March 22, 2018


Tickets for the 25th Annual Door County Lighthouse Festival go on sale to the general public Monday, April 2, following a two-week pre-sale for museum members.

Many of the boat excursions are unique to the Lighthouse Festival weekend.  Following the successful members-only pre-sale, a few of the lighthouse tours are almost sold out but ample tickets remain for a variety of land-based tours and boat excursions set for the weekend of June 8-10. Tickets can be obtained online on the museum’s website,, by calling the museum at (920)743-5958 or stopping in the museum in Sturgeon Bay at 120 N. Madison Avenue.

The ever-popular Rock Island excursion on Friday, June 8, from Gills Rock to Rock Island will likely be sold out by April 2. New this year is a second excursion to Rock Island leaving from Sister Bay on Saturday, June 9, with a larger-capacity boat, so those wanting to visit the Pottawatomie Lighthouse will have a second offering available.

Last year was the first year for the Lakeshore Lighthouse Cruise out of Baileys Harbor. This popular tour returns offering the opportunity to see a number of lights from the water, including Cana Island Lighthouse, 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. There are four tours, two each on Saturday and Sunday with limited seating available. The excursion includes a walking tour of Plum Island presented by the Friends of Plum & Pilot Islands. Because of its limited capacity, this tour traditionally sells out quickly so it is advised to call the museum or check online for ticket availability.

The excursion to Chambers Island is another once-a-year opportunity. Although a large-capacity boat permits more people to visit Chambers Island, it will continue to be a hot ticket item. Participants enjoy a scenic island hike covering three miles round trip to the lighthouse and back to the dock.  

Another popular weekend tour from Gills Rock will circle Plum and Pilot islands. Also, a one-of-a-kind schooner trip aboard the “tall ship” Edith Becker from Sister Bay is among the offerings this year with trips under sail past the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and ending with a cannon salute.

The Chicago Fireboat will be offering its regular daily tours from the Door County Maritime Museum as well as a special sunset dessert cruise on Friday evening.

Two different day-long, land-based narrated trolley tours visit the five mainland lights: One trip each day on Saturday and Sunday departs from the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, the other from the Door County Trolley Depot in Egg Harbor. The always popular Ghost trolley tour leaves from the Door County Maritime Museum on Friday evening.  Another land-based tour, the naturalist-narrated tour on a mini-bus, leaves from the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay on Friday only and also visits the five mainland lights.

Cana Island and Eagle Bluff Lighthouses maintain regular seasonal hours throughout the weekend. Additionally the Eagle Bluff lighthouse will be having evening tours the weekend of the lighthouse festival on Saturday, June 9, from 6 pm to 9 p.m.  Both the Sherwood Point Lighthouse and Sturgeon Bay Canal Light are operated by the U.S. Coast Guard and offer free admission over this weekend only. The range lights located at The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor, with its restored lower light and with restoration underway in the upper, will also welcome visitors from 11 am – 2 pm Friday through Sunday for a $5 per person fee.  Make sure to visit the sanctuary’s stunning welcome center.

For more detailed information on tours and pricing or to request a brochure, please visit Tickets can be ordered on the website or by calling (920)743-5958.


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Mary Stephenson, Event Coordinator