The end of summer in Door County is fast approaching as we return to school and the weather gets colder. However, the end of summer doesn’t mean there isn’t still time for adventure! Although our rentals will eventually subside, kayak tours, zipline tours, and programming are available all year round per request!

 

Colorful Kayak Tours!

Join us in the fall for a brisk kayak tour along the beautiful coastlines of Door County. The fall colors and calm water provide the perfect paddle.

Winter Zips!

Experience Door County’s winter wonderland from above! Join us on our adventure zipline for some winter zipping fun.

Programs!

Door County Adventure Center offers programming for corporate groups, schools, and non-profit organization all year long. Programming focuses on personal growth, leadership development, and team building and is designed specifically for each group!

Check out our end of season sale!

Door County Adventure Center’s end of season sale takes place over labor day weekend and we hope to see you there! All SUPs, kayaks, and paddles will be available for purchase at our Egg Harbor Beach location, first come first serve! We offer incredible prices and high quality equipment. For more information please call (920) 746-9539 or visit one of our locations!

– Abbey Pomeroy, Marketing Intern

Being born and raised here in Door County, I thought I had seen it all. I had been to all the state parks, climbed all the bluffs, I had even been out on a boat before. But everything changed when I kayaked Door County for the first time.

I had never previously had a reason or opportunity to hop on a kayak; I assumed it was just like boating but with more work involved. When my sister took the job of a kayak guide, she urged me to paddle along on one of her tours. I hesitated at first, but a close friend of ours desperately wanted to try, and needed a buddy to join her on the tour which used tandem boats. So I gave in, threw on my life jacket, and went for a paddle.

Physically, our kayak tour was rough. My friend and I could not keep our kayak from turning right, we were both exhausted midway though, and I got a sun burn that still haunts me to this day. But I will still remember this day as the best day of my life, because it was magical! We kayaked alongside the cliffs at Peninsula State Park and passed by Eagle Tower, which I had climbed many times before, and new the scenery by heart. But seeing the cliffs from the kayak gave me a whole new perspective. After this experience, a passion grew in me to be out on a kayak again.

A few years later when the job opportunity arose to work at Door County Adventure Center arose, I jumped at the chance. During our orientation, we kayaked all of our tour locations to get an understanding of what our company offered. I immediately fell in love with the Mink River Estuary, located in Rowleys Bay. With its pristine water, tranquil scenery, and abundant wildlife, I couldn’t help but feel like a true adventurer.

Seeing the peninsula from a kayak is like being reintroduced to it. You can experience the water like never before, put your hand into it, and let it take you on a magic carpet ride. On clear days you can even see one of the many shipwrecks that are sprinkled around the shores up close.

Even when launching from the same location multiple times, it’s always a different experience. Everything changes dependent on the season, weather, water levels, even the time of day. Every kayak adventure is a unique and unforgettable experience.

So if you think you’ve seen all that Door County has to offer, join us on one of our kayak tours and discover a whole new world! We offer a variety of kayaking services around the county from guided tours to rentals, and our staff is eager to introduce you to its waters.

-Amanda Bagnall-Newman, Marketing Intern

This blog post is devoted to why you should try Stand Up Paddle Boarding- if you haven’t already!

I have worked down at the rental stand at our Egg Harbor Beach location throughout most of the summer, and I have seen a lot of people interested in paddle boarding. Most of the customers that are interested in Paddle Boarding give themselves a hard time saying, “Nah, I’m too old” or “I will never be able to stand up on the board” this is where I come in and say “YOU CAN DO IT!” Seriously, anybody young or old can do paddle boarding! It looks way more difficult on land that it actually is on water!

With all our rentals we offer a paddle lesson before heading out on the water so that everyone feels comfortable with paddling. During this lesson we also go over safety instructions and boundaries. A lot of customers are thankful for this quick lesson because it ensures our renters that it will be a safe experience on the water. For the first time paddle boarders we go over how to stand up on the board, board safety, and the best ways to balance on the board. After everyone feels comfortable we head down to the water where the board is then placed into the water. We let everyone know that it is easiest to start off by kneeling on the board and then when you feel comfortable you can try standing. This is my favorite part- seeing all the customers who said they couldn’t do it actually paddle boarding!

I love giving people encouragement to try something new! It definitely makes my job rewarding seeing so many happy customers after conquering the water on a stand up paddle board. I hope this blog gives you the courage to try something new! And don’t forget to come visit us, Door County Adventure Center, down at the beach!

-PS. If you have never tried zip lining before be sure to check out both of our zip line locations, you don’t want to miss out on this thrilling experience! It is always fun and rewarding to try something new!

-Courtney Passon, Marketing Intern

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a kayak guide? Well wonder no more, because we have the inside scoop on a day in the life of a guide. I sat down with one of our guides, Evan Freimuth, and he told me all about how his days usually go.

“Every day is pretty similar, with little things that make each trip unique. You get to experience the outdoors, not just on the perfect days but in all of its different forms. This leads to a work experience that it really variable and enjoyable because it’s not monotonous. You get to meet a lot of cool people and you get to meet them in their own element; they don’t have a wall up, they are on vacation, having fun and you get to hear their stories because they are living in the moment. It’s fun to come to work and know exactly what you’re going to do, but not exactly how you’re going to get from A to B until it happens. In a lot of ways you let the group lead you and you just follow along giving some direction. All in all it’s a really good experience to be able to work where you’re just trying to show people a good time.”

I think it’s interesting to get the point of view of a guide because their presence & personality really enhance our guest’s experience on the water.  At Door County Adventure Center all of our guides attend an extensive American Canoe Association training in the Spring & receive their certifications in the fall after a season of paddling.  It’s one of the things that sets us apart and really helps us ensure the highest level of safety and water management on our kayak tours.

Door County Adventure Center has numerous paddling locations in Door County and Evan is a guide at all of them.

  • Whitefish Dunes State Park offers an incredible paddle on Lake Michigan with a shipwreck, bluffs and caves! It’s our most popular tour and certain to be an adventurous paddle!
  • Kayak tours that depart from the Stone Harbor Marina in Sturgeon Bay head to Bay Shipbuilding to get an up-close view of some of the amazing 1,000 ft ships docked on site.
  • Looking for a romantic way to enjoy the sunset? Join us on a stand-up paddle board tour at the Egg Harbor Village Beach!  It’s a beautiful and memorable way to enjoy one of the most amazing sunsets in the county.
  • In addition, we offer a kayak tour of the Mink River in Ellison Bay, departing from the Rowleys Bay Resort, and they are arguably the most scenic and peaceful tour in the county. A Mink River paddle allows you to see a side of Door County you couldn’t otherwise experience.

Next time you’re in the area join us for a paddle and maybe you’ll get lucky and have Evan as your guide.  No matter which site you choose to paddle at, Door County Adventure Center promises a fun & memorable experience for everyone!

-Jacob Shields, Marketing Intern