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Friday
08
JUN

Door County Lighthouse Festival

08:00
20:00
Cana Island Lighthouse
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The 25th Annual Door County Lighthouse Festival includes boat excursions and guided land-based tours spotlighting 11 historic Door County, Wisconsin lighthouses. This much-anticipated festival gives visitors access to lighthouses that aren’t typically open to the public, including Chambers Island, Plum Island and Sherwood Point lighthouses.

LAND-BASED TOURS

A) DC Trolley Lighthouse Tour
Choice of departure from either Door County Trolley Depot, Egg Harbor -or- Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay
$82 per person; $77 per child (12 & under) – Tour includes lunch at a local restaurant. Admission to one Door County Maritime Museum site is included. This tour is offered in conjunction with Door County Trolley. Capacity: 29 per tour.

The 6-hour tour spotlights five mainland-accessible lighthouses: Eagle Bluff, Cana Island, Baileys Harbor Range Lights, Sherwood Point and Sturgeon Bay Canal Station lights. Access to Sherwood Point is granted to the Door County Maritime Museum by the US Coast Guard for this weekend.

B) Ghost Tour
Departs Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay
$36 per person – Admission to one Door County Maritime Museum site is included. This tour is offered in conjunction with the Door County Trolley. Capacity: 29 per tour.

This 90-minute trolley tour features stories of the area’s spirited maritime past and includes stops at the Sherwood Point Lighthouse and Sturgeon Bay Canal Station lights. Access to Sherwood Point is granted to the Door County Maritime Museum by the US Coast Guard for this weekend.

C) Naturalist-Narrated Tour
Departs Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay
$87 per person – Tour includes box lunch (choices). Admission to one Door County Maritime Museum site is included. This tour is offered in conjunction with Door County Nature & Travel Tours. Capacity: 22 per tour.

This small group tour is 6 ½ hours long and includes stops at Sherwood Point, Sturgeon Bay Canal Station, Cana Island, Eagle Bluff and Baileys Harbor Range Lights with drive-by of a 6th light. Access to Sherwood Point is granted to the Door County Maritime Museum by the US Coast Guard for this weekend.



BOAT EXCURSIONS

D) Lakeshore Lighthouse Cruise
Departs the downtown Baileys Harbor Municipal Dock (across from Town Hall)
$50 per person – Admission to one Door County Maritime Museum site is included. This tour is offered in conjunction with Shoreline Scenic Cruises. Capacity: 22 per tour.

This 2-hour tour includes seeing the Cana Island Lighthouse, the historic “Bird Cage” (old Baileys Harbor Lighthouse) and the Baileys Harbor Range Lights. The tour will also cruise by the location of several shipwrecks from the 1800s and you may be able to see one from the boat.

E) Chambers Island Tour
Departs the dock at 9448 Spruce Street, Fish Creek
$68 per person – Admission to one Door County Maritime Museum site is included. This tour is offered in conjunction with Fish Creek Scenic Boat Tours. Capacity: 56 per tour.

Access to the lighthouse will require a 3-mile round trip docent-led hike across the island to the historic lighthouse. Lighthouse caretakers will meet the tours as they arrive at the house. There you will be able to soak up the amazing view and climb to the lantern room platform. Good hiking shoes recommended and participants should be in good enough shape to handle the hike. Time on the island will be approximately 2 ½ hours; the total tour will take 4 hours. Vending is not available so please bring a box lunch.

F) Death’s Door Tour
Departs the Shoreline Charter dock in Gills Rock
$58 per person – Admission to one Door County Maritime Museum site is included. This tour is offered in conjunction with Shoreline Scenic Cruises. Capacity: 14 per tour.

Take this intimate narrated tour (total time 90 minutes) aboard the 14-passenger Shoreline Charter into Death’s Door, some of the most history-rich straits on the Great Lakes. Highlights include water views of the Range Lights and the abandoned Coast Guard Station on Plum Island and eerie Pilot Island with its bare trees and deteriorating lighthouse.

G) Plum Island Tour
Departs the Shoreline Charter dock in Gills Rock
$80 per person – Admission to one Door County Maritime Museum site is included. This tour is offered in conjunction with Shoreline Scenic Cruises. Capacity: 14 per tour.

This 5-hour tour is a rare offering, permitting visitors onto Plum Island and into the island buildings for a guided tour by members of the Friends of Plum & Pilot Islands. Vending is not available so please bring a box lunch. This walking tour covers more than 2 miles round trip and requires good walking shoes. Shorts are not recommended.

H) Rock Island/Death’s Door Tour
Departs the Shoreline Charter dock in Gills Rock
$83 per person – Admission to one Door County Maritime Museum site is included. This tour is offered in conjunction with Shoreline Scenic Cruises. Capacity: 14 per tour.

This one-time tour will last between 5-6 hours depending on conditions. This cruise leaves from Gills Rock and proceeds to Rock Island where passengers disembark and may hike the 1.25-mile trail to the lighthouse. The entire hike is 2.5 miles. Please bring a box lunch to enjoy while on the island or on the boat. Return trip will provide close-up views of the Plum Island Range Lights and the Pilot Island Lighthouse.

I) Sail Door County Schooner Cruise
Departs from the Sister Bay Marina
$65 per person – Admission to one Door County Maritime Museum site is included. This tour is offered in conjunction with Sail Door County. Capacity: 23 per tour

Set sail into yesteryear on a 19th century tall ship to Peninsula State Park’s Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. Join the crew in hoisting a halyard or sit back and listen to wind and waves aboard the 65-foot schooner, the Edith M. Becker. Local lore and history of the surrounding waters and water views of the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse will complete this 2.5-hour sailing adventure as you view rocky shores, islands, caves and majestic bluffs. Beverages available for purchase onboard ship. Hear the cannon thunder as they strike sail and salute the end of a perfect cruise.

J) Sturgeon Bay Fireboat Cruise
Departs Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay
Snacks and refreshments are available and rest rooms are provided on the boat. This tour is offered by Legend Cruises. Capacity: 127 per tour

These 90-minute narrated tours on Sturgeon Bay depart from the dock adjacent to the Door County Maritime Museum and cruise to either the Sherwood Point Lighthouse or the Sturgeon Bay Canal Station lights. Cruises are aboard the retired City of Chicago fireboat, Fred A. Busse. For ticket pricing visit the Fireboat Cruise website at www.ridethefireboat.com (no advance sale for this cruise).

K) Sturgeon Bay Fireboat – Sunset Dessert Cruise
Departs Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay
$35 per person; $25 for children 12 & under – Admission to one Door County Maritime Museum site is included. This tour is offered in conjunction with Legend Cruises. Capacity: 75 per tour.

Enjoy a picturesque cruise of Sturgeon Bay culminating with a water view of the illuminated Sherwood Point Lighthouse aboard the historic City of Chicago fireboat, Fred A. Busse, for a great photo opportunity. This narrated 90-minute tour also includes a close-up view of Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, one of the largest shipyards on the Great Lakes. Tours include complimentary desserts with other refreshments and snacks available for purchase.

L) Rock Island—Sister Bay Scenic Boat Tours
Departs from the Sister Bay Marina
$75 per person – Admission to one Door County Maritime Museum site is included. This tour is offered in conjunction with Sister Bay Scenic Boat Tours. Capacity: 50 per tour.

New in 2018, this trip to Rock Island leaves the Sister Bay Marina and cruises to Rock Island. Please bring a box lunch as the trip may take from 5 to 6 hours, depending on conditions. Once at Rock Island, there is a fairly steep 1.25 mile hike to the Pottawatomie Lighthouse, total hike is 2.5 miles.