Our 10 favorite family friendly Fall things to do Door County.

Door County with Kids

One of our favorite Wisconsin Fall traditions with our family is a trip to Door County! The colors are spectacular, the drive is pretty and Door County has lots of fun fall things to do with the kids. We usually pack up for picnic lunches and purchase treats along the way. Don’t forget water bottles, a picnic blanket, bug spray, good walking shoes, and your camera!

Fall Festivals every weekend, find a list here.

Here are our top ten favorite fall things to do in Door County with kids.

1. Go apple picking

apple picking in Door County
Apple Picking in Door County is generally late September through mid-October.

Choice Orchards
4594 Co Rd HH, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
choiceorchards.com

Kids can also enjoy 10-acre Evergreen Maze, Orchard Museum, playground, and picnic area.

Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market
9197 WI-42, Fish Creek, WI 54212
www.orchardcountry.com

Kids can also enjoy playing at a playground.

2. Find a market or orchard store

Samples, Cider Donuts, Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Jams & Jellies

Wood Orchard Market
8112 WI-42, Egg Harbor, WI 54209
www.woodorchard.com

Kids can enjoy a corn maze, pedal car track, and playground.

Seaquist Orchards Farm Market
11482 Hwy 42, Sister Bay, WI 54234
www.seaquistorchards.com

Kids can enjoy a rope maze, pedal car track, sandbox, corn hole game, and playground.

Seaquist Orchards Farm Market, Egg Harbor, Door County
Seaquist Orchards Farm Market, Sister Bay, Door County
Seaquist Orchards Farm Market, Egg Harbor, Door County
Bakery at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market, Sister Bay, Door County
Seaquist Orchards Farm Market, Egg Harbor, Door County
Kids Playground at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market, Sister Bay, Door County
Seaquist Orchards Farm Market, Egg Harbor, Door County
Rope Maze at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market, Sister Bay, Door County
Seaquist Orchards Farm Market, Egg Harbor, Door County
Racetrack and playground at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market, Sister Bay, Door County

3. Grab some fresh squeaky cheese curds for a snack

A convenient location entering or leaving Door County, Renard’s Cheese has lots of snacks for your picnic or ride home.

Renard’s Cheese
2189 County Rd DK, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

Renard's Cheese, Sturgeon Bay, Door County
Make sure to grab a picture of the kiddos with Renard’s Cheese’s mouse! Kids can also enjoy the playground.
Renard's Cheese, Sturgeon Bay, Door County
Renard’s Cheese, Sturgeon Bay, Door County

4. Warm up with Fall coffee

Door County Coffee & Tea Co.
5773 Hwy 42 Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235

Enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee for your ride or bring some home. Door County Coffee & Tea offers 6 Seasonal Fall Coffee Flavors (Limited Time Only, Available August – October/November) including Pumpkin Spice, Autumn Spice, Bourbon Pecan Pie, Caramel Apple, Door County Maple, and White Chocolate Cinnamon Dolce.

Door County Coffee & Tea Co, Sturgeon Bay, Door County
Door County Coffee & Tea has fun fall coffee flavors!

5. Snuggle with animals at a Door County farm

Plum Loco
4431 Plum Bottom Rd, Egg Harbor, WI 54209
www.plumlocoanimalfarm.com

Check hours for seasonal (limited weekday) hours on websites. 

Admission:

  • Adults: $8.00
  • Children (Ages 2-17): $6.75
  • Grandparents/Seniors): $6.25

Animals include ponies, horses, miniature donkeys, goats, sheep, pot-bellied pigs, chickens, turkeys, geese, and miniature horses. Buckets of food to feed the animals include grain (for goats and sheep) and carrots (for ponies, horses, donkeys, and miniature horses) and are $2.75 each.

Play area with pretend town for imaginative play, miniature farm, picnic area, and games.

Plum Loco Farm, Egg Harbor, Door County
Plum Loco Kid’s Play Area, Egg Harbor, Door County
Plum Loco Farm, Egg Harbor, Door County
Feeding the goats at Plum Loco Farm and Petting Zoo in Egg Harbor, Door County

The Farm
4285 WI-57, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
www.thefarmindoorcounty.com

Admission:

  • Adults (Ages 13 and over): $8.50
  • Children (Ages 3-12): $5.00
  • Children 2 and under: FREE 

You will also want to purchase a bottle and corn feed bag to feed animals in the Milk House for 25 cents.

The Farm is a living museum of rural America. Families will enjoy a trail walk around the farm and lots of animals including goats, sheep, horses, mules, donkeys, kittens, rabbits, poultry, cattle, including Texas Longhorn, Scotch Highland, and Braham.

Map of The Farm, Sturgeon Bay, Door County
Map of The Farm, Sturgeon Bay, Door County
Horses at The Farm, Sturgeon Bay, Door County
Petting the horses at The Farm, Sturgeon Bay, Door County
goats at The Farm, Sturgeon Bay, Door County
Bottle feeding goats at The Farm, Sturgeon Bay, Door County

6. Lighthouse tour with a view from above

Cana Island Lighthouse Tour
8800 E Cana Island Rd, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
www.dcmm.org/cana-island-lighthouse

Cana Island, Baileys Harbor, Door County
Cana Island is accessible by a free hayride everyday (May – November) from 10 am – 5 pm.

Managed by: Door County Maritime Museum.

Admission (includes entrance to the island keeper’s quarters and light tower):
More Info >

  • Adults: $12
  • Youth (5-17): $10
  • Children 4 & under: FREE

Note: Age and height restrictions for children to safely climb the tower. They must be at least 5 yrs. old and 42 inches tall.

Closings this year (2019) have happened because of high water and unsafe crossing difficulties. Check the Cana Island Lighthouse Facebook for closing notices or call 920-743-5958 to verify they are open. 

7. Fall hike in crunchy leaves with pretty views

family friendly fall hikes in door county
Family Fall hikes in Door County

Peninsula State Park
9462 Shore Rd, Fish Creek, WI 54212
dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/peninsula

Admission: $10 Day Pass for Wisconsin Residents

On the west side of Door County, this park provides breathtaking sunset pictures.

Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and Eagle Bluff Panorama are two must stop locations within the park.

Cave Point County Park
5360 Schauer Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
www.doorcounty.com/experience/cave-point-county-park

This county park is located on the east side Door County and features underwater caves, hiking trails & limestone cliffs along scenic Lake Michigan. It also provides beautiful sunrise photos.

Admission: FREE

Cave Point County Park, Door County
Cave Point County Park, Door County
Cave Point County Park, Door County
Cave Point County Park, Door County

Family-Friendly Tips:

  • Keep the little ones nearby, these trails are near high rocky cliffs.
  • Rocks are slippery when wet. 
  • Wear good walking shoes.

8. Anytime is ice cream time

Not Licked Yet Frozen Custard
4054 Main St, Fish Creek, WI 54212
www.notlickedyet.com

Not Licked Yet is right at the entrance of Peninsula State Park and is a great stop after a hike through the State Park! Make sure to get a bag of popcorn to feed the ducks. And no worries, if your kiddos want some it’s fine too! Outside gas heaters to warm up by in the Fall.

Not Licked Yet Frozen Custard, Fish Creek, Door County
Cookie Dough Sundae at Not Licked Yet Frozen Custard, Fish Creek, Door County
Not Licked Yet Frozen Custard, Fish Creek, Door County
Homemade Pies at Not Licked Yet Frozen Custard, Fish Creek, Door County
Not Licked Yet Frozen Custard, Fish Creek, Door County
Kid’s playground and park at Not Licked Yet Frozen Custard, Fish Creek, Door County
Not Licked Yet Frozen Custard, Fish Creek, Door County
Purchase a popcorn bag for $1 to feed ducks at Not Licked Yet Frozen Custard, Fish Creek, Door County

Door County Creamery
10653 N Bay Shore Dr, Sister Bay, WI 54234
doorcountycreamery.com

Farm Lunch Tour: Up close and personal 2-hour farm tour experience. Includes transportation, cheese, and gelato tasting, farm tours and lunch. 

Goat Milk Gelato handcrafted daily: fall flavors include pumpkin pie, apple pie, and gingerbread cookie.

Door County Creamery, Sister Bay, Door County
Door County Creamery, Sister Bay, Door County

9. Take pictures (and don’t forget to grab a family picture!)

Anderson Dock
3083 Anderson Ln, Ephraim, WI

Graffiti wall and beautiful sunset views off the dock. Don’t forget the paint to leave your mark. Make sure to bring along some paint and brushes (or paint markers would work well).

Anderson Dock, Ephraim, Door County
Anderson Dock, Ephraim, Door County
Anderson Dock, Ephraim, Door County
Anderson Dock, Ephraim, Door County

Kangaroo Lake
located in the towns of Baileys Harbor and Jacksonport, Wisconsin

Follow County Road E to across a bridge to the middle of the lake for the best view.

Skyline Road, Fish Creek

Peninsula State Park
9462 Shore Rd, Fish Creek, WI 54212
dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/peninsula
(more information above)

Cave Point County Park
5360 Schauer Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
www.doorcounty.com/experience/cave-point-county-park
(more information above)

  • Fall Drives in Door County, get routes here.
  • Find some great Door County photography tips here.
Cave Point County Park, Door County
Cave Point County Park, Door County

10. Enjoy a grown-up drink

Many people think of Door County wine and vineyards but don’t overlook these fun Fall treats!

Island Orchard Cider
12040 Garrett Bay Rd, Ellison Bay, WI 54210
www.islandorchardcider.com

Hard cider created right in Door County for beginner and novice drinkers.

If you don’t get to the Cider House, you can also find Island Orchard throughout Door County. Find local spots here.

Island Orchard Cider, Ellison Bay, Door County
Island Orchard Cider, Ellison Bay, Door County
Island Orchard Cider, Ellison Bay, Door County
Island Orchard Cider, Ellison Bay, Door County

Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market
9197 WI-42, Fish Creek, WI 54212

Spiced Apple Wine – Savor the flavor of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, in this sweet apple wine. Best served warm and garnished with a cinnamon stick.


Find more Door County things to do here.

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