While planning a summer vacation may be completely overwhelming, planning ahead is a big part of preparing for an affordable and enjoyable getaway. A family summer vacation should be a relaxing, fun-filled time for bonding and re-energizing, but too often families find their vacations to be just as stressful, if not more so, than their daily routines. Well, take away your stress because this is where Door County comes into play. Known for its long shoreline and many parks, Door County lies in beauty on a peninsula between Green Bay and Lake Michigan, in the state of Wisconsin. As one of Wisconsin’s most popular vacation destinations, Door County is worthy of a spot on any traveler’s bucket list! With incredible state parks to explore, unique restaurants, outstanding shopping, and one-of-a-kind outdoor adventures, there is no doubt that you will want to come back to experience a Door County vacation again and again. Not to mention, with direct flights from Houston’s Intercontinental Airport to Milwaukee, you will find yourself just a few miles away from the treasures that lie within Door County!
Discover Door County
Founded in 1851, Door County is named after Death’s Door. This water passage lies off of the tip of the peninsula where the waters of Lake Michigan and Green Bay meets. The name has been traced to a battle between rival Indian tribes in the seventeenth century. It was a calm night on the waters of Lake Michigan when a group of Potawatomi Indians set out from the islands north of the Door County peninsula to attack the Winnebago Indians on the mainland. While crossing, the waters became treacherous and the group of Winnebago warriors who were sent to attack the Potawatomi villages on the islands also got caught in the dangerous waters. They were never heard from again. Within these waters, there are more than 200 shipwrecks that lie on the floor along the 300 miles of shoreline which makes it a remarkable place to scuba dive and explore.
Door County Shoreline
There is no better way to tour Door County than from the waters of Lake Michigan and Green Bay! The Door County Peninsula is surrounded by water and beautiful scenery including lighthouses, islands and even shipwrecks from the 1800’s you can see. The scenic tours provided by The Shoreline Cruises & Charters offer several ways to not only see these sights but learn more about them. Set sail with Captain Jim Robinson aboard seaworthy U.S. Navy boats and get knowledge of this beautiful Peninsula, it’s islands, lighthouses, coastline and more! Enjoy a 2-hour cruise across Deaths Door Passage to see the lighthouses on Pilot and Plum Islands. Along the mainland, you will see cliffs, caves, beautiful waterfront homes and often Eagles. Get up real close to the islands and lighthouses during the stops to get great photos. Captain Jim knows the shipwrecks in this area and can position the boat right over the wreck, which you can see from the boat.