Although Door County is home to some of the best cherry farms and apple orchards in the Midwest (sorry, Michigan), the real fruits of Door County don’t grow on trees or fit in the palm of your hand. The fruits I’m talking about are the endless outdoor recreation opportunities made possible by the geographic phenomena that is the Door County Peninsula. Famous for its rich history, astonishing views and seemingly endless access to the crystal clear waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan, Door County is without a doubt the place to be in the summer. Whether you plan on staying with friends for the weekend or bringing the whole gang along for a few days of family fun, you might as well make a trip out of it because there is a lot do.
Bluffs, caves and dunes can be found scattered across the county, all of which have been formed by years and years of weather wearing away at the limestone landmasses on which the peninsula is perched. Exploring the breathtaking limestone bluffs that line the west side of the Peninsula and tower hundreds of feet above the bay of Green Bay wouldn’t be a bad place to start your adventure. These massive rock formations can be hiked or biked on land just as easily as they can be admired from the water in your craft of choice. While the northern half of the county sees a little bit heavier foot traffic throughout the summer, two of the most prominent features the Peninsula has to offer are located less than 30 miles north of the county line. Whitefish Dunes State Park and Cave Point County Park are two stunning areas, right next door to each other, where visitors can explore both miles of shoreline caves and sand dunes by foot or by float. If it’s not the breathtaking views you’re after, the Mink River Estuary, located in Newport State Park is an equally impressive phenomenon. The Estuary is home to over 2,000 acres of protected coastal wetland and a variety of important plants and animals, making it a great place to hike, bike or kayak.
There truly is something for every member of the family to do here in Door County, regardless of age or experience. While the charm and aesthetic of nearly a dozen small, harborside towns nestled in between bays may be what bring some people to the county, the tranquil environment, sunsets and starry skies are what turn one time trips into annual traditions.
Dan Hanson – Marketing Intern