Door County, Wisconsin, is a small peninsula surrounded by Lake Michigan on three of its four sides. People come to Door County to enjoy nature, try out water sports and relax in the casual atmosphere of the quaint downtown area. You can stay at rental cottages, houses and cabins in Door County. The rental cottages feature amenities such as private decks with lake views, full-size kitchens, outdoor grills and cozy fireplaces to keep warm in the winter.
Door County hosts a variety of events throughout the year. One of the most popular events in the county is the DC Renaissance Fantasy Fair, which takes place each year in June. This festival includes people in costume doing mock fights as well as demonstrations about what ladies, gentlemen and children might have done on a typical day during medieval times. You could drive to the capital of the state and enjoy the annual Monroe Balloon & Blues Festival while staying at rental houses in Madison. This family-friendly festival features hot air balloons, blues music, hot fresh food and children's activities. You may also enjoy some of the other annual events in Door County, such as:
Door County, Wisconsin, offers many outdoor activities for you and your travel companions to try. Door County Fairgrounds hosts a 4H fair, tractor pulls, concerts and other events. There are eight wineries in the county, as well as one distillery that offers guided tours of the grounds. During the summertime, there are regular outdoor farmer's markets and roadside stands where you can purchase locally grown produce and cheeses. During the winter months of the year, ice fishing is a popular outdoor activity. If your family likes water parks, take a short drive to the water slides and pools while staying at rental houses in Wisconsin Dells.
There are many family friendly historic monuments for you to explore in Door County. You could visit one of the county's 10 lighthouses, many of which are on the National Register of historic places. Baileys Harbor Range Lights, Eagle's Bluff Lighthouse Pottawatomie Lighthouse and Sturgeon Bay Canal Lighthouse are the easiest to access. Some of the other lighthouses include Bailey's Harbor Lighthouse, Sherwood Point Lighthouse, Pilot Island Lighthouse, Plum Island Range Lights and Cana Island Lighthouse. If you really enjoy these historic lighthouses, you could also drive to Ozaukee County and see the Art Deco 1930s lighthouse, Port Washington Breakwater Light, while staying at rental apartments in Milwaukee.
Door County, Wisconsin, has cold and snowy winters. January daytime temperatures average just 24 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime lows are often below zero. In July, the usual high temperatures are about 79 degrees. The best time of the year to visit Door County is in August through October. During these months of the year, the water is warm, the air is warm and the nights are cool.
To get to Door County, Wisconsin, you can drive on Wisconsin Highways 42 and 57. If you prefer to fly to Door County, the nearest airport is Door County Cherryland Airport. This airport is located 3 miles west of the center of Door County in Sturgeon Bay. Greyhound Bus Lines also offers service nearby. The closest stop is in Green Bay, which is about 30 miles outside of Door County.