So many of my best childhood memories took place in Door County and now, I get to relive them with my own children. We’ve seen and done it all. Many times, these things make the summer bucket list and have become an annual tradition.
Here’s our list of ideas for your stay of the most popular things to do in Door County with kids to ensure you leave having made your own lifelong memories to look back on.
1. The Farm // Historic Living Museum
This is first on our list for a reason and a must-stop spot if you have kids and are visiting Door County. We get an annual pass because our kids love visiting here so much! You’ll see all kinds of baby animals, from goats you can bottle feed to piglets to chicks and kittens!
This is a great option if you happen to have bad weather (and even if you don’t!) They have multiple outbuildings with different art projects to choose from like spin art (my kids favorite!), jewelry making, canvas painting, mosaics, ceramics and more! Make sure to buy a bag of corn and feed the horses on the property!
3. Kurtz Coral // Riding Stable
Whether you’re a new or experienced rider, you’ll love the riding stables at Kurtz Coral. My girls ask to visit Jesse (their favorite horse) every time we drive into Door County.
4. Al Johnson’s // Swedish Restaurant
Goats on the roof, swedish pancakes and the largest dollop of whip cream ever on hot chocolate? Your kids will be begging to come back every time you’re in DC.
5. Feeding the Chicadees // Peninsula State Park
Feed the chickadees at Peninsula State Park. All you have to do is grab some seeds at the nature center and hold out your hand and you’re guaranteed a visit from these sweet little birds.
6. PC Junction
The restaurant has a train that delivers your food and entertains the kids! Grab an ice cream cone when you’re done with dinner and head out back to the 4 person bikes, feeding pigs, giant chess set and more!
7. Whitefish Dunes State Park
This is our girls’ favorite hiking area. If you hike up the tower in Whitefish Dunes State Park called Old Baldy, you can see both Clark Lake and Lake Michigan from one spot because they are so close!
8. Washington Island Ferry
Take the ferry over to the famous Washington Island! Your kids will get a kick out of being able to bring your car on a boat! Check out the lavender fields and schoolhouse beach!
Nothing like a good ol’ fashioned drive in theatre! We try to make it here once a summer and our kids love watching a movie under the stars.
Wilson’s has been around since 1906. Your kids will love its old-fashioned soda fountain and ice cream specialties, home-brewed draft root beer, flame broiled burgers and juke boxes playing the classics.
There you have it! The 10 best things to do with kids in Door County! What’s making your vacation bucket list?