Long known as “the Cape Cod of the Midwest,” picturesque Door County is one of Wisconsin’s gifts to the rest of the country. Located in the eastern part of the state on the peninsula separating southern Green Bay from Lake Michigan, the county is home to scores of charming towns, a forward-thinking local beverage scene, excellent dining options and endless natural beauty.
Since Door County juts into Lake Michigan for 80 miles, there are many parts to explore. Part of the region’s charm is that something unexpected is around every bend. Travelers should take the time to drive around the peninsula, no matter where they are based, to check out the small towns along the way. Locals refer to the east portion of the peninsula, or the lake side, as the quiet side. It’s less bustling and offers peace even during the peaks of summertime tourism. Baileys Harbor, Jacksonport and Meridian Park State Natural Area are just some of the gems on the lake side. The busier but no less enchanting bay side contains the commercial center of Fish Creek and upscale village of Ephraim along with pretty towns like Egg Harbor, Ellison Bay and Sister Bay.
Wherever you choose to spend time, it’s all ripe for exploration now as it’s newly reopened and ready to welcome travelers. Here are the best things to do in Door County.