Door County Maritime Museum members will get the first opportunity to order tickets for the 24th annual Door County Lighthouse Festival. Between March 20 and April 3, members can order tickets for the variety of land-based tours and boat excursions set for the weekend of June 9-11. Tickets, which will go on sale to the general public on April 3, can be made by going online at dcmm.org or calling 920.743.5958.
Two different day-long, land-based tours visit the five mainland lights and depart from either the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay or the Door County Trolley Depot in Egg Harbor. The Ghost/Mystery trolley tour leaves from the Door County Maritime Museum on Friday and Saturday evenings.
New this year is the Lakeshore Lighthouse Cruise out of Baileys Harbor. The tour will offer the opportunity of seeing a number of lights from the water, including Cana Island, the old Baileys Harbor “bird cage” light as well at the Baileys Harbor Range Lights. The possibility of seeing several shipwrecks also exists on the tour.
Returning boat trips include the popular excursion from Gills Rock to Plum Island. The excursion includes a walking tour of the island presented by the Friends of Plum & Pilot Islands.
The excursion to Chambers Island is another once-a-year opportunity. Participants need to be prepared for a scenic mile-plus cross-island hike to the lighthouse and back.
There is also a trip to Rock Island and the Pottawatomie Lighthouse on Friday from Gills Rock.
Another popular weekend tour leaves from Gills Rock and will circle Plum and Pilot Islands while the one-of-a-kind schooner trip aboard the “tall ship” Edith Becker leaves from Sister Bay.
The Sturgeon Bay Fireboat will offer its regular daily tours from the Door County Maritime Museum as well as special sunset dessert cruises both Friday and Saturday evenings.
For more detailed information visit dcmm.org. Tickets can be ordered online or calling 920.743.5958.