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21 Fantastic Ways to Spend a Summer Day in Sturgeon Bay

Come to Sturgeon Bay for the fun, and if you must leave, take with you lifelong memories of a great escape from your daily grind. Explore quaint shops and boutiques, interactive museums, outdoor festivals, and breathtaking scenery from the bluffs or the water — there are countless ways to spend a day in Sturgeon Bay, Door County. Book your stay today.

Read on for a few ideas of Not-to-be-Missed Sturgeon Bay activities…

Arts & Culture

1.  Peruse unique Street Art on display from May through September leading up to the live auction at Harvest Festival (Sept. 16). Our 2017 display features 25 wooden and free form benches crafted and decorated by artists from around the state. Take a selfie with your favorite work of art, and cast your vote for the People’s Choice award using #SBBenchArt on Instagram. Or vote at the auction in Martin Park, September 16.

2.  Banners on the light poles are reproductions of 25 original paintings being raffled off this summer as part of the “Sites in the City” street art program. 

3.  Explore, experience, and learn about Sturgeon Bay and Door County at museums or galleries. Immerse yourself in the rich history of our working waterfront, flourishing cherry and apple industry, and early settlers.

4.  Learn to blow glass or try a hands-on painting class.

5.  Step back in time by strolling Sturgeon Bay’s self-guided, Historic Walking Tour. Remarkable architecture, little known tidbits about one of the Green Bay Packer’s most well-known legends, and gorgeous gardens.

6.  Attend a concert or theater performance at an intimately charming entertainment venue.

Food & Drink

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

8.  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 all tastebuds.

9.  Pick a bucket of our most famous fruit — bright red Door County Cherries – in mid-to-late-July!

10. Bring your appetite for one of Door County’s most treasured traditions — a Door County fish boil. Prepared over a roaring fire in true Scandinavian fashion. Salt, onions, red potatoes and butter make fish boils a spectacle you won’t want to miss.

Explore the Outdoors

11. Rent a standup paddleboard or kayak, and explore the scenic shoreline.

12. If you’re up for an adrenaline rush, embark on a zip line tour or charter a boat to go waterskiing and tubing! Segways make for great touring options, too.

13. Reel-in a trophy fish! Freshwater fish swimming in Green Bay and Lake Michigan include: Bass, Walleye, Musky, Northern Pike, and Salmon. Sturgeon Bay was named the top Smallmouth Bass fishing location of 2014 in the U.S.!

14. Tour a working dairy farm, feed baby animals – a great activity for non-beach days.

15. Challenge your friends and family to a game of golf at Idlewild Golf Course.

16. Spend an afternoon hiking or biking at Potawatomi State Park – Door County’s last observation tower with panoramic-above-the-tree-tops views of flora and fauna, the Sturgeon Bay Canal and Door County landscape.

17. Pack a lunch and have a picnic at Whitefish Dunes State Park and Cave Point County Park, with spectacular sea caves, white sand beaches and great hiking trails. Sturgeon Bay is home to 20 parks and nature preserves providing you with plenty to see and explore!

Relax & Indulge

18. Take a leisurely stroll through 3 distinct shopping districts where you’ll find a wide range of goods including antiques, clothing, and home décor.

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

20. Climb aboard the Door County Trolley, ride, learn, eat or sip your way around Sturgeon Bay and Door County.

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