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Explore Fond du Lac
Tour and shop at Fond du Lac’s Bavarian-style Kristmas Kringle Shoppe, offering the largest collection of Italian ornaments in the nation. Step back in time at the Galloway House & Village. The 30 room Victorian era Galloway Mansion is surrounded by two-dozen turn of the century buildings from throughout Fond du Lac County.
Bike or hike the 34 mile Wild Goose State Trail and the 10 mile Mascoutin Valley Trail. Explore the glacial landscape of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Visit the nationally famous Horicon Marsh, home to more than 200 species of birds and other wildlife. You can explore the marsh on a guided pontoon boat tour. In the winter, Cross-country ski or hike in the Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit by candlelight. At the bonfire, join fellow hikers and skiers for hot drinks and snacks provided by the Friends of the Kettle Moraine. The trail is perfect for novice skiers with no steep hills or sharp turns.
Explore Lakeside Park, a 400-acre beautiful showcase bordering Lake Winnebago. The park features lagoons, gardens, covered bridges, and a lookout lighthouse. Plus, you can ride the antique carousel, miniature train, aqua bikes and canoes. Tour the Galloway House. The Fond du Lac County Historical Society’s “living museum” is the former residence of lumber mogul, Edwin Galloway. The 30-room mansion was the “farmhouse” of the Galloway family for three generations. Purchased from Salim Newton as a simple but decorative house, the Galloways built ornate additions to turn the house into a showplace of gracious living and entertaining. The hand-carved woodwork, etched glass, and hand-stenciled ceilings are a few of the marvels of the lifestyle of a bygone era. Each building of the village is its own step-back-in-time from a country church and one-room schoolhouse to a grist mill and more.