Seaside Delights in Door County, Wisconsin
Setting Up Base Camp
Peninsula State Park,
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From Sturgeon Bay, take Highway 42 up the western shore to Peninsula State Park. This 3,700-acre preserve of high bluffs, cedar forests, and sandy beaches jutting into Green Bay makes an ideal base camp for tents and RVs. Beachside sites, biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and golfing await your clan at this resort built by Mother Nature.
- Biking. You can ride the popular five-mile Sunset Cycling Trail, which hugs the shore of Tennison Bay. Or mountain bike along eight miles of new dirt and gravel trails into the park's interior. Rent bikes just outside the park entrance.
- Golfing. Putters from all over the Midwest travel here to play the Peninsula State Park Golf Course, with its rolling fairways overlooking Eagle Harbor (be sure to reserve a tee time well in advance).
- Sightseeing. For a view as far as Michigan's northern peninsula, scale the 75-foot Eagle Observation Tower. Kids love touring the yellow brick Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, built in 1868.
- Entertainment. In the evenings, catch a show under the stars performed by the American Folklore Theatre, a professional company specializing in rollicking original musicals based on folk tales.
Before continuing north, put the kids to work picking cherries, raspberries, or apples at Lautenbach Orchard Country Market, just outside Fish Creek on Hwy 42. While they're toiling, you can tour the winery or shop for preserves, dried fruit, and fresh-baked pies.