Fun doesn't have to
cost a thing
Keep busy with free activities, events and attractions
A Door County vacation doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, many of the county’s best activities are free and open to everyone. Whether you’re an outdoor adventurer or enjoy the finer things, here are some ideas for exploring the county’s fun on a budget.
Free & Fun
Dozens of miles of hiking trails are maintained by local conservation groups and are open free to the public. The Door County Land Trust, Nature Conservancy and local parks offer the best of nature at no cost. County and local town parks, including many of the county’s best beaches, are open free to the public.
Galleries and Museums
Learn a little bit of local and state history at many of the museums and historical societies throughout the county, many connecting you to the region free of charge. Visit local art museums or private art galleries, most of which are free and open to the public. Visit the Door County Garden or take the Sturgeon Bay Historic Walking Tour or the walking tours offered in Egg Harbor or Ephraim. Enjoy the playground and animals at Schopf’s Hilltop Dairy.
Many wineries in the county offer wine tasting and tours. While most of these tastings and tours are free, you may be tempted to buy a bottle or two after experiencing the finest wines of the region.
Sure, the beer might cost a few bucks, but the countless festivals, parades and parties taking place every weekend throughout the county don’t charge an entry fee for their excitement. See the quirks, parades and charades, pop-ups with regional vendors and the festival flavor in the air.
Mountain Park Tower
Climb the 184 steps to the top of the wooden Lookout Tower on Washington Island and see Door County from above the treetops. If the climb doesn't take your breath away, the view will.
Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal and Coast Guard Station
A stroll along Sturgeon Bay’s waterfront and canal is a tour of local maritime history in itself. Bring your camera. The lighthouse and breakwater pier are some of the most photographed subjects in the county.
If you have a GPS, you have an adventurous game in hand. Many caches are hidden throughout Door County and contain interesting prizes. Go online, type in your location and the adventure begins.
Parks have always been a source of inexpensive fun. With 300 miles of shoreline, we've got quite the source. Stop at Anclam Park in Baileys Harbor on a windy day to watch the kite boarders or Ellison Bay Bluff Park to gaze at stunning views from the deck.
Our 53 public beaches make Door County a favorite summer vacation destination! Enjoy lakeside sunrises, swimming in the midday heat, bayside sunsets, and moonlit bonfires on our shores.