Planes, Trains & Automobiles

 

There is so much to see…

For those interested in transportation, there is much to see and do with unique, world-class attractions in the area. The Sheboygan Railroad Museum is run by a society of enthusiasts whose spirit shines through with all things railroad. An extensive library of books, periodicals and videos give them a strong foundation for their exhibits and display clubhouse. With model layouts displaying various eras of railroading, authentic train memorabilia and passionate volunteers, you’ll love the feel of this charming stop. You may even get the chance to man the controls! The railroad industry was very prominent in earlier years in Sheboygan and the history is still evident with renovated buildings. Stop at the Victorian Chocolate Shoppe for an old-time candy store experience. This historic building once served as the trolley station and bus depot and retains its original architecture. The smells will entice you as the small-batch chocolates are prepared daily in house, and the large selection of nostalgic candy will bring back memories of days gone by.

Your afternoon continues…

Lunch is served at Pier 17, right on the waterfront. Watch the fishing charters as they bring in the day’s catch, see the ducks as they float by and maybe even catch a stand-up paddle boarder or kayaker as they take advantage of the many water activities available. Be sure to drive by the former C&NW Train Depot, for a view of a lovely restored building. Originally built in 1906, it is now home to another transportation company, Discovery Coach and Prigge School Bus. Tour the Aviation Heritage Center of Wisconsin. Discover the golden era of aviation with interactive exhibits, displays and learn the history of the local Hmong community that was instrumental during the Vietnam War. The center’s newest exhibit showcases the history of Wisconsin’s own North Central Airlines. With its humble beginning of two aircraft, this airlines quickly became a major national airline. The “star” of the exhibit, a former Douglas D-3 aircraft that has been refurbished, will soon be ready to take the skies once again.

The Final Stop…

Finish out the day with a drive to Elkhart Lake to view the world famous Road America (this would make a great group photo opportunity). Originally the races were run on the streets of Elkhart Lake, before this legendary four- mile, 14-run circuit was built. It has since challenged the best racers for over 60 years. Follow the route for the Historic Race Circuit with historic markers located throughout the village. Spend some time browsing the city streets as well as a stop at the Historic Depot and Museum. The depot houses original furnishings, clippings and memorabilia that chronicle the history of this resort community.

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