So… where do I start? I’ve lived in Sheboygan my entire life, went through school here, also got my first job here. If you don’t know much about it, its great little city right on the shores of Lake Michigan! When I was a kid I never would have imagined all of the great things that could come of this small city in its future. We have an amazing beach and waterfront that is a favorite spot for surfers, paddleboarders, sailors ,and kayakers alike. Our riverfront can be called quaint and brings you back to a simpler time with lots of shanty shops from Natural and Holistic Stores to our very own Bait shop “The Wharf” for all your fishing needs! An abundance of amazing restaurants, most now with locally grown food. Tons of parks for kids to play, also more and more small businesses and shopping boutiques popping up everyday. We are also named the Bratwurst Capital of the world! Which if you ever had a brat, you will never eat a hot dog again! That’s the thing, In summer especially, Sheboygan lights up! Whether it be all the people walking and shopping our downtown, and watching our Free Thursday night concerts in the park, or the 4th of July fireworks lighting up the night sky over the lake and Blue Harbor Resort, we have it all!
In this post im going to share a few of my favorite places in Sheboygan. Whether you’re looking to move here or just stop by for a short visit some of these places you definitely HAVE to visit during your time here! I am including some great restaurants, coffee shops, activities to do with the family, and some great places for some night life!
Il Ritrovo Pizza- If you are looking for a nice Restaurant, located right downtown on 8th St, also with a casual atmosphere look no further. Il Ritrovo is a neopolitan wood fired Pizzeria. They have an Italian Flare that showcases local farmers and seasonal ingredients. If you don’t have time to eat, you have to stop in their amazing farmers market type full deli and retail store in the back, for Fresh Baked breads, Local meats, fruits and vegetables. Make sure look through their showcase of homemade tapas and Cheeses too. This Place is my absolute favorite restaurant!
The Weather Center Cafe- This great little Coffee shop is located right in one of the old shanties on the riverfront. You can get a cup of great Coffee, Italian soda, a muffin or great sandwich for lunch. Sit inside and look at all the beautiful artwork by local artists surrounding you, or on a nice day sit outside in their sitting area on the River Boardwalk and relax and take it all in.
Natures Best- Just a short 2 min walk from The Weather Center, Natures Best is a holistic/ Health food Store on the Riverfront. Products range from Essential oils, and body products to vitamins, Whole Foods and Teas. This place is great mostly anything you’re looking for, you can find there. If they don’t have it, more than likely it can be ordered for you. The employees are always very helpful, and all products they carry will help your mind-body and soul!
Above and Beyond Childrens Museum– Looking for a great stop with the kids? This Interactive museum does not disappoint! 3 Floors of Hands on Exhibits for all ages, your kids and you can learn and have fun at the same time! Located Right in the heart of downtown on Niagara Ave and N 8th St. They will also host a great birthday party or special event for your little ones!
Bookworm Gardens– A local Botanical Garden inspired by memorable children’s books. This beautiful place will bring you back to your childhood! Also a great place to bring the kids. During the day, Spring Through Fall, you can walk through the beautiful gardens tucked away in the woods, by our local UW Sheboygan College. Admission is a voluntary donation. You can Plan a Family Picnic, great location for family photos, Guided tours for larger groups, or visit the lovely gift shop. Bookworm Gardens does local benefits for the area for adults during the summer as well, including yoga classes, benefit concerts, Dinners, and everything from craft cocktail to cooking classes.
Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts– This Great old Theater which was originally constructed in 1928, has been fully restored to its original Grandeur in 1996 to Host Live Performances, Movies, and our Sheboygan Orchestra. This theater receives no public funding but relies solely on the efforts of amazing volunteers, donors and Foundations. Some great appearances have been, The Gufs, The Bodeans, Billy Joel Tribute Band, Herman’s Hermits, Ballets, Comedians, and great for a family friendly Friday night movie! Also Serves wine, beer, and mixed drinks. A great place to go if you are visiting Sheboygan!
Urbane- Looking for a drink after the theater?! This Great Local Restaurant/ Bar is amazing! Located on the Corner of N 8th and Michigan Ave. Their drink menu is to die for, they feature a variety of fresh squeezed juice drinks, wines and local craft beers. While you sit at the bar you can admire the eclectic feel, amazing old architecture, and the floor to ceiling oak bar. This place is also known for great food, small plates, Salads, Burgers, and their amazing Pulled Pork Nachos! During the Summer they open their huge front windows! Who can resist relaxing enjoying a fruity cocktail on a beautiful summer day!
I can talk about this great city forever but, You’ll have to come here to see for your self! Whether you’re coming to relax on the beach, Surf, golf, visit our amazing shops, restaurants, Wineries, or coming here to make this great little part of Wisconsin home, You will enjoy yourself! If you’re in town feel free to stop by my Office for a visit, I’ll tell you all you need to know! I’m right on the Corner of N 8th and New York Ave! Look Forward to seeing you here!