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Madeline Island

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Very relaxing

This was a nice get-away for us, but since it was off season and we went mid-week, we didn't have... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2018
Wheaton, Illinois
Hidden gem

We took our car on the ferry and explored the entire island...it is a real hidden gem. Enjoyed the... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2018
Cherie P
Pahrump, Nevada
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  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“town park”(23 reviews)
Madeline Island is the largest island of the Apostle Islands, located in Lake Superior in Wisconsin. Forget the clock – you’re on island time! Stroll the sandy beaches and relax to the rhythm of waves rolling in. Watch and feel the breezes blowing...more
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Depending on when you visit, the only way to REALLY see the island via land is with a car or truck! Worth a ferry visit, for sure. During summer months, taking a bike will certainly give you a flavor of what Madeline Island has to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 18 September 2018

I've traveled extensively and have found few places which compare to Madeline Island. The color and clarity of Lake Superior along the shores of the island are astonishing. The rocks and cliffs are breathtakingly beautiful. The island is accessed by a short ferry ride, which...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Leslie S
Reviewed 15 September 2018

This was a nice get-away for us, but since it was off season and we went mid-week, we didn't have many choices of restaurants. We highly recommend bringing bikes.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MNoreen
Reviewed 9 September 2018

Madeline Island is the largest island in the Apostle Island chain and is located just a short 25 minute ferry ride from Bayfield, Wisconsin. The island is 14 miles long by 3 miles wide and is the only developed island in the Apostle Islands. The...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank rockyjoe
Reviewed 31 August 2018

We took our car on the ferry and explored the entire island...it is a real hidden gem. Enjoyed the day.....diassappointed we could not play golf because it was so wet. Enjoyed seeing the island, saw deer, and enjoyed the candle store and eating there.

Date of experience: August 2018
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MadelineIsle, Manager at Madeline Island, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2018

Thanks for the visit and the review. We are happy you had enjoyable experience on Madeline Island. Come back and see us anytime!

Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

We loved our 3 night visit and would totally return and stay for longer! We swam and bikes and hiked and ate ice cream :-) The ferry ride over is delightful!

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank travelcloak
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

The island it’s self is cute. It offers beautiful views and a nice beach area with a couple of places to eat and shop. You can rent bikes, mopeds or tandem bikes to ride along the island. The ferry ride is about $14 round trip...More

Date of experience: July 2018
6  Thank shanay1017
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

Maybe not so hidden, but this is a beautiful place to see. State beach park, old Native American cemetery, tons of wildlife, and on a hot summer’s day a dip in the lagoon just perks you right up! This was our second visit and we’ve...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank cheezburgee
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Madeline Island is so much fun, I went there in the fall last year. Not as crowded in the summer. we rented mopeds, and went to Big Bay State Park. Don't forget to go to Tom's burned down Cafe, highlight of the island. Lake Superior...More

Date of experience: October 2017
3  Thank wendy m
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Take a ferry over to this awesome"hidden" treasure. We went here on vacation last year and can't wait to go again. Kayaking, scooter rentals, or hit up Tom's Burn down Cafe.

Date of experience: August 2017
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2 September 2018|
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Response from MadelineIsle | Property representative |
Hi Tracy! Pets are allowed in the state and town park, but rules do apply! Please visit the Wisconsin State park website for more information. Thanks!
23 July 2018|
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Response from MadelineIsle | Property representative |
Yes, there are shops and restaurants available within walking distance. Mid-September, you may find that not all businesses are open during certain days of the week. It is important to check the Madeline Island Chamber of... More
Doddie W
6 September 2017|
Response from MadelineIsle | Property representative |
We are going to point you towards Bayfield, Wisconsin- just across the Bay. Bayfield is a quaint town with an assortment of Victorian style homes, specifically the Rittenhouse, which is an historic B&B and restaurant... More