Lake Superior Day Trip: Things to Do in Ashland, Wisconsin

Photo of lake superior one of the things to do in Ashland WIIt’s easy for small towns like Ashland, WI, to get swept under the rug when considering things to do this summer. However, Ashland provides a perfect inexpensive day trip on Lake Superior. Spend the day exploring the beaches and trails. Experience the history of Ashland by stopping at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center or going along the Mural Walk. And wrap up the day with a meal from Deep Water Grille. There are many things to do in Ashland, WI, to enjoy a beautiful day on Lake Superior. Return to your historic Old Rittenhouse Inn room to unwind after a long day of Ashland adventures!

Bayview Park

When driving into Ashland, WI, you’ll notice the dazzling sun reflecting off Lake Superior waters. Stop at Bayview Park for the best views of Lake Superior and the Breakwater Lighthouse. Throw a line in the water or brave the frigid Superior for a refreshing swim. There is also a 12-mile loop of walking and biking trails that connect to Bayview Park.

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center 

Celebrate the history of Lake Superior when you go through the exhibit hall at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. Encounter an 18th-century fur post and the replicated rumble of an iron mine explosion! Step outside and walk the boardwalk trail to see the black ash swamp, sedge meadow, and tamarack swamp. The Leopold Trail can also be accessed here and explores forests, wetlands, and overlooks Fish Creek. There are plenty of things to do in Ashland, WI, when you visit the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. 

The Mural Walk

Listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places, the over 20 murals in Ashland are a must-see. Across eight blocks are murals depicting the history of Ashland and the people who lived there. Viewing these vibrant murals is the perfect way to learn and stop by local downtown shops simultaneously. 

End your Lake Superior day trip with a delicious meal at Deep Water Grille. Start with Cajun shrimp stuffed mushrooms or beer-battered cheese curds for the table. We would recommend trying the locally-caught Lake Superior whitefish made to your liking of baked, broiled, Cajun, or deep-fried. Accompany your meal with a South Shore Brewery beer, which is brewed in-house. 

Photo of things to do in Ashland WICozy Lakefront Lodging

These are just a few of the things to do in Ashland, WI, this summer. Spend a day in this Lake Superior town and fall in love with the local charm. If you have any questions about things to do in Ashland or the surrounding area, don’t hesitate to reach out! Book your room today or call 715-779-5111 if you have any questions.