Festival Tours Showcase Peninsula’s Lighthouses

The Door County Lighthouse Festival will take place June 10-12, and tickets remain for a variety of the land-based and boat excursion offerings.

This year marks the 23rd annual event in which the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) spotlights perhaps the heaviest concentration of lighthouses in the country.

Two different daylong, land-based tours visit the five mainland lights and depart from either the DCMM in Sturgeon Bay or the Door County Trolley Depot in Egg Harbor. Three of the four tours being offered by the Door County Trolley have seats available while the Naturalist-Narrated tour on Friday and Saturday also have availabilities. The popular Ghost/Mystery trolley tour leaves from the DCMM on Friday and Saturday evenings with a rare visit to the Sherwood Point Lighthouse included.

New this year is the Baileys Harbor Range Light Tour at the Ridges Sanctuary.

The excursion to Chambers Island has tickets available for most of its tours. Participants need to be prepared for a scenic mile-plus cross-island hike to the lighthouse and back.

Sherwood Point Lighthouse.

Sherwood Point Lighthouse.

The schooner trip aboard the “tall ship” Edith Becker from Sister Bay is also among the offerings. This tour is selling well with limited tickets available.

The Sturgeon Bay Fireboat will offer its regular daily tours from the DCMM as well as special sunset dessert cruises both Friday and Saturday evenings passing Sherwood Point Lighthouse.

Cana Island and Eagle Bluff Lighthouses maintain regular seasonal hours throughout the weekend. Both the Sherwood Point Lighthouse and Sturgeon Bay Canal Light are operated by the U.S. Coast Guard and offer free admission over the weekend. However, Saturday and Sunday of the Lighthouse Festival weekend are the only days the property and lighthouse are open to the public at Sherwood Point. The Ridges Sanctuary’s range lights will also welcome visitors Friday, 10 am – 2 pm, for a freewill offering.

For more detailed information on tours and pricings visit Tickets can be ordered at or by calling 920.743.5958.


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