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10 Ways to Explore All the Best Things to Do in Door County

If you’re looking for things to do in Door County, you’ve come to the right place. Door County is a stunning vacation destination with many ways to explore the outdoors, learn about history, try the local cuisine, and so much more. Keep reading the blog for plenty of ideas about things to do on a Door County vacation.

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10 Amazing Ideas for Things to Do in Door County

What to do in Door County for a day?

Fish Creek is a charming village and a great place to explore for a day. Spend time browsing shops and galleries and then enjoying a meal at one of the many restaurants. Explore the town’s history at the Alexander Noble House, the home of one of Fish Creek’s founding fathers, and then visit historic homes on Cottage Row.

Another way to spend a day here is at Cave Point County Park. This park offers stunning views of the Lake Michigan shoreline, and the cliffs and caves are popular with kayakers and hikers.

What to do in Door County for a weekend?

Explore the charming town of Ephraim, known for its historic buildings, scenic waterfront, quaint shops, and the perfect place to experience a fish boil! Or, go to the Washington Island Ferry Dock and take a ferry to Washington Island. You can explore the island’s beaches, hiking trails, and the Stavkirke, a replica of a traditional Norwegian church. But you can also visit a lavender farm and a cheese farm. Another idea is to go on a sunset sail or kayak tour with Door County Adventure Center, where you will experience some of the most breathtaking views you’ve ever seen!

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What are the best things to do in Door County?

Many people are attracted to Door County because its state parks offer gorgeous views of Lake Michigan and have acres of forests, bluffs, and shorelines. Visitors love hiking, biking, fishing, and swimming at places like Peninsula State Park and other state parks in the area.

Many small towns are unique to each other, making them fun to explore and enjoy what each has to offer. Sampling food and beverages is another favorite activity since Door County has many places to go for local cuisine and drinks. For instance, farm-to-table restaurants, wineries, and breweries are an exciting exploration for the taste buds!

What are the top attractions?

Door County is known for many exciting things to enjoy, which brings many visitors back year after year to explore everything here. State Parks have everything from hiking and biking to swimming and kayaking, making them popular with outdoor lovers. However, this area is also known for its quaint small towns, cherry orchards, cherry blossoms, lavender farms, wineries, breweries, and so much more. A better question might be, what’s not to do in Door County? There is something fun or relaxing for everyone, and it is a true gem in Wisconsin. Keep reading the blog to learn more great things to do!

What is the most scenic drive in Door County?

Door County is home to several scenic drives, but one of the most popular and breathtaking routes is the Door County Coastal Byway (DCCB). This 66-mile route follows the Lake Michigan shoreline, offering stunning views of the water, bluffs, and forests. It also winds through many small towns and state parks, giving visitors plenty of places to stop and explore.

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What are the best indoor things to do in Door County?

There are many indoor things to do. For instance, the Door County Maritime Museum is perfect if you’re interested in the area’s history. You can visit an art gallery, winery, or brewery or go shopping at any number of beautiful shops throughout the small towns. There are also restaurants, markets, and the Peninsula Players Theater.

What are the best tours?

If you want to see multiple attractions in a short amount of time, the Door County Trolley offers a variety of narrated tours that feature the best of the area with expert knowledge and provide a fun way to explore and meet other visitors. If you stay three or more nights at the Ashbrooke Inn, you can enjoy the Door County Trolley Tour Package at a discount. Another great way to tour the area is by taking one of the many boat tours in the area. It gives you a stunning scenic view of the shoreline in a unique and exciting way. Not only that, but you’ll be able to see some of the lighthouses from the water that are otherwise off-limits to the public!

What are the best places for dining?

Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik is an iconic restaurant in Sister Bay known for its Swedish pancakes, lingonberries, and goats on the roof! But this area is filled with exceptional restaurants to try. Village Café, Barringer’s Restaurant, and the Wild Tomato are a few we love.

What are the best wineries?

The best thing about wineries is that they all have something amazing to offer. Part of the fun of wineries is making it a goal to try as many as possible. With that said, three great ones to start with in Door County are Stone’s Throw WineryLautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market, and Door Peninsula Winery.

What are the best breweries?

Great breweries to start with are Door County Brewing Co., Shipwrecked Brewery, and Island Orchard Cider.

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