Located on a peninsula between Green Bay and Lake Michigan is Door County. The area boasts vibrant wilderness parks and long shorelines which have attracted visitors from around the world—and made it a charming escape for locals. Here are the top five things to see or do in Door County, Wis.
Explore Cave Point County Park
Cave Point County Park is regarded as one of the most beautiful and scenic spots in the state, and it’s a focal point for tourists visiting Door County. Thanks to local county officials, the park offers free admission to picnic areas and trails. With crystal blue waters set against the backdrop of beautifully carved rock formations, Cave Point is a must-have on your Door County agenda. For more information, visit www.doorcounty.com.
Marvel at Cana Island Lighthouse
Located just north of Baileys Harbor in Door County is Cana Island Lighthouse—a 150-year-old Wisconsin staple with a reputation for its historic charm and undeniable character. Visitors can ascend the lighthouse’s 97-step spiral staircase to reach the gallery deck, which offers sweeping views of Lake Michigan. For more information, visit www.dcmm.com.
Get A Taste for the Area at Door Peninsula Winery
Door County is made up of a number of boutique hotels, restaurants and breweries, but none are quite like Door Peninsula Winery. For nearly 45 years, the winery has produced one of the largest selections of wine in the state of Wisconsin. The company offers over 55 different wines and ciders to enjoy at one of their two tasting bars. For more information, visit www.store.dcwine.com.
Camp Out at Potawatomi State Park
This 1,225-acre Wisconsin state park is found northwest of the city of Sturgeon Bay in the town of Nasewaupee. Comprised of dense forestry, winding hiking trails and gorgeous camping sites—many located near the waterfront—Potawatomi State Park is a unique getaway in Door County perfect for people of all ages. For more information, visit www.dnr.wi.gov.
Visit the Door County Historical Museum.
One of the best ways to truly enjoy a trip to somewhere new, is to immerse yourself in the destination’s history. In Door County, you can get a first-hand glimpse of the peninsula’s charismatic history and culture at the Historical Museum. With well-preserved artifacts, a tribute to the Tug Captain, and a historical Fire Station—with old school fire trucks, too—this museum is a hidden gem and the perfect indoor activity for a rainy day. For more information, visit www.doorcounty.com.