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15 Fantastic Ways to Spend the Day in Sturgeon Bay

If we had to choose one word to describe Sturgeon Bay, it would have to be, FUN! From quaint shops and boutiques to museums, outdoor festivals, and first class, freshwater fishing - there's no shortage of great ways to spend a day in Sturgeon Bay, Door County. Book your stay today, and let the countdown begin with a glimpse into what awaits you!

1. Street Art

Peruse unique Street Art on display from May through September leading up to the live auction following Harvest Festival. Our 2015 display features 22 Sturgeons meticulously crafted by artists from across the country. Take a selfie with your favorite work of art, and cast your vote for our People's Choice award using #SturgeonSelfie on Instagram. Don't have Instagram? No need to worry, you can also vote by filling out the ballot on our Sturgeon Walking Map and handing it in at the SBVC or Door County Candy.

2. Local Libations

Awaken your taste buds and savor the flavor of locally sourced libations including wine, vodka, gin, brandy, and bitters!

3. Get on the Water

Rent a standup paddleboard (SUP) and explore the scenic shoreline. It's a great option for those who would like a new challenge or for those with no experience at all. No skill level is needed to have fun from your first time out. It's a great experience for the whole family! Rentals are available and include instruction. There are even SUP yoga and fitness classes you can attend!

4. Pamper Yourself

Treat yourself to a massage at one of Door County's premier salons and spas.

5. Go Fish

Reel-in a trophy fish! Healthy populations of freshwater fish including Walleye, Musky, Northern Pike, and Salmon can be found swimming below the surface of our surrounding waters. After all, Sturgeon Bay was named the top Smallmouth Bass fishing location of 2014 in the U.S. for a reason! Find a charter boat today.

6. Museums & Galleries

Explore, experience, and learn with a visit to any one of our museums and galleries. Immerse yourself in the rich history of our working waterfront, flourishing cherry industry, and early settlers. Tour a working dairy farm, feed baby animals, or learn to blow glass - indulge in the eclectic arts and culture of Door County, you're going to love it.

7. Kick Back for a Sunset  

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a breathtaking sunset along the Sturgeon Bay waterfront! All three of our bridges as well as Potawatomi State Park, Sunset Park, and George K. Pinney County Park offer exceptional views.


8. Enjoy Nature

Get outdoors and take in the pristine beauty! Spend an afternoon hiking or biking at Potawatomi State Park where you can also climb the observation tower for a bird's eye view of the surrounding flora and fauna. Pack a lunch and have a picnic at Cave Point County Park where spectacular sea caves and panoramic views serve as a memorable backdrop. With over 20 parks and nature preserves to choose from, there's plenty to see and explore!

9. Take a Stroll 

Take a leisurely stroll through three distinct shopping districts where you'll find a wide range of goods including antiques, clothing, and home décor. When you're ready for a break, take a seat and grab a bite to eat! An array of cafés, restaurants, and ice cream shops are sure to please individuals of all ages and appetites.

10. Historic Walking Tour

Step back in time by setting foot on Sturgeon Bay's self-guided, Historic Walking Tour. From remarkable architecture to little known tid-bits about one of the Green Bay Packer's most well-known legends, our Historic Walking Tour has it all!

11. Play 18

Challenge your friends and family to a game of golf at Idlewild Golf Course. The views are wonderful, whether you’re looking down our fairways or over the surrounding treetops towards the alluring precipice rising into nearby Potawatomi State Park.


12. Take in the Culture

Attend a concert or theater performance at one of our charming, intimate entertainment venues. With everything from live, original music to award-winning musicals and powerful dramas, it can be difficult deciding what you want to see the most!

13. Go Cherry Picking

Pick a bucket of our most famous fruit - bright red Door County Cherries! Door County ranks among the top cherry producing regions in the US with over 2,500 acres blossoming each spring and 8-12 million pounds of cherries typically harvested each year.

14. Check Out a Fish Boil

Bring your appetite for one of our most treasured traditions - a Door County fish boil! Prepared over a roaring fire in true Scandinavian fashion with just salt, onions, red potatoes, and butter, fish boils are a spectacle you don't want to miss. Don't forget your camera, the “boil over” is quite a sight to behold!

15. Take a Tour

Take a guided tour with a number of land and water-based options. If you're up for an adrenaline rush, embark on a zip line tour or charter a boat to go waterskiing and tubing! Looking for something a little more relaxing? Climb aboard the Door County Trolley, hop-on a Segway, or kayak along the ship canal. When it comes to experiencing Sturgeon Bay, our guides are ready and excited to show you the ropes!