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With nearly 300 miles of shoreline, Door County is renowned for some of the most beautiful beaches in Wisconsin. From wide-open sand dunes and rare limestone shores to action-packed water sports and serene rolling waves, there’s a beach in Door County for you.
If you’re taking the whole family out for a day in the sun, some beaches might suit your needs better than others. Many of these sand beaches offer paddle board and kayak rentals, nearby playgrounds, and bathrooms.
While every public beach has its own group of regulars, there are a few that stay quiet even in the heat of the summer.
Some beaches in the county have their own special draw, bringing locals and tourists to their shores for a wide array of reasons.
While most people prefer to dig their toes in the sand, Schoolhouse Beach, on the northern reaches of Washington Island, is one of just a few smooth limestone beaches in the world.
The stones provide the perfect backdrop for crystal-clear water that is best visited when a north wind blows warm surface water in from the deep, protected harbor.
Historic glaciers battered the stones on the beach into the smooth, flat surfaces they are today. The naturally-formed stones are only replicated a few places in the world including the Philippines, New Zealand, and England.
Although the smooth, warm stones are mesmerizing, be sure to leave them at the beach. After years of visitors taking the stones as souvenirs, the town imposed a law against taking the stones with a hefty fine attached to it.
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