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5 Ways to Play in New London

1. Swing some clubs.
First opened in 1924, Shamrock Heights Golf Course is one of the oldest and most scenic golf courses in Northeast Wisconsin. Shamrock Heights is a public course with 18 holes and deals going on throughout the week such as “dollar Mondays.” On Mondays, each hole is a dollar, along with one dollar beers, sodas and hot dogs. Shamrock Heights also offers a restaurant that is open year-round.

2. Get fit.
One of the ways New London locals keep fit is through their Indoor Aquatic & Fitness Center. The facility has a large pool with slides, a diving board and swimming lanes. They also offer water aerobics classes and a hot tub for anyone looking to relax after their workout. Their exercise room has a variety of cardio and weight training equipment for anyone looking to stay dry during their workout.

3. Enjoy nature.
Mosquito Hill Nature Center is a popular destination in New London, with 430 acres and three miles of developed trails for hiking and walking. Their hiking trails wind through meadows, forests and ponds. All trails are open for enjoyment sunrise to sunset, seven days a week, with the exception of gun deer season. During the winter, enjoy the outdoors with five miles of snowshoeing trails and one cross country skiing club.

4. Discover something new.
As one of the five public, multi-disciplinary museums in Wisconsin, New London Public Museum offers many opportunities for education and discovery. Their main exhibits and artifacts focus on local, Native American and natural history. These are the topics you can expect to learn the most about when visiting the museum. They also change out some exhibits every six months. Their newest exhibit is called “From the Vault” and features artifacts pulled from the museum. This museum caters to all ages and is great for younger children as the museum works with students for tours and projects. Students can borrow a “Discovery Box” for up to two weeks that is filled with artifacts that can further supplement their learning.

5. Take in a play.
The Wolf River Theatrical Troupe performs live community theater, hosts guest artists and offers a summer children’s theater workshop/musical. The volunteer community theater group has been performing in the New London area since 1982. Their mission is to provide live entertainment by presenting a variety of quality performing arts and to encourage, support and promote community participation and appreciation of theater and the fine arts. Visit wrtt.org for the latest show information.

Local Irish History
St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal in New London, with the city’s name even changing to “New Dublin” during the week of this holiday. New London has a rich Irish history that goes all the way back to 1851 when an Irishman by the name of William Patrick came to Northport which was the northern most settlement along the Wolf River at the time. As the area continued to grow, a Catholic church was eventually created named St. Patrick’s. While the original church burned down, it was rebuilt and is still being worshipped in today.

Adventure on the Water
A great way to cool off in the Wisconsin summer heat is taking a trip to the Wolf River. At Wolf River Trips & Campground choose from canoeing, kayaking, or tubing when making your way down the river. If you’ve never been to the Wolf River before, their website provides a lot of useful information to make your trip go smoother. Whether you’re planning to make it a day trip or spend the week camping, Wolf River Trips & Campground will have you covered for a fun vacation. wolfrivertrips.com

Adventure on Land
For anyone who wants to enjoy the summer weather while staying dry, go to Hatten Park for outdoor recreation and sports. Hatten Stadium is a main feature of the park. Originally built in the 1940s, Hatten Stadium has been recently restored and works to keep improving its amenities for the general public. It is now used as a baseball facility and is a great place to go for some practice or to watch a game. In addition to their well-known stadium, Hatten Park also has basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, as well as hiking and biking trails and cross country ski trails in the winter.
New London is famous for their Wolf River Sturgeon Trail. This paved trail is a half-mile long and a great place for fishing or walking. The best time to visit is during early spring when the sturgeon are spawning, and some of them even get up to 6 feet long. Lake sturgeon grow larger and live longer than all other fish species in Wisconsin. The oldest lake sturgeon ever recorded in Wisconsin, came in at 82 years old. Seeing these fish is a special phenomenon because they are prehistoric creatures and you can see them up close, whereas otherwise you might not ever get to see them.

Shopping

Retail Therapy
For antique lovers, New London is the place to be. Whatever vintage item you’re looking to add to your collection, one of New London’s stores is sure to have it. Water Street Vintage is a 15,000-square-foot store that opened in 2014 and has been going strong ever since. They are always bringing in new antique, vintage and repurposed pieces.
Head to Simply Repurposed & Water Street Boutique for a mix of home decor and women’s clothing. Their specialty is repurposing old furniture into beautiful new pieces, bringing them back to life with both traditional and trending colors. If you already have a piece of furniture at home you’re looking to repurpose, Simply Repurposed also does custom paint jobs.

Olde Country Store Antiques is another must-see shopping destination in New London. This is a cozy store that offers a lot of items ranging from Wisconsin-themed decor and clothing to vintage metal advertising signs. This store is a favorite among locals with unique and interesting items for everybody’s taste.
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