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August 2018

This old courthouse has been re-purposed as a visitors center for the Park Service. They have an... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2018
Reed S
It's now the visitors center

This is the old courthouse that now houses the Apostle Island National Park Visitors Center which... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2018
Austin, Texas
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Late 19th century brownstone building housing the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Visitor Center.
Bayfield, WI
+1 715-779-3397
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Reviewed 16 August 2018

This old courthouse has been re-purposed as a visitors center for the Park Service. They have an introduction video of the area. Their selection of souvenirs, and information for trips is good. A good start if you want information of the area. The staff were...More

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Reviewed 5 August 2018

This is the old courthouse that now houses the Apostle Island National Park Visitors Center which. A grat place to gather information about the surrounding area and the Apostle Islands.

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Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

First stop when arriving to Bayfield! Easy to find, informative, and what a beautiful brownstone! Inside you’ll find rangers who are full of advice on what to do in Bayfield! There are souvenirs you can buy. Get your passport stamped for National Park service. Watch...More

1  Thank Jessica H
Reviewed 4 March 2017

This is a re-purposed historic building that is now the headquarters for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. This is a beautiful old red stone building that has a helpful short NPS orientation video, a small museum and gift shop area, and a number of displays...More

2  Thank Lance B
Reviewed 20 September 2016

The Old Bayfield County Courthouse is quite different now-a-days. When we entered it, it wasn’t a courthouse any longer, no prisons were located here any longer. It is now a Visitor Center for the National Parks. There was information about the light keepers that was...More

Thank Robby G C
Reviewed 12 August 2016

I am not sure why this Trip Advisor location is called the Old County Courthouse, perhaps for historical reasons. When we visited in August 2016, it is clearly the Apostle Islands Visitor Center for the National Parks. We stopped here in Bayfield before taking the...More

1  Thank IowaMum
Reviewed 28 July 2016

Good video, nice display and exhibits. Grand daughter is Junior Park Ranger and earned another badge by completing a workbook from that office. The Rangers do a swearing in ceremony that is awesome.

Thank Terese A
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

It is a great stop for info on the national parks, and apostle islands. They have a nice exhibit, and free! They are very helpful! Bayfield heritage tours stops at the old Court house/jail. It is a must stop inBayfield, and see the Rittenhouse Inn,...More

Thank charleshaycock
Reviewed 20 October 2015 via mobile

Staffed by national park ranger. Maps, info about Apostle Islands. Good 20 minute video with details about many of the major islands, excellent place to visit before you boat (or walk in winter.) Washington Ave between 4th & 5th. Kids can get a stamp for...More

Thank Becky W
Reviewed 16 September 2014

This is a beautiful old building that now houses a (free) National Park Service information office about the Apostle Islands. They have a helpful short movie and a number of displays about various aspects of the Islands, especially lighthouses. Definitely worth 30-45 minutes. Just a...More

2  Thank Joe N
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