Wisconsin certainly has its share of roadside attractions, some of them quirkier than others. Keep reading, to learn more about a few of them. Then, get ready for a road trip!
Roadside Attractions in Wisconsin
Sputnik Crash Site (Manitowoc)
September 6, 1962 is a date that forever has a special place in the hearts of residents of Manitowoc, WI. On this day, a piece of Sputnik IV came crashing to Earth and landed in the middle of main street.
The spot where the debris fell is marked with a plaque and the rubble itself was moved to the nearby Rahr-West Art Museum for everyone to see.
Rock in the House (Fountain City)
The Rock in the House in Fountain City is a somewhat freaky act of Mother Nature. It occurred when a 55-ton round boulder went rolling down a hill (in 1995) and crashed through the wall of a nearby home.
The rock and the house are in the same condition to this day, showing off the striking damage caused by this totally bizarre incident.
World’s Largest Penny (Woodruff)
This concrete penny weighs nine tons and is 15 feet tall. It’s a fun reminder of a fundraiser held in 1953, where school children raised 1.7 million pennies to help build a hospital.
Mars Cheese Castle (Kenosha)
The Mars Cheese Castle isn’t an exotic roadside attraction. But, you may want to visit, all the same. This storefront, built into a miniature castle, is home to a roadside shop that specializes in artisan Wisconsin cheese.
Wisconsin is the state most famous for its incredible cheese. So, don’t leave the area without stocking up on this yummy treat.
World’s Largest Fish (Hayward)
The town of Hayward is home to the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. It’s easy to find, due to its unique appearance. The building is a huge fiberglass fish, over four stories tall and as long as a passenger jet!
To visit the Hall of Fame, guests make their way up the fish’s tail. There’s also an observation balcony inside the fish’s mouth.
This is just a small sample of cool roadside attractions in Wisconsin. Which one do you want to visit first?