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Door County has a wide range of family fun activities no matter the season. This includes everything from history and adventure, to outdoor recreation and arts and crafts. You are sure to find something suitable for families of all ages.
Door County was built through the hard work of many local families, so we understand the importance of creating an environment people of all ages can enjoy. Set aside time on your vacation for many fun activities for the whole family that are sure to create great memories of your stay in Door County.
Here are 9 ideas to get you started on planning your family fun trip to Door County or check out a compilation of our favorite family activities in the Family Fun Weekend itinerary!
Discover the History
Door County has a rich and interesting history. There is an emphasis put on preserving the county’s roots while moving forward. Explore the many historical societies and the programs they offer. Visit Heritage Village in Sturgeon Bay and watch a blacksmith demonstration or plan your trip and come up to see “Living History,” a Civil War reenactment camp.
One of the biggest things that draws visitors to Door County is the outdoor activities available all year long. During the summer, exploring the waters around the county is a must. Not only is it a large part of Door County culture, but it provides an opportunity for people to get together for some family fun under the sun!
Explore one of the many park trails by foot, ski, or snowmobile. Or take your family to an orchard for hayrides, or cherry and apple picking, depending on the season. Take a day trip to Washington Island via the ferry and explore its rich Icelandic heritage and many offerings via bike, car, moped, or hop aboard one of the train tours. Compete in a round of putt-putt at one of the mini-golf courses.
Check the events calendar for outdoor activities your family can participate in during your vacation.
After exploring Door County, take a day with your family to kick back and relax along the nearly 300 miles of shoreline. Door County has many types of beaches that can cater to your family's preference. Each beach offers different amenities ranging from playgrounds, concessions stands, grills, picnic tables, and more.
Pack a picnic, grab your towel and sunscreen, load up your car, and hunker down at your beach of choice.
A Night at the Theater
Door County is jam packed with theater options.
No family fun vacation would be complete without seeing a show. Spend an evening under the stars laughing and crying. Door County is home to a number of theaters including Peninsula Players; Northern Sky Theater; Door Shakespeare; Third Avenue Playhouse; as well as a number of community theater groups.
Don’t forget the Skyway Drive-In! While not a theater that puts on live shows, the Skyway has been a staple of all Door County family vacations since 1950. Cozy up for a double feature, hit up the snack bar, and watch on as kids play on the playground. Check out this family’s night at the theater and see what you can expect.
A great way to experience the gallery/art culture in Door County with your family is to check out hands-on art studios that create classes designed for you and your family. Drop into a Family Art Day at the Peninsula School of Art or stop by and create a variety of projects that are available daily at Hands On Art Studio.
While on vacation the vast majority would probably not think of a small, local, library as a great place to look for activities for your family. However, the Door County Library system offers extensive programming for children and adults alike. Visitors can check out story times and matinee movies.
Everyone needs to eat and Door County is definitely not short in the food department. Visitors often come back and plan stops at their favorite local food joints, like they would visit a tourist destination. The foods and restaurants have become part of family vacation traditions. Whether it’s your first time here or you have been visiting for years, there are many local flavors to discover.
Some of the best family memories are made around a table with good food and conversation. To discover the flavor of Door County, follow our Foodie Insider, who discusses everything food related in the county.
Take a Drive
Sometimes it’s the journey that matters, not the destination.
While it seems that making many stops on your family fun trip is the best way to go, don’t knock a good ole’ drive. Some of the county’s charm is the quaint architecture and the interplay of nature and man.
Drive through a packed town to come out the other side with light traffic and fields of orchards and canopy laden roads on the northern end of the peninsula. Or take a trip up to Northport and the ferry to experience Door County’s famous “curvy” road. If you come in the fall you won’t want to leave your car. The colors change and you will be left in awe at what you see. Fall driving in Door County is a must for any visitor.
The Beginning and The End
They are the start and finish of every day in Door County as well as a staple - Door County sunsets and sunrises. There is nothing more satisfying than winding down your full day by taking your family to get some ice cream and finding the perfect spot to watch the sun disappear over the water. It is the exclamation point to end your fun filled day or trip.
And if you can rise early, a Door County sunrise is beautiful. Just as beautiful as the sunsets, watching a sunrise can be more quiet and secluded.
Try out our itinerary builder to keep your plans and ideas organized in one spot. Happy planning!
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- A Cave Point
- B Nicolet Beach
- C Sister Bay Beach
- D Whitefish Dunes
Locations suggested by Door County locals.