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Have you ever spent an exciting summer vacation on the Door Peninsula? As the home to many charming, local communities, you’ll find a range of Door County experiences from outdoor adventures to relaxing days around town.

Although there are plenty of communities to choose from, there is only one with a perfect combination of art, shopping, and overall fun…and that’s Fish Creek. Get your summer off to a terrific start in Fish Creek, with these 5 can’t-miss activities!

1. Door County Experience: Fish Boil

Door County Experience: Fish Boil

This time honored tradition has been a part of Fish Creek since the beginning. Early settlers, lumberjacks, and fishermen began holding fish boils as a way of cooking meals quickly and feeding large groups.

This delicious method of meal preparation has survived the test of time and is now a staple experience in Fish Creek. Local establishments, such as the White Gull Inn and Pelletier’s Restaurant, boast the best fish boils in all of Door County.

Another fish boil tradition? Adding a slice of cherry pie for dessert.

Fish Boil Schedule:

  • White Gull Inn – Evenings (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • Pelletier’s – Nightly

2. Door County Experience: Tour a Lighthouse

Door County Experience: Eagle Bluff Lighthouse

An important aspect of Door County’s rich maritime history is the 11 historic lighthouses along the peninsula’s coastline. These beacons provided safe passage for ships for over 150 years!

See what the keepers saw and tour the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse located in Peninsula State Park. The park’s entrance is found in Fish Creek, and it contains approximately 3,000 acres of natural scenery surrounded by water, making this view a must-see.

3. Door County Experience: Outdoor Theater

Door County Experience: Outdoor Theater

Another one-of-a-kind experience comes in the form of outdoor theater performances. Local Door County venues have a magical charm that is difficult to recreate elsewhere.

Catch a show at Northern Sky Theater, an amphitheater within Peninsula State Park that specializes in family-friendly musicals and comedies. It’s rare to find a setting where you can watch stars on-stage, as well as in the night sky.

If you’re in the mood for a Broadway-quality show, grab a few tickets to Peninsula Players Theatre. They’re celebrating their 82nd year of performance, making them the oldest resident summer theater in the country. Located south of Fish Creek in an all-weather pavilion, Peninsula Players is the perfect venue to enjoy musical, dramatic, and comedic performances.

4. Door County Experience: Get Out on the Water

Door County Experience: Get On the Water

You simply can’t skip a trip on the water. Door County’s culture draws heavily from its maritime roots, and there are many ways to experience the waves.

Boat, Kayak, & Canoe Rentals

Would you like to be at the helm? Rent a pontoon or speed boat from Nan & Jerry’s or Fish Creek Boat Rentals and head out on the water. Enjoy relaxing summer days and gorgeous views along the Door County shoreline.

Head over to Nicolet Beach Rentals to grab a kayak or canoe. This is the perfect way to experience the coastal beauty of Fish Creek’s landscape, while soaking up some rays.

Embark on a Boat or Kayak Tour

Would you rather sit back, relax, and let someone else captain the boat? Take a scenic tour of the peninsula with Fish Creek Scenic Boat Tours and Classic Boat Tours. Do some sightseeing while listening to a narrated history of local lighthouses and waterfront mansions along the way.

Experience a different kind of voyage with a guided adventure from Door County Kayak Tours. Explore area shipwrecks, lighthouses, and caves to get a closer look at the Fish Creek coastline.

You can also try your hand at deep lake fishing with Fish Tales Charters, offering excursions for all ages and skill levels.

5. Door County Experience: Watch a Sunset

Door County Experience: Watch a Fish Creek Sunset

There are few moments more brilliant than watching a Fish Creek sunset slowly dip into the horizon. Famous for its beach, which faces due west and offers glimpses of islands, Sunset Beach Park in Fish Creek provides an incredible viewing experience.

The park is pet-friendly, so ask your four-legged family member to tag along as well!

Visit Fish Creek This Summer

Ready to experience all of these activities (and more) for yourself? Kickoff your summer with a fun and relaxing trip to Fish Creek, WI. Enjoy local favorites and discover something new – every time you visit!

For more recommendations on lodging, dining, or other activities, be sure to reach out to the Fish Creek Visitor Information Center. We’d be delighted to help in any way we can. See you soon!

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