Plan an Adventure to a Place Like No Other

Door County is packed with one-of-a-kind restaurants, corner bars, water and island adventures, live music, cultural arts, and ecological wonders that can enliven and inspire a person of any age or background. With the Trip Planner tool, you can explore all the experiences the region has to offer, pin down those that grab you the most, add them to your Door County trip plan, and dream up your next getaway.

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Experience Awe in Door County

If exploring forests and caves, sampling the flavors of the northern woods, taking in local art and music, browsing boutiques, touring lighthouses and shipwrecks, and visiting some of the quirkiest destinations this side of border sounds like your ideal trip, spend your vacation in Door County, Wisconsin.

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Carlsville

Carlsville is a Hub for Authentic Door County Products

Located between Sturgeon Bay and Egg Harbor, the small community of Carlsville is home to a remarkable number of hallmark Door County products. From coffee to wine and spirits, you’ll find some of Door County’s most famous exports at the same intersection.

Baileys Harbor

Natural Beauty, Natural Fun in Baileys Harbor

With thousands of acres of preserved wilderness at The Ridges Sanctuary, Toft Point, and Kangaroo Lake Preserve, Baileys Harbor puts you at the door of a natural wonderland. Enjoy spectacular fishing, beautiful quiet beaches, and three iconic lighthouses.

Southern Door County

As the only entryway in to the peninsula, Southern Door County is the first thing visitors see as they arrive. The area includes seven towns and townships, and two of the most popular and evocative of the Southern Door spirit are Brussels and Forestville.

Brussels

Architecture, Traditional Food, and Beautiful Countryside in Brussels

Forestville

A Taste of Door County without the Crowds in Forestville
Jacksonport

Sandy Beaches, Quaint Shops, and Rural Charm in Jacksonport

Situated along the Lake Michigan shoreline, this quaint community offers a variety of fun and exciting activities and is a quick drive to some of the county’s most iconic natural treasures. Relax on sandy beaches or get photos of rocky shoreline cliffs. Hike peaceful trails and bike quiet back roads.

Ephraim

History, Fine Arts, and Water Sports Collide in Ephraim

No community embodies and values its heritage like Ephraim. Embedded in the harbor with a panoramic view of Peninsula State Park’s Eagle Bluff and Horseshoe Island, Ephraim has preserved its Norwegian and Moravian roots by making them a part of its modern life.

Fish Creek

Style, Nightlife, and Silent Sports Adventure in Fish Creek

Fish Creek, WI is a hub for shopping and recreation in Northern Door County. With amazing galleries, clothiers, and gift shops, Fish Creek is the county’s most walkable shopping center and is also a short walk away from the entrance of beautiful Peninsula State Park.

Ellison Bay

Art and Nature Collide in Ellison Bay

For decades the tiny village of Ellison Bay has attracted artists, writers, and dreamers whose influence you’ll witness strolling Main Street today. Quirky public art, galleries where the artist answers the door, and eclectic shops showcasing foreign culture all call Ellison Bay home.

Egg Harbor

Small Town, Big Time Cool in Egg Harbor

Egg Harbor has been named one of the best small towns in America and for good reason. A sparkling new marina and beach stand out on the waterfront while specialty shopping dots a main street lined with blooms. Here you’ll find local artisan produce, breads, and cheeses around every corner and parks and golf courses that frame the harbor’s natural beauty.

Washington Island

Death’s Door is Just the Start of the Adventure on Washington Island

Washington Island is your destination for adventure in Door County. It starts with a five-mile ferry ride across the once-treacherous waters of Death’s Door, where Green Bay and Lake Michigan meet. Once ashore, embark on a tour of one-of-a-kind shopping and eating hosted by the 600 one-of-a-kind residents who call the island home.

Rowleys Bay

Explore Stunning Natural Beauty in Rowleys Bay

Rowleys Bay sits on the edge of the Mink River Estuary, one of Wisconsin’s most diverse and important wildlife habitats. This makes Rowleys Bay a phenomenal location for hiking, kayaking, fishing, and birding, which may be why Fodor’s named it one of the “500 places to see before they disappear” in 2009.

Sturgeon Bay

Sturgeon Bay is the City that Lives On, and For, the Water

Historic charm and the natural beauty of a strategic shipping corridor meet a blue-collar ethic in Sturgeon Bay, Door County’s world-renowned shipbuilding hub. From thousand-foot lakers to small bass-fishing boats, this community’s heritage is all about boats and water.

Gills Rock

Historic With A View in Gills Rock

History comes alive in Gills Rock, where commercial fishermen still head out to the waters of Lake Michigan all year, and the Door County Maritime Museum tells Door County’s origin story. It’s all done with a view here because the village cradles Hedgehog Harbor, with its pristine bluffs and sunset views.

Sister Bay

Sister Bay is a Foodie’s Favorite on the Waterfront

Sister Bay has been a dining destination ever since a local character put a goat on a roof 50 years ago, but an influx of new chefs and restaurants has made Northern Door’s largest village the place for food and drink.

Juddville

Don’t Overlook the Charms of This Tiny Town

A tranquil respite between Egg Harbor and Fish Creek, the tiny community of Juddville has charm worth a stop. One of the county’s original roadside farm stands welcomes you to the south, and in the center you’ll find a tasty Italian restaurant, a writer’s retreat, and one of the area’s most-respected art galleries.

Explore Trip Ideas & Experiences

Door County is a big, bold, vibrant region with more than 19 distinct communities, each with its own style and flavor. Check out these handpicked experiences to get feel for the kinds of things you can see, do, taste, feel, and experience during your time here.

Unique Food Finds of Door County

Nearly every corner of Door County is filled with unique culinary creations. From traditional fish boils to home-grown concoctions…

Oddball Door County

Door County claims a rich heritage of quirky characters, strange traditions, and oddball activities.

Free & Fun

Give your wallet a rest and fill your itinerary with fun, free things to do in Door County, like hanging out at beaches, parks, mu…

Cave Point County Park

Cave Point County Park is perhaps the most iconic natural landscape of Door County. Revered by divers, photographers and all who v…

Hip & Unique

Find unusual and unexpected things to do in Door County. Explore Wisconsin supper clubs, live music events, breweries and wineries…

Camping

Looking to go camping in Wisconsin? Door County has dozens of campgrounds, log cabins, and RV campsites. Learn more about Wisconsi…

Lighthouses

Explore the 11 lighthouses in Door County, Wisconsin, find great photo opportunities and take tours. Visit famous Wisconsin lighth…

Popular Festivals & Events by Season

June

Uncork Summer

Ellison Bay

July

Door County Plein Air Festival

Fish Creek

July

Door County Triathalon

Sturgeon Bay

July

All Things Lavender Festival

Washington Island

July

Independence Day Festival

Egg Harbor

August

Cherry Fest

Jacksonport

September

Autumnfest & Classic Auto Show

Baileys Harbor

October

Pumpkin Patch Festival

Egg Harbor

October

Fall Fun Fest & Cider-Pressing Party

Washington Island

October

Fall Festival

Sister Bay

November

Capture the Spirit

Sister Bay

November

Turkey Trot

Nov.–Dec.

Merry-Time Festival of Trees

Sturgeon Bay

December

New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Cherry Drop

Sister Bay

January

Polar Bear Plunge

Jacksonport

January

New Year’s Day Parade

Egg Harbor

February

Winter Festival

Fish Creek

February

Fire & Ice Festival

Sturgeon Bay

April

Brown Trout Tournament

Baileys Harbor

May

Maifest

Jacksonport

May

Door County Half Marathon

Fish Creek

June

Peninsula Century Spring Classic

Baileys Harbor

June

Door County Beer Festival

Baileys Harbor

June

Fyr Bal Festival

Ephraim