Tall Ship Festival

Why the Tall Ship Festival is One of the Best Summer Events

As summertime makes its way into Door County, the waters of Lake Michigan will begin filling with kayaks, paddleboards, speed boats, and beachgoers eager to soak in the warm sunshine. Summertime also means that the tall ships will once again sail into Sturgeon Bay in August! The Tall Ship Festival is a 3-day celebration of Door County’s maritime history with family-friendly festivities you won’t want to miss. Here is everything you need to know about the tall ships and what to expect during the festival!

The Tall Ship Festival is just one of the many events coming to Door County this summer. Find all of your favorites by requesting your free copy of our Vacation Guide! You’ll also find a full list of attractions, activities, dining options, and more to enjoy during your visit.

What is a Tall Ship?

Tall ships are large vessels that are traditionally rigged for sailing. Some of the most popular forms of tall ships include schooners, brigantines, brigs, and barques. Although these ships have long since retired as a mode of water transportation, they are still used by skilled sailors today. They are especially used in our modern day world for tall ship races.

What to Expect at the Tall Ship Festival

The Tall Ships Festival 2017 sails into Door County this summer! While the dates have yet to be confirmed, you can expect to see the beautiful ships sometime in August. The event will be filled with fantastic sites, a seemingly endless amount of fun for the whole family, and fascinating history to explore. Here is a list of just some of the best things to do and see during your visit to the Tall Ship Festival!

  • On-board tall ship tours
  • Day and sunset sail excursions
  • Interactive Kids Zone
  • Maritime Marketplace
  • World’s Largest Rubber Duck
  • Fireworks Displays
  • Live Entertainment
  • Delicious Food
  • Vintage Viking Ships

The ships scheduled to visit the Tall Ship Festival 2017 have yet to be revealed. However, you’ll find some great examples of boats you may see in the Tall Ship Festival 2016 Directory!

Ticket Information

With so much to experience at the Tall Ship Festival, it’s nearly impossible to enjoy it all in just one day. That’s why the party spans a total of 3 days! That way, you’ll have plenty of time to get the full experience. If you’re interested in attending this year’s festival, here is some important ticket information for you to consider.

  • Although tickets are offered at the gate, it’s highly recommended you buy yours online in advance. Be sure to check back into the Tall Ship Festival website to check for ticket sale dates.
  • You can get through the entrance lines faster on the Sunday of the festival.

Attend the Tall Ships Festival and More Summer Events During Your Stay With The Ashbrooke

Located in the heart of Door County, our adults-only hotel is the perfect place to stay for all of your favorite summer events. In addition to our convenient locations, guests will also enjoy comfortable guest rooms and suites, unique amenities like an indoor pool, and access to exclusive vacation specials. It’s everything you need and more to make memories that you will always cherish.

Interior of a room in The Ashbrooke Hotel in Door County

Ready for the getaway of a lifetime? Book your next summer vacation at The Ashbrooke today!

Don’t forget to download your free Door County Vacation Guide! It’s a great reference to all of the best things to do and see during your visit.