Destination guide

Fishing culture in Sturgeon Bay

Tucked into the middle of the thickly-forested Door Peninsula, Sturgeon Bay is a beautiful city of busy waterways and endless trees that transform into a wonderland of color every fall. Sturgeon Bay vacation rentals are close to the Sturgeon Bay, where a colorful stream of boats and shipping provides endless entertainment. Fishing and shipping are at the heart of Sturgeon Bay, and everything from the museums and restaurants celebrate the culture and history of this maritime area. Whether you love to get in on the action, or watch the bustle of the marina, Sturgeon Bay is a full of delights.

Things to do

Fire trucks and fireboats in Sturgeon Bay

The Farm is a great day trip for families, a living museum where kids can bottle-feed lambs, baby goats and piglets, and explore pioneer log buildings. The Door County Historical Museum allows children to sit in a restored 1920 fire truck and see a spectacular diorama of Wisconsin wildlife. Sturgeon Bay vacation rentals are close to cultural activities such as concerts in a restored barn and live theater at the Third Avenue Playhouse. Taking a trip aboard the historic Chicago Fireboat is a brilliant way to explore Sturgeon Bay while learning about heroic firefighters from 1937 to the present.


Horseback riding and cooking classes in Sturgeon Bay

From community fish boils to cooking classes and traditional Wisconsin supper clubs, the fresh fish of the region is celebrated with mouthwatering recipes to try. Sturgeon Bay vacation rentals provide ideal home bases from which to explore the region and discover elegant lighthouses, tour historic buildings and taste fresh produce at local farms and orchards. The gorgeous countryside beckons lovers of natural beauty with 100s of trails for horseback riding, cycling, biking and hiking, while cross-country skiing and exciting snowmobiling are an option in winter. In summer, the glistening waterways open for sailing, fishing and fun afternoons skimming the waves on jet skis.


Snowy winter and colorful fall in Sturgeon Bay

Straddling both sides of Sturgeon Bay on the Door Peninsula, the city of Sturgeon Bay is a place of cold, snowy winters and hot summers with humidity. Summer temperatures hover around 78 degrees during the day, but cool breezes blowing in off the bay make the heat easier to bear. Winter temperatures plummet to 10 degrees, and snowfall is moderate compared to other parts of Wisconsin, with about 49 inches falling throughout the season. Early fall is a beautiful time to visit Sturgeon Bay. With little rainfall, temperatures in the 60s and fall colors on display, it's worth the trip.

Natural features

Thriving waterfront in Sturgeon Bay

The city of Sturgeon Bay sits in the middle of the Door Peninsula, which juts out into vast Lake Michigan. Divided in half by Sturgeon Bay and Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, it is home to an amazing fish population from Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Fisherman have the chance to catch Small Mouth Bass, King Salmon, Chinook Salmon and both Brown Trout and Lake Trout. A short 45-minute drive from the city of Green Bay, it is just over 2 hours due north of Milwaukee. With glistening, busy waterfronts and heavily-treed landscape, Sturgeon Bay is beautiful throughout the year.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Sturgeon Bay

Fly into Green Bay, WI (GRB-Austin Straubel Intl.), the closest airport, located 43.8 mi (70.5 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Sturgeon Bay?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 135 vacation rentals near Sturgeon Bay. From 73 Houses to 50 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Sturgeon Bay for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Sturgeon Bay?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Sturgeon Bay. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Sturgeon Bay Bridge: 319 vacation rentals
  • Door County Maritime Museum: 317 vacation rentals
  • Door County Historical Museum: 323 vacation rentals
  • Third Avenue Playhouse: 324 vacation rentals
  • The Depot Performing Arts Center: 322 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Sturgeon Bay listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Sturgeon Bay?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 73 Houses in Sturgeon Bay. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Sturgeon Bay include:

  • Cabins: 50 rentals available
  • Cottages: 50 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 50 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Sturgeon Bay?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 5 vacation rentals with pool available in Sturgeon Bay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.