Door County Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Door County Trip Guide

Roadside cherry stands, state parks and small towns by the lake keep visitors coming to this peninsula.


Cana Island Lighthouse.
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Kayaking along the coast. Photo courtesy of the Door County Visitor Bureau.
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What to do

Door County Maritime Museum Tour the tug John Purves, check out exhibits on area lighthouses, and learn about shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay. See reviews and ratings. (920) 743-5958;

Door County Plein Air Festival Held rain or shine, this annual celebration (July 19–25, 2015) lets visitors chat with artists as they go from blank canvas to finished work in two hours, all in the open air. See reviews and ratings. (920) 868-3455;

Door County Trolley Take scenic tours in the day or ghost tours at night, daily May through October. See reviews and ratings of ghost tour. (920) 868-1100;

Hands On Art Studio Would-be artists choose from art projects, including fused glass, metal sculpture, mosaics and ceramic pieces. In Fish Creek. See reviews and ratings. (888) 868-9311;

Newport State Park Northeast of Ellison Bay near the peninsula’s tip, Newport appeals to outdoorsy types, with secluded camping, hiking, biking and kayaking. (920) 854-2500;

Peninsula Players Theatre The resident summer theater sits in the woods on the shore south of Fish Creek. Bonfire at intermission. See reviews and ratings. (920) 868-3287;

Peninsula State Park Hugely popular, Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek offers hiking, biking, boating, swimming, fishing and golf. See reviews and ratings. (920) 868-3258;

Savory Spoon Cooking School The head chef, guest chefs, artisan cheesemakers and a resident chocolatier lead classes in Ellison Bay. See reviews and ratings. (920) 854-6600;

Washington Island Accessible by a 35-minute ferry ride from Northport Pier, this 35-square-mile island has beaches, museums and farms. The trip covers once-treacherous waters memorably dubbed Death's Door. (920) 847-2179;

Whitefish Dunes State Park Along Lake Michigan, beech forests, wetlands, sandy beach and rocky shoreline offer quiet. See reviews and ratings. (920) 823-2400;

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