Key Milwaukee

July 2013

An A-Z visitors guide to Milwaukee Wisconsin. Sponsored by Key Magazine Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Dive into excitement at Maritime Museum WISCONSIN MARITIME Museum in Manitowoc, about 90 minutes north of Milwaukee, is the largest maritime museum on the Great Lakes. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum introduces visitors to all facets of Great Lakes maritime life and provides insight into the "silent service" through tours of the fully restored World War II submarine, the U.S.S. Cobia. The ongoing exhibit Bells & Whistles, invites visitors to learn the "Language of the Lakes." The exhibit explores various methods used by mariners to communicate with other sailors, vessels and people along the shores. Kids of all ages will enjoy learning about communication on the Great Lakes through an interactive display of ship horns, whistles and other unique devices. Visitors can spell their names with signal flags, test their Morse code skills on a telegraph, blow whistles, and try their hand at semaphore. 48 On Thursday, July 4, the Manitowoc riverfront will be a great place to celebrate the "Fourth on the Shore." The Wisconsin Maritime Museum's Red, White & Blue Rendezvous begins on the new Riverwalk patio at 10 a.m. with with special crafts vendors. Also part of the fun is a display of working steam engines from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as live music and great food. Early bird paddlers with their own canoes or kayaks can join a guided paddle of the Manitowoc River at 8 a.m. in Manitou Park. Open year-round, the museum hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. every day through August and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. every day in September and October. The museum is at 75 Maritime Dr. on Lake Michigan in Manitowoc, reached via I-43 north. Visit for information on the museum and special events.

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