No city or town’s tourism lineup is complete these days without some kind of ghost tour, and Sturgeon Bay checks that box with the entertaining Haunted Trolley Tours. Guests board the trolley in the early evening for a couple of hours with a guide like Brother James, who sports a long black cowl and white beard. The tour makes numerous stops, including the cemetery, several lakefront sites, and assorted B&Bs and businesses. The faint of heart should note that many of the stories are less about ghosts than gruesome local murders. But the most spine-tingling moments are along the lake, when Brother James spins yarns about a ghost that keeps showing up in that lighthouse blinking right across the water from where you stand. And just when things threaten to get a little too heavy, Brother James cranks up the Ghostbusters and Addams Family themes on the trolley stereo, giving everyone a chance to sing along. If you take a fall tour, be sure to bring a jacket. It gets windy and chilly along the water.
Starting points vary depending on tour.