spooner, WI 54801

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The Spooner Civic Center is home ice for the Wisconsin Muskies but offers so much more! Currently, there are hours for guests to use the walking track around the area. Spooner Civic Center right on ... more


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Spooner Fish Hatchery

Wisconsin DNR
951 W. Maple St.
Spooner, WI 54801

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The Spooner Fish Hatchery, Governor Tommy G. Thompson Hatchery, is the largest hatchery of its kind in the world; it is operated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The facility annually ... more


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Stone Lake Area Historical Society

6064 Stone Lake Rd.
Stone Lake, WI 54876

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The museum complex comprises the original Stone Lake SOO Line depot, a 1913 SOO Line caboose and the original 1926 Stone Lake Town Hall. ... more


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Theatre in the Woods

605 First St.
Shell Lake, WI 54871

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Theatre in the Woods is a non-profit community theatre organization based at the Erika Quam Memorial Theatre in Shell Lake, WI. Since its inception, TitW has formed a reputation for professional ... more


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Veterans' Memorial

Highway 63
Spooner, WI 54801



The Spooner Veterans' Memorial is located in Waterfront Park on the south side of Spooner.  Dedicated in 2004, the memorial consists of six jet-black stones, 8 feet wide and 5 1/2 feet high.  Each ... more


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Washburn County Fair

8000 W Beaverbrook Ave.
Spooner, WI 54801

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The Washburn County Fair Association Inc.(a non profit organization) is an organization administerd by volunteers promoting and enriching the lives and growth o ... more


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Washburn County Historical Museum - Shell Lake

102 W 2nd Ave.
Shell Lake, WI 54871

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The Washburn County Historical Museum depicts the last 150 years of Washburn County, includes the St. John's Lutheran Church, built in 1888; the former parsonage, now called the Annex, built in 1896; ... more


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Washburn County Historical Museum-Springbrook

N8582 Andrews Rd.
Springbrook, WI 54875

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The church museum in Springbrook, built in 1906, was formally the St. Magdalene Catholic Church. It has been open as a museum since 1992. The museum contains local artifacts, photos, farm & medical ... more



Wilderness Walk Zoo & Recreation Park

9503 N State Road 27
Hayward, WI 54843

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Come visit 35 Acres of Northwoods Fun! Wilderness Walk is a great family attraction with much to see and do - be sure to bring your camera to capture all these memories! ... more


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Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum

312 N Front St.
Spooner, WI 54801

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The Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum is home to a variety of antique and historic canoes. The continuously changing displays bring canoe enthusiasts from all over the world to enjoy the displays each ... more


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Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad

N6639 Dilly Lake Rd.
Trego, WI 54888

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All aboard! Enjoy a scenic train ride along the Namekagon River, part of the St. Croix National Park System. Tour a 15-mile stretch of the old Chicago & Northwestern track between Spooner and ... more