Sheboygan Wisconsin is located about halfway between Green
Bay to the north and Milwaukee
to the south. Both are about 65 miles away. A little further south is Kenosha
on the Illinois border.
It is located on a major north-south highway, so a Sheboygan vacation also gives
you easy access to other places in the state as well as to Illinois and Chicago.
The Sheboygan airport is
a general aviation facility with no commercial passenger traffic, so car
rentals will give you the best transportation options.
The city is set on the shores of Lake Michigan just north of popular Kohler-Andrae, one of Wisconsin's state parks. The park and the lake are the major attractions in Sheboygan offering miles of sandy beaches and beautiful dunes. Many of the regional and Sheboygan events are celebrated on the lakeshore.
Sheboygan Wisconsin is justly famous for its bratwurst, which is saying something when the entire state is known for this "soul food." Just about any dining establishment you visit in town will have its signature bratwurst. This sausage is celebrated at one of the premier Sheboygan events that is held along the lakeshore over three days in the middle of the summer. There are entertainment and concerts, food stalls and beer gardens, and parades and fireworks. You might see a classic Harley show (Harley Davidson is headquartered in nearby Milwaukee) and the Budweiser Clydesdales all the way from St. Louis. Bratwurst Days has been going strong since 1953, and this is a great time to plan a Sheboygan vacation with a little excitement.
Another of the popular Sheboygan events is the Dairyland Surf Classic, the largest freshwater surfing competition in the world. It's been held in the waters off Deland Park since 1988, and occurs over Labor Day. Avid surfers and surf fans gather from all around the Great Lakes, including Canada, and other countries are also represented.
Other attractions in Sheboygan are museums that showcase the history of the region, especially its maritime heritage. The schooner Lottie Cooper sank of the coast here in 1896, and its wreckage was discovered when the marina was built. It is now displayed in Deland Park. Admission to this open-air museum is free, making this one of the most popular and fascinating attractions in Sheboygan for families and ship enthusiasts. For those with their heads in the clouds, there is the Aviation Heritage Center. Here is a wonderful collection of planes and air machines from the past, and you can enjoy guided tours of the facility. Other museums include the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, which is nationally recognized for its extensive collection of folk art.
A Sheboygan vacation will undoubtedly include excursions to enjoy the surrounding countryside. Golfing is big in the region, and you'll find two world-class courses in nearby Kohler—the Straits and Irish Course. This is also the location of one of the state's premier resorts. River sports also comprise one of the attractions in the area, as the Sheboygan River runs right through town. Kohler Andrae State Park is a prime destination for camping, hiking, and biking. There is a lovely beach and beautiful sand dunes for the entire family to enjoy.
Sheboygan Wisconsin offers plenty of dining establishments, from casual family restaurants and fast food joints to fine gourmet restaurants. One of the little known facts about the city is that there is a Marcel Biro Culinary School here. Biro is one of the youngest European chefs to earn the title of Master Chef de Cuisine, and you can find Wisconsin vacation packages that include cooking classes at the school as well as visits to some of the state's wineries.