Experience Door County's Living History in Ephraim
No community embodies its heritage like Ephraim. Embedded in the harbor with a panoramic view of Peninsula State Park’s Eagle Bluff lighthouse and Horseshoe Island, Ephraim has preserved its Norwegian and Moravian roots by making them a part of its modern life.
A historic logging pier finds new life as an art gallery, an impossible fire station becomes a museum, and log cabins are reborn as coffee shops and storefronts. Each June the town hosts its annual Fyr Bal festival, a tribute to Norway's Midsummer's Eve. The past is alive in Ephraim, where everything has a water view and you can soak up the views from a boat, kite board, kayak, or paddle board.
Restaurants in Ephraim
Dine with a historic view, enjoy a century-old ice cream parlor, or catch an authentic Door County fish boil. In Ephraim, you’ll find history and a story behind every meal.
Snug between Fish Creek and Sister Bay, Ephraim’s historic lodging facilities make it a perfect location for your Northern Door excursion. Romantic inns, suites, and hotels line the shore, offering amazing water views and sunset strolls.
Things to Do in Ephraim
History, a bustling waterfront, and a rich arts scene mean there’s never a shortage of things to do in Ephraim. Rent all types of watercraft, hike in Peninsula State Park, or visit inspiring galleries with gardens, flowers, and sculptures.
Deeper Dive: Ephraim
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How Door County Got Its Name
Traditional Fish Boils
Door County’s Maritime Historical Sites
5 Must-Dos in Ephraim
1. Get on the water
It’s easy here, with pontoon boats, paddleboards, kayaks, sailboat cruises, and jet-skis all available right in the center of town. The protected harbor offers calm waters for the novice paddler, while the shores of Peninsula State Park beckon the more adventurous.
2. Make your mark at Anderson Dock
For generations visitors have been writing their names on the boards of the Hardy Gallery on Anderson Dock. Add yours to the list.
3. Get an iconic photo
Ephraim is a photographer’s paradise, whether it’s the picture of Americana that is Wilson’s Ice Cream parlor, the sun setting behind Eagle Bluff, or the historic beauty of Anderson Dock. Get artsy or snap the perfect selfie.
4. Get your history on
The Ephraim Historical Foundation has done an amazing job preserving the heritage of this quaint American village. Take a guided walking tour or visit the museum district.
5. Run or ride into Peninsula State Park
The back roads and shoreline of Ephraim are perfect for a short run or ride, but they're made even more amazing with an extension into Peninsula State Park at the village’s southern edge.