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Madeline Island

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Address: WI 54850
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The largest of Lake Superior's Apostle Islands and the only one that is...

The largest of Lake Superior's Apostle Islands and the only one that is commercially developed.

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Visited last summer~quaint little island!

Took the ferry from Bayfield, where we had gone to go kayaking. It was a rainy evening, but we were still able to go walk around and check out the sights~The Burned Down Bar... read more

Reviewed 26 January 2017

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

In reading the reviews, it honestly sounds a bit like some travelers did not do their homework before traveling to Madeline Island. Yes, it's true that most businesses are closed in the off-season, but if you know this ahead of time, it's not a huge deal. The year-round population is like 200 people or so, so it's understandable that it... More 

3 Thank Smotator
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Took the ferry from Bayfield, where we had gone to go kayaking. It was a rainy evening, but we were still able to go walk around and check out the sights~The Burned Down Bar, grocery store, bar, ice cream shop. Enjoyed our time spent there, and would go back when we can go for a bike ride to the park.

2 Thank mangomeadowbrite
South Louisiana
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102 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Charming and fun! Camping at Big Bay State Park is a great idea, giving you the ability to do both camping things like hiking and a central place to see this memorable island. During winter only 250 souls live here, but during the summer, the number swells to over 3000! There are hundreds of summer camps along the shore and... More 

3 Thank CampingJan
Brownsville, Wisconsin
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202 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

We visited just after Labor Day and the island was virtually shut down. It was a nice boat ride over but virtually nothing was open so we walked around briefly and took the next ferry back. Nice area I would imagine during the summer months but couldn't experience it. I think maybe 3 businesses were open is all.

1 Thank Joel W
Rochester, NY
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448 reviews
204 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 298 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

...but next time I need to plan better. Very nice ferry ride over to the island. I was under the impression that there would be hours worth of poking around in little shops but this was not the case. There are only a few shops near the dock. We got there later in the afternoon--should have brought our car to... More 

1 Thank sazoram
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164 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

The people who live on the island are NOT friendly to visitors, so be aware of that. They are VERY snooty and seem to despise tourists. There are a few gift shops and restaurants. The Beach Club restaurant/bar is the best on the island. If you rent a moped from the moped rental place, it includes a pass to the... More 

4 Thank thebirdguy123
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

We have wanted to go here for quite some time so despite some reviews about nothing to see, we were going regardless. I have to say we were surprised as to how little there was to do. Some people indicated that there were lots of shops and restaurants to see - I could count on one hand the number of... More 

2 Thank snowbunny44
Waterford, Wisconsin
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232 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We did not stay on the island long, but we got to check it out for future visits. The ferry ride is smooth and takes about 20 minutes. It has a good schedule that offers plenty of time options. Good bike trail or place for hiking. Crazy bar called Toms Burned Down Cafe is a hoot! Nice shops with great... More 

1 Thank Gardenlover31
Madison, Wisconsin
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31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

I too went for MISA (the arts school) and commuted daily with car from Bayfield. With windows rolled down only got splashed twice -- very little chop. Miller's Coffee Shop for food and drink en route to school when forgot to pack them. Highlights of plein aire outings: sunset on the ferry dock, the marina, village views including the burnt... More 

4 Thank yosconnie
Delafield, Wisconsin
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63 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

I took my six year old and nine year old girls to the Apostle Islands for a long weekend and they absolutely loved it. We stayed in Bayfield, but came to Madeline Island twice because they had such a great time! The shops are great to walk through and peruse. We stopped at a couple of the restaurants and had... More 

1 Thank danyellekukuk

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