Seaside Delights in Door County, Wisconsin
Shipwrecks in Sturgeon Bay
The gateway to Door County is the shipbuilding village of Sturgeon Bay, which overlooks the channel linking Green Bay to Lake Michigan. At the waterfront Door County Maritime Museum, kids can man the controls in an authentic ship's pilot house, see real boats being built, and get a creepy thrill from the new exhibit, "Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes," with a special area devoted to the region's most famous disaster, the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
Three miles north of the Sturgeon Bay Bridge, you'll find the quirky Collector's Showcase Museum, located inside the Chal-A Motel. More than 500 animated department-store window displays are scattered among antique classic cars, dolls, and toys at this offbeat attic of Americana. Barbie buffs will be in heaven here, with more than 1,500 versions of the glamour girl, from oldest to newest.