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Top 10 Winter To-Dos in Sturgeon Bay

As boats leave their slips, campgrounds begin to close, and the leaves begin to fall, we all know what is coming.... another winter in Sturgeon Bay!

Many visitors and locals think once the snow starts to fall, there is nothing left to do but snuggle up with a warm blanket and watch the snow fall. While we love that too, Sturgeon Bay has so many fun, family-friendly, and adventurous indoor/outdoor activities to offer.

Here is a list of the top 10 things to do during the winter time in Sturgeon Bay just to get you started:

1. Snowshoeing/Cross Country Skiing/Motorized Sports

For those interested in being adventurous, outdoors, and exploring all of the beauty that Sturgeon Bay has to offer, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and ATVing trails are perfect activities for you.

Potawatomi State Park, Crossroads at Big Creek, and the Ahnapee State Trail are all gorgeous, quiet options for walking or skiing. 

Bay Shore Outfitters, Crossroads, and Nor Door Sports and Cyclery are three Sturgeon Bay locations that rent ski/snowshoe equipment and fat tire bikes to get you ready.

Take a look at May's Sport Center for state-of-the-art snowmobiles and ATVs.

2. Ice Fishing

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean the fishing has to stop. Ice fishing is another popular winter activity. You can catch the same type of fish as you would during summer.

Drill a hole on the bay with your own equipment, or take a charter out on the frozen waters of Sturgeon Bay with the Sturgeon Bay Sport Fishing Association.

3. Bottle and Brush

Want to channel your inner artist while enjoying beverages and snacks? Then this is an activity you should add to your calendar. 

Every Friday night from 6-8pm Artists Guild hosts Bottle & Brush - a fun, laid back painting lesson that allows you to take your artwork home.

Call ahead to reserve your spot, as space is limited.

4. Shopping

Of course you can always shop until you drop. Stroll along Third Avenue, Madison Avenue, and Jefferson Street for local shopping experiences

You’ll find everything from unique antiques to Sturgeon Bay souvenirs and everything in between.

5. See a Play

Watch the jaw-dropping theatrical acting skills at Third Avenue Playhouse and Rogue Theater.

During the winter months, Third Avenue Playhouse will include plays such as The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! and Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol. 

Sit back and relax while you enjoy the show. It will be an experience you will never forget.

6. Dining

Sturgeon Bay offers a wide variety of food choices for the foodie in everyone. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in the area that will please everyone’s taste buds in the family.

Check out all of the dining options here.

7. Go to a Concert

Enjoy the musical talents of local musicians at Door County Makers Space or Holiday Music Motel. Both venues offer an eclectic style of music as well as a quaint space to relax and mingle.

Sturgeon Bay restaurants and bars offer up a continual menu of some of the best music in the Midwest. Make sure to check out our community calendar for everything that’s happening in Sturgeon Bay.

8. Visit Museums and Galleries

Is history or art one of your interests? If so, head over to one of the many museums Sturgeon Bay has to offer. 

The Miller Art Museum, Popelka Trenchard Glass, Audrey M. Off Gallery, and Margaret Lockwood Gallery are all fabulous galleries and museums that showcase some of the most spectacular art in Door County. 

If you are looking for a history lesson, check out the Door County Historical Museum or Door County Maritime Museum. Both museums offer hands-on exhibits and are great experiences for persons of all ages!

We also have a self-guided walking tour map that highlights the 121 historically designated properties throughout Sturgeon Bay. Stop by our office to grab one when you’re in town!     

9. Ice Skate

Got the need for speed…. on ice? Weather permitting, there is an ice rink located on the parking lot of Memorial Field Warming House. 

This slick ice rink is open to the public and is a great spot to show off your twists and turns.

10. Attend Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center Events

Sturgeon Bay has two annual events during the winter season. 

Christmas by the Bay (November 17-19) kicks off the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony at the clock tower on Third Avenue, a Christmas parade, and breakfast with Santa at Stone Harbor Resort. Wagon rides, Door County trolley rides, and other fun activities are available throughout the weekend as well. 

February 17 marks the annual Fire & Ice event. Stroll around town to watch carvers sculpt ice and snow blocks into unbelievable works of art. The fun continues with the Fire & Ice Gala—a dinner dance, live auction, and the music of the Rhythm Kings at Stone Harbor Resort.

Reservations are required for the evening festivities.

Keep Sturgeon Bay on your radar this winter season. Whether you’re a local, here for a weekend, day, or afternoon, there is always something to do when the snow has frosted the ground. Stay, dine, shop, and experience the winter beauty in Sturgeon Bay with us. Come for the fun, stay for the memories!