Full of character – and characters
Historic. Retro. Down-to-earth.
Experience the people, places and events that help make this place what it is. From the arts and architecture to museums and music, dancing, drama and much more.
Trips Back In Time
Where do you go for unusual stories about world renowned bomber pilots, ship captains, lumber barons and accordionists? Gotta be these spots. See the planes, boats and buildings of a bygone era.
The Ojibwe, or Chippewa, are an Anishinaabe people with a long, rich history of life at the headwaters of Lake Superior.
Pubs with Character
Superior has a reputation for being a welcoming, inclusive community and LGBTQ+ friendly destination. It’s the Twin Ports’ original home to the annual Labor Day Pride celebration and parade, with safe havens for visitors looking to experience this Wisconsin town any time of year. Whether that’s for the outdoors, shopping, foodie forays or hittin’ the club and bar scene.
With thousands of college students in Superior, young energy influences more than just the nightlife, food and music scene. Check out the University of Wisconsin – Superior for live theater, dance, art exhibits, special events and big time sports action.
From art to antiques
Want to take home something truly Superior? Shop the galleries featuring original artwork by makers in the region. Visit a studio. Or spend a day thrifting, junk hunting and exploring the many antique shops. You might just find that thing you’ve always wanted.
Painting our past
Stories of Superior history
Stroll the Superior Public Library to view 35 murals by Carl Gawboy, renowned artist, scholar and member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. The murals depict local history in painted stories—from the Ojibwe story of the beginning of the earth to 20th century milestones like the wreck of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald. The 729-foot ship departed from Superior’s Allouez Bay iron docks on a beautiful day, November 9, 1975, only to sail into one of the worst storms ever to occur on Lake Superior. The Fitz was the largest and most recent shipwreck on the big lake they call Gitchigammi, taking the lives of 29 mariners.
Local artists have covered numerous businesses with lively, lovely artworks. How many do you notice while traveling the town?
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Holy squeeze box
For accordion aficionados in the United States, this place is a big deal. Weird Al Yankovic would probably say “squeeze me!” if he stepped inside the World of Accordions Museum, the world’s largest and most historic collection of such instruments. A visit to this little known Superior gem might just make you feel like dancing. To polka. Tango. Or the
Grand Views In Gordon
Sightseeing in Superior means getting out into the countryside and small towns. For a historic high, visit one of Wisconsin’s only remaining fire towers that’s open to the public. Check the calendar for events before you go, or rent the cabin at the base of the 100-foot tall Gordon Fire Tower for a chance to experience history with breathtaking views of the upper St. Croix River.
Lounge at Lucius Woods
Music and nature lovers will feel right at Lucius Woods Performing Arts Center. Its open-air performing arts amphitheater is home to Music in the Park, an annual outdoor summer concert series on the shore of Lake St. Croix. What’s more, it’s situated in a county park with a campground, hiking trails, beautiful swimming beach, and log and fieldstone architecture that reminds you just how special a Wisconsin getaway can be.