Antigo Stories and Tips

Summertime Activities Around Antigo

Antigo/Langlade County Info  Photo, Antigo, Wisconsin

Do you think "anti-go" means to stop? After all, the opposite of go would be stop. Well if your travels take you to Central Wisconsin and "up north der hey" then you may venture through Antigo. In addition to the places featured in this journal, there is a wealth of other activities worth considering during a visit to the area.

For those interested in outdoor activities, check out the golfing, hiking, boating or fishing. During my Saturday afternoon drive, I enjoyed checking out the golf course that is right by Camp Susan. The Bass Lake Country Club is open to the public and markets themselves as "the best golf course in the Northwoods." For their seasonal hours of operation, prices and discounts check them out at: http://www.basslakecc.com/ .

There are several hiking trails in the area including a segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail along the Plover River on Hwy 52 in Marathon County (about 20 minutes from downtown Antigo). Also in Marathon County on County Road G is the BItzke BIrdwalk & Waterfowl Refuge.

Because Antigo is the county seat of Langlade County, it is also home to the County Fairgrounds. Check out their calendar of events for the fair dates (typically in late July) as well as other events such as car races and concerts, held during the summer.

Looking for a rainy day activity? There are several of them available as well. Native American casinos can be found throughout Wisconsin's Northwoods area, including the Ho Chunk - Wittenberg Casino and Mole Lake Casino. At Ho Chunk they are open 24/7 and offer slot machines (including penny machines), video poker and keno. Mole Lake is not open 24/7 but has blackjack and a bingo hall.

If you are heading out towards Marathon County and old cars are a passion, there is the old car museum located south on Hwy 52, before you get to Wausau. It is called Alpha Heaven Motorama and is a bit off the beaten path in Aniwa, Wisconsin. Not being an Alpha Romeo aficionado, I didn't really want to spend the $10 to take the walking tour, so I stopped by took some photos of the exterior lot and left.

One of the more disappointing things about Antigo is that they do have a couple of cheese companies and dairy farms in the area, but nothing open for tours. If you are looking for a decent locally made cheese, check out Santori Foods which does have a cheese shop in town (201 Morse Street Antigo, WI 54409) but only open Monday through Friday. Their dairy is located just out of town and provides for a nice photo op.

For more ideas of things to do and places to see, be sure to check out the Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce office on Hwy 45 on the south end of town. While they are only open Monday through Friday, they do have printed material in racks on their front sidewalk for those visiting after 5:00pm and on the weekends.

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