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Winter Wanderlust

Experience Wintertime Merriment on the Peninsula & Islands

Winter in Door County is a special time. Sure, the temperatures drop, snow falls, and ice forms on just about everything. But those crisp, freezing temperatures can invigorate the soul, the snow can remind you to slow down and appreciate the beauty of simple things, and that pesky ice can create some truly stunning views. Winter’s cold doesn’t stop us from celebrating the holidays, hosting seasonal festivals, exploring the great outdoors, or eating well at top restaurants—and it shouldn’t stop you either.

Never Too Cold for Winter Fun

The snow-covered shoreline at the lake

20 Things to Do in Winter

Here are 20 ways to build an amazing trip to Door County, whether you’re visiting for a few days or you live nearby and are in need of some fresh ideas for winter fun.
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Snowshoeing is the perfect way to explore the great outdoors of Door County in the wintertime. All you need are some solid snow boots, and local equipment lenders can provide the rest.
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Experience Door County by snowmobile. Learn about snowmobile rentals in Door County, the best snowmobile trails in Wisconsin, and Door County snowmobile trails.
A woman cross country skiing through the woods.

Cross Country Skiing

Find cross country skiing trails in Wisconsin, cross country ski spots such as Peninsula State Park, local snow reports, and more to ensure a ski-friendly trip.
A person kneeling in the snow ice fishing.

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing in Door County was once a necessity, but now it’s a favorite winter pastime in a place considered one of the top ice fishing destinations in the country.

Here's Where to Eat, Drink, & Stay

Events You May Like

A sign that says "Jacksonport Polar Bear Club" with two people standing between two polar bear statues in the distance.

Polar Bear Swim

People bundled up in blankets sitting by a fire pit

Winter Fest

Snow sculpture of a ship captain near a building

Fire & Ice Festival

Snowshoes on a deck looking out at the lake

Merry-Time Festival of Trees

No Bad Weather

Quiz: Find Your Travel Style

Scroll through this series of images and check the ones that depict the activities and experiences you’re interested in. Then, we’ll help identify your top trip styles and provide you with the activities, businesses, and attractions you’ll like the most.
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