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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. Visit the historic Badger Mine and Museum
2. Hunt treasure of a different sort and Geocache in Badger Park
3. Visit the Shullsburg Visitors Center downtown
4. Watch a ballgame at Badger Park
5. Ride your ATV through town
6. Catch a sunset at Berry Tavern Historical Site
7. Visit a natural phenomenon and roll uphill at Gravity Hill
8. Find the corner of Truth and Judgement
9. Drink a local brew at The Burg
10. Appreciate Samuel Mazzuchelli’s architecture at St. Matthew’s Church
11.  Walk down memory lane on the historic Water Street District Walking Tour
12. Explore, 151 steps down, the tunnels at Badger Mine
13. Relax with a picnic at Badger Park
14. View the two churches made of local limestone
15. Enjoy the famous Rueben at Water Street Pub
16. Experience an old-fashioned Fourth of July parade down historic Water Street
17. Find the corner of Peace and Happy Streets
18. Visit the Miner’s Memorial at Miner’s Park
19. Let Roelli Cheese pack your picnic with deli sandwiches, WI craft beers (& root beers), and award-winning cheese
20. See the school listed on the National Register of Historic Places
21. Find all 9 buildings designed by Dr. C.C. Gratiot
22. Enjoy an old fashioned malt at Miner Alley
23. Watch cheese curd creation at Shullsburg Creamery
24. Celebrate Wisconsin’s tastiest commodity at CheeseFest (1st Saturday in October)
25. Read the names of those who gave their all at the Veterans Memorial
26. Play on the playground at Badger Park
27. Refresh with ice cream at Kingsley Crossing