Discover downtown Manitowoc & Two Rivers
Explore the downtowns of Manitowoc and Two Rivers, and you’ll find fun historical attractions, tasty restaurants, and much more. Here’s a closer look at what to see and do when you’re visiting these vibrant downtowns on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Dining: Beernsten’s Confectionary
This lakeshore icon in downtown Manitowoc has been serving customers for nearly 100 years—and not just with its mouthwatering homemade chocolates and candies. Beerntsen’s also serves up lunch and dinner daily, and diners can choose from tasty soups and sandwiches while enjoying the historic ambiance. (And don’t forget to build your own sundae for dessert!)
Attractions: Mariners Trail
Walk or ride this paved recreational trail, which starts at the 8th Street Bridge in downtown Manitowoc. The 6-mile route offers the longest continuous scenic view of Lake Michigan in the state and passes scenic overlooks, rocky coves, beaches, flower gardens and other stunning sites. At the north end, it meets up with the Rawley Point Recreational Trail, which heads into Point Beach State Forest.
Lodging: Econo Lodge
Located less than a mile from Lake Michigan, this 50-room hotel has easy access to everything downtown Manitowoc has to offer, from shops and restaurants to outdoor recreation. The hotel also has a fitness center, free high-speed internet, and free continental breakfast.
Dining: Fatzo’s Sub & Pizza Shop
This locally owned deli and pizzeria has been serving up delicious sandwiches and pies in downtown Two Rivers for more than 40 years. Popular sandwich offerings include the Fatzo (salami and bologna) and the Super Fatzo (salami, bologna, ham, and pepperoni), and favorites on the pizza menu include the Fatzo Supreme and the Taco Pizza.
Attractions: Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum
This unique museum in downtown Two Rivers shares the story of wood-type printing (think Old West “wanted” posters) with live demonstrations, historical exhibits, and other interesting displays. Marvel at more than 1 million pieces of wood type and more than a thousand patterns.
Lodging: Lighthouse Inn
Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Lighthouse Inn has more than 60 rooms (ranging from double queens to deluxe kings), many of which offer outstanding views of the lake. The inn is also home to the Waters Edge Restaurant (open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day), an indoor pool, exercise room, bike rentals and more.