Wilderness Walk Zoo and Western Town
Want to walk with white tail deer and peacocks, or see many Wisconsin wild animals up close? Wilderness Walk Zoo and Western Town can make these dreams a reality! Visit the trout ponds, a petting zoo area and feed all kinds of farm animals! You can also visit the Siberian Tiger, Ring Tailed Lemur and other exotic animals in natural cage settings too. The western town is a picnic area, with a video arcade, mystery house and maze for everyone to enjoy. And don’t miss the boardwalk filled with museums of all the makings of an old western town, including an area to pan for gold. Open Memorial to Labor Day.
Boutiques, antiques, sweets & treats… your visit isn’t complete without a treasure from Downtown Hayward! The Hayward area offers an eclectic mix of goods and services that are sure to appeal to any member of your traveling crew. Along with souvenir and t-shirt shops, expect to find antiques, flea market treasures, fine jewelry, Native American arts and crafts, and leather goods. You’ll also find home and garden furnishings, accessories and décor, as well as books, novelty items and clothing for adults and kids alike. And being in the Northwoods, don’t forget about spots to shop for the outdoor recreation lover, fishing enthusiast and sportsman (or woman!) in your life. Make sure to bring your family to Lake Kids on the first block of Main Street for a fun and unique toy store and gift shop with books, games, puzzles & more!
Birkie Trail System
The over 100-kilometer Birkie Trail system attracts skiers, runners, bikers, trekkers, and hikers, from casual day-trippers to elite superstars. The Birkie trail was built for all silent sports enthusiasts to enjoy. The non-profit 501(c)(3) American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation maintains 100% of the trail system. The trail system is open year-round and is fun for all ages! Stop in the Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner too and learn about the history of one of the area’s world-class events!
If you are looking for a family adventure, casual lakeside dining, or a world-class lumberjack show – Scheer’s Lumberjack Village in Hayward is your one-stop destination! Situated on a bay of Lake Hayward, Lumberjack Village is a delightful place to spend some family vacation time. Plan your visit around an afternoon or evening lumberjack show or just stop in to enjoy dinner at The River Deck Restaurant. Play 18 holes of mini-golf then treat yourself to a double scoop at the Namekagon Cone. There’s plenty to do at Scheer’s Lumberjack Village, open seasonally spring, summer and autumn.
Fishing Hall of Fame & Big Musky
Ever seen a half city block long and four and one-half stories tall Musky? Look no further than the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, WI. The highlight of the museum complex is a landmark “Shrine to Anglers” which is located inside this massive concrete, steel and fiberglass likeness of a leaping fish (a muskellunge). Its gaping, open jaw accommodates about 20 persons and reveals a wonderful panoramic view of Lake Hayward, the city of Hayward and the grounds. The “Big Musky” sits atop an 88,000 gallon pond. The adjacent four-building museum complex houses over 50,000 sportfishing historical and vintage artifacts ranging from lures, rods, reels and accessories as well as over 300 mounted fish and about 1000 antique motors. A real treat for fishing enthusiasts of any age!
The Hayward area is fortunate to have many resources for families to spend an hour or a whole day doing activities!
The Cable Natural History Museum offers many exciting programs for children, adults and families. Hikes, crafts, games, river and forest explorations, naturalist-guided canoe and kayak trips, bird watching, engaging lectures, and live raptor programs are just a few of the educational experiences the Museum provides to residents, visitors and vacationers.
The Sherman and Ruth Weiss Community Library in Hayward offers many opportunities to learn, play and grow in the community! There are 11 internet stations, two study rooms, a community meeting room and a nature park trail and pond to provide an inviting place for scholarly and recreational pursuits. The Library hosts a large variety of events year-round to engage children, adults and families alike; these events can be anything from a children’s movie showing or story time to community speakers and club meetings.
Northwest Connection Family Resources is a great organization in the area whose mission is to support and strengthen families and care givers by building a long-lasting foundation through education, information, referrals, and shared opportunities. They host family activities and events, have a lending library, provide parent education and support classes and other community opportunities.
Jack Link’s Aquatic and Activity Center
Jack Link’s Aquatic and Activity Center in Minong, WI has a little bit of everything for a variety of activities year-round! There is a 1,900 square foot Fitness Center, an 8,000 square foot Aquatic Center and a 2,000 square foot banquet space. The Center focuses on being a positive place for individuals, families, and the community at large to gather and come together and to also provide enriching physical, social, and recreational wellness opportunities. Swim lessons, group fitness and water exercise classes, a walking track and so much more are available!
No trip to the Northwoods is complete without a water adventure or two! The Hayward area boasts many lakes to spend time swimming, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, boating, water skiing, tubing, fishing; the list goes on and on! There are many options to rent equipment if you didn’t bring your own. Water activities don’t just take place on lakes in Hayward though, but also on the Namekagon River. “Wisconsin’s Moving National Park” is a great way to enjoy a genuine wilderness experience on the water.
CAMBA Trail System
The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) is responsible for the development and management of a regional mountain bike trail system of over 300 miles. The CAMBA trails lie in and around the beautiful Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest as well as in the Bayfield and northern Sawyer County Forests – nearly a million acres in which to ride your fat tire bike. Area cyclists have created the CAMBA trail system to make this vast, unique area available to everyone. Some of these trails are right in the town of Hayward to give easy access to bikers, hikers and skiers of all skill levels. CAMBA has a mission to support mountain bike advocacy, education, sustainable trail development and tourism in the Chequamegon Area in partnership with the U.S Forest Service, local governments and agencies and private landowners.
Copper Peak Adventure
Copper Peak is one of the most amazing vistas and adventure rides in the Midwest! The Iconic Copper Peak Ski Flying tower has been keeping watch over 2500 square miles, 3 states and beautiful Lake Superior for more than 40 years and has hosted 10 ski flying events between 1970 and 1994. Although no jumps have been taken for many years, thousands of visitors every year take the chairlift up the landing and the elevator up the tower and walk the final 8 stories to take in the 26-story view. Others mountain bike on the single-track trails that wind through the surrounding hills and still more come to take pictures of the fall colors, enjoy the birds and wildlife or just relax.
Joyful Journey Alpacas and Yarn Harmony Gifts
Call to make an appointment to have a fun farm experience and learn about the alpacas! Alpacas are child friendly and groups up to 10 are welcome to book a tour of the farm. Please call 715-558-0989 to set up an appointment. Yarn Harmony Gifts is also open daily from 10 am – 4 pm except Sunday and Monday. Comfortable seating in and outside of store.
Riverside Lanes is a family fun modern bowling center with 8 lanes of bowling, with bumpers and ramps available upon request. Family glow bowling is the first Sunday of the month from 11 am – 6 pm. Saturday glow bowling takes place every week starting at 6 pm. There is a game room with 2 pool tables, ping pong, basketball, darts, air hockey and video games. 8 televisions to watch sports and shows, a full bar and food, and karaoke anytime (over 20,000 songs to choose from).
Summit Lake Campground, RV Park & Game Farm
Summit Lake Campground & RV Park is 18 miles south of Hayward, WI and is located next to Summit Lake Game Farm in Stone Lake, WI. This 6,000-acre, private Northwoods destination haven is a great place to explore, relax, and spend time with friends and family. While you are there you can enjoy fishing, swimming, volleyball, kayaking, ATV trails, hunting, sporting clays, and single-track biking trails.
Sawyer County and the surrounding area are known for some of the best trail systems in Wisconsin and the Midwest. This makes it an amazing place to enjoy many different power sports! ATVs, side-by-sides, and snowmobiles can be enjoyed by all ages! The Chequamegon-Nicolet Nation Forest contains over 140 miles of trails for ATVs, side-by-sides, and motorcycles to enjoy and that doesn’t even include the city and extended county trail system. There are over 600 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiling, too!
There are options to rent equipment if you didn’t bring your own and guided tours are also available through some of the rental businesses.