Only about 30,000 people live in Door County Wisconsin, yet more than two million visitors a year typically journey to this spot on the peninsula between Lake Michigan and Green Bay. Some come in as part of a road trip from Chicago, while others travel from farther away to see what’s become known as the “Cape Cod of the Midwest.” Attracted to the region’s many parks, outdoor activities, beautiful shorelines, art scene, and local food culture, most tourists make their way to Door County in the late summer and early fall.
I typically wouldn’t recommend visiting a destination during peak season, but Door County is an exception. The area has an incredible array of outdoor activities, and the milder temperatures and drier days in May through October more than make up for the additional crowds. These are the best things to do on a Door County vacation for idyllic days filled with fish boils, local parks, ziplining and cycling adventures, local fruits and vegetables, and so much more.