Tucked within the beautiful Kettle Moraine State Forest, Plymouth is a small, charming Wisconsin town with the same thrills you’d find in a bigger city. With wonderful restaurants, expansive parks, historic downtown, a beautiful one-of-a-kind arts center, a ton of history, and of course, cheese, this is practically the perfect Wisconsin small town and you’ll soon realize that Plymouth is your kind of place.
No matter what brings you to Plymouth, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied in this quaint, welcoming community that has year-round community events, live music, arts, and cultural activities. Stay for an hour, a day, or a weekend getaway, you’ll feel like a local before you leave. From friendship to family time to new discoveries, it all happens in Plymouth.
Plymouth’s picturesque, historic downtown is filled with a number of great businesses while preserving a charming small town feel. Spend time in the charming shops and boutiques and you can check some names off your gift list while treating yourself to a few treasures. Throughout downtown you’ll find everything from pet supplies to books, musical instruments to home décor, clothing to floral arrangements and cupcakes, all showcased in attractive storefronts that create an experience as special as their products.
No matter what your palate, Plymouth’s cooking up something to satisfy. From quick and inexpensive to full service and gourmet, the options are endless. Start yourself off with some local brews at Plymouth Brewing Company. Or fill up on some of the best pizza in the state at Deo’s Pizzeria. For a more classic Wisconsin experience, take in PJ Campbell’s at the Depot for a supper club experience and authentic German food. Quench your thirst at Plank Road Distillery for handcrafted spirits and unique specialty cocktails featuring local ingredients. Enjoy a gourmet meal at Sweet Basil or The Fig and the Pheasant, authentic Mexican fare at Pacifico Mexican Bar and Grill, or a drive up experience at Chester’s. And make sure to hit The Hub or Exchange Bank for Plymouth’s café scene and comfortable meeting places.
Plymouth was first settled back in 1845 and has been a center of dairy and cheese production pretty much ever since. Once the site of the National Cheese Exchange where cheese commodity prices were set, it now claims the mantle “Cheese Capital of the World” and is home to four major cheese processing facilities, including Sargento and Sartori.
And no visit to Plymouth would be complete without sampling some of our local cheeses at area stores and shops. Since Plymouth is the Cheese Capital of the World, snap a photo in front of a local landmark, Antoinette! Antoinette stands 20 feet tall, was made out of fiberglass, and erected in 1977 as part of the Plymouth’s Centennial celebration. She honors the area’s legacy of dairy production.
You can also learn about our deep cheese history at the newly opened Cheese Counter & Dairy Heritage Center, located in downtown. Wisconsin produces more than a quarter all cheese made in the US; if Wisconsin were a country, it would be the fourth largest cheese-producing country in the world. And tiny Plymouth is a huge player in that very large business. About 15% of all cheese from the US originates from or makes its way through Plymouth.
Plymouth offers a self-guided walking tour of historic downtown, listed in both the National Register and State Register of Historic Places, and includes 18 buildings that have been landmarked by the city. Make a point to enjoy, the 25 historically significant murals painted by the Walldogs in 2011, with 3 new murals planned for summer of 2021, throughout the quaint downtown area. Each mural captures the nostalgia and historic significance of Plymouth’s rich business history. Grab a map, get the family together, and head downtown to start the fun search for these beautiful murals!