Situated between Green Bay, WI, and Lake Michigan, Peninsula State Park offers breathtaking views. With 8 miles of Green Bay coastline, there’s tons of beach to play on and water to frolic in! Explore the 3,776-acre park and check out all the awesome things to do!
Peninsula State Park was purchased for about $20 an acre in 1909 and then established as a park in 1910. At that time it was only the second state park in the entire state of Wisconsin. They quickly added roads, campgrounds, and a couple of towers for viewing the land. In 1919 they began having an annual picnic in the park with music and sports. The park continues to grow in popularity and is considered the best park in Wisconsin by many.
This park in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin, is open year round and offers an abundance of great outdoor activities. Bring the whole family for great outdoor fun that includes swimming, fishing, biking, hiking, and so much more.
Green Bay is a great place to launch your boat and enjoy a day on the water. You can go fishing, water skiing, enjoy a Lake Michigan sunset, and more. Boat rentals are available if you don’t have one of your own.
Peninsula State Park is a great place to catch brown trout, small mouth bass, rock bass, and perch! You can fish from the shore or a boat. Take your catches back to your campsite and grill up a delicious fish dinner with campfire green beans and tasty apple pies for dessert.
Let your little ones play their hearts out at the fun playground at the park. It has slides, monkey bars, and swings (including baby swings). Relax on the benches and watch your kiddos tear it up!
The beautiful beach at Peninsula State Park is a great place to spend a sunny summer day relaxing or playing in the sand. Build sandcastles with your kids, play some camp games like Spud or Jackpot, or fly a kite on a windy day for endless fun. Stay late and get amazing photos of the sun going down over Lake Michigan.
There are three different sections of bike trails at Peninsula State Park. There is a paved bike route that follows the roads, a gravel bike path, and an off-road bike path. Hop on and view the whole park as you pedal through the woods, along the shore, and around the meadows and wetlands. Sunset trail, which is the main bike route that travels the paved and gravel areas, runs 9.6 miles. The off-road trails cover 12 miles! In the winter, enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on these trails.
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
The Eagle Bluff Lighthouse overlooks Peninsula State Park and Green Bay and has been safely guiding ships since 1868. Take a tour of the lighthouse and learn all about its rich history. The museum inside has a knowledgeable guide who can answer questions about the lighthouse and the surrounding area.
If you’re a golfer, you’ll love the 18-hole golf course within the park. This course is challenging and beautiful. They have cart and club rentals and a clubhouse that serves breakfast and lunch. The course is open from late April through late October.
Northern Sky Theater
During the summer you can catch a show at the theater in Peninsula State Park. You can listen to great American folktales while talented actors put on a play. There is a concession stand so you can grab a snack and enjoy the show.
White Cedar Nature Center
The White Cedar Nature Center is all about sending you out into nature. Take a guided hike, do some crafts, and learn outdoor skills. Other activities are scheduled on a daily basis. In the winter, a cross-country ski instructor is on site to go over tips and tricks!
With 468 family sites and 3 group sites, you should have no problem finding the perfect campsite at Peninsula State Park. Sites range from standard electric to non-electric to electric sites. There are no water or sewer hookups, but there is access to drinking water where you can fill your fresh tank. They also offer modern restrooms with showers for all campers to utilize. There are five different areas of the campground and each offers something a little different.
North Nicolet Bay
North Nicolet Bay is a rustic campground that offers only 44 sites. None of these sites have electrical, but there are hot showers and toilets. You can play volleyball on the beach here or rent boats or bikes to take out for a spin!
South Nicolet Bay
South Nicolet Bay has 143 sites, with 54 of them having electrical hookups. Here you will find two bathroom areas with modern toilets and hot showers as well as a public boat launch, camp store, and bike rentals!
You’ll find 188 sites here, 97 of them having electrical hookups. There are two campsites that are reserved for those with disabilities. Two hot shower and modern bathroom buildings can be found here, as well as a few extra flush toilets throughout the campground. There is a boat launch for kayaks and canoes, but there is no beach available for swimming. The closest beach is Nicolet Bay Beach, about 1 mile away.
This campground only has 12 sites, but they all have electrical hookups. There is one building with showers and toilets and there is a reservable shelter with fire pit near the campground. The fishing pier just west of the campground provides a great fishing spot.
Welcker’s Point offers 81 family sites without electrical hook ups. There is a building with showers and flush toilets, and there are two other small buildings with just toilets. This campground also has a reservable shelter with a fireplace that is perfect for group gatherings.
This park overflows with amazing things to see and do! This is sure to become one of your family’s favorite destinations for summer camping trips. You’ll love all that the Peninsula State Park and Green Bay have to offer!
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