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When landscape architect John Nolen was first planning the Wisconsin State Park System, he named all of Door County as worthy of conservation. Today, conservation groups have taken that concept to heart in preserving land well beyond the five state parks in the county.
A Door County vacation gets to the heart of family getaways — laughter, relaxation, bonding, and most importantly, a lack of pressure to fill the schedule.
Spend your days lounging on the beach, kayaking, mini-golfing, zip-lining, touring museums, visiting animal farms, biking or hiking, or just eating ice cream. And spend your evenings checking out the sunset from the most scenic vantage points, attending an iconic fish boil, or sharing stories around the bonfire.
Whether you’re out to create your own traditions to pass on or just want a simple getaway from the strains of the day-to-day grind, you’ll find your respite on the water, down the trails, and in the air of Door County.
The Farm: Kids young and old have fallen in love with animals at The Farm for generations. Get up close and personal with goats, piglets and many other farm animals. You may even see baby chicks hatch!
Plum Loco Animal Farm: Meet, pet and feed a large, farm-animal family. Child-sized hands-on play-farm village. Spend the day with lawnboard games, puzzles, picnic area, concessions, and more.
Ridges Sanctuary Family Discovery Trail: This trail teaches a new appreciation for nature at Wisconsin’s oldest private nature preserve. It’s great anytime, but even better when guided by a naturalist.
Cana Island Lighthouse: Found a few minutes from Baileys Harbor, the Cana Island Lighthouse may be the most revered of Door County’s lights. Cross the spit to the island, then climb the steps to the top of the lookout tower for a rare view.
Cave Point County Park: There are few places like this geological wonder outside Sturgeon Bay. Dodge the splashing waters crashing into the rocky shoreline, hike trails on the rocks, and pose for spectacular photos.
Washington Island Ferry: Sometimes the journey is the reward. Kids will love going aboard the Washington Island Ferry to cross Death’s Door for a getaway to the island. After the 30-minute crossing, grab ice cream, climb the Mountain Park Tower for an amazing island view, and stop at Schoolhouse Beach for a dip in pristine waters.
Cherry Picking: Thousands of blossoms will turn into delicious cherries each July, ripe for the picking. Follow our cherry report to see when the fruits are ready to be picked, plucked, and transformed into your favorite delicacies.
Old-school Movie Experience: Take your kids for a double feature at the Skyway Drive-In, one of the last of its kind.
Scroll down for a full list of family friendly attractions.
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