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Sheboygan

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Sheboygan is a city in and the county seat of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 49,288 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Sheboygan, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Sheboygan River, about 50 mi (81 km) north of Milwaukee and 64 mi (103 km) south of Green Bay.HistoryPrior to settlement by European Americans, the Sheboygan area was home to Native Americans, including members of the Potawatomi, Chippewa, Ottawa, Winnebago, and Menominee tribes. Migrants from New York, Michigan, and New England were among the pioneers to this area in the 1830s. One very early settler remarked "Nearly all the settlers were from the New England states and New York." Lumbering was the first major industry, as trees were harvested and shipped to eastern markets through the Great Lakes. Sheboygan was officially founded in 1846. Much of the town was platted in 1836, when property investors laid out more than 1,000 lots.By 1849 the community was known for its German population, as it became a destination of a wave of German middle-class liberal immigrants, who reached the United States after the Revolutions of 1848 in the German states. On June 26, 1849 William Williams wrote, "arrived at Sheboigin on the Wisconsin side, a small town, population purhaps (sic) from 700 to 1000. This is a promising place. there are a great many best class of Germans settling around it. tis all along this Lake so far quite an interesting country." Between 1840 and 1890, Protestant Dutch immigrants also settled in areas of Wisconsin, including Sheboygan. Dutch and Irish immigrants also came during this period, the Irish because of the Great Famine. Settlers of both English and German ancestry were overwhelmingly opposed to slavery.
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Garden
Bookworm Gardens
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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State Park
Kohler-Andrae State Park
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Duration: 2 hours
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Art Museum
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
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Duration: 2 hours
Water Park
Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center Water Park
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Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Sheboygan

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Specialty Museum
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Duration: 4 hours
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Military Museum
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame Green Bay
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Duration: 2 hours
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Garden
Green Bay Botanical Garden Green Bay
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Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Sheboygan

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Children’s Museum
Above and Beyond Childrens Museum
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Scenic Drive
Highway 42
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Duration: 2 hours
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Monument
Acuity Flagpole
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Park
Ellwood H. May Environmental Park
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Sheboygan

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Evans
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Victorian Chocolate Shoppe
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Sheboygan

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Park
Deland Park
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Park
Indian Mounds Park
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Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Sheboygan

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Science Museum
Sheboygan Spaceport
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Duration: 2 hours

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