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Explore Wisconsin roadside attractions and other tourist traps, restaurants, stops, and detours to add to your Wisconsin road trip itinerary.

Big Steer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Big Steer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

It’s time to STEER you towards this next roadside attraction: the Big Steer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. No bull, this giant steer is painted black and white and wears a bright red chef’s hat and bib. The fiberglass big cow was built by Sculptured Advertising in Sparta, Wisconsin (now known as FAST Corporation) and originally stood on top of The Rafters...

Flopsy and the Bronze Fonz in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Flopsy’s Day Off

I had a hard decision to make when I left on my ’round the world trip. Do I take my beloved jackalope, and Silly America’s mascot, Flopsy? Or, do I leave him behind? In the end I decided that Flopsy would be better off at home. On road trips he mostly stays in the car except to come out to see roadside attractions and the like. But traveling through...

Safe House, a spy-themed restaurant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Safe House : Milwaukee Spy-Themed Restaurant

You’re in Milwaukee and walking down a nondescript alley. You come across a plaque for an importer/exporter business. It’s something you wouldn’t normally pay attention to, but for some reason you are drawn to check it out. So you open the door and peak inside. A woman greets you and opens the red velvet rope to let you into a small waiting area...

Brewers game at Millers Park in Milwaukee.

Brewers Game at Miller Park

After the Jelly Belly Factory Tour on Saturday, we took off for destination number 2: Miller Park! We were taking in a Brewers pre-season game (with tickets behind home plate for only $10, why not?) I really like Miller Park. Why? They have a dome. And on a rainy chilly day like Saturday that dome made the game awesome. I got a hot dog (of course) and cheese curds...

Jelly Belly Center Tour in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

Jelly Belly Center Tour in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

Saturday morning I was picked up bright and early and we shuffled off to Wisconsin. We had a full day ahead of Milwaukee-area goodness and I couldn’t wait! Our first stop was Pleasant Prairie and the home of everyone’s favorite jelly bean — the Jelly Belly — to take the Jelly Belly Center tour! The day was a little rainy, but we got photos of the giant...

World’s Largest Six-Pack of Beer in La Crosse, Wisconsin

I’m a lightweight when it comes to drinking. It doesn’t take much to get me drunk (for example, see me getting Hyderized in Hyder). One beer and I’m tipsy. But I have a few friends who can drink a lot of beer. And by a lot of beer I mean a lot of beer. But even they probably couldn’t drink all the alcohol that is contained in this roadside...

Lakefront Brewery Tour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Lakefront Brewery Tour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

If you’re looking for a less “corporate” brewery tour in Milwaukee, look no further than the Lakefront Brewery Tour! Unlike the free Miller Brewery Tour, the Lakefront Brewery Tour costs money ($6), but includes a souvenir pint glass with their logo on it, four pours of beer, and a coupon to get a free beer at a neighborhood bar. Not bad. If you...

Miller Brewery Tour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Miller Brewery Tour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Somehow, despite the fact that I really don’t like beer, I find myself on a lot of brewery tours when traveling. It’s mostly because I have friends who like beer way more than I do. I apologize that these won’t be the most thorough of reviews because a) they were all from a bit while ago and I didn’t take proper notes at the time and b) I am...

Giant Western Mouse in Oakdale, Wisconsin

Welcome to Wisconsin, Americas Dairyland! Cheese shops aren’t always the only cheesy destinations in the state that feature giant mice roadside attractions! At a truck stop parking lot in Oakdale, Wisconsin, you can find another big rodent! This giant Western mouse wears bright blue jeans, a red shirt, a yellow bandana, brown cowboy boots, and a giant cowboy...

Mousehouse Cheesehaus in Windsor, Wisconsin -- Roadside Attractions in Wisconsin

Mousehouse Cheesehaus in Windsor, Wisconsin

If there is one thing Wisconsin is known for, it’s cheese! And boy do they like to celebrate it, often with a cheese shop on every corner! While I’m sure cheese shops are not unique to the state, they certainly appear everywhere possible and many stores go to the extreme to make sure that they stand out above the rest. One such shop is in Windsor...