Shullsburg Visitor Center

An essential first stop when in Shullsburg. Self-guided information on city history with videos. Volunteer staff available on weekends. Brochures for area activities and art displays.

Whatever your pace, hobby, or interest, there’s plenty to pack into a daytrip or overnight getaway to Shullsburg. For starters, check out these IDEAS for your visit:

Family Fun

• Learn about Shullsburg’s mining history through hands-on experiences at the Badger Mine and Museum, including their new children’s program, “Hats of Heritage Trail” (children’s program at 2:15 pm, Saturdays & Sundays only).

• Release some energy on the playground or go for a swim in the pool at Badger Park.

• Treat everyone to an old-fashioned milkshake (or a newfangled frappe) at Kingsley Crossing.

• Stop by the Shullsburg Creamery and watch master cheese makers create Wisconsin’s famous squeaky cheese curds and many more delicious varieties.

• Get your thrills at Shullsburg’s Gravity Hill, a stretch of road where vehicles appear to roll…uphill. Located a little over a mile south of town on Hwy U, just past Rennick Rd.

Nature Lovers

• Go modern-day treasure hunting! Grab your smart phone or GPS and discover the Geocache hidden in Badger Park.

• Jump on an ATV and explore the Cheese Country Recreation Trail (aka the Tri-County Trail). Just follow the ATV signs through town.

• Biking more your speed? Ride the Dunbarton Loop, Lead Mine Loop, or Prairie Loop.

• Float by the beauty of The Driftless Region and canoe or kayak down The Fever River, southwest of Shullsburg (aka The Galena River). A canoe launch is located on County Road W, just west of New Diggins, about 10 minute drive from Shullsburg.

• Get hooked on fishing in Lafayette County. For small-mouth bass, check out Horseshoe Bend, near Benton, WI (about 9 miles west of Shullsburg on WI-11). For lake fishing, explore popular Yellowstone Lake Park.

History Buffs

• Marvel at Mazzuchelli’s work. Dominican priest and architect, Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, founded the picturesque Saint Matthew’s Catholic Church in 1855.

• Experience the daily routine of a miner at the only primitive lead mine open for public viewing in the U.S. Descend into a hand-dug mine at the Badger Mine and Museum.

• Pay homage to more than 1,200 names of Shullsburg veterans, from the Spanish American War to the present at the Shullsburg Area Veterans Memorial.

• Imagine stopping along your stagecoach journey at the Berry Tavern, opened in 1829 with a bar, dining room, dance hall and inn for weary travelers.


Why 27? The first prospectors to enter Shullsburg during the Lead Rush of 1827 were called, “Twenty-Seveners.” Many of these same miners would head west to California in 1849, seeking their fortunes in gold.

1. Stop one: The Shullsburg Visitor’s Center at 204 W. Water Street
2. Visit the Badger Mine and Museum
3. Defy Gravity by rolling uphill at “Gravity Hill”
4. Ride your ATV through town into the countryside.

5. Enjoy an Old Fashioned Malt at Water Street Market & Cafe

Shullsburg Park Family Picnic
6. Enjoy refreshing ice cream at Kingsley Crossing
7. Experience the “Water Street Historic Walking Tour”
8. Start the morning at Second Chance Coffee and Music
9. Catch a sunset at the Berry Tavern Historical Site
10. Venture down 151 steps into the badger mine
11. Shop our quaint downtown shops
12. Listen to the carolers at a “Bit of Yesteryear Christmas”
13. Eat pasty, our local mienr’s meal
14. Visit our limestone school and churches
15. Find the corner of Truth and Judgement Streets
16. Find all 13 streets named by Father Mazzuchelli
17. Watch cheese curds being made through the Shullsburg Creamery’s viewing vindow
18. Relax with a picnic at Badger Park
19. Spend the Fourth of July in Shullsburg and enjoy our area’s longest standing tradition
20. Visit the miner memorial at the badger park
21. Catch a music artist at Second Chance Coffee and Music
22. Set aside the 1st weekend in October for “Cheesefest”
23. Read the names of those who gave their all at the Veteran’s Memorial
24. Enjoy a New Glarus Beer at one of the Pubs
25. Stop at Roelli Cheese for deli, beer and award winning cheese
26. Find all nine buildings designed by C.C. Gratiot
27. Canoe, Kayak, Tube or Fish on the Fever River