I accidentally bypassed writing a post about this park from our July trip, so I’m backtracking and getting it done today!
Lime Kiln Park in Grafton will always hold a special place in our hearts as it was the location of our wedding reception. The thing that makes Lime Kiln Park speical is of course, the old lime kilns located in the park that give the park it’s name. We had tons of fun taking photos with the kilns for wedding photos, so after a take out lunch from Hefner’s at the park, we took a few photos ourselves for old times sake.
The park also features an old restored bridge near the kilns, so we also had some fun recreating wedding photos on the bridge as well.
The park has lots of other fun options as well, including a disc golf course, beautiful creek, playground and more! It’s located just off the main drag through town and could be easily missed, but it’s a park definitely worth a visit.
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As promised, here’s another favorite old haunt we visited while back in the Cedarburg area in July. Lion’s Den Gorge is a beautiful nature preserve located along the bluffs of Lake Michigan. We arrived mid morning on a Sunday thinking it would still be an early time to explore, but boy were we wrong! The parking lot was packed and we actually just had to park along the side of the roadway into the preserve.
There are a few porta-potties located near the parking lot and then a map of the area. We began our hike that day by taking the bluff trail for some nice scenic views as we hiked down into the gorge and toward the lake. You can take this trail all the way down to where wooden steps and bridges have been built that lead all the way down to Lake Michigan. Be prepared for lots of stair steps if you go all the way down!
The beach area is more rocks than sand, but is such a nice place to sit and relax. There’s plenty of space to spread out even on a busier day.
On our way back up the trail we opted to take the gravel path back to the car instead of the bluff path. The gravel path simply takes you along the edge of the woods and has a prairie to the other side, but is more of a straight shot in and out versus the bluff path that weaves along the edge of the lake and the woods.
For a fairly simple and short hike, this is a beautiful area to explore!
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As we made our way home from Cuyahoga Valley in July, we had one more stop we had to make along the way. This was to our first home of Cedarburg. We had so many fun places we wanted to revisit during our trip down memory lane. I’ll have a few posts dedicated to some places outside of Cedarburg, but here’s what we visited in town. (And one outside of town.)
The first place was actually outside of Cedarburg as Andrew wanted to stop by and visited Concordia Wisconsin’s campus as an alum. They have a gorgeous path you can walk down along the bluff that leads to a small little beach area on Lake Michigan. The lake was a perfect shade of blue the evening we visited.
After dinner, our next spot to visit was Amy’s Candy Kitchen. They are known for their candied apples, but Andrew loves their chocolate covered pretzel rods, and I’m a sucker for their sea salt chocolate meltaways. We took them over to the picturesque bridge area of the Interurban Trail that runs through town.
We spent the night in a private room AirBnB in town and enjoyed getting to know our host family and their young boys. It was a real treat to share bedtime stories with them. The next morning we grabbed muffins from the Kwik Trip (this used to be a locally owned PDQ station that had the most amazing muffins, but now switched to the more common Kwik Trip chain.) Then it was time for breakfast in Covered Bridge Park. We used to bring picnics here all the time.
We loved the two years we lived in this quaint little town and loved having a chance to revisit some of our favorite places. I’ll share a few more places from the surrounding area over the course of the week!
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Today we head into the Northeast Region of Wisconsin which is another popular tourist area with the famed Door County area! I’m a day behind this week since yesterday we were asked to use appliances minimally to help our southern neighbors get power restored faster! My laptop is getting old and always needs to be plugged in when using it, so I made the sacrifice and it means you’ll get a special Saturday post you don’t normally get!
Governor Thompson State Park: Enjoy time on the Peshtigo River or along the shoreline of a few small lakes in this park!
Newport State Park: This park is a Dark Sky park located along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse: This adorable lighthouse is located within Peninsula State Park and is perched high above Green Bay.
Peninsula State Park: Gorgeous wooded park located along the shores of Green Bay.
Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame: If you are a Packer fan, this is a must see location for great history on the team!
Lambeau Field: Home of the Green Bay Packer football team.
The Tugboat “Ludington”: Explore this WWII tugboat.
Council Grounds State Park: Wooded park along the Wisconsin River.
Copper Culture State Park: Site preserves the area where the Copper Complex people once resided.
Peshtigo Fire Museum: Stop in a learn about the infamous fire that ravaged the area back in the day.
Cave Point Country Park: Gorgeous park area along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Door County Maritime Museum: Explore the maritime history of the lake and bay area.
Potawatomi State Park: Wooded park located along Sturgeon Bay, a bay within Green Bay.
Whitefish Dunes State Park: Preserves the most substantial sand dunes on the Western shore of Lake Michigan.
Northwoods Petroleum Museum: Fun memorabilia that details the history of petroleum.
Three Lakes Winery: Known for it’s cranberry wines, you also can take a tour of their facilities.
Rock Island State Park: Accessible by ferry, this is a primitive island of Lake Michigan.
World’s Largest Penny: Check out this fun roadside oddity that has a unique history.
All attractions found in the Travel Wisconsin Travel Guide.