Oshkosh? Oh gosh
February 26, 2015 7:00 AM   Subscribe

I'm traveling to Oshkosh, WI from DC in mid-April for a business trip and will potentially have some time to kill before flying home. What fun stuff might I be able to do while I'm there?

I'd love your recommendations for museums, shopping, good food/coffee/tea (is there somewhere I can get that awesome cheese that WI is known for?), weird roadside attractions, and pretty much anything else. I have eclectic interests with a preference for the off-the-beaten-path, so I'd just like to hear from some locals about what's actually good. I also do photography as a hobby, so if there are good spots for shooting nature or architecture, that would be good to know as well so I can pack my camera.

n.b. I'll be a solo traveler without access to a car, and I'll be staying close to the UW-Oshkosh campus.
posted by capricorn to Travel & Transportation around Oshkosh, WI (5 answers total)
Best answer: The EAA Museum is located near the airport, if you have any interest in airplanes.
posted by backseatpilot at 7:36 AM on February 26, 2015 [1 favorite]

Seconding the EAA museum. If you're at all interested in airplanes, it's easily worth half a day.
posted by johnvaljohn at 9:45 AM on February 26, 2015

Best answer: For what it's worth, I was just reading today that the Lego-based "Art of the Brick" exhibit will be at the Oshkosh Public Museum until June: http://www.thenorthwestern.com/story/entertainment/2015/02/25/lego-exhibit-oshkosh-public-museum-brick-art/23991971/ . I can't speak to its location or car-requirements, though.
posted by theatro at 10:07 AM on February 26, 2015

Best answer: Yep, the biggest tourist attraction in Oshkosh is definitely the EAA Airventure Museum, but they have a public museum, too, and the building it's in is gorgeous.

If you'll be in town on a Saturday, you could swing by the indoor winter farmer's market, where there will definitely be all kinds of regional treats.

For local artisan cheeses and meats, try Butcher Block. For candy, hit up Oaks. If you're unfamiliar with the Wisconsin treasure that is frozen custard, head over to Leon's. And if you're in the market for comic books and other nerd accoutrements, do yourself a favor and check out House of Heroes.

My most enthusiastic recommendation, though, is reserved for the store right around the corner from House of Heroes: The Exclusive Company, a bona fide old school (vinyl and CD) music store and a total gem.
posted by divined by radio at 2:53 PM on February 26, 2015 [2 favorites]

Response by poster: Just popped into Exclusive Company and as luck would have it it's Record Store Day. Thanks everyone for your advice, I'm loving this city!
posted by capricorn at 3:38 PM on April 18, 2015

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