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


pharmacy tour

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, 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 hour and are great for all ages. Reservations are required. 


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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  Family StoryTime on Wednesdays at 10 am or Tot TimeThursdays at 10 am for toddlers and preschoolers.

Your older kids can attend many events geared just for them throughout the year. Check out their schedule here. 


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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.


Minocqua museum

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.



Northern Waters Distillery

Get in the spirit of cocktail making with a behind-the-scenes tour of Northern Waters Distillery. Learn how they make one-of-a-kind products like Apple Pie Moonshine, Black Lab Berry Whiskey, and White Pine Vodka. Tours are Fridays at 4:00 pm and Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. The cost is $10 and includes a complimentary cocktail!