Oconto is a small city located in northeast Wisconsin on the banks of the Bay of Green Bay. It is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike due to its beautiful surroundings, friendly atmosphere, and abundance of activities. During the summer months, visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, kayaking, and boating on the Bay of Green Bay. There are also plenty of trails for hiking and biking, as well as several parks and beaches. In the winter, Oconto is a great place for skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Regardless of the time of year, there is always something to do in Oconto.
The Ruins Adventure Mini Golf & Ice Cream opens for the season on Saturday, April 29, offering outdoor fun for all ages and super-premium ice cream made in Wisconsin. The 18-hole golf course and ice cream shop are open on the weekends in May, September and October, and daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
The Ruins Adventure Mini Golf & Ice Cream is open, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends in May, September and October. In the summer, the course is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The hours can changed, based on the weather, so check Facebook for the latest updates.
Spice up your wardrobe with a visit to Oconto’s newest clothing boutique, OIive + Birch. The bright and cozy boutique features comfortable and stylish women’s clothing in sizes small to 2X.
Olive + Birch, online only as of August 2023, offers a variety of casual and dressy selections, from tank tops and jeans to dresses for a special date night or wedding. Pair these fashions with the perfect accessories, jewelry, hats, headbands and gloves, to complement an outfit.
Bay of Green Bay
Oconto is a great place for fishermen, with its abundance of lakes, rivers, and streams. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful day of fishing or an exciting adventure, Oconto has something for everyone. Our waters are teeming with walleye, bass, northern pike, musky, and panfish. With our wide variety of fish species, you’re sure to find something that suits your taste.
We also have plenty of boat launches and docks throughout the city so you can easily access the water. And if you need any supplies or equipment, there are several local stores that carry everything from tackle to bait.
Copper Culture State Park
Copper Culture State Park was established after discovery in 1952 of artifacts relating to the Old Copper Culture. These artifacts date from about 4000 to 3000 BC. Burial ground of North Americas earliest metal users, the Oconto Site is the oldest dated cemetery in eastern North America. The museum is open to the public Saturdays 12-4 from Memorial Day to Labor, here visitors can learn the story of the ancient copper culture people and view displays and dioramas. A foot trail leads from the parking area to a stone monument at location of burial ground. National Registry of Historic Places, 1966.
Beyer Home & Carriage House Museum
Built in 1868 by Cyrus and Kitty Hart, the Beyer Home is believed to be one of the first brick homes in the county. The original Italianate-style structure was remodeled by George and Fanny Beyer in 1881, transforming it into a Queen Anne-style with a wrap-around porch, three-story tower room, entry, and new windows, many of which included leaded glass. In 1941, the county acquired the home and turned it over to the historical society, who then restored it to the 1890s and furnished it in Victorian fashion. The home and its adjacent annex containing Copper Culture artifacts, Main Street Oconto store exhibits, and early settler and logging items are open to the public as a museum, and it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The museum is open to visitors daily between June 1 and Labor Day.
The Oconto Marsh Unit consists of approximately 928 acres and is located one mile northeast of Oconto along County Road Y north almost to County Road A in Oconto County. There is one parking lot along County Road Y at the southern end of the property. A 220-acre impoundment maintains an emergent marsh on the south end of the property. This impoundment is surrounded by sedge meadows and shrub-carr habitats in the coastal wetlands of Green Bay. There are areas of lowland forest interspersed with wet openings found along the edges of the coastal wetland and areas of aspen/oak woodlands on the northern end of the unit.
Dirt City broke ground in the Spring of 2018. The Lena Motorsports Club and many volunteers combined their efforts to build the Motorplex in just one year.
The facility features a .85-mile-long short course track that consists of jumps, whoops, tight corners, split lanes, and a lowered suspense corner. The lowered suspense corner brings the race vehicles up into the front stretch and through the Revolution Industrial Start/Finish Line flying high in front of the crowd.
The Shop on Main
Meet a friend for a cup of coffee, tea, or an ice cream cone at Oconto’s newest coffee shop. The Shop on Main, 821 Main St., Oconto, serves Stone Creek Coffee and Piper & Leaf artisan loose-leaf tea, plus bakery favorites and eight creamy flavors of Ashby’s Sterling ice cream.
Owner Lynn Hearley opened The Shop on Main in July 2021 as a coffee shop, gift boutique, and art gallery. Lynn gives local artists and craftsmen an outlet to display and sell their work.
The Shop’s vintage industrial theme accentuates the rich history of the 1930-era building once used as an Oldsmobile dealership. The Shop on Main, located across from Crivello’s, is open from 7am to 7pm Tuesday through Saturday, Monday 7am-2pm. Outdoor seating is available in season.
Jorene’s LeCuts in Oconto is home to the Sip Lounge, a cozy, stylish space where you can sample a variety of wines, beers, spirits and other specialty beverages. The Sip Lounge is the perfect place to relax and unwind, offering comfortable seating and a relaxed atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for a glass of wine to pair with dinner, a beer to share with friends, or a refreshing cocktail to enjoy at the bar, the Sip Lounge has something for everyone. With an ever-changing selection of beverages and regular events, you’ll surely find something to enjoy every time you visit.
The Candy Store
Two years after transforming a historic Oldsmobile dealership into a charming, one-of-a-kind coffee shop, Lynn and Todd Hearley are at it again. The owners of The Shop on Main – a coffee, tea, ice cream, and gift shop at 821 Main Street – fully renovated another historic building in Downtown Oconto. This winter, they completely gutted the two-story building at 1029 Main Street, next to Associated Bank, and fully renovated the space. They exposed the brick walls and tin ceilings and created a vintage industrial, old-style General Store motif for The Candy Shop, opening in the summer of 2023.
The Candy Shop will feature treats and toys that are unique to the area. Of course, candy is the main attraction. Shoppers will find a mix of packaged candy and bulk candy that aren’t available in other stores in the area. They’ll also find artisan soda and small-batch fudge in diverse and fun flavors. As a savory complement to the sweets, The Candy Shop will sell fresh-popped popcorn in a variety of flavors. For the kids, the shop will carry educational wooden games and unique stuffed toys.
The Candy Shop plans to hold a Grand Opening celebration sometime in the summer. Store hours are set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Monday.