15 Best Small Towns to Visit in Wisconsin

A Midwestern state located on the Great Lakes Michigan and Superior, Wisconsin is covered in forests and farms that are begging to be explored. Take a few days, hop in a car and leave the big city lights behind you. There is plenty to keep you busy both outdoors and in town. Whether you are eating some of Wisconsin’s famous cheese or trying their artisanal beers and wines, you’ll be both well-fed and soothed by the lakefront views and forests that hide these small town gems.

Check out our list of the best small towns to visit in Wisconsin:

1. Cedarburg, Wisconsin

Covered Bridge Park in Cedarburg

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Covered Bridge Park in Cedarburg

About 20 miles north of Milwaukee, you’ll find Cedarburg. Originally founded in 1842 by Ludwig Groth along the banks of Cedar Creek, the name means “Castle of cedars”. A lumber mill, Columbia Mill, was soon built following the arrival of settlers, and soon, business expanded and the town thrived and grew. More recently, the old wool mill was purchased in the 1960s and converted into a restaurant, winery and shops, drawing in more tourism to Cedarburg with these fun activities.

You can wander the quaint streets of Cedarburg and see buildings still standing from the 1800s. There are many galleries and studios to visit, as well as the Covered Bridge, the oldest historic covered bridge still functional in Wisconsin. Visit in the summer to enjoy their concerts or at Christmastime to appreciate the picturesque historic buildings. Whether you’re wine tasting or shopping, you’ll always have something to do!

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15 Best Small Towns to Visit in Wisconsin:

Covered Bridge Park in Cedarburg

  • Covered Bridge Park in Cedarburg: flickr
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  • New Glarus Brewery: flickr
  • Mazomanie, Wisconsin: flickr
  • Port Washington, Wisconsin: flickr
  • Ephraim, Wisconsin: flickr
  • Historic Youngquist-Peterson Building, Stockholm: blogspot
  • Bayfield, Wisconsin: flickr
  • Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin: flickr
  • Columbus, Wisconsin: flickr
  • Fish Creek, Wisconsin: flickr
  • Mineral Point, Wisconsin: flickr
  • Egg Harbor, Wisconsin: flickr
  • Algoma, Wisconsin: flickr
  • Ashland, Wisconsin: flickr