Sturgeon Bay is a waterside town in Door County that offers a nearly endless list of options for memory-making fun! Whether you’re in search of outdoor adventure or cultural enrichment, you’re sure to find it in this popular destination. If you’ll be visiting Sturgeon Bay for things to do, here are some of the top activities and attractions that you won’t want to miss!
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Your Guide to Exploring Sturgeon Bay
1. Embark on a Tour
Several outfitters and adventure centers in Sturgeon Bay offer one-of-a-kind opportunities to get to know the area. You may choose a kayak or paddleboard tour with Bay Shore Outfitters or satisfy your adrenaline cravings with a ride down DC Adventure Center’s Zip Lines. For a tour that requires little to no physical activity, you may enjoy one of the Sturgeon Bay tours from Segway the Door.
2. Visit a State Park
Sturgeon Bay is comprised of three state parks just begging to be explored. Potawatomi State Park has 1,200 acres of rolling terrain and lovely limestone cliffs. The Whitefish Dunes State Park protects the fragile dune environment along Lake Michigan. Plenty of recreational activities can also be found at Sturgeon Bay Parks and Recreation, which consists of 19 parks, nine ball fields, a skating rink, and more.
A full list of Door County’s best state parks can be found on our website!
Sturgeon Bay offers some of the best fishing opportunities in the entire peninsula! Visit Howie’s Tackle and Archery or Bousley’s Sport Fishing Charter for memorable fishing excursions or supplies. Sturgeon Bay is also the host for many fishing tournaments throughout the year, including the very popular Open Bass Tournament in May.
4. Discover the Lighthouses
Door County is home to six beautiful lighthouses, three of which are in Sturgeon Bay. The Ship Canal North Pierhead Light is a massive red structure and part of the U.S. Coast Guard station. Visitors are welcome to visit the lower level break wall of this historic structure. Both the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Lighthouse and Sherwood Point Lighthouse were built in the 17th century and can be toured during the annual Lighthouse Festival in June.
5. Dine in Sturgeon Bay, WI Restaurants
Indulge your palate with the plethora of dining options available in Sturgeon Bay. You’ll be introduced to a wide variety of cuisines including comfort food, seafood, Mexican, Italian, and so much more! Sturgeon Bay is also a prime area for cozy coffee shops, so a fresh cup of joe is never far away! Many visitors rave about the delectable food from Donny’s Glidden Lodge and Bluefront Cafe.
6. Sturgeon Bay Shopping
Sturgeon Bay provides many options for some much-needed retail therapy. Third Avenue District is a historic avenue filled to the brim with specialty shops, art museums, and galleries. The Greater West Side has been called Sturgeon Bay’s “best-kept secret” and is home to many unique boutiques. Crafty folks will love the shops along Jefferson Street selling everything from scrapbook supplies, stamps, books, and hardware!
7. History and Museums
Door County is full of rich history, and Sturgeon Bay is no exception! The Door County Historical Museum is known as the best small museum in the midwest and displays unique pieces of Door County’s past. The Maritime Museum tells stories of the bay’s ship captains, seamen, and lighthouses from the glory days of sea travel. It’s a fun and educational experience anyone can enjoy!
Experience the Best of Sturgeon Bay and Door County During Your Stay With Us
After your exciting excursion enjoying the Sturgeon Bay things to do, head back to The Ashbrooke for some rest and relaxation. Our Egg Harbor accommodations are a favorite for couples looking for a peaceful getaway. Choose from one of five room types and take advantage of all of our top-notch amenities to enhance your stay! We also provide our guests with exclusive vacation specials and packages you won’t find anywhere else. It’s everything you need and more to make lifelong memories that you will always treasure.
Book your stay at The Ashbrooke today! We look forward to welcoming you to Door County soon.
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