27 Best Things To Do Near Baileys Harbor, WI

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Wondering how you’ll spend time during your vacation to Baileys Harbor in Door County, Wisconsin? Here are the best things to do in and around Baileys Harbor! Read on for some great travel inspiration.

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Baileys Harbor WI Things To Do

Watch a Sunrise

sunset over the bay of Green Bay in Door County, Wisconsin.
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If you are a morning coffee kind of a person instead of an evening cocktail sort of person, Baileys Harbor is a great place to catch a sunrise. Baileys Harbor’s almost-secret Midtown Lakeview park is one place you can do this. Check out our post on Door County’s parks and preserves to find out more about great places in the Baileys Harbor area to catch a sunrise over Lake Michigan.

Kayaking

Cave Point–eastern shore of Door County

Kayaking in Door County offers an escape into tranquility, a way to connect with the water that’s both intimate and exhilarating. For me, the appeal lies in the silence – gliding across the water without the hum of an engine, just the soft sound of my paddle slicing through the waves.

If you are an experienced kayaker, you can bring your own gear and hit the waters. But, if you aren’t experienced, you should know that the waters around Door County can be quite treacherous. You’d be better off going as part of a guided trip.

Cave Point Kayak Tour

One of my favorite guided kayak trips in Door County is the Cave Point Kayak Tour. It’s not exactly in Sister Bay, but it’s not far.

This tour lets you see Cave Point County Park, one of Door County’s most popular natural sites, from a perspective that few get – from the water. You can actually see the caves which give this park its name, and even take your kayak inside one of them. These trips book up well in advance, so if you’re interested, make sure that you check availability now.

Peninsula State Park Kayak Tour

Another fun kayak tour is the Peninsula State Park Kayak Tour. This kayak tour is extremely close to Egg Harbor, and on the Green Bay side of Door County, so you can expect the waters to be warmer and calmer here than at Cave Point. If you’re not used to kayaking and want a little bit more experience before heading out to more challenging waters, this is the kayak tour for you.

Exploring the shoreline by kayak allows me to appreciate the nuances of the landscape. The cliffs, beaches, and hidden coves reveal themselves in a way that’s not possible from a larger boat. It’s a more personal encounter with nature, where I can feel the gentle sway of the waves and the subtle changes in the current.

Renting a Boat

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Powerboating in Door County offers an entirely different kind of aquatic adventure, one that’s filled with excitement and the thrill of speed. As the engine roars to life and the boat begins to slice through the waters, I feel a rush of adrenaline.

You can experience this, too, and you don’t even have to bring your own boat. You can rent a pontoon boat in Door County, and it’s surprisingly affordable. If you think you might be interested in this, don’t hesitate to check availability, as boat rentals often fill up months ahead of time.

Boat Tours

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Boat tours in Door County offer a fantastic way to explore the waters safely and conveniently, without the need for personal equipment or rentals. These tours provide an opportunity to experience the beauty of the area from the water, guided by knowledgeable captains who share fascinating insights about the local geography and history.

On a boat tour, I enjoy the leisure of sitting back and taking in the sights while someone else handles the navigation. It’s a stress-free way to see the best of Door County’s shoreline, lighthouses, and natural formations. Whether it’s a sunset cruise, a wildlife-watching expedition, or a tour around the historic lighthouses, each trip is a unique adventure.

The most exciting boat tour in Door County is the “North Shore to Death’s Door Crossing” tour. This tour will take you up to the famed Porte de Morts (Door of the Dead) passage between the tip of the Door Peninsula and Washington Island.

Along the way, you’ll see some of the Upper Midwest’s most beautiful homes. And, if the weather permits, you’ll get an up-close view that few get of the Plum Island Lighthouse. This trip is definitely worth it.

If you think you might be interested in this tour, don’t hesitate to check availability. These types of experiences in Door County often book up months in advance.

E-Bike Tour

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An e-bike tour combines the best of worlds. When you want to exercise, you can propel yourself. And, when you want mechanical assistance, it’s right at your finger tips. And, all that without any fumes or noise.

It’s a great way to experience the outdoors and the beauty of Fish Creek.

You don’t even have to bring your own e-bike. Multiple e-bike tours are available in Door County.

Cave Point E-bike Tour

The most popular e-bike tour in Door County is the Cave Point e-bike tour. This is a gorgeous part of Door County, and you’ll get to experience lots of it under the guidance of your e-bike tour guide. Check availability now to see if you can get on this tour.

Peninsula State Park E-bike Tour

Another great e-bike tour is the Peninsula State Park e-bike tour. What’s great about Peninsula State Park is that it combines natural beauty, history, and human ingenuity all-in-one. The e-bike tour is a great way to get all these experiences within a few hours time. See if you can get on this tour before it books up.

Segway Tour

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If you prefer standing rather than sitting, a segway tour might be what you prefer over an e-bike tour. A segway tour offers a lot of the same advantages, and it’s also cool to use the technology.

The two most popular segway tours in Door County are the Peninsula State Park tour and the Fish Creek tour.

Peninsula State Park Segway Tour

The Peninsula State Park tour will take you through one of the most beautiful natural area in all of Door County. You’ll have the chance to explore natural wonders and mandmade wonders alike – things like scenic vistas and lighthouses.

Fish Creek Segway Tour

The Fish Creek tour will take you through the quaint and historic town of Fish Creek. You’ll learn about the history and culture of this unique place, and see some natural beauty here too. You’re never far from the loveliness of the natural world in Door County.

Walk the Breakwater Pier

Walking the breakwater pier in Baileys Harbor is a delightful experience. This long, sturdy walkway extends into Lake Michigan, offering panoramic views of the water and shoreline. The sound of waves crashing and the sight of birds soaring overhead create a serene atmosphere. As you stroll along, you can feel the refreshing lake breeze and watch boats sail by.

The pier also provides a perfect vantage point for witnessing stunning sunrises and sunsets. It’s a peaceful spot to unwind, take photos, or simply enjoy the natural beauty of Door County. My family and I always find it a memorable and relaxing part of our visits.

Cave Point County Park

Large rock at Cave Point County Park in Door County, Wisconsin.
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Door County is legendary for having 5 state parks, but one of the peninsula’s favorite state parks is a county park by the name of Cave Point. Here, Door County’s Niagara Escarpment comes right up to Lake Michigan. The lake’s powerful waves have carved caves and rock formations in the dolomitic rock.

Only 11 miles from Baileys Harbor, Cave Point County Park is worth the trip for the amazing experience it provides.

It is a great place for photography, kayaking, hiking, and more. This is definitely a “must-do” activity for any visit to Door County.

To learn more about this incredible park, make sure to check out our comprehensive post on Cave Point County Park.

Cave Point County Park is the best example that Door County has far more opportunity to experience natural beauty than just state parks. Check out our post detailing all Door County’s park, preserves, and access points. As of last count, there are 136 of them!

The Farm

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The Farm is a “living museum of rural history” just north of Sturgeon Bay. While it is about 17 miles south of Baileys Harbor, visitors will pass near The Farm on the way to or from Baileys Harbor. It’s worth a stop! The main attraction of The Farm is feedings its adorable baby goats, lambs, and piglets.

Picture depicting feeding a goat kid at The Farm in Door County, a great thing to do with kids.
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But, The Farm is so much more than just a petting zoo. It is a way of connecting with our agricultural past and therefore our human past and foundation of civilization.

The Farm is fun, but even beyond fun, it is good for the mind and the soul.

Check out our full post on The Farm in Door County.

Anclam Park Beach

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Right in the heart of the village of Baileys Harbor, this Lake Michigan sand beach has lots of amenities including a playground and bathrooms.

The water in Lake Michigan tends to stay rather cool, so most people will not want to swim in it until mid-July or so. Nevertheless, it’s a great place to enjoy the shore breezes, soak up the sun, and get your feet wet earlier in the season as well.

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If you want warmer waters, choose a beach on the Green Bay side of the peninsula. Our comprehensive post on Door County beaches can help you find the right beach for your party.

Address: South Lane, Baileys Harbor, WI
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Baileys Harbor Ridges County Park Beach

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Baileys Harbor Ridges County Park is named after sand ridges formed by the Lake Michigan shoreline in previous centuries. This is a renowned place for birdwatching and surveying unique flora.

The beach at Baileys Harbor Ridges County Park is sandy and comparatively shallow, making it a favorite for families with young children. But, these features also make it an ideal place for kiteboarding, and if you’re lucky, you will be able to watch kiteboarders perfecting their art in the Lake Michigan waves.

sand beach at Ridges County Park in Baileys Harbor, WI

Facilities available include parking, picnic tables, and restrooms.

Like Anclam Beach, this is a Lake Michigan beach. The water in Lake Michigan tends to stay rather cool, so most people will not want to swim in it until mid-July or so. Nevertheless, it’s a great place to enjoy the shore breezes, soak up the sun, and get your feet wet earlier in the season as well.

If you want warmer waters, choose a beach on the Green Bay side of the peninsula. Our comprehensive post on Door County beaches can help you find the right beach for your party.

Address: 2301 Ridges Rd, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
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Chives

Chives Restaurant in Baileys Harbor, Door County, Wisconsin
Chives Restaurant in Baileys Harbor, Door County, Wisconsin. Via Hello Door County.

The Door County location of a highly successful Green Bay restaurant, Chives has made a name for itself as one of the places to see and be seen, and it is the premiere restaurant in Baileys Harbor.

Chives is a favorite of Green Bay Packers players when they visit Door County. And, it’s easy to see why.

Chives puts an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients, appealingly presented. And, the restaurant itself is appealing. In a classic Baileys Harbor building, Chives masterfully created an atmosphere combining both antique, rustic charm and modern chic decor.

Over the past few years, restaurants have been choosing to offer more limited menus, choosing to focus on deep flavors in fewer items rather than on broad offerings. That trend towards a smaller menu was accelerated during Covid.

Chives is no exception. But, despite the focussed menu, most diners will certainly find something appealing and satiating.

Address: 8041 WI-57, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
Phone: +19208392000
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Cana Island Lighthouse

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Cana Island Lighthouse is a must-see in Baileys Harbor, WI. This iconic lighthouse, built in 1869, offers stunning views of Lake Michigan. As you cross the causeway to the island, you can feel the cool lake breeze and hear the waves crashing.

Climbing the 97 steps to the top rewards you with a panoramic view that’s simply breathtaking. The historic charm of the lighthouse and the keeper’s quarters gives you a glimpse into the past. My family and I love the adventure of exploring the island and taking in the natural beauty. It’s a memorable experience for all ages.

Powerboating or Sailboating

Boating in Baileys Harbor, WI, is a fantastic activity, offering a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. The clear waters of Lake Michigan provide a scenic backdrop as you navigate the gentle waves. My family enjoys spotting wildlife like eagles and fish while cruising.

The harbor’s well-equipped marina makes it easy to rent a boat or launch your own. Whether it’s fishing, sailing, or simply drifting under the sun, there’s something incredibly freeing about being on the water. The beautiful shoreline and picturesque sunsets make every trip memorable. Boating here is an experience that connects you with nature and creates lasting memories.

Paddling

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Paddling in Baileys Harbor, WI, is an incredible way to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Door County. With a kayak or paddleboard, you can explore the tranquil waters of Lake Michigan and the serene creeks and inlets around the harbor.

My family and I love gliding over the clear waters, often spotting fish beneath us and birds above. The peacefulness of paddling allows you to connect with nature, enjoying the quiet and the stunning scenery. The calm waters make it perfect for beginners and experienced paddlers alike. It’s a refreshing, active way to experience the area’s scenic charm.

Door County Brewing Co. Taproom, DCBC Eats & Music Hall

Baileys Harbor’s renaissance can probably be traced back to the Door County Brewing Company’s decision to locate its taproom here.

While beer takes center stage at the Brewing Company (and rightfully so), they have also opened a casual dining venue next door. It’s a convenient location to grab some food to eat in their lovely beer garden out back.

The menu is limited and focusses on pub favorites like BBQ and pizza. It’s limited, but sometimes all you want, all you need, is a good brew and a piece of pizza to refresh after a day exploring Door County’s natural beauty.

Address: 8099 WI-57, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
Phone: 920-412-7226
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Skyway Drive-in Theater

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Visiting the Skyway Drive-In Theater near Baileys Harbor, WI, is a delightful experience that combines nostalgia with modern charm. Imagine settling into your car as the sun sets, painting the sky with hues of orange and pink.

The theater, with its classic neon sign and cozy atmosphere, transports you back in time. Kids laugh and play, families spread out picnic blankets, and the smell of popcorn fills the air. Watching a movie under the stars, with the chirping crickets and the gentle rustle of leaves, creates an unforgettable, magical night perfect for all ages.

Address: 3475 WI-42, Fish Creek, WI 54212
Phone: (920) 854-9938
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Ridges Sanctuary

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The Ridges Sanctuary is a private nature preserve in the Baileys Harbor area.

The Ridges Sanctuary protects some of the most geologically and ecologically unique but also fragile landscapes in North America. You will witness geological features, plants, and even animals that you will not find anywhere else.

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In addition, the Baileys Harbor Range Lights are located at the Ridges Sanctuary. Check out our comprehensive post on all Door County lighthouses to learn more about this unique structure and her sister lighthouses in the area.

A $5 is charged for adults to hike the trails. They ask that no dogs be brought.

Address: 8166 WI-57, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
Phone: 920-839-2802
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Toft Point State Natural Area

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The Toft Point Natural Area is designated a state natural area by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, but it is owned by the Nature Conservancy. It is a dramatic peninsula on Lake Michigan separating Moonlight Bay to the north from Baileys Harbor bay to the south.

Toft point is one of the many examples of Door County’s amazing parks, preserves, and access points beyond the state parks. Check out our comprehensive post on all Door County’s parks, preserves, and access points to fully enjoy this place’s natural beauty.

Address: 7950 Ridges Rd, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
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Attend a Fish Boil

Attending a fish boil near Baileys Harbor, WI, is a must-do experience. Picture this: a massive cauldron over an open fire, surrounded by eager onlookers. The dramatic boil-over, where flames leap and water spills over, is a sight to behold.

Fresh whitefish, potatoes, and onions are cooked to perfection, their savory aroma filling the air. The communal atmosphere, with locals and visitors sharing stories, adds to the charm. As you dig into the delicious meal, the rustic setting and rich tradition of this Door County specialty make for a memorable and authentic taste of local culture.

Camping

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Camping near Baileys Harbor, WI, offers an immersive experience in Door County’s natural beauty. Imagine waking up to the sounds of birdsong and the gentle rustle of leaves. The area boasts pristine campgrounds nestled among towering trees and scenic shorelines.

Enjoy daytime activities like hiking, kayaking, or fishing in crystal-clear waters. Evenings bring cozy campfires, roasting marshmallows, and stargazing under the vast, unpolluted night sky. The sense of peace and connection with nature rejuvenates the soul, while the proximity to charming small towns means you’re never far from delightful local shops and eateries. Camping here is pure, tranquil bliss.

Cherry Picking

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Cherry picking near Baileys Harbor, WI, is a delightful and family-friendly activity that celebrates the region’s rich agricultural heritage. The experience of wandering through lush orchards, filling baskets with ripe, juicy cherries, creates lasting memories.

It’s a fantastic way to connect with nature, enjoy the outdoors, and savor the fresh, sweet taste of Door County’s famous cherries. Many orchards also offer additional activities like picnicking spots and farm tours, making it a perfect outing for all ages. Plus, supporting local farms contributes to the community’s sustainability and preserves the area’s unique charm and character.

Fishing

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Baileys Harbor is a premier destination for fishing enthusiasts, offering diverse opportunities for a memorable angling experience. As a popular harbor for salmon fishing in Lake Michigan, it attracts anglers eager to catch king and coho salmon.

The thrill of fishing in these vast waters is unmatched. Additionally, the nearby inland lakes provide excellent fishing for bass, bluegill, and other freshwater species, catering to all skill levels. The picturesque surroundings, combined with abundant fish populations, make Baileys Harbor a top choice for a relaxing and rewarding fishing adventure, whether you’re a seasoned angler or a beginner.

Baileys Harbor Library

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Visiting the Baileys Harbor library is a wonderful addition to any vacation. The library offers a peaceful retreat with a cozy atmosphere, perfect for unwinding with a good book or catching up on local history. Its collection includes materials about Door County, providing insights into the area’s unique culture and attractions.

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The library also hosts community events, workshops, and activities for all ages, making it a vibrant part of your travel experience. Whether you need a break from outdoor activities or seek a quiet space to relax, the Baileys Harbor library is an enriching and enjoyable stop on your itinerary.

Shop Downtown

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Shopping in Baileys Harbor boutiques is a delightful experience. Each shop offers unique, locally-made items, from handcrafted jewelry to charming home decor. Walking through these quaint stores, you’ll find treasures that capture the essence of Door County.

The friendly shopkeepers add to the welcoming atmosphere, always ready to share stories behind their goods. Whether you’re looking for a special souvenir or a gift, the boutiques have something for everyone. My family and I love exploring these stores, discovering new finds, and supporting local artisans. It’s a perfect way to spend a leisurely afternoon and take a piece of Baileys Harbor home with you.

Golfing

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Golfing near Baileys Harbor is a fantastic activity, offering scenic courses and a relaxing outdoor experience. Maxwelton Braes stands out as a premier destination, featuring a beautifully maintained course that challenges and delights golfers of all skill levels.

The course’s stunning views of Door County’s natural landscapes enhance the enjoyment of each round. Besides the exceptional golfing conditions, Maxwelton Braes offers a welcoming clubhouse and amenities that cater to golfers’ needs. Whether you’re a seasoned player or a beginner, golfing near Baileys Harbor provides a perfect blend of sport and leisure amidst breathtaking surroundings.

Catch a Free Concert

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Baileys Harbor’s free concerts in the park are a fantastic way to enjoy local music. Held in the scenic town park, these concerts feature a variety of genres, ensuring there’s something for everyone. Families, couples, and friends gather with blankets and picnic baskets to relax on the grassy lawn.

The atmosphere is lively yet laid-back, with kids dancing and adults tapping their feet to the beat. The backdrop of the lake and surrounding nature adds to the charm. My family and I love these evenings, as they provide a perfect blend of community spirit, great music, and beautiful surroundings.

More Information About Baileys Harbor

Baileys Harbor is an up-and-coming community in Door County, Wisconsin. It is located on the Lake Michigan side of Door County. This side is often called the “Quiet Side.”

When I first moved here, Baileys Harbor seemed as if it had seen better days. No longer. It is having quite a renaissance. Here is more information about Baileys Harbor:

More Roundups of Things To Do

Check out our other roundups of things to do in the area:

Tips for Activities in Baileys Harbor

When planning a trip to Baileys Harbor, WI, it’s essential to be well-prepared to make the most of your visit. Here are some helpful tips to ensure you have a fantastic and safe experience in this charming Door County town.

  • Bring something warm: Temperatures can drop unexpectedly, so pack layers even on the warmest days.
  • Know your limits: Lake Michigan can be dangerous. Only navigate its waters if you’re properly equipped and experienced.
  • Check local events: Look up local events and festivals to enhance your visit.
  • Reserve early: Popular attractions and accommodations fill up fast, especially during peak seasons.
  • Explore nature: Take advantage of the beautiful parks and hiking trails.
  • Try local cuisine: Don’t miss out on the local restaurants and food markets.
  • Pack comfortable shoes: You’ll likely do a lot of walking, so bring comfortable footwear.
  • Respect wildlife: Observe local wildlife from a distance and follow guidelines to protect them.

Unique Attractions in Baileys Harbor, WI

Baileys Harbor, WI, is home to several unique attractions that showcase the natural beauty and charm of Door County. Here are some must-visit spots that offer unforgettable experiences for visitors of all ages.

  • Cana Island Lighthouse: Explore this historic lighthouse and enjoy stunning views of Lake Michigan.
  • Ridges Sanctuary: Discover diverse ecosystems and rare plants on scenic trails.
  • Door County Brewing Co.: Enjoy locally crafted beers in a relaxed, rustic setting.
  • Baileys Harbor Range Lights: Visit these iconic navigational aids and learn about their history.
  • Kangaroo Lake: A serene spot for kayaking, fishing, and wildlife viewing.
  • Harbor Fish Market & Grille: Dine at this waterfront restaurant known for its fresh seafood and scenic views.
  • Maxwelton Braes Lodge: Experience vintage charm and modern comforts at this historic lodge.

Baileys Harbor Things To Do With Kids

Baileys Harbor, WI, offers plenty of family-friendly activities that kids will love. Here are some of the best things to do with kids, ensuring fun and memorable experiences for the whole family in this charming Door County town.

  • Explore Cana Island Lighthouse: Climb the tower and enjoy panoramic views.
  • Play at Anclam Park: Enjoy the playground and beach area.
  • Visit The Ridges Sanctuary: Discover nature trails and interactive exhibits.
  • Attend a Free Concert in the Park: Enjoy live music in a family-friendly atmosphere.
  • Kayak on Kangaroo Lake: Paddle in calm, kid-friendly waters.
  • Fish at Baileys Harbor Marina: Try catching some local fish.
  • Shop at Local Boutiques: Find unique souvenirs and treats.
  • Dine at Harbor Fish Market & Grille: Enjoy kid-friendly menu options.
  • Participate in Seasonal Festivals: Enjoy parades, games, and activities designed for families.

Free Things To Do in Baileys Harbor, WI

Baileys Harbor, WI, offers many enjoyable activities that won’t cost you a dime. Here are some of the best free things to do, perfect for budget-conscious travelers looking to experience the beauty and charm of this Door County town.

  • Visit Anclam Park: Relax on the beach and let kids enjoy the playground.
  • Attend Free Concerts in the Park: Enjoy live music in a scenic outdoor setting.
  • Take a Scenic Drive Along Highway 57: Enjoy picturesque views of the coastline.
  • Visit Toft Point State Natural Area: Discover unique flora and fauna on peaceful trails.
  • Relax at Lakeside Park: Enjoy a picnic and the tranquil lake views.
  • Window Shop at Local Boutiques: Browse unique items and get a feel for local culture.
About the author
Mark Stoneman
Hi! My name is Mark! I have been a resident of Door County for almost ten years now, and I'm glad to help you say "Hello" to Door County. I believe that travel helps to change lives, and because of that, I want to help you improve your life through travel.