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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 State Park Sunset Bike Trail

1. Take to the Trails

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. 

Northern Sky Theater

2. Catch a show at Northern Sky Theater

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.

  • We Like it Where? - Based on the true “mouse that roared” story of Winneconne’s 1967 hilarious publicity stunt to secede from Wisconsin. “We Like It Where?” celebrates ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
  • Dairy Heirs - A modern-day family farming moo-sical! “Dairy Heirs” is home grown, hearty, plenty sweet, with a side of tongue in cheek.
  • Windjammers - A coming of age tale of courage and adventure amid high waves, fresh air, legend, and song. The story is inspired by the yarns and shanty tunes of 19th century Great Lakes sailors.
  • Fall Show Dad’s Season Tickets - World Premier performed at Northern Sky’s Creative Center outside the park (9058 County Road A, Fish Creek) this nostalgic musical celebrates family, folly, and the Green Bay Packers. August 30 – October 26.

Peninsula State Park golf course

3. Hit the links

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.

Peninsula State Park monarch tagging

4. Explore the White Cedar Nature Center

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. 

  • Wisconsin Explorer activity booklets and patches are free.
  • 3-D Map It’s big, it’s beautiful and it lights up! First displayed at the 1952 state fair, this favorite exhibit was recently rewired with visitor donations.
  • Knowledgeable Staff What’s the best hiking trail? Where can I buy ice? How different are ravens and crows? You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers.
  • Butterfly Meadow - Let the kids run in circles along the meadow’s mowed path while you unplug in the shade of a massive cedar tree reaching its century mark. Clear sightlines make for safe play.
  • Free Loan Smokey Bear activity backpacks, fishing poles, compass-es and field guides.
  • Plogging - Swedes started the worldwide fitness craze: picking up litter while jogging. They call it “plocka upp” (pick up). At Peninsula, kids receive free eco charms for bringing 50 pieces of trash to the Nature Center. Plogging stickers are awarded to older participants, while supplies last.
  • White Cedar Nature Trail - Follow part of the Lake Nipissing shoreline, which began forming 7,500 years ago after glacial ice left the region. Look for ruins of a toboggan run and see signs about deer and forest ecology. ½-mile loop.
  • Geocaches - The Compass Rose Geocache, designed for families, is hidden near the Nature Center. See geocaching. com for coordinates of all park geocaches.

Eagle Bluff Lighthouse

5. Visit Eagle Bluff Lighthouse

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. 

Nicolet Beach at Peninsula State Park

6. Hang out at Nicolet Beach

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: 

  • a sand beach
  • picnic area and playground
  • snack bar located directly on the beach serves sandwiches, pizza, burgers, soft serve ice cream, nachos, cold drinks, sundaes, French fries, and a host of other snacks
  • fully stocked camp store offers groceries, camping supplies, hardware, drugstore items, beach toys, clothing, ice cream, snacks, cold drinks, ice, and fresh morning coffee
  • kayak and watersport rentals
  • bike rentals
  • sand volleyball court

 

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. 

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