The area around West Bend, WI is filled with beautiful drives that take you to Wisconsin State Parks and into the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Hidden Serenity is located just North of West Bend, near the State Forest and the Ice Age Trail. Below are some ideas for you to explore while staying at Hidden Serenity.
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• Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest • Lizard Mound State Park • Shalom Wildlife Zoo
• Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive • Eisenbahn State Trail • Riveredge Nature Center
• MOWA Museum of Wisconsin Art • Sunburst Ski Area • Ice Age Trail
• Kohler-Andrea State Park • Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area • Lac Lawrann Conservancy • The Village of Kohler • Nearby Jaunts • Nearby Golf Courses
Shalom Wildlife Zoo
Explore four miles of trail that offers the best wildlife. View deer, elk, bison, wolves and much more!
Shalom Wildlife is a Federally Licensed Zoo, located just across the street from our inn. It is a great outdoor adventure for
everyone. You could spend a good part of your day here no matter what age you are.
In addition to the elk, bear, bison, deer, cougar and all their other friends, here are a few other highlights:
• View one of the world’s largest and complete set of record size shed elk antlers, along with one of the largest collection of deer antlers
• Tour the Indian artifact museum
• Visit the gift shop and snack shack
• Unique educational exhibits
• Children’s play and game area
• Farm animal petting zoo
• Seasonal programs and special events
Lizard Mound State Park
This park features 28 effigy mounds – out of an original 60 – and takes its name from the most outstanding mound: a lizard mound that’s hundreds of feet long. This park has one of the largest, most diverse groups of effigy mounds open to the public in Wisconsin. Visitors can take a self-guided, mile-long tour of 26 mounds, which are well preserved and clearly marked with information. A newly build Interpretive Center greets visitors when they arrive.
Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest
This 29,268-acre forest is a glacial panorama with rolling, wooded hills dotted with serene lakes. Hiking and cross country trails, biking trails, camping, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and fishing available in the area. Great fall colors, winter sports, spring wildflowers and summer activities abound! Ice Age Visitor Center open daily.
Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive
The Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive is a 115-mile ramble through the riot of oak, maple and aspen in the 50,000 acres of the southern and northern units of the Kettle Moraine State Forests. The scenic drive traverses six Wisconsin counties; from Whitewater Lake in Walworth County north to Elkhart Lake in Sheboygan County. The forests include much of the terminal moraine (where the last great glacier stopped 12,000 years ago) in south-central Wisconsin. There are many places to picnic, hike, camp, bike, swim and fish during your road trip. On
Highway 167, near the mid-point of this drive, is Holy Hill, a historic national shrine with a chapel built in 1858. From this vantage point, more than 1,400 feet above sea level, visitors can see miles and miles of southeastern Wisconsin countryside, making it a popular pilgrimage during peak months of fall color.Marked by distinctive green and white “Acorn” signs, the scenic drive ends near Greenbush and the Wade House – an 1844 stagecoach inn operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society.
This drive is ideal for motorcyclists and we love hosting groups of riders!
Lake Michigan Circle Tour in Fall
Motorcyclists can follow the brown and white signs of the Lake Michigan Circle Tour and discover coastal villages, 35 distinctive lighthouses and the spectacular seascapes of Lake Michigan. History buffs will enjoy touring the restored buildings of Pioneer Village near Port Washington. In Sheboygan, a marina flanks beautiful beaches and the city offers a refurbished downtown complete with galleries, shops and restaurants. Kohler Andrae State Park is another scenic gem on the shore of Lake Michigan with wooded campsites, 2.5 miles of sandy beach and a 200-acre wildlife refuge is adjacent to the almost 1,000-acre park.
Eisenbahn State Trail
The former railroad grade is level and an easy ride for bikers of all levels of
experience. The trail passes through farmland, industrial and residential areas,
and near scenic waterways affording a variety of experiences. The northern section
of the trail starts in the town of Eden in Fond du Lac County and runs for 11.5 miles
to the Washington County line, passing through the community of Campbellsport.
This section of the trail is remote and surrounded by beautiful farmland. It is a
peaceful, flat ride and the corridor is slightly elevated from the surrounding landscape
for nice views.
The southern section in Washington County begins at the county line and runs 12.4 miles to Rusco Road in West Bend. This section is considerably less rustic, passing through the village of Kewaskum and then running right along US 45 for 4.5 miles. Approaching the city of West Bend, the trail veers southwest through some countryside before passing by a short stretch of industrial and residential development. The first major intersection is at Barton Avenue marking the entry to downtown.
Approximately 5 miles of trail within the City of West Bend have been paved; the remainder of the Washington County segment is surfaced with limestone screenings.
Riveredge Nature Center
As a visitor to Riveredge you will find a diverse and beautiful landscape to wander on foot, on skis or snowshoes. Our 370-acre sanctuary has ten miles of trails around ponds and fens, through woodlands and prairies, and along
the Milwaukee River.
You will also discover one of the premier nature centers in the Great Lakes Region, widely recognized for providing innovative environmental education to learners of all ages for 40 years. Our goal is to build a self-discovered awareness that we are part of nature, and to empower people to act on that knowledge. We aim to help others to live well on this earth. Watch our informative video below!
If science-based education, sustainability, and quality of life are high on your list of priorities, Riveredge is for you. Come visit Riveredge – see what it’s all about.
Sunburst Winter Sports Park
Offers downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing for all ages and abilities. Lessons and equipment available.
MOWA Museum of Wisconsin Art
Established in 1961, MOWA has transformed itself from a small
community-based gallery to America’s only regional art museum
featuring the works of Wisconsin artists.
The richness of Wisconsin art is reflective in its landscapes and
history – from the breathtaking lakes and rolling hills carved out by
the massive glaciers and pastures to factories and cities created by
the early settlers and industrialists, to modern day metropolis. As the
only museum in the world dedicated to collecting and maintaining works
from Wisconsin, MOWA provides an insight to the human condition that
is unavailable anywhere else.
As MOWA continues to build a national and international reputation as the pre-eminent institution for Wisconsin art and artists, our new facility will further our ability to fulfill our mission. The largest collection of Carl von Marr’s work is on permanent display at the Museum of Wisconsin Art including The Flagellants. Completed in Munich between 1885 and 1889 by Milwaukee-born Marr (1858-1936), the work measures an enormous 14’ x 23’ and is one of the largest oil paintings on canvas framed in the U.S. The Flagellants has been on permanent loan from the City of Milwaukee to the Museum of Wisconsin Art since 1976.
The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a thousand-mile footpath — entirely within Wisconsin — that highlights the Ice Age landscape features while providing access to some of the state’s most beautiful natural areas. The Ice Age Trail is one of only eleven National Scenic Trails in the United States.
The Ice Age Trail route will take you through some of Wisconsin’s most scenic terrain, highlighting mature forests, expansive prairies and thousands of lakes and rivers. The story of how our modern landscape was sculpted is fascinating.
Though the entire Ice Age Trail covers a great distance, it has multiple access points and traverses a wide variety of landscapes.
Kohler-Andrae’s landscape is a mix of river marsh, pine and hardwood forests, beaches and sand dunes. Few places in southeastern Wisconsin can beat Sheboygan’s Kohler-Andrae State Park, situated along two miles of sandy beach on Lake Michigan, fewer than 60 miles from Milwaukee.
The beach at Kohler-Andrae is a beauty and includes plenty of room for sunbathing and swimming in the clear, cool (temperatures peak at around 70 degrees) Lake Michigan water.
“One thing that’s nice about the beach is it’s so big that even if you come on a popular weekend, you can walk a short distance from the parking lot and still find a spot by yourself,” says Ed Muzik, Kohler-Andrae State Park manager.
The park also features a very nice nature center; a new fishing pond stocked with trout and panfish; and a variety of hiking trails through white pine forest, wetlands and along the lake, including a beautiful wooden cord walk trail through sand dunes. The dunes are part of the Kohler Park Dunes State Natural Area, which contains one of the state’s largest collections of rare interdunal wetlands — pockets of water and wetlands within the dunes — that exist in less than 10 spots in Wisconsin. A cord walk snakes through the dunes for two miles along Lake Michigan, providing up-close views of the unique landscape as well as the lake to the east and forest to the west.
Also watch for more than 150 bird species that live in or migrate through the park, including red-tailed hawks, sanderlings, sandhill cranes, belted kingfishers and great horned owls.
Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area
Horicon Marsh is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States. Located in southeast Wisconsin, this vast wetland is only one hour drive from Milwaukee and Madison. While this marsh is renown for its migrant flocks of Canada geese, it is also home to more than 305 kinds of birds which have been sighted over the years.
Due to its importance to wildlife, Horicon Marsh has been designated as a “Wetland of International Importance” and a “Globally Important Bird Area.” Horicon Marsh is both a state wildlife area and national wildlife refuge.
Lac Lawrann CONSERVANCY
From humble beginnings, Lac Lawrann Conservancy has grown to 136 acres of Nature at Your Doorstep. With glacial landforms, deciduous woodlands, tall grass prairie, wetlands, lakes, ponds and a pine plantation, Lac Lawrann provides the experience of “wilderness” within city limits. Lac Lawrann Conservancy serves as a wildlife sanctuary, outdoor classroom, and hub of passive recreational activities.
LLC has 4 of miles trails that lead hikers through deciduous woodlands to kettles, kames, an esker, as well as to ponds, wetlands, prairie, and a red pine plantation. Neighboring Royal Oaks Park adds another 1.5 miles of trails. Hiking trails include the Lake Loop, Railroad Spur, Esker, Northern Wetland, Pine Plantation, and Prairie Trails.
During winter, LLC offers 2.8 miles of groomed classical cross-country skiing on the Lake Loop, Pine Plantation, Railroad Spur, and Prairie Trails. Snowshoeing is encouraged on the Northern Wetland, Esker, and Railroad Spur Trails.
The Village of Kohler
A favorite place for guests to visit, Kohler offers a lot for such a small village. If you think you have heard of Kohler before, you probably have – on the back of your toilet or sink. One of the largest manufactures of plumbing products resides here and taking a free tour of the factory or visiting the Kohler Design Center is a must. If shopping is what you are in the mood for the Shops at Woodlake are excellent. The Craverie Chocolate Café will make you think you are in heaven. Eating in Kohler is not a problem. The American Club is a Forbes Five-Star Resort Hotel and the Midwest’s only AAA Five Diamond Resort Hotel so you can only imagine the restaurants connected with this establishment are excellent. You will not be disappointed. The Greenhouse is also a treat not to miss for a little after dinner coffee or tea. There is so much more in the area to offer. Kohler is a truly enjoyable experience.
West Bend – five miles away – MOWA Art Museum, Washington County Historical Museum, Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra, trails, parks, restaurants, shopping.
Kewaskum – seven miles away – Candy Tree an old-fashion candy shop, The Coffee Corner, General Store Antique Mall, art and gift shop. Access to Eisenbahn Trail.
Port Washington – 17 miles away – Boutique shops, lighthouses, sandy beaches on Lake Michigan, Marina
Cedarburg – 18 miles away – on the National Registry of Historic Places, covered bridge, winery, shopping, restaurants, performing arts.
Milwaukee – Only 35 miles away – all that a large city has to offer!
NEARBY GOLF COURSES
Here are a few of our nearby courses…
• Erin Hills, Site of the 2017 US Open, Hartford
• The Bull at Pinehurst Farms, Sheboygan Falls
• Blackwolf Run Golf Resort, Kohler
• Whistling Straits, Kohler
• Hon-E-Kor Golf and Country Club, Kewaskum
• Hawthorne Hills Golf Course, Saukville
• The Bog, Saukville