DescriptionManitowoc, a Native American name meaning “the home of the Great Spirit Manitou,” is a leading industrial and shipping center. Its harbor at the mouth of the Manitowoc River has made it an important port since the early 1830s. Hundreds of ships, including 28 submarines, have been built at local shipyards since the schooner Citizen was launched in 1848; Burger Boat shipyard still is in operation.
Formerly distinguished as one of the world's largest producers of aluminum ware, the city balances its commercial enterprises with refuges for both animals and nature lovers. Collins Marsh Wildlife Area, 16 miles west of Manitowoc on CR JJ, is a natural haven for wildfowl; it is open May through October on a limited basis.
The SS Badger, operated by the Lake Michigan Carferry Service , offers a 4-hour cross-lake car-ferry service from Manitowoc to Ludington, Mich. from mid-May to early October. For information and fares phone (920) 684-0888 or (800) 841-4243. Several charter fishing associations also operate out of the town.
Visitor InfoManitowoc Area Visitor & Convention Bureau 4221 Calumet Ave. MANITOWOC, WI 54221. Phone:(920)686-3070 or (800)627-4896
ShoppingBrowse boutiques and galleries in downtown's quaint 8th Street Historic District; a farmer's market is open Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings from May through November.
Things to SeePinecrest Historical Village