Fall Things to Do in Door County, WI

Fall Things to Do in Door County, WI

Fall Things to Do in Door County, WI

Exploring beautiful Door County, Wisconsin, is a traveler's ideal adventure. This picturesque peninsula in sits between Lake Michigan and Green Bay, Wisconsin. With 300 miles of shoreline and stunning views of one of the Great Lakes, this area is a must-see destination for folks who enjoy exploring the outdoors.

The fall colors in Door County are incredible and can put you in the mood for all things fall in an instant. You can plan the perfect fall trip and stay at Door County KOA Holiday to savor numerous outdoor activities, seasonal events, unique local offerings and everything else this time of year has to offer.

14 Things to Do in Door County, WI

Door County is the perfect location to visit if you are searching for fall time activities. Start planning your trip with the help of this guide of Door County fall events and things to do.

1. Go Hiking

If you are into exploring nature and hiking scenic trails, Door County is the spot to be in the fall. There are many trails for all ability levels in parks throughout the area, including:

  • Peninsula State Park.
  • Rock Island State Park.
  • Whitefish Dunes State Park.
  • Newport State Park.

2. Go Fishing

Door County is home to some of Wisconsin's best fishing locations. Popular Sturgeon Bay is one of the best spots for bass fishing. If you're planning a fishing trip this fall, you can expect to catch Chinook salmon, small-mouth bass, brown trout, lake trout, northern pike and walleye. The water temperatures are beginning to drop, which encourages the fish into a feeding frenzy during the fall months. 

You can fish on either side of the peninsula, in Green Bay or Lake Michigan. Green Bay will provide calm waters, and Lake Michigan will offer plenty of trout and salmon. Make sure you research fishing laws before rigging up your pole.

3. Try Geocaching

Known as the largest treasure hunt in the world, geocaching is an adventurous activity you can complete in Door County this fall. Find small treasures hidden across Door County and the surrounding islands. You can find hundreds of geocaches in:

  • Three islands: There are three islands nearby — Chambers, Washington and Rock. All of them offer geocaches that people can search for.
  • State parks: You can venture for geocaches in any of the state parks in Door County. 

4. Visit Cana Island

Visit the iconic Cana Island lighthouse and the Door County Maritime Museum. The lighthouse is over 150 years old and stands watch over Lake Michigan. You can explore the island and learn about the area's maritime history. The Door County Maritime Museum is a great location for educational and cultural resources for all of Wisconsin.

5. Try out Door County Adventure Rafting

Explore Door County from its waterways. Enjoy a high-speed boat tour along the shorelines of Green Bay and Lake Michigan and see lighthouses, caves, shipwrecks and bluffs on a fun boat trip. You'll experience some of the best sights in Door County from the water.

6. Local Halloween Events

You can find numerous things to do in Door County in October for the spooky season. The towns in Door County celebrate Halloween with various holiday-themed events. You can also enjoy special Halloween weekends at the Door County KOA Holiday during your stay at the campground. 

Check out some of the local events on your trip like Halloween in the Harbor, Thrills & Chills and Halloween parties throughout the area. 

7. Welcome the Holidays

Late into the fall season, Door County begins to welcome the holiday season with Christmas and holiday festivals. These begin around mid to late November and last throughout the holiday season. If you're visiting Door County in the late fall, check out events like Unwrapping Sturgeon Bay and Christmas by the Bay.

8. View Fall Foliage and Scenery

Get into the fall spirit by taking in the colorful fall foliage on the peninsula. The area roads wind through small towns and gorgeous scenery, making it the perfect route to cruise along to look at the fall colors. You can explore the area by car or by bicycle to explore every inch of Door County.

Drive down Highway 42, one of the most famous roads in the Midwest. As you get toward the tip of the peninsula, the road curves back and forth throughout the entire stretch, and epic fall foliage lines both sides.

9. Visit Lautenbach's Orchard Country

Explore 100 acres of fruits and taste local jams, ciders and wines at Lautenbach's Orchard Country. You can schedule a tour at the orchard and taste flights of cider or wine on your visit. 

10. Explore the Door County Wine Trail

Visit eight wineries in Door County and taste the unique local wines along the Door County Wine Trail. You can spend a day or the entire weekend venturing along the Door County Wine Trail and supporting local businesses. 

11. Go Shopping at an Orchard Store

If you're searching for local shops for great produce, food and other items, check out one of Door County's orchard stores and markets. You can try fresh apple pie, pumpkin pie, cider donuts, jams and other local treats. Visit the Wood Orchard Market and the Seaquist Orchards store on your trip to Door County.

12. Visit Local Coffee Shops

The fall weather pairs perfectly with a warm cup of tea or a fall-flavored coffee from Door County Coffee & Tea Co. This local coffee shop offers various types of coffees, teas, hot cocoa and gourmet foods that feature local ingredients. You can also pick up some store merchandise as a souvenir to remember your trip.  

13. Visit a Creamery

Enjoy a variety of items made from goat's milk including goat milk soap, gelato and cheese at the Door County Creamery. Local couple Jesse and Rachel own the creamery and the goat farm right down the road, where they obtain all of the fresh goat milk for their store. You can schedule a farm tour or visit their shop for a tasty treat. 

14. Book a Door County Trolley Tour

See Door County from a different point of view on a Door County Trolley Tour. You can enjoy a tour during the daytime or at night. From family-friendly tours to adult drinking tours, there is a trolley tour for every person. 

Stay at Door County KOA Holiday on Your Visit

Door County is a wonderful location to visit during the fall. You can fully immerse yourself in the stunning outdoor scenery this area offers by staying at Door County KOA Holiday.

Enjoy amenities like mini golf, a basketball court and a pool, and be sure to check out our themed weekends. Plan your Door County adventure and get the most out of your visit by staying at Door County KOA Holiday. Book your stay today

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