Now is the time to visit the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Manitowoc has a rich, maritime past and has played a role in World War 2 that few know about. The city was home to a shipyard that built many submarines for the war effort and the museum is an incredible tribute to their role. The museum boasts the history of their subs; fascinating, artistic renditions of each sub's logo; miniature scales of ships of the Great Lakes; and even the engine from an original Mackinaw Island ferry. The museum had to have an addition built around the massive, two-story engine. The centerpiece, and main attraction of this museum, is the USS Cobia. One of the original, Manitowoc-built "Old Girls" has been brought back and put on display at the museum. This +80% functional sub sits in the river near the delta and is part of the city's pride.
The whole family will enjoy the museum. There is a "wave room" for kids where they can play with fountains, barges, dams, and boats; a simple, sub simulator; and other learning activities. Motor-heads will enjoy the engines, boat enthusiasts will love the restored boats, and vets will reminisce over history. Make sure to visit their website here. I would highly recommend the visit to the museum if you are in the area. It is an excellent way to learn about the town's culture and their part in American history.