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7 Free Activities for the Whole Family


Vacationing with kids can be expensive. In Door County, it doesn’t have to be. Here are seven great adventures and activities to take the kids on that won’t break the bank, but create lifelong memories.

Outdoor Exploration

There are an abundance of nature preserves and exciting hikes that will bring the whole family back to the roots of nature. The peninsula’s 19 county parks offer a variety of experiences from crashing waves on limestone cliffs at Cave Point County Park to picturesque views of Lake Michigan and beyond. Many local nature preserves also open their trails up to the public for no charge.

A Day at the Beach

Some of the best beaches in Wisconsin are free and open to the public, many of which offer amenities such as restrooms and piers. Egg Harbor’s sprawling sand beach is just a short walk from downtown, while Sister Bay’s beach and amphitheater are in the heart of downtown.

Concerts in the Park

Grab a blanket and some snacks and enjoy some of the best musicians in the region as they play free concerts at many of the outdoor music venues in the county, such as the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center, Sister Bay Waterfront Park Pavilion, and Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay.


Fish some of the best spots in the state and land a lunker right from the shore at Door County’s premier fishing locales. Southern Door County is best known for its fishing culture, but also check out Baileys Harbor or George K. Pinney County Park near Sturgeon Bay.


Door County’s abundant public outdoor spaces make it a hot spot for geocaching. There are plenty to find on Washington Island, and don’t forget to check out The Stavkirke while you’re there.


Many of Door County’s biggest events are free and open to the public. From parades to live music, some even offer games and activities for kids free of charge. There are festivals taking place throughout the year so check out the schedule to plan your weekend.

Ships of Sturgeon Bay

Walk along Sturgeon Bay’s waterfront and get a closeup of the historic tugboats tied to the pier. Then look across the canal and view 1000-foot tankers in the shipyard of Bay Shipbuilding. Many museums in the area offer free admission to learn more about the region’s renowned shipbuilding history.

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