Tucked along the western edge of Door County and situated on the bay of Green Bay, Fish Creek, Wisconsin is a haven of relaxation and recreation. Its rich history, love of the arts, and strategic Lake Michigan location are unique to the Door County peninsula.
An enviable setting
Head further down Highway 42, and you will find yourself in the heart of the village, amongst boutique shops and outstanding eateries which are just a short walk from Fish Creek’s stunning sunsets—a genuine bucket-list item in Door County.
Let’s explore 25 things to do in Fish Creek, Wisconsin.
Peninsula State Park
Peninsula State Park offers over 20 miles of invigorating hiking trails. The park’s waterfront is perfect for fishing, swimming, boating, and kayaking. Biking and birding are also popular past times. The park is an all-season playground that includes:
Camping: Among its most notable attractions, the park boasts five campgrounds with 450+ family sites. Unsurprisingly, Peninsula State Park is Wisconsin's most popular place for camping.
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse: Dating back to 1868, the historic Eagle Bluff Lighthouse served as a guiding light for those navigating the often treacherous waters along Door County's shoreline. In service for nearly 60 years, the lighthouse is now one of the region's most popular museums, with guided tours offering a glimpse into the lives of the early lighthouse keepers.
Eagle Tower: For a unique and elevated perspective of Fish Creek, ascend the 60-foot-high Eagle Tower and take in the views of the surrounding forest and the bay below. Completed in 2021, the third iteration of Eagle Tower is accessible via a 100-step climb at the base of the tower or a more accessible 850-foot-long canopy walk that winds through the forest before finishing at the tower overlook.
Northern Sky Theater: Experience magical nights of storytelling under a starlit sky at the Northern Sky Theater, an outdoor performance venue nestled amongst the trees on park grounds. Family-friendly theatrical productions run from June to August. Fall and winter shows are performed at Northern Sky's indoor Gould Theater.
Peninsula State Park Golf Course: For a century, Peninsula State Park Golf Course has entertained golfers with its immaculate grounds and stunning views. Facilities include the 18-hole main golf course, an award-winning 6-hole course, a clubhouse with a restaurant, and a fully stocked pro shop.
Winter activities: As previously noted, Peninsula State Park is a four-season destination, and although snow often blankets the grounds in the heart of winter, cold-weather recreation abounds as the park welcomes those partaking in hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
A history celebrating the arts
Fish Creek is a popular spot for artists to ply their craft and includes several of the county's most well-known and frequented art galleries. Favorites include Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Plum Bottom Gallery, and one-of-a-kind pieces at Burnt Bluff Stone and Glass.
The Peninsula School of Art is a steady source of shows, classes, and events. The Guenzel Gallery is home to a revolving cast of fine arts exhibits and displays. The annual juried Plein Air Festival in July is one of the Midwest’s premier outdoor painting competitions.
Fish Creek includes several treasured performance venues. The Door Community Auditorium is the heart of the county's performing arts community and serves as the host venue for the annual Peninsula Music Festival.
The Peninsula Players Theatre is recognized as America's oldest professional resident summer theater, with a history spanning 88 years. The outdoor theater is renowned for its Broadway-quality productions in a picturesque setting along the shoreline.
Northern Sky Theater’s Gould Theater is an indoor venue in Fish Creek where patrons enjoy custom-created content as well as time-honored classics throughout the year.
Shop and dine
Experience an upscale supper club atmosphere at Barringer’s Restaurant or grab a burger and a cocktail at local-favorite, Bayside Tavern.
Fish Creek is also home to Founder’s Square, which is a unique collection of shops and eateries on Main Street and anchored by Door County Confectionery. Right next door is Hide Side Corner Shop which specializes in high-quality leather goods. A little further north on Highway 42 is Sister Golden, where you can find globally-curated home décor.
From May through October, visit Rummele’s Jewelers, a prestigious name for fine jewelry and watches in Door County.