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Best things to do in Hayward

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Point of Interest
“National Freshwater fishing museum and hall of fame. Old timey and fun to check out. Usually they have free pan-fishing for kids in the summer and lots to walk around and see. Small outdoor playground. This is where you see the famous big musky as you drive through town.”
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Restaurant
“Eclectic selection of food and drinks. They brew their own beer here and they offer refillable growlers also. A local favorite for those looking for something a little different than the typical northwoods menus. ”
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Grocery or Supermarket
“Go here for fresh produce, fresh meats, gluten-free section, and wine/beer/liquor selection.”
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Point of Interest
“If you cross country ski, you've heard of the Birkie. It is one of Hayward's world-class events that draws visitors from around the world. (Pro tip: Word on the street is the Sawmill Saloon in Seeley is the place to be for an after-party.)”
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Point of Interest
“This show is so fun to watch! The lumberjacks are amazing, running up the poles, balancing on the logs, etc! Step back in time, and have fun as well!! ”
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Bar
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“Good service, they have a lot of taxidermy animals displayed here. There is also a small bowling alley inside the bar. ”
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Store
“Always a kid favorite. Large variety of saltwater taffy, homemade fudge, and much more!”
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Restaurant
“If you just really, really, really need a good, juicy steak... go here. A slightly modern take on the old supper club, the food is delicious and the wine selection is good.”
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Big Box Store
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“It's Walmart. Expect poor service and long lines but you will find low prices and pretty big selection as is expected at sprawl mart. ”
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Bicycle Store
“Great place to rent bikes or skis. The staff has great knowledge of the trails.”
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Cafe
“The best ice cream shop in town! Homemade waffle cones and a large variety of ice cream flavors.”
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Point of Interest
“Mennonite owned grocery store with wonderful sandwiches and soups. They have a lot of bulk groceries, a deli, farm fresh eggs and cheeses. One of our family favorites. ”
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Cafe
“Right on Main Street in downtown Hayward, this charming coffee shop has delicious brews and excellent breakfast burritos. Stop in for your morning dose of caffeine (or recharge in the afternoon).”
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Coffee Shop
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“Backroads has THE best coffee and muffins in town, not to mention great sandwiches and soups for lunch! ”
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Bar
“Stuffed animals and stiff drinks. Cash bar only, best bartender around. Play pool and pick your music from the machine. A Hayward classic.”
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