May 06, 2019
High bluffs and sandy beaches, an 1860s lighthouse, a challenging 18-hole golf course, and professional summer theater performances make this 3,776-acre park extremely popular. Hiking or bicycling is the preferred method for exploring trails that wind through the quiet interior of the park where you will enjoy the scenery. The park also offers Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and The White Cedar Nature Center. Peninsula Park White Cedar Forest is one of the Natural Areas within Peninsula State Park which features a continuum of five distinct community types that change with elevation away from Green Bay.
Peninsula State Park is the second state park founded in Wisconsin, and is the most popular camping destination in the state. It boasts 468 campsites with tons of activites for the whole family! Here are just a few of our favorites.
Peninsula has a total of 20 miles of hiking and biking trails with various length and difficulties to choose from. Unable to bring your bike along? There are great rental options in the area, such as Edge of the Park and Nor Door Sport & Cyclery.
The Sunset Bike Route (10 miles) winds through northern forest framed by dramatic Sven's Bluff. Off-road bike trails (12 miles) are rough and rolling. A state trail pass (available at park headquarters) is required for bicyclists age 16 and older using off-road bike trails.
If birding is your thing, Weborg Point is a major migration stopover for warblers in mid-May. Peninsula's 8-mile shore often yields views of bufflehead ducks, mergansers and bald eagles. Ask for a bird checklist at park headquarters or the nature center.
Show off your selfie skills! Find a selfie stand located at Eagle Panorama and stop for a fun photo. Share yours with Travel Wisconsin on Instagram using #ScenicWisconsin.
Feed your funny bone by experiencing live theater staged amid soaring red pines. In 2019, Northern Sky presents a world premiere and reprises two hit shows. Shows run 90 minutes and are appropriate for all ages, with no intermissions. The box office opens one hour before show time. Get more details and tickets at NorthernSkyTheater.com.
Peninsula’s golf course has offered exciting play for over 90 years. Enjoy stunning views of Ephraim village, tucked along Door County’s picturesque shore, and experience a signature 69-yard, over the cliff, par three hole.
Limited Time? Try the award-winning, par-3 Short Course. “Holes range from 65 to 115 yards,” said PGA Manager Jason Daubner, “and have simple bunkers with generous collars.” Duffers and Lumberjacks welcome! Or, buy a bucket of balls at the Driving Range to work on all different shots of your game.
Family Time Golf (twilight fees apply) is another option starting daily at 4:30pm, Memorial Day through mid-September. Mystery bonus incentives are part of the package!
Improve Your Game - Call the course to book individual or group lessons with pros Sylvia Ferdon and Matt Stottern. PGA offers a First Tee program for youth, too. Ten weeks of summer lessons teach skills and reinforce values like integrity and perseverance.
Soak in the scenery!! Visit the Clubhouse, Peninsula’s 19th hole, for old-fashioned malts, homemade soups and juicy burgers. Wine and beer are available, too.
The best thing about memories is making them. Peninsula’s cozy center, once a winter warming house, is the heart of family adventures today. It’s centrally located on Bluff Road, near the Woodyard.
Eagle Bluff light’s steady glow has guided sailors through Door County’s unpredictable waters for over 150 years. Step inside the Cream City brick lighthouse today and discover extraordinary maritime tragedies and everyday happiness – a unique Wisconsin legacy. Tours, presented by expert guides, foster understanding of this land and its people by highlighting the dedicated keepers and families who kept travelers safe. Fees support ongoing restoration and maintenance of the buildings and grounds, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Hours: Open May 17 through October 18. Daily tours on the hour and half hour from 10am through 3:30pm. Closed July 4.
Admission: $8.50 per adult, $5.50 per student (13 – 17), $3.50 per youth (6-12). Admission waived for children age five and younger. State park vehicle sticker required on all motor vehicles at the lighthouse parking lot.
Special Discounts: Lighthouse admission/tours free for active military and Door County Historical Society members.
Senior Fridays: Tours $5 per person for those age 55 and older.
Family Saturdays: Tours $20 per family, defined as two adults and up to four children age 17 and younger.
Sunday Walk Through & Tower Climb: $5 per person.
Children’s Lighthouse Festival: Saturday, June 8, 12-3pm and Sunset Tours 6-8:30pm.
Twilight Tours: Saturday, September 28 & Saturday October 12, 6pm - 8pm.
Lighthouse Phone May – October. Check on daily tour availability by calling 920-421-3637.
At Nicolet Beach in beautiful Peninsula State Park, we rent a variety of bicycles and watercraft so you can enjoy the water and the bike trails, even without your own equipment! This park hub has many features, including:
Enjoy all of this and more at Wisconsin's most popular state park. The best thing? It's in the heart of Door County, so you get to take advantage of the rest of the community as well!
Start planning your visit today.