Historical Trips

Stories & Traditions of Yesteryear, Experienced Today

History is all around us in Door County, from the lighthouses, shipwrecks, and still-thriving maritime industry to the architecture, cuisine, placenames, spiritual sites, and other cultural attractions. Much has changed since this land was first inhabited by Paleo-Indians and Native Americans and later Scandinavian, Belgian, and Icelandic settlers, but their stories, traditions, and cultural practices are still found and celebrated throughout Door County today.

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Travel to the Past

Fish Boils

Fish boils are an integral part of Door County, WI tradition and have been one of the area’s most alluring tourist attractions for more than 70 years.

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Historical Museums

Door County may be best known for its quaint harborside villages, outdoor adventure, and unique dining/drinking opportunities, but its historical and cultural sides have plenty to offer as well.

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Belgian Chapels

Visit one of Door County, WI's famous roadside chapels. The chapels of Northeast Wisconsin represent an old-world religious tradition that dates to the 1870s.

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Scenic Tours

Whether you're after scenic nature views, close-up looks at historic landmarks, a memorable on-the-water experience, or a day spent exploring main streets and back roads, a scenic tour is one of the best ways to explore the peninsula and Washington Island.

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Shipwrecks & Shipwreck Diving

Door County is a treasure trove of Great Lakes shipwrecks and shipwreck diving. More than 275 wrecks remain at the bottom of the lake, and dozens can be explored by boat, kayak, or wreck diving.

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Door County lighthouses, many of which were built in the 1800s, have saved countless lives as they guided ships to safety. While the lighthouses are impressive when seen by land, there’s nothing quite like getting out on the lake to see these icons from the water.

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