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Plan Your Stay

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Whether you’re here for an afternoon, a weekend, a week, or you decide to never leave, our handy planning guide can give you the best tips and suggestions for how to spend your time while you’re here.

Winter - I Have a Week

On the water
  • Take in the astounding sights and sounds of massive Great Lakes freighters maneuvering through the ship canal on their way to winter layup

 

Attractions

 

In the great indoors
  • Bowling, darts and old fashioned tavern games
  • Hearty, warming food and drinks
  • Local art galleries and districts feature art, jewelry and glass
  • Holiday shopping season features unique specialty gift shops and boutiques
  • Explore Sturgeon Bay’s art offerings: galleries and districts stimulate your brain’s right side, and make for enlightening shopping and gifts
  • Take a drive to Carlsville and check out the shops, eat delicious food, taste wine and spirits. Visit the country store with a small petting zoo.
  • Take a stroll around the waterfront, watching the maritime hustle and bustle, and relaxing to the sounds of the water and waterfowl

 

Relax & Rejuvenate
  • Snuggle up by a crackling fire
  • Treat yourself at a day spa
  • Stroll by the frozen bay under a full moon
  • Bird watch by the canal, lake or bay
  • Unwind in a bubbling Jacuzzi or sauna

 

In the great outdoors
  • Snowshoe, cross-country ski or hike at area parks or nature preserves. Rentals available!
  • Sled down the sledding hill
  • Ice skate at the city rink
  • Ice fish for perch, walleye or other freshwater favorites
  • Learn to ice fish on a guided ice fishing charter
  • Snowmobile along winding trails to discover another side of Door County

 

Traveling with children & teens
  • Check out our "In the great outdoors" section
  • Bowling, darts and old fashioned tavern games
  • Learn about Door County history at the Door County Maritime Museum and Miller Art Museum
  • Explore a taste of Door County with a stop and tour at award-winning cheesemaker Renards Cheese
  • Tour and experience Sturgeon Bay and Door County on an authentic trolley tour
  • Take a drive to Carlsville and visit the country store and dairy farm
  • Bird watch by the canal, lake or bay
  • Take a stroll around the waterfront, watch the winter freighter fleet hustle and bustle
  • Outdoor activities are great for burning off energy
  • Rent a boat – pontoon boats, jet skis, fishing boats, sail boats
  • The Door County YMCA is a great place to hang out on a rainy day. Day passes available.

 

Traveling with pets
  • Check out our "In the great outdoors" section
  • Visit the U.S. Coast Guard Canal Station lighthouses and stop at lookout points for views of the canal
  • Bird watch by the canal, lake or bay
  • Take in the astounding sights and sounds of massive Great Lakes freighters maneuvering through the ship canal on their way to winter layup
  • Run off some energy (or your canine’s) at the dog park

 

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