42 Interesting Facts About Wisconsin

Last updated on December 29th, 2020

36. The Highest Number of Water Parks in a Single Place

Wisconsin Dells has one of the biggest water parks in the US. This is none other than the Noah’s Ark Water Park. There are over 10 water parks, both indoor and outdoor with millions of water gallons when combined. Water slides exceed 200 in number.

37. Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire offers children an opportunity to explore their creativity. Through interactive exhibits and plays, children can think and grow in this child-friendly environment. There is a beautiful world of water, planetarium shows, face painting, and more.

38. Where Abraham Lincoln Slept

The Lincoln-Tallman House Museum is a famous landmark located in Janesville. It was constructed in the 1850s by a lawyer who was known as William Tallman. It became famous after Abraham Lincoln spent two nights there.

39. Surfing in Sheboygan

Sheboygan is commonly known by avid surfers as ‘Malibu of the Midwest.’ Freshwater surfing takes place from around September to March. The Great Lakes is one of the top surf spots with favorable geography.

40. A historic Mansion in West Allis

Douville house is a three-story building with a history spanning over a century. The nobleman Antoine Douville built the mansion in the 1880s for his son as a wedding gift. It is the oldest structure around and has been used as a nursing home.

41. World’s Swiss Cheese Capitol

Monroe is best known for cheese. Every September of an even-numbered year, cheese lovers celebrate the Green County Cheese Days.

42. Golfing in Brookfield

Brookfield provides outstanding golf courses for avid golfers. There are plenty of tees amidst streams and quiet woods for just any skill level. Examples are Country Club and Brookfield Hills Golf Club.

Wisconsin – Quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationWI
State CapitalMadison
Largest CityMilwaukee
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 65,498 sq miles; Land Only: 54,310 sq miles
Population
5,795,483
(Estimate July 1, 2017 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodMay 29, 1848
State rank by population20th
State rank by date of formation30th
State rank by area23rd
Number of Counties72
DemonymWisconsinite
Bordering StatesIllinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota
Official LanguageNone
Highest PointTimms Hill
1,951 ft (595 m)
Lowest pointLake Michigan
579 ft (176 m)
Length311 miles (500 km)
Width260 miles (420 km)
GovernorTony Evers (D)
Electoral Votes10
State MottoForward
State NicknameBadger State
% Water17
Nobel Prize WinnersJohn Bardeen (Physics, 1972)
Herbert Simon (Economic Sciences, 1978)
Thomas A. Steitz (Chemistry, 2009)
Oliver E. Williamson (Economic Sciences, 2009)
David J. Wineland (Physics, 2012)
William P. Murphy (Physiology or Medicine, 1934)
Herbert S. Gasser (Physiology or Medicine, 1944)
John Bardeen (Physics, 1956)
Famous peopleMike Webster (Pro Football player)
Bud Selig (Baseball player)
Christian Steinmetz (Baskerball player)
Mark Ruffalo (Actor)
Skylar Grey
(Singer)
State FossilTrilobite
FruitCranberry
Wildlife animalWhite-tailed deer
State fishMuskellunge
State DogAmerican Water Spaniel
State BirdAmerica robin
AnimalBadger
Domestic animalDairy cow
RockGranite
State FlowerWood Violet
State Insect
Western honey bee
State TreeSugar maple
Longitude86° 46′ W to 92° 54′ W
Latitude42° 30' N to 47° 05′ N
Time ZoneCentral Time Zone
Websitewww.wisconsin.gov
Area Codes262, 274, 414, 534, 608, 715, 920
Table last updatedJune 8, 2020