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25 Things to Do in Door County this Summer!

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Summer is the season!  In Door County, this is the busy season - but you can still find exactly what you are looking for: lots of activities and things to do, or peace and quiet!  You can have a fun-packed summer in Door County! This trip, try some brand new things in Door County.    Whether traveling alone, with a significant other, family or friends, there’s more to do in Door County in the summer than any other time.  Sail, go charter fishing, kayak, go on eco-tours, golf, shop, dine outdoors, swim, look for real estate, hike and even just relax! 

1.  Go Sail Door CountyThat’s right – and you don’t even have to have a boat!   Call Peder at Sail Door County and you can go out on a divine cruise on the Green Bay waters on one of his beautiful sailboats!  Read our Review, then call to make a reservation!  920-495-SAIL (7245)
This is the way to go!

2.  Tour Door County by Trolley!  Get a grand tour of Door County on an old-fashioned trolley – check out Door County Trolley for lots of fun!  The 45 minute tours are informative, fun, and show you show great vistas – bring the camera!  They also have a General Tour, Lighthouse Tour a trolley “Ghost Tour, a new Premier Wine Tour and more!  Please tell AJ that DoorCountyNavigator.com sent you!

 3.  MAKE YOUR OWN ART!

Head over to Hands-On Art Studio and create your own are – paint ceramics, shorts, glass; make metal sculptures and lots more!  Tell Cy we say hi!  This is a fabulous spot to create art in metal, glass, ceramics and more.  Watch all of our videos in the Trusted Review to see

Hands On Studio
3655 Peninsula Players Rd
Fish Creek
920-868-9311

 4.  Kayak!  Take a Scenic Cruise!  Learn to Sail! More!   Check out the Ephraim Kayak Center, part of the Bay Shore Outdoor Store activities offered for a lot of summer fun!

Ephraim Kayak Center
South Shore Pier,
Ephraim
920-854-4336.

Lakeshore Adventures
8113 Hwy 57
Baileys Harbor, WI 
920-493-3474


Door County Kayak Tours
8442 South Highway 42
Fish Creek, WI
920-868-1400

Head out on a Catamaran!

Stiletto Sailing Cruises
at South Shore Pier
9993 Hwy 42
Ephraim
920-854-7245

Scenic Boat Excursions

Sail Door County
Sister Bay Marina
920-495-SAIL (7245)

Shoreline Charters - Scenic Cruises & Boat Rides
Sister Bay Marina
Sister Bay, WI
920-854-4707

Fish Creek Scenic Boat Tours
Next to Fish Creek Marina, near Clark Park  
Fish Creek
920-421-4442

Rent Pontoon Boats, Waverunners™, Sea Doos™ & More
South Shore Pier, Inc.
9993 Water St.
Ephraim
920-854-4324               

 

Sister Bay Boat Rental
Sister Bay Marina
Sister Bay, WI 54234
www.sisterbayboatrental.com
920-421-3330

5.  Go Para-Sailing!

This is terrific fun and a unique way to see Door County from the air!  We did it last summer and we will do it again - this is fun!  Call Wisconsin Water Wings and make a reservation,

Wisconsin Water Wings
South Shore Pier
9993 Hwy 42
Ephraim
920-854-9000

and tell them that DoorCountyNavigator.com sent you!

6.  Spend a Day on County I!  Yes – you can spend an entire fun day right on County I in Door County!  Head towards Carlsville – County I runs east and west.   Great fun!

       Stop in Door County Coffee and Tea for some of the best coffee and light lunches around!  You can purchase whole bean or ground in up to 75 varieties!  And, you can have a nice much in the café!

Door County Coffee & Tea
5773 Hwy 42
Carlsville
920-743-8930
800-856-6613

            Stop in Pet Expressions for that pet lover in your or that special friend.  Hundreds of items from cups to towels, shirts and more with every kind of pet you can think of – very cool shop!  It is also attached to a General Store – lots of interesting goodies!  This is a fantastic store!

Pet Expressions
9922 Water St
Ephraim
920-854-5445

       Visit Door Peninsula Winery and have your own wine tasting!

Door Peninsula Winery
5806 Hwy 42
Sturgeon Bay
920-743-7431

 

       Buy the best candles and accessories money can buy at:

Door County Candle Company
5789 Highway 42
Carlsville, WI 54235
www.candleworksdc.com
877-263-5975

Then head east on County I and

       Go to Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery – fabulous!

Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery
5896 Bochek Road
Sturgeon Bay
920-746-9307
                              

7.  Ridges Sanctuary!  (Nature sanctuary)
Hwy 57, N - 1/2 mile N. of Baileys Harbor A beautiful nature preserve formed by the lake waters.   No cars here, just walking.   A must see.  Take the camera!  Beautiful!  See our Ridges Sanctuary Video in our Door County Video Gallery under Nature & Historic Sites.

8.  Nature Walks and Tours: what better place than in beautiful Door County?

  • The Ridges Sanctuary: 8270 Highway 57, Baileys Harbor: 920-839-2802.  Premiere spot for nature lovers in us all. Gorgeous nature preserve, the ridges of which were formed by the lake waters crashing against the shore.  Beautiful plants and flowers.  Park and walk.   Check out inns or B&Bs in Baileys Harbor.
  • The State Parks
  1. Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek: 920-868-3258.  The largest (3776 acres) of the State Parks in Door County.  Golf, nature trails, bicycle, hike, camp!  Our favorite!
  2. Newport State Park, 475 County Hwy NP, Ellison Bay: 920-854-2500.  2400-acre wilderness park. With sandy beaches, and lots of Lake Michigan shoreline.  Nice park!
  3. Potawatomi State Park, 3740 Park Dr., Sturgeon Bay: 920-746-2890.   Camping, hiking, boating, guided hikes.
  4. Whitefish Dunes State Park, 3701 Clark Lake Rd., Sturgeon Bay: 920-823-2400.  There are original Native American villages within this park (they are actually listed on the National Register of Historic Places).  And this park is right near Cave Point, which is a must see!  Great half-day outing!
  5. Rock Island State Park. Washington Island: 920-847-2235.  This is remote!  Take a boat FROM Washington Island to Rock Island.  There are about 40 or so family-type campsites.  Hike, swim.

If you want State Park Camping information, click this Camping link!

9.  Theater

  • Peninsula Players Theater: W4351 Peninsula Players Road, Fish Creek: 920-868-3287. The oldest resident summer theater in the U.S.  This is magnificent!  If you have never been to a production here, you must go.  The outdoor theater is covered so you are protected from the elements, but the open-air feeling is great when the sides are open!  Comfortable seats too.  Get to the theater early, before sunset, get a drink at their outdoor bar, and watch one of the most gorgeous sunsets you have seen, from one of the greatest spots to watch in Door County.  And the productions are always fabulous.  This is one super experience all around.  Do it!  Check their schedule (starts around third week in June through October)
  • Northern Sky Theater – Fish Creek: 920-854-6117.  Very nice open-air theater in Peninsula State Park.  Mid-June through September.  Take in a show at this musical theater under the stars – you’ll love it.  Tell them we sent you!
  • TAP: Third Avenue Playhouse always has something good on “TAP!”  Check their schedule.  Indoors, staged performances.
  • Birchcreek Music Performance, Egg Harbor.  Wonderful music from steel drums to swing!
  • Door Community Auditorium – lots happening here!  Check their schedule.
  • Door Shakespeare – more great theater right near Baileys Harbor!

10.  Music In the Parks: The towns all publish their schedule of music in the parks.  Check our Calendar of Events too for more information.  Here are some of our favorites: you must go to at least one of these – they are so relaxing and so much fun for all!

  • Sturgeon Bay - Wednesdays: "Harmony by the Bay", 7PM, June 15 – August 24th
  • MONDAY EVENINGS IN EPHRAIM Evenings in Ephraim, free Monday concerts at Harborside Park, 6PM - 8PM, June 20 – Aug 29th
  • Fish Creek – Tuesdays, 2:30- 4:30PM, June 14 – August 16th
  • Sister Bay – Wednesdays (and select Saturdays) 6-9PM, June 22nd –August 24th
  • Egg Harbor – Thursdays, 5PM, June 16 –f August 12th
  • Peg Egan Sunset Concert Series, 7PM Sunday nights, June 19 – August 21st in Egg Harbor.  Details.

11.  Horse-Back Riding AND Camel Riding! There are some beautiful trails in Door County, so take advantage at some of these very fine horse-back riding stables.  Many have ponies for kids too, like Herb’s Horses.  Door County on horseback is quite a treat.  Try it!

Kurtz Corral
5712 Howard Lane
Sturgeon Bay
920-743-6742
1-800-444-0469


Ahnapee Ranch
6875 Tagge Rd
Sturgeon Bay
920-743-2715

Field Wood Farm Ltd.
RR 1, Box 225, West Harbor Rd
Washington Island
920-847-2490

Ride Icelandics!

Camel Rides:
Stoneboat Farm Camelids
9511 Townline Road
Sister Bay
920-421-0082

12.  Biking  Bike your way around Door County! Always be careful – bike Peninsula State Park on state of the art bikes from

Nor-Door Sport & Cyclery
4007 Hwy. 42
Fish Creek
920-868-2775

Edge of Park, Inc. Bike & Moped Rental
P.O. Box 188 at the Park Entrance Rd.
Fish Creek
920-868-3344

Island Clipper Bike Rentals
12731 Hwy. 42,
Gills Rock
920-854-2972

13.  Mini-Golfing - There are several places to mini-golf – here’s what we think for each!

Egg Harbor Fun Park
7340 Hwy 42
Egg Harbor
920-868-9417

This is a mini-golf, arcade and restaurant that opened in June 2001. And in 2010, they added a state-of-the-art go-karting course!  Awesome!  We mini-golfed here many times – love it!. They have a huge arcade room which also has redemption games (save tickets to win prizes), and a water fight set up outside, great pizzas, ice cream and more!  Great place!  Tell the folks we sent you please!!

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
810 S Bay Shore Dr
Sister Bay
920-854-4929
This looks spectacular from the road – huge waterfalls, a pirate’s theme with a sunken ship in the lagoon and more! Pirate lore, some pirate facts, and fun golfing!   Great place! Mention DoorCountyNavigator.com!


Red Putter Mini-Golf
10404 Water St
Ephraim
920-854-5114

14.  Charter Fishing – Try these charter companies for starters.  See our Activities section for more.

Andy’s Silver Strike Charter Fishing
At the Baileys Harbor Municipal Marina
Baileys Harbor
920-854-6069

Hooked Up Sportfishing Charters
6512 County  C
Sturgeon Bay
920-495-5586 

First Choice Charter
Baileys Harbor Town Marina
Baileys Harbor, WI
920-839-1409 

 

15  Rent A Boat!

From pontoon boats or kayaks to sail boats, rent them all in Door County

Ephraim Kayak Center
South Shore Pier
Ephraim920-854-4336

Nicolet Beach Rentals
On the Beach in Peninsula State Park
10170 Shore Rd
Fish Creek
920-854-9220

Sister Bay Boat Rental
Sister Bay Marina
Sister Bay, WI 54234
www.sisterbayboatrental.com
920-421-3330

16.  Washington Island - Go There!  Stay There! Ferry Boat – Go for the day, or stay!  Fun, 20-minute ferry boat ride that you can take from Gills Rock (passengers only, with bikes ok) or from Northport with your car.   The ferry boat ride is great fun – you cruise by the islands, Death’s Door, shipwrecks and more.  You owe it to yourself to do it!  Or stay a night or two on Washington Island!

17.  Fine Dining: (also visit our Dining Guide at www.DoorCountyDinining.com)  fine but Door County casual!

    The Waterfront – fabulous dinners, great wine list!  Tell JJ or Kris we sent you!  This chef is talented!

    Harbor Fish Market & Grille – wonderful, with outdoor waterfront dining!  Tell Carl we sent you!

    White Gull Inn – on non-fish boil nights, enjoy candlelight dinners!

    Galileo’s Italian Steakhouse in Egg Harbor – love it!

18.  Swimming – swim in or swim out!  Go to the YMCAs (Fish Creek and Sturgeon Bay) for indoor swimming

YMCA
1900  Michigan Street
Sturgeon Bay
920-743-4949  OR
1-800-287-4949

YMCA – Northern Center
3866 Gibraltar Rd
Fish Creek
920-868-3660

or try some of the beaches (NOTE: beach conditions with the Door County Visitor Bureau) at

  • Fish Creek – right in downtown Fish Creek at the park
  • Egg Harbor – around back on Hwy G past Shipwrecked and Harbor Park – follow the signs
  • Murphy Park in Egg Harbor
  • Ephraim Beach in Ephraim (see our September Sundown video filmed at Ephraim Beach!)
  • Whitefish Dunes State Park in Sturgeon Bay  (beautiful)

19.  Door County Fair!  August 3rd – 7th
The Fairgrounds are very nicely kept, and this is a fun event especially for kids — there are lots of barns and sheds to see all kinds of interesting things, crafts, animals, and of course rides on the midway! Worth the trip for an old-fashioned county fair!  Lots of fun for all!  http://www.doorcounty.org/fair/

20.  Perseid Meteor ShowersAugust 12th!
This is a once a year phenomenon as the Earth passes through the Perseid meteor belt. You will have to check local listings here for any events.  This is supposed to be spectacular!  Those who have seen them have been awe-struck! 50 meteors in an hour — how can you miss them?! We think the northeast end of the peninsula (near the Northport Ferry dock, or Newport State Park, are the places to get the best view. Check out the local Resorter Reporter newspaper for up to the minute news if you are here at this time.  It is a phenomenon and a true astronomical event!

21.  Aurora Beaurealis – if you can ever catch this “phenomenal” show in Door County, it is awe-inspiring.  If you have never seen this magnificent show put on by nature, absolutely free, you have missed something.  On a clear night, look to the northern skies and you will see huge curtains of light flashing and flowing across the skies, gently, easily, colorfully.  It is a site to behold.  In big cities, they are drowned out by light and pollution.  In Door County, we have witnessed some superior shows.  Lie back on the grass, lie on the hood of your car, open the sunroof on your car and sit back and enjoy.  The “northern lights” are a spectacular show!

22.  Take a Carriage Ride! See Ephraim at night on a romantic carriage ride for 10, 20 or 30 minutes (check with John for price).  John Mayberry runs a wonderful carriage, and as you clip-clop through historic Ephraim under the moonlight, well, ahhh – it’s just one of the nicest things to do!  So. . .do it!  Check out John’s site at Mayberry’s Carriages and Sleigh!  And tell him that we sent you on the carriage ride of your life!

23.  Ellison Bluff Park – This is a very cool park that’s really not like a park.  You drive into the area just on the south end of Ellison Bay (follow the signs for Ellison Bluffs), park the car, and hike up a walkway to a bluff that over looks the waters of Green Bay.  Panoramic views – a nice little trip and a memorable view.  Take the camera for sure!   Watch our Ellison Bluff video on our Parks page!

24.  Town Festivals: Lots of them!  See our Calendar for full details! 

25.  Wine Tour!    Tell them sent you! This is great fun and here are some of our favorite wineries to tour! 

       Door Peninsula Winery
5806 Hwy 42
Sturgeon Bay
920-743-7431

       Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery
5896 Bochek Road
Sturgeon Bay
920-746-9307
 

BONUS THINGS TO DO! 

26.  Zip Line: Gravity Trails up in Baileys Harbor area has some great adventures waiting for you!  Read our Review!  Also, zip lining available at Egg Harbor Fun Park in Egg Harbor!  Also at Lakeshore Adventures 

27.  Historical Walking Tours and Lighthouse Tours!  This is a great way to learn more about the towns!  Check 27. with the towns to see if and when they have these scheduled.  Sometimes, there are self-guided tours.  For Lighthouse Tours, call Claire at Door County Lighthouse Inn - she knows everything and has tour info.  920-868-9088 

28.  Bring the Kids (of all ages!) THE Farm, near Sturgeon Bay is an awesome place for kids of all ages!  Milk the goats, feed the goats, see horses, cows, kittens, antique farm implements and lots, lots more.  This is a fun place – highly recommended!  Please tell them that DoorCountyNavigator.com sent you!

The Farm
4285 Hwy 57
(4 Miles North of Sturgeon Bay)
920-743-6666
 

29.  Golf Door County!!  There are 11 courses in Door County for you to choose from, and some of them are just spectacular!  Try some of our favorites:

       Alpine Golf Course (36 holes) – awesome panoramas! 

P.O. Box 200,
Hwy. G, Egg Harbor
Egg Harbor, on County G
920-868-3232

       Maxwelton Braes Golf Course
7670 State Hwy 57
Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
920-421-4653
920-421-GOLF

       The Orchards Golf Course
8125 Heritage Lake Road
Egg Harbor, WI
920- 920-868-2483

       Peninsula State Park Golf Course
(18 holes)

Hwy. 42, Fish Creek
Fish Creek, at north entrance to
Peninsula State Park
920-854-5791


30.  Go Gallery Hopping!  Door County is full of fabulous artists and wonderful galleries displaying art in every medium you can think of: glass, oil, watercolor, ceramic, metal and more!  So check out our Gallery pages!

Always check with establishments ahead of time to make sure of schedule, cancellations etc. And remember, wherever you go, please tell them that DoorCountyNavigator.com sent you!  That helps us keep this site going (in our 17th year)!

This Week's Happenings in Door County Wisconsin!

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  • Join the Bay Shore Outfitters Running Group for a 30 min. casual run every Wednesday at 6:00 P.M. Meet at the store at 27 S. Madison Ave. Bring friends and meet new ones. All runners invited. Please wear reflective clothing, a headlamp or blinking lights for visibility. Any questions, call 920-818-0431

  • Group Segway Experience – Fish Creek, everyday through January

  • Salsa Dance Nights at Benny D’z, Sturgeon Bay.  Call for schedule. 7pm. Open dancing 8pm 805-450-0389

  • Open Mic Tuesdays at Waterfront Mary’s in Sturgeon Bay (every Tuesday). 1-800-388-8055
  • NOTE: Harbor Fish Market & Grille  will be open during April they only weekends -- same hours of lunch & dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch & dinner on Saturday & Sunday.  They serve breakfast from 7:30 am, lunch from 11:30 am and dinner from 4:30 pm.

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Sunday May 15th

Summer Things to Do

 

25 + Things to do in Door County
this Summer! 

Catch Your Summer Breeze in Door County!

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Summer is the season!  In Door County, this is the busy season - but you can still find exactly what you are looking for: lots of activities and things to do, or peace and quiet!  You can have a fun-packed summer in Door County! This trip, try some brand new things in Door County.    Whether traveling alone, with a significant other, family or friends, there’s more to do in Door County in the summer than any other time.  Sail, go charter fishing, kayak, go on eco-tours, golf, shop, dine outdoors, swim, look for real estate, hike and even just relax! 

  1. Go Sail Door County!  That’s right – and you don’t even have to have a boat!   Call Peder at Sail Door County and you can go out on a divine cruise on the Green Bay waters on his beautiful sailboat!  Read our Review, then call to make a reservation!  920-495-SAIL (7245)
    This is the way to go!
  2. Tour Door County by Trolley!  Get a grand tour of Door County on an old-fashioned trolley – check out Door County Trolley for lots of fun!  The 45 minute tours are informative, fun, and show you show great vistas – bring the camera!  They also have a General Tour, Lighthouse Tour a trolley “Ghost Tour, a new Premier Wine Tour and more!  Please tell AJ that DoorCountyNavigator.com sent you!
  3. MAKE YOUR OWN ART!
  4. Kayak!  Take a Scenic Cruise!  Learn to Sail! More!   Check out the Ephraim Kayak Center, part of the Bay Shore Outdoor Store activities offered for a lot of summer fun!

Ephraim Kayak Center
South Shore Pier,
Ephraim
920-854-4336.

Head out on a Catamaran!

Stiletto Sailing Cruises
at South Shore Pier
9993 Hwy 42
Ephraim
920-854-7245

Scenic Boat Excursions

Sail Door County
Sister Bay Marina
920-495-SAIL (7245)

Shoreline Charters
12747 Hwy. 42 - Gills Rock
Ellison Bay
920-854-2606

Fish Creek Scenic Boat Tours
Next to Fish Creek Marina, near Clark Park  
Fish Creek
920-421-4442

Rent Pontoon Boats, Waverunners™, Sea Doos™ & More

                   South Shore Pier, Inc.
                   9993 Water St.
                   Ephraim
                   920-854-4324                 

Sister Bay Boat Rental
Sister Bay Marina
Sister Bay, WI 54234
www.sisterbayboatrental.com
920-421-3330

5.  Go Para-Sailing!  

This is terrific fun and a unique way to see Door County from the air!  We did it last summer and we will do it again - this is fun!  Call Wisconsin Water Wings and make a reservation

Wisconsin Water Wings
South Shore Pier
9993 Hwy 42
Ephraim
920-854-9000

and tell them that DoorCountyNavigator.com sent you!

6.  Spend a Day on County I!  Yes – you can spend an entire fun day right on County I in Door County!  Head towards Carlsville – County I runs east and west.   Great fun!

       Stop in Door County Coffee and Tea for some of the best coffee and light lunches around!  You can purchase whole bean or ground in up to 75 varieties!  And, you can have a nice much in the café!

Door County Coffee & Tea
5773 Hwy 42
Carlsville
920-743-8930
800-856-6613

 Stop in Pet Expressions for that pet lover in your or that special friend.  Hundreds of items from cups to towels, shirts and more with every kind of pet you can think of – very cool shop!  It is also attached to a General Store – lots of interesting goodies!  This is a fantastic store!

Pet Expressions
9922 Water St
Ephraim
920-854-5445

       Visit Door Peninsula Winery and have your own wine tasting!

Door Peninsula Winery
5806 Hwy 42
Sturgeon Bay
920-743-7431

       Buy the best candles and accessories money can buy at:

Door County Candle Company
5789 Highway 42
Carlsville, WI 54235
www.candleworksdc.com
877-263-5975

Then head east on County I and go to Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery – fabulous!

 

Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery
5896 Bochek Road
Sturgeon Bay
920-746-9307
 

7.  Ridges Sanctuary!(Nature sanctuary) Hwy 57, N - 1/2 mile N. of Baileys Harbor A beautiful nature preserve formed by the lake waters.   No cars here, just walking.   A must see.  Take the camera!  Beautiful!  See our Ridges Sanctuary Video in our Door County Video Gallery under Nature & Historic Sites.

8.  Nature Walks and Tours: what better place than in beautiful Door CountyThe Ridges Sanctuary: 8270 Highway 57, Baileys Harbor: 920-839-2802.  Premiere spot for nature lovers in us all. Gorgeous nature preserve, the ridges of which were formed by the lake waters crashing against the shore.  Beautiful plants and flowers.  Park and walk.   Check out inns or B&Bs in Baileys Harbor.

 

  • The State Parks
  1. Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek: 920-868-3258.  The largest (3776 acres) of the State Parks in Door County.  Golf, nature trails, bicycle, hike, camp!  Our favorite!
  2. Newport State Park, 475 County Hwy NP, Ellison Bay: 920-854-2500.  2400-acre wilderness park. With sandy beaches, and lots of Lake Michigan shoreline.  Nice park!
  3. Potawatomi State Park, 3740 Park Dr., Sturgeon Bay: 920-746-2890.   Camping, hiking, boating, guided hikes.
  4. Whitefish Dunes State Park, 3701 Clark Lake Rd., Sturgeon Bay: 920-823-2400.  There are original Native American villages within this park (they are actually listed on the National Register of Historic Places).  And this park is right near Cave Point, which is a must see!  Great half-day outing!
  5. Rock Island State Park. Washington Island: 920-847-2235.  This is remote!  Take a boat FROM Washington Island to Rock Island.  There are about 40 or so family-type campsites.  Hike, swim.

If you want State Park Camping information, click this Camping link!

 

9.  Theater

  • Peninsula Players Theater: W4351 Peninsula Players Road, Fish Creek: 920-868-3287. The oldest resident summer theater in the U.S.  This is magnificent!  If you have never been to a production here, you must go.  The outdoor theater is covered so you are protected from the elements, but the open-air feeling is great when the sides are open!  Comfortable seats too.  Get to the theater early, before sunset, get a drink at their outdoor bar, and watch one of the most gorgeous sunsets you have seen, from one of the greatest spots to watch in Door County.  And the productions are always fabulous.  This is one super experience all around.  Do it!  Check their schedule (starts around third week in June through October)
  • American Folklore Theatre – Fish Creek: 920-854-6117.  Very nice open-air theater in Peninsula State Park.  Mid-June through September.  Take in a show at this musical theater under the stars – you’ll love it.  Tell them we sent you!
  • TAP: Third Avenue Playhouse always has something good on “TAP!”  Check their schedule.  Indoors, staged performances.
  • Birchcreek Music Performance, Egg Harbor: 06/18/14 to 08/09/14.  Wonderful music from steel drums to swing!
  • Door Community Auditorium – lots happening here!  Check their schedule.
  • Door Shakespeare – more great theater right near Baileys Harbor!

10.  Music In the Parks: The towns all publish their schedule of music in the parks.  Check our Calendar of Events too for more information.  Here are some of our favorites: you must go to at least one of these – they are so relaxing and so much fun for all!

  • Sturgeon Bay - Wednesdays: "Harmony by the Bay", every Wednesday like 7-9PM
  • MONDAY EVENINGS IN EPHRAIM Evenings in Ephraim, free Monday concerts at Harborside Park, 6PM - 8PM, June 16 – Aug 25th
  • Fish Creek – Tuesdays, 2:30- 4:30PM, June 17 – August 19th
  • Sister Bay – Wednesdays 3PM, mid-June – mid-August
  • Egg Harbor – Thursdays, 5PM, June 19 – August 28
  • Baileys Harbor: Lots of times and dates:  Check Schedule!

 

 

11. Horse-Back RidingThere are some beautiful trails in Door County, so take advantage at some of these very fine horse-back riding stables.  Many have ponies for kids too, like Herb’s Horses.  Door County on horseback is quite a treat.  Try it!

Kurtz Corral
5712 Howard Lane
Sturgeon Bay
920-743-6742
1-800-444-0469

Ahnapee Ranch
6875 Tagge Rd
Sturgeon Bay
920-743-2715

Field Wood Farm Ltd.
RR 1, Box 225, West Harbor Rd
Washington Island
920-847-2490
Ride Icelandics!

 

12.  Biking Bike your way around Door County! Always be careful – bike Peninsula State Park on state of the art bikes from

Nor-Door Sport & Cyclery
4007 Hwy. 42
Fish Creek
920-868-2775

Edge of Park, Inc. Bike & Moped Rental
P.O. Box 188 at the Park Entrance Rd.
Fish Creek
920-868-3344

Island Clipper Bike Rentals
12731 Hwy. 42,
Gills Rock
920-854-2972

 

13.  Mini-Golfing -There are several places to mini-golf – here’s what we think for each!

 

Egg Harbor Fun Park
7340 Hwy 42
Egg Harbor
920-868-9417

This is a mini-golf, arcade and restaurant that opened in June 2001. They added a state-of-the-art go-karting course, gem mining for kids, zip-lining, batting cages and more!  Awesome!  We mini-golfed here many times – love it!. They have a huge arcade room which also has redemption games (save tickets to win prizes), and a water fight set up outside, great pizzas, ice cream and more!  Great place!  Tell the folks we sent you please!!

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
810 S Bay Shore Dr
Sister Bay
920-854-4929
This looks spectacular from the road – huge waterfalls, a pirate’s theme with a sunken ship in the lagoon and more! Pirate lore, some pirate facts, and fun golfing!   Great place! Mention DoorCountyNavigator.com!

Red Putter Mini-Golf
10404 Water St
Ephraim
920-854-5114

 

14.  Charter FishingTry these charter companies for starters.  See our Activities section for more.

 

Andy’s Silver Strike Charter Fishing
At the Baileys Harbor Municipal Marina
Baileys Harbor
920-854-6069

Hooked Up Sportfishing Charters
6512 County  C
Sturgeon Bay
920-495-5586

Angler Refuge Fishing Charter
520 E. Vine Court
920-746-9442
920-495-9442 

Captain Paul's Charter Fishing
921 Cottage Rd.
Gills Rock
920-854-4614

ChaDawidiuk's Fishing Team
848 South 16th Ct.rter
Sturgeon Bay
920-746-9916, Charter

Eagle Harbor Charters
P.O. Box 187
Ephraim
920-854-4667

Elite Fishing Charters, LLC
Quarter Deck Marina
Sturgeon Bay
320-679-5995
218-390-4522

Fox 1 Charters
435 N. Geneva Ave
Sturgeon Bay
920-743-3092

J-E Fishing Enterprises
1229 Georgia St
Charter Fishing Guide Service
Sturgeon Bay
920-743-7877

Lynn A Charter Fishing
6831 Edgewood Ct.
Sturgeon Bay
920-743-6731 

May's Guide Service
920-856-6743
920-559-0069 cell

Reel Action Sport Fishing Charters
1802 Morning View Road
Brussels
920-825-1105

Stone Wing Charters
P.O. Box 37
Ellison Bay
920-854-4718

Wacky Walleye Guide Service
3798 Sand Bay Point Rd
Sturgeon Bay
1-888-879-5548

15.  Rent A Boat! From pontoon boats or kayaks to sail boats, rent them all in Door County

Ephraim Kayak Center
South Shore Pier
Ephraim920-854-4336
 

Nicolet Beach Rentals
On the Beach in Peninsula State Park
10170 Shore Rd
Fish Creek
920-854-9220

Sister Bay Boat Rental
Sister Bay Marina
Sister Bay, WI 54234
www.sisterbayboatrental.com
920-421-3330 

16.  Washington Island - Go There!  Stay There! Ferry BoatGo for the day, or stay!  Fun, 20-minute ferry boat ride that you can take from Gills Rock (passengers only, with bikes ok) or from Northport with your car.   The ferry boat ride is great fun – you cruise by the islands, Death’s Door, shipwrecks and more.  You owe it to yourself to do it!  Or stay a night or two on Washington Island!

17.  Fine Dining: (also visit our Dining Guide at www.DoorCountyDinining.com)

 

□   Alexander's  - now in Fish Creek- wonderful food, great décor!

□   The Waterfront – fabulous dinners, great wine list!  Tell JJ or Kris we sent you!  This chef is talented!

□   Harbor Fish Market & Grille – wonderful, with outdoor waterfront dining!  Tell Carl we sent you!

□   White Gull Inn – on non-fish boil nights, enjoy candlelight dinners!

□   Galileo’s Italian Steakhouse in Egg Harbor – love it!

 

18.  Swimming – swim in or swim out!  Go to the YMCAs (Fish Creek and Sturgeon Bay) for indoor swimming

 

YMCA
1900  Michigan Street
Sturgeon Bay
920-743-4949  OR
1-800-287-4949

YMCA – Northern Center
3866 Gibraltar Rd
Fish Creek
920-868-3660

or try some of the beaches (NOTE: beach conditions with the Door County Visitor Bureau) at

  • Fish Creek – right in downtown Fish Creek at the park
  • Egg Harbor – around back on Hwy G past Shipwrecked and Harbor Park – follow the signs
  • Murphy Park in Egg Harbor
  • Ephraim Beach in Ephraim (see our September Sundown video filmed at Ephraim Beach!)
  • Whitefish Dunes State Park in Sturgeon Bay

 

19.  Door County Fair!  July 30th  – August 3rd The Fairgrounds are very nicely kept, and this is a fun event especially for kids — there are lots of barns and sheds to see all kinds of interesting things, crafts, animals, and of course rides on the midway! Worth the trip for an old-fashioned county fair!  Lots of fun for all!  http://www.doorcounty.org/fair/

20.  Perseid Meteor ShowersAugust 12thThis is a once a year phenomenon as the Earth passes through the Perseid meteor belt. You will have to check local listings here for any events.  This is supposed to be spectacular!  Those who have seen them have been awe-struck! 50 meteors in an hour — how can you miss them?! We think the northeast end of the peninsula (near the Northport Ferry dock, or Newport State Park, are the places to get the best view. Check out the local Resorter Reporter newspaper for up to the minute news if you are here at this time.  It is a phenomenon and a true astronomical event!

21.  Aurora Beaurealisif you can ever catch this “phenomenal” show in Door County, it is awe-inspiring.  If you have never seen this magnificent show put on by nature, absolutely free, you have missed something.  On a clear night, look to the northern skies and you will see huge curtains of light flashing and flowing across the skies, gently, easily, colorfully.  It is a site to behold.  In big cities, they are drowned out by light and pollution.  In Door County, we have witnessed some superior shows.  Lie back on the grass, lie on the hood of your car, open the sunroof on your car and sit back and enjoy.

22.  Take a Carriage Ride! See Ephraim at night on a romantic carriage ride for 10, 20 or 30 minutes (check with John for price).  John Mayberry runs a wonderful carriage, and as you clip-clop through historic Ephraim under the moonlight, well, ahhh – it’s just one of the nicest things to do!  So. . .do it!  Check out John’s site at Mayberry’s Carriages and Sleigh!  And tell him that we sent you on the carriage ride of your life!

 

23.  Ellison Bluff ParkThis is a very cool park that’s really not like a park.  You drive into the area just on the south end of Ellison Bay (follow the signs for Ellison Bluffs), park the car, and hike up a walkway to a bluff that over looks the waters of Green Bay.  Panoramic views – a nice little trip and a memorable view.  Take the camera for sure!   Watch our Ellison Bluff video on our Parks page!

 

24.  Town Festivals:Lots of them!  See our Calendar for full details.  Fyr Bal, 4th of July, lots more!

 

25.  Wine Tour!    Tell them sent you! This is great fun and here are some of our favorite wineries to tour!

       Door Peninsula Winery
5806 Hwy 42
Sturgeon Bay
920-743-7431

       Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery
5896 Bochek Road
Sturgeon Bay
920-746-9307

BONUS THINGS TO DO!

    26. Zip Line: Gravity Trails up in Baileys Harbor area has some great adventures waiting for you!  Read our Review!  Also, zip lining available at Egg Harbor Fun Park in Egg Harbor!

  • 27.  Door County – from the air! Feeling adventurous?  Tour Door County by air!  Yes  you can take an air tour from Orion Flight Service Inc. in Sturgeon Bay 920-743-6952, or Grizzly Scenic Air Tours 9667 Maple Grove Rd at Ephraim-Gibraltar Airport Ephraim 920-493-2729 920-493-7315.  If you are feeling less adventurous, you can watch our Door County Lighthouses from the air videos!  Go to our Door County Video Gallery and look under the heading, "Specialty Tours!"  Or take a helicopter tour!
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  • 28.  Historical Walking Tours and Lighthouse Tours!  This is a great way to learn more about the towns!  Check with the towns to see if and when they have these scheduled.  Sometimes, there are self-guided tours.  For Lighthouse Tours, call Claire at Door County Lighthouse Inn - she knows everything and has tour info.  920-868-9088

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    29.  Bring the Kids (of all ages!)  THE Farm, near Sturgeon Bay is an awesome place for kids of all ages!  Milk the goats, feed the goats, see horses, cows, kittens, antique farm implements and lots, lots more.  This is a fun place – highly recommended!  Please tell them that DoorCountyNavigator.com sent you!

    The Farm
    4285 Hwy 57
    (4 Miles North of Sturgeon Bay)
    920-743-6666

    30.  Golf Door County!!  There are 11 courses in Door County for you to choose from, and some of them are just spectacular!  Try some of our favorites:

     

           Alpine Golf Course (36 holes) – awesome panoramas! 
    P.O. Box 200,
    Hwy. G, Egg Harbor
    Egg Harbor, on County G
    920-868-3232

    Peninsula State Park Golf Course
    (18 holes)

    Hwy. 42, Fish Creek
    Fish Creek, at north entrance to
    Peninsula State Park
    920-854-5791

     

     31.  Go Gallery Hopping!  Door County is full of fabulous artists and wonderful galleries displaying art in every medium you can think of: glass, oil, watercolor, ceramic, metal and more!  So check out our Gallery pages!

     

     

    things to do in spring

    There are lots of things to do in Door County in the Spring! Here are 25 of them!

    Put some Spring in your step – up here in Door County!  Springtime is Quiet-time on the Door County Peninsula.  Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere the County has to offer, where travelers and residents are all at ease.  Though the busy season is just around the corner, this is still a nice time to soak up the County!

                              

    1.  Enjoy the quiet times, and check out what is happening at Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek!

    2.  Take a Door County Trolley Tour!Definitely check out seeing Door County by old-fashioned trolley from the Door County Trolley Company!  Check their website for specific times and tours – this is a great way to see Door County and to see some vistas you might otherwise miss!  Call them now or visit their website: 920-868-1100.  They offer a variety of tours, including a creative Lighthouse tour, ghost tours and wine tours and even Progressive Dinner outings!  Call AJ and tell him we sent you!  This is fun stuff!

    3.  VISIT THE DOOR COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM
    This is a wonderful museum located in Sturgeon Bay (at the south end of the Steel Bridge, across from Bridgeport Resort).  Great little place:  Door County Maritime Museum

    4.  Driving Tours!  Explore the unknown! Have some fun and explore areas you have never explored before!  Get in the car and drive around the Peninsula – get lost and discover.  The interior of the peninsula is dotted with art galleries, wineries, and other very cool things, like barns, shacks, rolling fields of grasses and trees, cherry and apple orchards and more.  There are so many hidden treasures in Door County, waiting for you to discover!  Take your camera, the interior offers some genuine Door County beauty and tranquility.920-854-1844

    q  Visit Jacksonport and Baileys Harbor on the Quiet Side (the Lake side of the peninsula).  We have reviewed some nice inns there as well.  Walk along Lake Michigan; visit Whitefish Dunes State Park, Cave Point.  Drive, park and walk.

    q  Drive north from Sturgeon Bay on County B, which you can pick up in downtown Sturgeon Bay, along the water. You can pick up 3rd Avenue at Jefferson and head north – this is B, and turns into Bay Shore Drive.  This is a lovely ride, and you will pass some of the very nicest B&Bs and resorts in Door County along the way!   Bay Shore Inn, Westwood Shores  are some of our favorite resorts!  In addition, you will pass Stone Quarry Park, about 5 miles or so north of Jefferson Street – where you can picnic and enjoy gorgeous Door County sunsets without a huge crowd – not too many people know about this one!  B will eventually merge with G and you will pop out in Egg Harbor, right by Harbor View Park and Shipwrecked!  Take a left to continue north on Hwy 42!

    q  Take a tour through the center of the peninsula on County A.  This is a very nice road that cuts north and south right through the center, from about Jacksonport all the way to Ephraim (going south to north)!    

    q  And, if you are in Egg Harbor and want to head north of Fish Creek, head East on E, then North on A (left at PC Junction and Pen Pub) – you will come out north of Fish Creek – take a right on Hwy 42 and continue north to Ephraim! 

    q  From Egg Harbor, go East on County T (towards Valmy).  Take it to Elm, and take a right, then another quick right on Hillside, and a quick left on Lost Lake Road (heading south – and yes, there’s a lake in there!).  Nice old barns, open fields, shacks….ahh!  Get lost!  Take a left on Plum Bottom Rd., and head to Ehler and turn left (north – you’re doing a loop) – you are now on the other side of Lost Lake.  At Hillside, take a right now, then a left on Memorial Drive (north) to EE.  If you want to go to Baileys Harbor, take a right.  Egg Harbor, take a left!  This is a nice little 8 – 10 minute drive.  Take your time.

    q  From Baileys Harbor, just keep driving up State Hwy 57.  You will pass the Ridges Sanctuary (8270 Hwy 57 – 920-839-2802) signs – a nature preserve of wonderful and rare plant life – you can stroll for a long time and enjoy this magnificent preserve, formed long ago by the effect of the Lake and years of waves, which created the ridges.  Stop and enjoy.  Don’t forget the camera. Keep heading north on Hwy 57, pass AC Tap (one of the oldest bars in the Peninsula) and you will pop out at the hill in Sister Bay.  Take a right and you are at Sister Bay Bowl (north); take a left, and head south.

    q  Also from Egg Harbor, turn down towards the water right at Greens n Grains and head north on White Cliff road which will put you back on Hwy 42 at Juddville (near Villagio's).

    q  From Egg Harbor head east on County E all the way to Baileys Harbor – passing Coyote Road House (a classic) and crossing the causeway across Kangaroo Lake.

    5.  DOOR COUNTY FESTIVAL OF BLOSSOMS
    Dates of event: 04/14 to 06/15/14 County-wide celebration of spring, featuring blossoming daffodils, wildflowers & blossoming cherry and apple orchards. Garden and wildflower hikes, trolley and boat tours, arts and crafts, and lighthouse walks. There are community celebrations every weekend.  Sister Bay has an event, Jacksonport has a Maifest (5/24 - 5/25), and there's the 7th Annual Half Marathon May 3rd.  Check our Calendar of Events!

    6.  ANNUAL DOOR COUNTY LIGHTHOUSE FESTIVAL
    Dates of Event 6/13/2014 - 6/15/2014
    Festival-goaers can choose from 11 different land or water tours.  Check the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay for all the details. The lighthouses in Door County are magnificent to see, especially Cana Island (one of the most photographed features of Door County) and Eagle Bluff (in Peninsula State Park). You can try to tour the lighthouses on your own, or there are organized excursions, even by boat, to take in many of these beautiful lighthouses that helped guide many a ship through tough and rough waters. Even if you miss this weekend, be sure to schedule some time to visit a few of Door County’s best if you have an interest in these fascinating structures. They are super to photograph too! Don’t forget the camera or smart phone! Try the Trolley tour (see below)!

    7.  Stay at a wonderful B&B, Inn or Resort!  It’s still quiet and you can still get a beautiful room or suite.  There are many beautiful inns in Door County, and we have reviewed quite a few on our website here.

    Some of our highly recommended ones include (please make sure to tell them you saw them on DoorCountyNavigator.com - that helps keep the site fresh and viable!).  Read our in-person Reviews of all of these places and find exactly what you are looking for! And please, please tell them you found them on DoorCountyNavigator.com!  We’re finding great places for you!  We have been to and reviewed all of these places!

    q  In Sturgeon Bay

    • The White Lace Inn in Sturgeon Bay: Dennis or Bonnie at 920-743-1105 (Winner of DoorCountyNavigator.com’s User’s Choice Award for Best B&B in Door County, 2003!)
    • Reynolds House:  Jan or Stan at 920-746-9771
    • The Chanticleer Guest House: Darrin or Bryon: 920-746-0334

    q  Egg Harbor

    • Cornerstone Suites: talk to Leif: 888-495-3005,
      920-868-3005
    • The Feathered Star (ALLOWS PETS): Sandy, 1-877-743-4066, 920-743-4066

    q  Fish Creek

    • The White Gull Inn: Andy or Jan at 920-868-3517
    • Thorp House: Christine at 920-868-2444

    q  Ephraim

    • The Ephraim Inn: Tim at 920-854-4515
    • Eagle Harbor Inn: call Natalie: 800-324-5427
    • Village Green Lodge: Sue & Steve: 1-888-471-8277

    q  Baileys Harbor

    • Blacksmith Inn on the Shore: Joan or Bryon: 800-769-8619

    Other really nice places to stay are: Check re-openings for Spring (where applicable) directly with Inn.  See videos of many of these places in our Trusted Reviews or Video Gallery!

    q  Sister Bay

    • Country House Resort: 800-424-0041 – See Their Video on our Homepage
    • Scandinavian Lodge: 920-854-7123, 888-645-6343.  Video too!
    • Birchwood Lodge: 866-854-7195.  Video too!
    • Pheasant Park: 920-854-7287 800-392-3921
    • Little Sister Resort: 920-854-4013. Video too!
    • Coachlite Inn: 920-854-5503
    • Nordic Lodge: 920-854-5432
    • Open Hearth Lodge: 920-854-4890
    • Inn at Little Sister Hill:800-768-6317
    • Church Hill Inn: 920-854-4885

    q  Egg Harbor

    • The Landmark: call 800-273-7877
    • The Ashbrooke: talk with Fred: 920-868-3113
    • The Alpine Resort : 920-868-3000
    • The Shallows: 920-868-3458 - See Video on our Homepage!
    • Egg Harbor Lodge: 920-868-3115
    • Newport Resort: 920-868-9900, 800-468-6160.
    • Lull-Abi Inn: 920-868-3135
    • Cape Cod Motel: 920-868-3271 OR 1-877-590-0286

    q  Ephraim

    • Ephraim Shores Motel and Restaurant: 920-854-2371
    • Bay Breeze Resort: 920-854-9066
    • Harbor View Resort: 920-854-2425. 
    • Somerset Inn and Suites: 920-854-1819
    • Park’s Edge Lakeshore Homes & Cottages: 414-481-2654

    q  Sturgeon Bay

    • Westwood Shores in Sturgeon Bay: 920-746-4057
    • Bridgeport in Sturgeon Bay: 920-746-9919
    • Bay Shore Inn – call Joe and the gang at 800-556-4551

    q  Baileys Harbor

    • Baileys Harbor Yacht Club in Baileys Harbor: 920-839-2336
    • Kangaroo Lake Resort in Baileys Harbor: 920-839-2341
    • Beachfront Inn at Baileys Harbor866-251-0750 OR 920-839-2345

    q  Fish Creek

    • Homestead Suites in Fish Creek: 800-686-6621 – See Video!
    • By-The-Bay Motel in Fish Creek: Mary at 920-868-3456
    • Main Street Motel in Fish Creek: Nedra at 920-868-2201
    • The Hilltop Inn: Kelly: 888-868-3556
    • Apple Creek Resort: 800-569-0059

    q  Washington Island

    •  Findlay’s Holiday Inn (on Washington Island): call Jim: 800-522-5469

    We have reviewed many more places too!  So read the Trusted Reviews first!  Be sure to call first for opening dates!

    8.  Cave Point!  Must see!  While you're in the outdoorsy mood, head over to Cave Point, another very much photographed site in Door County.  It's over on the Quiet Side (the Lake Michigan side), near Jacksonport and Whitefish Dunes State Park - head south on Hwy 57 from Bailey's Harbor.  This is a bluff of rock overlooking the waters that produce wonderful sprays of splashing waters in spring and summer as the waves crash the rocks below.  It’s a beautiful vista – don’t miss it in the springtime! It is quite a place Also see our Cave Point Spring Thaw video and other nature videos in our Video Gallery!

    9.  Restaurants! Well, you might want to dine out, and the restaurants for the most part are still on the Winter hour schedule.  So here are some restaurants that will be open, mostly weekends, some from Thurs – Sun, some opening in early May.

    q  Alexander’s, Fish Creek – fine dining: 920-868-3532

    q  The Waterfront, Sister Bay – fine dining: 920-854-5491

    q  Casey’s Inn Supper Club, Egg Harbor: 920-868-3038

    q  Hof Restaurant at Alpine Resort, (May – on) Egg Harbor: 920-868-3000

    q  Harbor Fish Market & Grille, Baileys Harbor: 920-839-9999

    q  Greenwood Supper Club, Fish Creek at Hwys A and F (open F - Sun) 920-839-2451

    q  The Cookery, Fish Creek - 920-868-2372

    q  Fred & Fuzzy’s Waterfront Bar and Grill: 920-854-6699 (check opening da, usually mid-May)

    q  Door County Coffee & Tea – café in Carlsville: 920-743-8808
    800-366-7947 (we LOVE this place!)

    q  Coyote Roadhouse, Baileys Harbor at Kangaroo Lake: 920-839-9192

    q  Viking Grill in Ellison Bay: Say hi to Dan: 920-854-2998 – great place!

    q  Cooper's Corner in Fish Creek, call 920-868-COOP (2667)

    If you are staying in a resort with kitchen facilities and want to dine in, then pick up some food at the wonderful Main Street Market in Egg Harbor, or some gourmet delights at Top Shelf Gourmet and Café in Sister Bay (Country Walk Shops), and a great natural food shop in Egg Harbor, Greens n Grains (and cafe too)!.  All awesome places!  Tell them we sent you!

    10.  Tour Door Countylike never before!


    Bay Shore Outfitters
    655 Bay Shore Dr
    Sister Bay
    920-854-7598
    Rent kayaks, canoes, and more.  Sail, take lessons, paddleboat or hydrobike!  Very cool!

    11.  Visit some bars and talk to the locals. Another good thing about Spring is that it is still slow enough where  people have the time to chat and relax – this is a real luxury for all.  Visit some local bars, and enjoy the conversation!  Some good talking places:

    q  JJ.s/La Puerta in Sister Bay: 920-854-4513

    q  Casey's Inn in Egg Harbor, right on Hwy 42: 920-868-3038 (check hours, usually Thurs- Sun in winter/spring)

    q  Husby's in Sister Bay (an all-round classic and local hang-out), 920-854-2624

    q  Bayside Tavern in Fish Creek, right on Hwy 42: 920-868-3441 (very local, very cool, very good burgers too!) – one of our favorites!

    q  Shipwrecked in Egg Harbor, micro-brew, 920-868-3036 (check hours)

    q  Karley’s Bar on Washington Island: 920-847-2655

    q  Coyote Roadhouse in Bailey's Harbor, right on Kangaroo Lake, 920-839-9192 (great old roadhouse)

    q  Sister Bay Bowl, the bar section, right across from Husby's, 920-854-2841

    q  The Blue Ox in Bailey's Harbor, on Hwy 57, 920-839-2771

    q  AC Tap in Bailey's Harbor, between Sister Bay and Baileys Harbor 920-839-2426

    12.  Fishing!  If you like fishing, well, you can fish in Door County! Here is what you can expect for more fishing, if you want walleye, salmon, trout and perch!  Check to see about license requirements, best times, charters.

    q  Middle of April: Lots of brown trout fishing going on not far from the Stone Quarry.

            End of April: this is rainbow, brown and brook trout season!  Catch like crazy all along the shore. Smelt and perch too!

            Beginning of May: here come the bass, some walleye.  Even the lakes internal to the peninsula (Kangaroo, Europe, and Clarks Lake) have some good fishing now.

            End of May: walleye, small mouth bass, jumbo perch, and lake trout – all kinds of fish waiting for you!

    NOTE: Check with some of our favorite Charter Fishing organizations for times when they might be heading out for the season – make your plans:

    13.  Plan a Family Reunion Or Corporate Retreat!Take a real Spring-Break!  You can find inns, homes and resorts that can accommodate a large family for a spring get-away reunion, or if you are in the corporate world, a memorable and inspiring business retreat.  There are many resorts that can accommodate groups of just about any size and meet all your needs: Check Newport Resort in Egg Harbor, or Birchwood Lodge in Sister Bay, for example.  Plan your memorable event right now!  More and more folks are doing this for a wonderful get-together or retreat away from the hustle and bustle – come to Door County!  See our Resort and Lodging places that have meeting rooms, etc.

    14.  SWIM!If you are not staying at an inn with an indoor pool, and you missed the Polar Bear Swim in Jacksonport on January 1st, try the YMCAs

    • YMCA1900  Michigan Street
      Sturgeon Bay
      920-743-4949  OR
      1-800-287-4949
    • YMCA – Northern Center
      3866 Gibraltar Rd
      Fish Creek
      920-868-3660

    16.   Hike!  Hiking in Door County is special andSpring is a wonderful time to hike the county - whether you are just taking a nice long stroll on your own, or taking in the natural wonders and beauty of the State Parks!  Walk and enjoy the warming Spring air and tranquil scenery!

    State Parks: they are beautiful year-round!

    q  Whitefish Dunes State Park: 920-823-2400, 3701 Clark Lake Rd, Sturgeon Bay

    q  Peninsula State Park info: 920-868-3258, in Fish Creek

    q  Newport State Park: 920-854-2500, 475 County Hwy NP, Ellison Bay

    q  Potawatomi Park:  920-743-7033, 3740 Park Drive, Sturgeon Bay

    Or try Ridges Sanctuary (see video in Video Gallery) in Baileys Harbor: 8270 Hwy 57 – 920-839-2802

     17.  Museums/Galleries/Do-it-Yourself Art!  Springtime is a great time to take in some of the  local museums and galleries.  This will get you started:

    • Door County Maritime Museum
      120 N. Madison Ave
      Sturgeon Bay
      920-743-5958
    • Door County Historical Museum
      18 N 4th Ave
      Sturgeon Bay
      920-743-5809 - This is a great little museum, with very friendly and knowledgeable folks! 
    • AMO Gallery
      • 40 N. 3RD AVE.
        Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
        FAX 920-746 8719
        PHONE 920-743 2259
        Custom framing, great gallery of Door County and national artists
    • Hands On Art Studio
      3655 Peninsula Players Road
      (head west from Hwy 42, about 1 ¾ miles)
      Fish Creek
      920-868-9311

    • Young at Heart Pottery Painting 7828 Hwy 42
      (Main Street  Shops)
      Egg Harbor  WI
      920-868-5047

     18.  Get Artistic!Take an art class, or do an art project on your own!  Fun for all!  Check into these cool places:

     

        You can take any number of classes in art at the Peninsula Art School!   From photography to ceramics to watercolor painting!  Check our their tremendous schedule!  And tell them you found them here please!

    Peninsula Art School
    3906 County Rd F
    Fish Creek
    920-868-3455

       For the Do-It-Yourself Artist in us all!  Check out Hands-On Art Studio where you can paint ceramics, glass, metal art, t-shirts!  Fun projects for any age.  Call them at 920-868-9311.  Tell Cy that we sent you, please!  Great place!

    Hands On Art Studio
    3655 Peninsula Players Road
    (head west from Hwy 42, about 1 ¾ miles)
    Fish Creek
    920-868-9311


    Young at Heart Pottery Painting
    7828 Hwy 42
    (Main Street  Shops)
    Egg Harbor  WI
    920-868-5047


    19.  Search for your Dream Home!If you have always thought about owning your own home, land or cottage (even a business!) in Door County, Spring is a great time to look around and get comfortable with all that is available.  And here are some of our favorite real estate agencies to do it with!

     

      Visit a Farm Market, Gourmet or Coffee Shop! There are so many farm markets in Door County, and neat gourmet shops for coffee, fudge and more!  Try some of our favorites!

    FARM MARKETS/Tours 

    Dairy View Country Store
    5169 County I
    Sturgeon Bay
    920-743-9779

    20.  Luxuriate at a Spa!

     

    Settlement Courtyard Inn and Lavender Spa
    9126 State Rd 42
    Fish Creek
    920-868-3524
    877-398-9308 

    The Spa at Sacred Grounds
    10453 Townline Rd
    Ephraim
    920-854-4733

     

    21.  In May, The Skyway Drive-In Theatre opens for the season!  You MUST make this part of your Door County vacation!  This is just an awesome place that we love!

    22.  In May, you might be able to para-sail, head out on a catamaran, paddleboat, Wave Runner and more!

    23.  Mid – late May, head to the fun parks and enjoy mini-golf, go-karts and a whole lot more!  Check out what’s around!  Some of our favorites:

    • Egg Harbor Fun Park in Egg Harbor – awesome mini-golf, go-carts, arcade, water wars, bounce zone, paint ball and more!  Tell Donna and Lee that we sent you!  Great place!
    • Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf in Sister Bay – what a fun course, with pirate lore on each hole, and huge waterfall!

    24.  Golf!  We love hitting the 36 holes at Alpine Golf Course in Egg Harbor.  Try to play the Blue in your mix of 18 – the 9th hole is spectacular! 

    25.  Take a Trip to Washington Island If you have never gone before, or haven’t for a while, take a nice day trip to Washington Island.  The ferry boat ride is fun for all.  Take your car with, from Northport.  Passengers and bikes from Gills Rock.       

    BONUS!  Zip Line at Gravity Trails , take a Scenic Boat Tour aboard the Quo Vadis (in season) at Fish Creek Scenic Boat Tours . . . and lots more!

    There are many arts and craft shows, carriage rides, art classes and more happening this Spring.  Check our Calendar Of Events for more details.

     

    Summer - Endless Summer! 

     "Be In the Know Before You Go . . . 
    and When You Get There!™"

     

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    Is there a better place to be in the summer than Door County Wisconsin?  No!  The peninsula is alive with tons of things to do.  Whether traveling alone, with a significant other, family or friends, there’s more to do in Door County in the summer than any other time.  Sail, go charter fishing, kayak, go on eco-tours, golf, shop, dine outdoors, swim, look for real estate, hike and even just relax!  The fun is awaiting your arrival - so get moving!   Plan your trip on DoorcountyNavigator!

     

    Sunset between the trees Sunset Paril April 2007

     

     

                           

     1.   Go Sail Door CountyThat’s right – and you don’t even have to have a boat!   Call Peder at Sail Door County and you can go out on a divine cruise on the Green Bay waters on one of his beautiful sailboats!  Read our Review, then call to make a reservation!  920-495-SAIL (7245)  And tell Peder we sent ya!  And now they have parasailing too!

     2. Tour Door County by Trolley!  Get a grand tour of Door County on an old-fashioned trolley – check outDoor County Trolley for lots of fun!  The 45 minute tours are informative, fun, and show you show great vistas – bring the camera!  They also have a General Tour, Lighthouse Tour a trolley “Ghost Tour, a new Premier Wine Tour, Haunted Pub Crawls, Wine,Spirits & Brew Tours, Beer & Burger Tours and more!  Please tell AJ that DoorCountyNavigator.com sent you!

     
     

    3.  Make Your Own Art!  

    • Head over to Hands-On Art Studio and create your own are – paint ceramics, shorts, glass; make metal sculptures and lots more!  Tell Cy we say hi!  This is a fabulous spot to create art in metal, glass, ceramics, even throw pots and more.  Watch all of our videos in the Trusted Review to see Hands On Studio , 3655 Peninsula Players Rd Fish Creek.  Call 920-868-9311
    • Stone Silo Studios is a new cool palce for 2017.  Next to the Rustry Tractor Breakfast Barn, you can make your own wooden signs.  Classes weekly.  No experience needed.  Great stuff and lots of fun - especially on a rainy day!  Trusted Review and video.  Find them at Stone Silo Studios , 6216 Hwy 42, Egg Harbor,  Call: 920-737-3497

    4.  Kayak!  Boat!  Cruise!  Sail!Check out  Bay Shore Outfittersfor activities offered for a lot of summer fun!  Also checkDoor County Kayak Tours in Egg Harbor .  And here are more!

    Lakeshore Adventures
    8113 Hwy 57
    Baileys Harbor, WI 
    920-493-3474


    Door County Kayak Tours
    8442 South Highway 42

    Fish Creek, WI
    920-868-1400

    Peninsula Kayak Company
    6300 Hwy 57
    Sturgeon Bay  Wi
    920-918-4314

    Head out on a Catamaran!

    Stiletto Sailing Cruises
    at South Shore Pier

    9993 Hwy 42
    Ephraim
    920-854-7245

    Scenic Boat Excursions

    Sail Door County
    Sister Bay Marina

    920-495-SAIL (7245)

    Shoreline Charters - Scenic Cruises & Boat Rides
    Gills Rock

    920-854-4707

    Shoreline Charters – Scenic Cruises & Boat Tours
    8132 Hwy. 57
    Baileys Harbor Village Marina
    920-854-47-7

    Fish Creek Scenic Boat Tours
    Next to Fish Creek Marina, near Clark Park  

    Fish Creek
    920-421-4442

    Rent Pontoon Boats, Waverunners™, Sea Doos™ & More

    South Shore Pier, Inc.
    9993 Water St.

    Ephraim
    920-854-4324
                         

    Sister Bay Boat Rental
    Sister Bay Marina

    Sister Bay, WI 54234
    www.sisterbayboatrental.com
    920-421-3330

      

    5.  Go Para-Sailing!  This is terrific fun and a unique way to see Door County from the air!  We did it last summer and we will do it again - this is fun!  Call Wisconsin Water Wings and make a reservation and be sure to tell Captain Doug and the crew DoorCountyNavigator sent you!,  

    Wisconsin Water Wings
    South Shore Pier
    9993 Hwy 42
    Ephraim
    920-854-9000 

    6.  Spend the Day on County I (carlsville & Sturgeon Bay) Yes – you can spend an entire fun day right on County I in Door County!  Head towards Carlsville – County I runs east and west.   Great fun!

    •  Stop in Door County Coffee and Tea for some of the best coffee and light lunches around!  You can purchase whole bean or ground in up to 75 varieties!  And, you can have a nice much in the café!

    Door County Coffee and Tea
    5773 Hwy 42 
    Carlsville 
    920-743-8930
    800-856-6613

    • Stop in Pet Expressions for that pet lover in your or that special friend.  Hundreds of items from cups to towels, shirts and more with every kind of pet you can think of – very cool shop!  It is also attached to a General Store – lots of interesting goodies!  This is a fantastic store!  Cool for your pets - great gifts!

    Pet Expressions
    9922 Water St 

    Ephraim
    920-854-5445

    Visit Door Peninsula Winery and have your own wine tasting!  This is great stuff.  Hint: Sample the Sunset Splash - a delight for summer!

    Door Peninsula Winery
    5806 Hwy 42

    Sturgeon Bay
    920-743-7431

    Buy the best candles and accessories money can buy at:

    Door County Candle Company
    5789 Highway 42

    Carlsville, WI 54235
    www.candleworksdc.com
    877-263-5975 

    Then head east on County I and  Go to Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery – fabulous!  Sample some great wines - like Untouchable Red - awesome!

    Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery
    5896 Bochek Road

    Sturgeon Bay
    920-746-9307 

    While you are near Simon Creek, you are close by to Kurtz Corral - go horseback riding - beautiful grounds, and the best palce to ride in Door County.  Tell Jimmy we said hi!

    Kurtz Corrall
    5712 Howard Lane
    Sturgeon Bay, WI
    920-743-6742

    7.  Ridges Sanctuary  Ridges Sanctuary! (Nature sanctuary) - Hwy 57, N - 1/2 mile N. of Baileys Harbor A beautiful nature preserve formed by the lake waters.   No cars here, just walking.   A must see.  Take the camera!  Beautiful!  See our Ridges Sanctuary Video in our Door County Video Gallery under Nature & Historic Sites
      

    8.  Nature Walks & Tours -  What better place than in beautiful Door County?

      • The Ridges Sanctuary: (mentioned aboav e- must see) 8270 Highway 57, Baileys Harbor: 920-839-2802.  Premiere spot for nature lovers in us all. Gorgeous nature preserve, the ridges of which were formed by the lake waters crashing against the shore.  Beautiful plants and flowers.  Park and walk.   Check out inns or B&Bs in Baileys Harbor.
      • The State Parks
        1. Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek: 920-868-3258.  The largest (3776 acres) of the State Parks in Door County.  Golf, nature trails, bicycle, hike, camp!  Our favorite!
        2. Newport State Park, 475 County Hwy NP, Ellison Bay: 920-854-2500.  2400-acre wilderness park. With sandy beaches, and lots of Lake Michigan shoreline.  Nice park!
        3. Potawatomi State Park, 3740 Park Dr., Sturgeon Bay: 920-746-2890.   Camping, hiking, boating, guided hikes.
        4. Whitefish Dunes State Park, 3701 Clark Lake Rd., Sturgeon Bay: 920-823-2400.  There are original Native American villages within this park (they are actually listed on the National Register of Historic Places).  And this park is right near Cave Point, which is a must see!  Great half-day outing!
        5. Rock Island State Park. Washington Island: 920-847-2235.  This is remote!  Take a boat FROM Washington Island to Rock Island.  There are about 40 or so family-type campsites.  Hike, swim.

    If you want State Park Camping information, click this Camping link!

    9.  Theater! Great live theater in Door County this summer!

    • Peninsula Players Theater: W4351 Peninsula Players Road, Fish Creek: 920-868-3287. The oldest resident summer theater in the U.S.  This is magnificent!  If you have never been to a production here, you must go.  The outdoor theater is covered so you are protected from the elements, but the open-air feeling is great when the sides are open!  Comfortable seats too.  Get to the theater early, before sunset, get a drink at their outdoor bar, and watch one of the most gorgeous sunsets you have seen, from one of the greatest spots to watch in Door County.  And the productions are always fabulous.  This is one super experience all around.  Do it!  Check their schedule (starts around third week in June through October)
    • Northern Sky Theater – Fish Creek: 920-854-6117.  Very nice open-air theater in Peninsula State Park.  Mid-June through September.  Take in a show at this musical theater under the stars – you’ll love it.  Tell them we sent you!
    • TAP: Third Avenue Playhouse always has something good on “TAP!”  Check their schedule.  Indoors, staged performances.
    • Birchcreek Music Performance, Egg Harbor:   Wonderful music from steel drums to swing!
    • Door Community Auditorium – lots happening here!  Check their schedule.
    • Door Shakespeare – more great theater right near Baileys Harbor!

     

    10.  Music in the ParksThe towns all publish their schedule of music in the parks.  Check ourCalendar of Eventstoo for more information.  Here are some of our favorites: you must go to at least one of these – they are so relaxing and so much fun for all!

    • Sturgeon Bay - Wednesdays: "Harmony by the Bay", 7PM, Mid June – Third Week of August
    • MONDAY EVENINGS IN EPHRAIM Evenings in Ephraim, free Monday concerts at Harborside Park, 6PM - 8PM, 3rd week of June thru end of August
    • Fish Creek – Tuesdays, 2:30- 4:30PM, June 14 – August 16th
    • Sister Bay – Wednesdays (and select Saturdays) 6-9PM, Third week of June – almost the end of August
    • Egg Harbor – Thursdays, 5PM, Nid-June to mid-August
    • Peg Egan Sunset Concert Series, 7PM Sunday nights, #rd week of June to 3rd week of August in Egg Harbor.  Details.

    11.  Horseback Riding - do it - it is beautiful and fun!  There are some beautiful trails in Door County, so take advantage at some of these very fine horse-back riding stables.  Many have ponies for kids too, like Herb’s Horses.  Door County on horseback is quite a treat.  Try it!

    Kurtz Corral
    5712 Howard Lane
    Sturgeon Bay
    920-743-6742
    1-800-444-0469

    12.  Biking & Mopeding! Bike or moped your way around Door County! Always be careful – bike Peninsula State Park on state of the art bikes from

    Nor-Door Sport & Cyclery
    4007 Hwy. 42
    Fish Creek
    920-868-2775
    They have new power assist electric bikes - check then out!

    Edge of Park, Inc. Bike & Moped Rental
    P.O. Box 188 at the Park Entrance Rd.

    Fish Creek
    920-868-3344
    Only palce to rent mopeds on the main peninsula!

    13.  Mini-Golf and Family Fun Centers!  There are several places to mini-golf – but Egg Harbor Fun Park has a ton of additional things as well.  Here’s what we think for each!  

    Egg Harbor Fun Park
    7340 Hwy 42

    Egg Harbor
    920-868-9417
    This is a mini-golf, arcade and restaurant that opened in June 2001. And in 2010, they added a state-of-the-art go-karting course!  Awesome!  We mini-golfed here many times – love it!. They have a huge arcade room which also has redemption games (save tickets to win prizes), and a water fight set up outside, paint ball, zip lining, batting cages, boucne zone for the kids and more.  Great pizzas, ice cream and more!  Great place!  Tell the folks we sent you please!!

     

    Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
    810 S Bay Shore Dr

    Sister Bay
    920-854-4929
    This looks spectacular from the road – huge waterfalls, a pirate’s theme with a sunken ship in the lagoon and more! Pirate lore, some pirate facts, and fun golfing!   Great place! Mention DoorCountyNavigator.com! 


    Red Putter Mini-Golf
    10404 Water St

    Ephraim
    920-854-5114

     

    14.  Charter Fishing  Try these charter companies for starters.  See ourActivitiessection for more. 

    Andy’s Silver Strike Charter Fishing
    At the Baileys Harbor Municipal Marina
    Baileys Harbor

    920-854-6069 

    Hooked Up Sportfishing Charters
    6512 County  C

    Sturgeon Bay
    920-495-5586 

     

    First Choice Charter
    Baileys Harbor Town Marina

    Baileys Harbor, WI
    920- 839-1409

    15.  Rent a Boat!   From pontoon boats or kayaks to sail boats, rent them all in Door County! 

     

    Nicolet Beach Rentals
    On the Beach in Peninsula State Park

    10170 Shore Rd
    Fish Creek
    920-854-9220

    Sister Bay Boat Rental
    Sister Bay Marina

    Sister Bay, WI 54234
    www.sisterbayboatrental.com
    920-421-3330 

      

    16.  Washington Island - Go there - stay there- have fun!  Go for the day, or stay!  Fun, 20-minute ferry boat ride that you can take from Gills Rock (passengers only, with bikes ok) or from Northport with your car.   The ferry boat ride is great fun – you cruise by the islands, Death’s Door, shipwrecks and more.  You owe it to yourself to do it!  Or stay a night or two on Washington Island!

    17.  Fine Dining  fine but Door County it is still casual!

       

    18.  Swimming!  Swim in or swim out!  Go to the YMCAs (Fish Creek and Sturgeon Bay) for indoor swimming or enjoy outside!

    YMCA
    1900  Michigan Street

    Sturgeon Bay
    920-743-4949  OR
    1-800-287-4949

    YMCA – Northern Center
    3866 Gibraltar Rd

    Fish Creek
    920-868-3660

    or try some of the beaches (NOTE: beach conditions with the Door County Visitor Bureau) at

    • Fish Creek – right in downtown Fish Creek at the park
    • Egg Harbor – around back on Hwy G past Shipwrecked and Harbor Park – follow the signs
    • Murphy Park in Egg Harbor
    • Ephraim Beach in Ephraim (see our September Sundown video filmed at Ephraim Beach!)
    • Whitefish Dunes State Park in Sturgeon Bay  (beautiful)

      

    19.  Door County Fair!  Door County Fair!  August 1st - 5th  The Fairgrounds are very nicely kept, and this is a fun event especially for kids — there are lots of barns and sheds to see all kinds of interesting things, crafts, animals, and of course rides on the midway! Worth the trip for an old-fashioned county fair!  Lots of fun for all! http://www.doorcountyfair.com/

    20.  Perseid Meteor Showers August 11th - 12th  This is a once a year phenomenon as the Earth passes through the Perseid meteor belt. You will have to check local listings here for any events.  This is supposed to be spectacular!  Those who have seen them have been awe-struck! 50 meteors in an hour — how can you miss them?! We think the northeast end of the peninsula (near the Northport Ferry dock, or Newport State Park, are the places to get the best view. Check out the localResorter Reporter newspaper for up to the minute news if you are here at this time.  It is a phenomenon and a true astronomical event!  Could also be some on the night of the 13th, but plan the 11th and 12th.  

    21.  Aurora Beaurealis  if you can ever catch this “phenomenal” show in Door County, it is awe-inspiring.  If you have never seen this magnificent show put on by nature, absolutely free, you have missed something.  On a clear night, look to the northern skies and you will see huge curtains of light flashing and flowing across the skies, gently, easily, colorfully.  It is a site to behold.  In big cities, they are drowned out by light and pollution.  In Door County, we have witnessed some superior shows.  Lie back on the grass, lie on the hood of your car, open the sunroof on your car and sit back and enjoy.  The “northern lights” are a spectacular show!  Simply stunning!

    22.  Take a Carriage Ride!  See Ephraim at night on a romantic carriage ride for 10, 20 or 30 minutes (check with John for price).  John Mayberry runs a wonderful carriage, and as you clip-clop through historic Ephraim under the moonlight, well, ahhh – it’s just one of the nicest things to do!  So. . .do it!  Check out John’s site atMayberry’s Carriages and Sleigh!  And tell him that we sent you on the carriage ride of your life!

    23.  Ellison Bluff Park  This is a very cool park that’s really not like a park.  You drive into the area just on the south end of Ellison Bay (follow the signs for Ellison Bluffs), park the car, and hike up a walkway to a bluff that over looks the waters of Green Bay.  Panoramic views – a nice little trip and a memorable view.  Take the camera for sure!   Watch our Ellison Bluff video in our video gallery.

    24.  Town Festivals! Lots of them!  See ourCalendarfor full details, but here are a few you might want to take in: Fyr Bal, 4th of July, Pumpkin Patch etc.

     

    25.  Wine Tours!  Tell them sent you!This is great fun and here are some of our favorite wineries to tour!

     

    BONUS! 

    Always check with establishments ahead of time to make sure of schedule, cancellations etc.
      Things can change without notice.