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Door County Welcome Centers Deliver the 411


Door County welcomes visitors year-round to enjoy its 300 miles of shoreline, five pristine state parks, and 20 county parks alongside endless opportunities for recreation, shopping, and delectable dining. Stay in any of the county's 19 communities — from Southern Door to Washington Island — and you'll feel right at home. 

Door County covers 2,000-plus square miles and more than 19 distinct communities, so many first-time visitors wonder how they could visit an entire county. It is possible if you research individual towns, choose from one to three near one another that suit your getaway style and tastes, and explore this pocket and its surrounding areas. We have just the people who can help. 

Door County Visitor Information Centers

Whether it's before you travel to our peninsula and islands or while you are here, Door County's official visitor centers can help you plan the perfect Wisconsin vacation. Door County is open year-round and offers plenty to do with people here to help you find your way to fun activities and open businesses. 

Our visitor information centers have a wealth of trip-planning ideas on their website, and you are welcome to drop in for helpful ideas on what to do. We've rounded up some friendly places to start planning your trip. If you're stopping by in person, be aware that hours vary, so please call ahead.

Destination Door County Welcome Center

1015 Green Bay Rd., Sturgeon Bay, 800-527-3529

Step into the heart of Door County's hospitality at the Destination Door County Welcome Center, a haven for travelers seeking information about the peninsula and islands. Inside the cozy building are maps, visitor guides, hiking maps, and niche brochures from hundreds of partner businesses across Door County, categorized for ease of use. 

The center is staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays from May to October, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday from November to April. The Door County staff are local residents who can offer personalized recommendations based on your unique interests, including last-minute lodging assistance. No question is left unanswered, as the team is dedicated to ensuring you embark on a journey that aligns perfectly with your aspirations.

"We keep in touch with lodging properties throughout the county, monitoring last-minute cancellations for people looking to make the trip during the peak season. It's like a giant puzzle we are constantly putting together and deconstructing every week," said Director of Visitor Services Pat Nash. "Visitors are blown away that there is a destination that offers these kinds of services."

Beyond the treasure trove of information, the Door County Gift Certificate program adds an extra layer of local charm and makes a great gift for the ones you love. The certificates are redeemable for lodging, experiences, dining, and other participating businesses all over the county, allowing you to support local businesses and feel good knowing the money is being spent in Door County. 

Moreover, the lobby is available 24/7 for water, restroom access, and brochure browsing. Enjoy the inviting ambiance of the surroundings, from the cherry and apple trees offering a taste of Door County in season (you're encouraged to pick the fresh fruit and eat it right there!) to the picturesque hydrangea flowers that make the perfect backdrop for selfies. Relax in the Gazebo with picnic benches, let furry friends stretch their legs in the back area, or unwind in rocking chairs on the front porch.

Baileys Harbor Information Center

8061 Hwy. 57, Baileys Harbor, 920-839-2366

The Baileys Harbor Information Center is your gateway to the enchanting wonders of Baileys Harbor and Door County. Step into the historic Toft House and discover maps and brochures offering insights into over 100 businesses and parks scattered throughout the region. The dedicated, knowledgeable volunteer staff are on hand daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June to August and six days a week in May and September, with the possibility of Sunday openings if staff permits. Ask them for recommendations or events they have planned for the region. 

Take this opportunity to explore the Toft House built in the 1860s and uncover the rich history woven into its walls, adding a layer of depth to your Baileys Harbor experience. Browse the Baileys Harbor Historical Society displays to learn more about the home. Be sure to explore the Toft Garden out back, lovingly tended to by community members, and relax and unwind in the gazebo.

Before you leave, check out the collection of apparel and stickers for purchase — perfect souvenirs to commemorate your visit. Quench your thirst at the water stand, where cups are provided free of charge.

Egg Harbor Visitors Center

7860 Hwy. 42, Egg Harbor, 920-868-3717

Unlock the treasures of Egg Harbor and its enchanting surroundings at the Egg Harbor Visitors Center. The staff here proudly promotes local businesses by providing a comprehensive collection of brochures for Egg Harbor and neighboring communities. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sundays, every day from May through October, where their experts can curate personalized recommendations for your perfect getaway.

What's more, the staff plan memorable events throughout the year, including Concerts in the Park to the Pumpkin Patch, Independence Day celebrations, Farmers Market, Sidewalk Sales, and the festive Holly Days, infusing the spirit of Egg Harbor into every season. 

Door County North Welcome Center

12030 Hwy. 42, Ellison Bay, 920-854-5448

Nestled along Highway 42 at the top of the thumb in Ellison Bay, the Door County North Welcome Center may be small in size, but it provides a wealth of information to visitors. Serving the communities of Ellison Bay, Rowleys Bay, Gills Rock, and the Town of Liberty Grove, plus parts of Sister Bay, Baileys Harbor and even Ephraim, the center is the local touchstone for those seeking the authentic charm of Door County's less-developed past. 

Affectionately known as the "hut," the 12x12 one-room building exudes a nostalgic ambiance. In an era dominated by technology, the Door County North Welcome Center stands as a beacon for those who value simplicity and a personal touch. You can pick up a variety of brochures for area businesses. What's more, you can use the free Wi-Fi year-round. In a region where internet challenges persist, visitors often find solace in the center's parking lot, tapping into the provided Wi-Fi. Beyond the walls of the "hut," a modest garden area beckons, offering a peaceful retreat for those seeking respite. 

Whether you're searching for ferry information, directions to the famous "Curvy Road," or hiking maps to explore the region's natural beauty, this unassuming "hut" invites you to step back in time and discover the authentic spirit of Door County.

Ephraim Visitor Information Center

9996 Water St., Ephraim, 920-854-4989

The Ephraim Visitor Information Center offers free information, including brochures, state and local maps, state park guides, Door County community guides, The Door County Dining Guide, local business rack cards, and more. An array of niche brochures covers everything from biking trails to wineries and breweries. The center is located on picturesque Eagle Harbor and features rocking chairs on a back porch where you can enjoy water views and breathtaking sunsets. For those partaking in a fish boil at the Old Post Office Restaurant across the street, the back porch and lawn provide a comfortable place for families to hang out, play yard games, and watch the sunset. 

The knowledgeable staff is available seven days a week from May to October and by appointment only during the off-season to help with recommendations. Plus, you can pick up Ephraim merchandise featuring branded ornaments, flags, mugs, and more, which are available for purchase. 

Washington Island Welcome Centers

Northport Center or the Island Welcome Center, 920-743-6246

Your gateway to a tranquil island haven is the Washington Island Visitor Centers. With the Northport Center, open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and the Island Welcome Center, you will discover two locations welcoming visitors daily from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. between June and Columbus Day.

The Washington Island Chamber of Commerce introduces visitors to Door County’s only year-round island community. With information about accommodations and arts and associations to restaurants and shops, let the Washington Island Chamber of Commerce be your compass as you navigate this idyllic retreat with over 35 square miles of natural beauty, where time slows down and the hustle and bustle of daily life fade into the background.

More Door County Visitors Centers to Explore

Door County has many other visitor centers along the peninsula. When visiting, consider stopping by these welcome centers, where you'll be greeted by friendly tourism professionals and volunteers who will gladly help you plan your stay and offer planning materials to guide you through your vacation to Wisconsin.

Fish Creek
4097 Hwy. 42, Fish Creek, 920-868-2316
Open Friday through Sunday, call for operating hours. 

6332 Hwy. 57, 920-823-2404
Closed November through April.

Sister Bay
10708 N. Bay, Sister Bay Shore Dr., Sister Bay, 920-854-2812
Call for hours

Destination Sturgeon Bay Welcome Center
36 S. 3rd Ave., Sturgeon Bay, 920-743-6246
Open November through April on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The lobby is open 24/7

Getting Around Door County

Like many relatively rural areas, Door County's communities are sufficiently spread out so driving between them is a must. So, you will need a car to get around.

Need a charge?

Door County has a network of electric vehicle charging stations to keep you moving during your visit.

Bark parks & more

If your dog wants to stretch its legs and roam free, visiting one of Door County's four dog parks is the best option. We can help you plan your pet-friendly vacation

How We Winter

For all things winter in Door County — from daily snow conditions to trail maps to trip-planning tools with warm hospitality and lodging options destined to suit all tastes and budgets. Enjoy unique galleries and intriguing museums that reflect the area's rich arts-and-culture scene. Entice your taste buds with a host of wineries, breweries, distilleries, restaurants, and confectioneries. Whether you seek leisure or adventure, winter in Door County offers many opportunities to relax and explore.

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