The best things in life and the Minocqua area are free.  If you are planning a family getaway on a budget or just looking to occupy the kids for the day, there is plenty of fun to be had without breaking the bank.


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Hillestad Pharmaceuticals® Tours

This unique tour takes you behind the scenes of the making of  many natural products like vitamins, minerals, herbs, skin creams, and lotions. Tours are offered Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Walk-ins are absolutely welcome.


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Northwoods Wildlife Tours

The Northwoods Wildlife Center rescues, rehabilitates, and releases injured wildlife from the Northwoods. The center admits about 600-700 animals a year in need of medical treatment. You can see some of these animals up close on free guided tours.  Learn about eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls, and even turtles. If you are lucky, check to see if it’s feeding time of any of the baby wildlife patients. Tours run every half hour and are great for all ages.


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Minocqua Public Library

You could just check out a good book and curl up in a hammock under a shady pine tree for an afternoon but if your kids need more activity than that, the  Minocqua Public Library offers great programs for your little ones and big kids too.  Check out the Pre-School StoryTime on Wednesdays at 10 am for children 2 to 6 years or the Music Garden Thursdays at 10 am for children newborn to 5 years.

Your older kids can join the teen book club,  Books-N-Brunch Bunch. The club meets once a month, on a Saturday from 10:30 to noon. Teens ages 13 and up can come for breakfast treats and conversation with friends. Check out the library site for a list of upcoming books they discuss.


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Snowshoe Baseball game

The name of the game might have you guessing if this is a summer or winter activity but Snowshoe Baseball is played every Monday at 7:30 pm from June - August in Lake Tomahawk. Watching baseball players trade their cleats for cumbersome snowshoes is a traditional Northwoods vacation bucket list activity. While the game is free, bring few dollars to get a heavenly slice of one of the variety of pies served at the concession stand. Arrive early and watch the players warm up because seats and pies go quickly.  


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Min-Aqua Bats Waterski shows

The Min-Aqua Bats are the one of the longest running amateur water ski show teams in the United States today. They originated in 1950 with a group of local young people water skiing on Sunday afternoons. The group now performs three shows a week at the Aqua Bowl in downtown Minocqua. Check out amazing tricks and stunts performed by some of the best water skiers every Wednesday, Friday & Sunday at 7:00 p.m. from June-August.


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Try paddleboarding

On Tuesday evenings in Torpy Park, Chequamegon Adventure Company brings out professional instructors to teach paddling, self-rescue, and other paddling skills. If you have your own boat or paddleboard, it’s absolutely free but you can rent all the equipment for just $10!  


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Learn our history

Do you know the connection Elizabeth Taylor has to Minocqua? Or that we have the World’s Largest Penny? From our roots in logging to inspirational & famous figures, the Minocqua area has a fascinating history.  The Dr Kate Museum, the Minocqua Museum, and the Snowmobile Hall of Fame are exceptional stops to learn about the history of our Northwoods communities and what has made the area so unique.


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Concerts in the park

Bring your own blanket or lawn chair to Torpy Park on Thursdays and Sundays during our two summer concert series. The Thursday series features many local bands and the Sunday series draws musical groups of many different styles and genres. Check our events calendar to find who’s coming up.