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Kids' Favorite Dining & Sweet Treat Spots


Door County is one of the family-friendliest places you can visit, and we don’t mean kids are merely allowed or tolerated here. They’re welcome, and many of the county’s businesses and attractions cater straight to kids’ and families’ interests.

When it’s time for a snack or meal in between hikes, bike rides, parks, beach visits, and other family adventures, you’ll need a game plan for feeding the whole crew.

Here are a few tips for finding kid-friendly restaurants and food stops with everything from favorites like chicken tenders and mac and cheese to ice cream, candy, and other sweet treats perfect for capping off a summer day in Door County.

Kid-Friendly Dining Spots

One of the best qualities of Door County is that almost everywhere is kid-friendly. 

A family with kids dines on pizza at Wild Tomato.There are some adult-only lodgings and activities, and some restaurants that may not interest young palates, but for the most part, kids can find something to eat and do nearly anywhere.

Start with this list of area restaurants featuring kids menus and these outdoor spots that allow pets, if the family dog is also in tow.

Then look to bakeries and delis, breakfast spots, fast food, fish boils, and other dining options for food experiences that tend to offer universally beloved dishes.

If your family is vegetarian, gluten free, or just trying to eat healthier, you’re still covered up here. Door County has a full slate of plant-forward restaurants and sustainable dining options for keeping meals on the lighter side.

Ice Cream & Candy Stops

If ice cream, candy, old-fashioned sweets, and other desserts are on the menu during your trip, check out thesemust-stop ice cream joints.

A chocolate-vanilla swirl cone with goofy eyes in front of the Albatross Restaurant sign.

All offer ice cream, and many have other treats like sundaes, shakes, gelato, candy, chocolate, baked goods, and gourmet popcorn as well as coffee, espresso, sodas, and other pick-me-ups.

More on the Ice Cream Scene

Go behind the scenes at The Door County Ice Cream Factory and learn how their beloved, nostalgia-inducing sweet treats are connected to Door County history.

Headed to Door County this summer? Now’s a good time to brush up on outdoor etiquette and the Door County Leave No Trace 7 Principles.

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