See a fully operational alpaca ranch and enjoy an interactive and educational shopping experience! Get close with exotic alpacas, and feel how amazingly soft they are while you feed them! Tour the ranch and shop the unique gift store filled with items made from their warm, durable, non-allergenic fibers. Everything from yarns, felt soaps, scarves, socks, slippers, jackets and more are here. Tours of all types can be arranged. Must call ahead for all visiting appointments.
The Manitowoc Zoo has just under 200 animals, including 2 rescue cougar cubs adopted in 2014, black bear, bald eagle, snow leopard, wolves, bison and prairie dogs. The education building features reptiles, amphibians, tropical birds and interactive learning. Enjoy the playground, activity trail and picnic areas on zoo grounds. Located in beautiful Lincoln Park. The Lincoln Park Zoological Society helps sponsor zoo events and activities. Find them at www.manitowoczoologicalsociety.org/blog/. (free/suggested donation)
This 6-mile paved, recreational trail is the longest, continuous, scenic view of Lake Michigan in the state of Wisconsin! Hike, bike, walk, or roller blade down this scenic coastline between Manitowoc and Two Rivers. From the south you can pick up the trail in historic downtown Manitowoc at the 8th Street Bridge. You’ll pass scenic overlooks, craggy coves and wide beaches, gift shops, restaurants and motels. With over 30 flower gardens, sculptures, and beautiful views, this will become one of your favorite trails!
Follow the signs through downtown Two Rivers for about a mile to reach the Rawley Point Recreation Trail connecting Point Beach State Forest, the historic Rawley Point Lighthouse, and Two Rivers. The Rawley Point Recreational Trail has a hard-packed limestone base and connects Two Rivers with Point Beach State Forest. The six-mile trail winds through pine and hemlock forests, dunes and fields.
Bike rentals are available at:
The Bicycle & Fitness Co., 801 N. 8th St., Manitowoc, 920-682-1944
Village Inn on the Lake & RV Park, 3310 Memorial Dr., Two Rivers, 920-794-8818
Westport B&B, 635 N. 8th St., Manitowoc 920-686-0465
Woodland Dunes is located near an ecological “tension zone” between two distinct areas of natural vegetation in Wisconsin. Both northern and southern species of plants and animals are found here.
Formed on ancient beach dunes and wet swales, Woodland Dunes offers six trails that allow visitors to explore the 1,200 acre preserve that includes woodlands, meadows and marshes. All trails are relatively level and easily hiked; they range from ¼ to 2 ½ miles long. Two of the trails, Cattail and Yellow Birch, are wheelchair accessible boardwalks. In winter, trails are open for cross- country skiing, although not groomed. Trails are open from sunrise to sunset. Explore our interpretive center, butterfly garden, and two accessible boardwalks to learn about this remarkable wild area.
Watch the website for programs & special events.
At Woodland Dunes we are seeking to protect a delicate but vital natural environment, not only for all the wildlife and plant species that live here, but for generations of families seeking a connection with the natural world. Please help us in our preservation efforts by following these simple rules.
Stay on the trail—Our forest floor and wetlands support many species of birds, animals and plants. If you venture off the path you may be harming a precious environment.
No pets—Domesticated animals can be very harmful to the wildlife and plants established in our natural area. An exception is the Ice Age Trail, where pets on a leash are allowed.
No bicycles, snowmobiles or other vehicles—Our trails are designed for the enjoyment of their unique natural surroundings. Slow down and take the time to observe the beauty of nature.
No smoking—Did you know that cigarette filters can be harmful to animals and birds?