Tickets are now on sale for the Door County Spring and Fall Lighthouse Festivals, June 11-13 and October 1-3, 2021. Each festival offers: airplane, land-based, boat, and adventure tours that together reach all eleven historic lighthouses of Door County and more! This weekend-long event allows visitors access to lighthouses that are not typically open to the public, including Chambers Island, Plum Island, and Sherwood Point (Fall 2021 only) Lighthouses.
New for 2021 – Access to Algoma Pierhead Lighthouse, Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse, and Grassy Island Range Lights!
There are tours for all levels of activity and accessibility. Some tours involve hiking, while others ride in the comfort of the trolley or small airplane. Boat tours depart from a variety of locations around the peninsula, including Sister Bay, Gills Rock, Fish Creek and Baileys Harbor. The detailed 2021 Door County Lighthouse Festival Tour Schedule can be viewed online at www.dcmm.org.
2021 Door County Lighthouse Festival tours offered:
- Lighthouse Airplane Tours
- Door County Trolley Lighthouse Tour
- Lakeshore Lighthouse Cruise
- Death’s Door Tour
- Schooner Cruise
- Chambers Island Tour
- Plum Island Tour
- Rock Island Tour
- Cana Island Kayak Expedition
Beginning Thursday, March 18, Door County Maritime Museum members can order tickets for the variety of air and land-based tours and boat excursions scheduled for the weekend. Some tours do sell out during the members-only presale; to guarantee tickets for the tours you want, sign up for a Museum membership for early access to these exciting tours!
Tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday, April 1.
Tour tickets can be purchased at DoorCountyTickets.com, or by calling the Museum: 920-743-5958.
Experience the lights…
Back by popular demand: boat trips from Gills Rock to Plum Island! The excursion includes a walking tour of Plum Island. Because of its limited capacity, this tour traditionally sells out quickly!
The excursion to Chambers Island is another once-a-year opportunity. This tour is a hot ticket! Participants enjoy a scenic island hike covering four miles round trip from the dock to the lighthouse.
The one-of-a-kind schooner trip aboard the “tall ship”, Edith M. Becker, out of Sister Bay is also among the offerings this year, with trips under sail past the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and a cannon salute. Also returning for tours in 2021 is the Lakeshore Lighthouse Cruise out of Baileys Harbor. This popular tour offers the opportunity to see a number of lights from the water, including Cana Island Lighthouse, the Old Baileys Harbor “Bird Cage” light and the Baileys Harbor Range Lights. The possibility of seeing several shipwrecks also exists on the tour.
Three day-long, land-based narrated trolley tours visit four mainland lights: One trip departs from the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay on both Friday and Saturday, the Sunday tour departs from the Door County Trolley Depot in Egg Harbor.
ADDED FOR 2021 Lighthouse Festivals:
Algoma Pierhead Lighthouse: Stop by the Algoma Visitor Center (1226 Lake Street, Algoma, WI. 920-487-2041) to learn more about the “Lady in Red”. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm.
Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse & Tug Ludington: Experience the history of this 90 year old navigational beacon! Learn more about the light, the Tugboat Ludington, and the Kewaunee History Center. Friday and Sunday, 12-5pm.
Grassy Island Range Lights: These beacons got a face lift in 2020, with a new park too! (100 Bay Beach Road, Green Bay, WI) On your way to, or from, Door County, stop by and visit the lightkeepers of these 149 year old navigational aids on the Fox River. Friday-Sunday, 9am-5pm.
Cana Island and Eagle Bluff Lighthouses maintain regular seasonal hours throughout the weekend. The Sturgeon Bay Canal Station and Pierhead Lighthouse are operated by the U.S. Coast Guard, which allows visitors to walk around this active-duty station’s grounds during this weekend only, 10am-4pm. The range lights located on The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor, with its restored lower and upper lights, welcomes visitors from 11 am – 2 pm, Friday-Sunday for $5 per person. Be sure to visit the sanctuary’s beautiful welcome center.