The Door County Lighthouse Festival will take place Friday-Sunday, 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 spotlights perhaps the heaviest concentration of lighthouses in the country.
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. 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. Each include a lunch as part of the extensive tour. The always popular Ghost/Mystery trolley tour leaves from the Door County Maritime Museum 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 two range lights in the sanctuary are spotlighted as you also learn about the history and culture of Wisconsin’s first land trust property as you hike the sanctuary’s new Hidden Brook boardwalk.
The Friday tours to Rock Island as well as the weekend tours to Plum Island are, as expected, sold out due to limited seating capacity. But the excursion to Chambers Island can handle larger capacities and 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.
The schooner trip aboard the “tall ship” Edith Becker from Sister Bay is also among the offerings this year with trips under sail past the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. This tour is selling well with limited tickets available.
The Sturgeon Bay Fireboat will be offering its regular daily tours from the Door County Maritime Museum 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 range lights in the Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor, with its newly restored lower light, will also welcome visitors Friday between 10 am-2 pm for a free-will offering.
For more detailed information on tours and pricings or to request a brochure visit www.dcmm.org. Tickets can be ordered on the website or by calling (920)743-5958.
Jon Gast, Event Coordinator