12 Can’t Miss Things to Do in Sister Bay

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Sister Bay, Wisconsin, is the perfect location for your next getaway. This stunning village offers some peace and serenity away from everyday life. The beautiful outdoors and welcoming, small town atmosphere will relax even the most stressed vacationers.

Although you can certainly take time to smell the roses in Sister Bay, there is still plenty to do in the area. From farmer’s markets to outdoor activities and water sports, you’ll find that choosing Sister Bay as your destination for a vacation home rental will keep you busy. 

Here are the best things to do in Sister Bay!

Exciting Outdoor Adventures in Sister Bay

Door County and Sister Bay, specifically, are considered a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers! Immerse yourself in the beauty of untouched nature as you try one of the many local outdoor activities. 

From kayaking on the crystal-clear waters of Lake Michigan to hiking scenic trails that lead to breathtaking vistas, Sister Bay is the perfect place to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh Wisconsin air!

Get Out on the Water With a Scenic Boat Tour 

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A scenic boat tour is a must-see during your time in Wisconsin. Thankfully, there are many options for a water tour of Sister Bay. Take in the peaceful waters of Lake Michigan as you sit back and watch the waves lull by.

Companies like Sail Door County take to the water from the local Sister Bay Marina. Enjoy a two-hour ship or sailing sloop tour and see local coastlines, uninhabited islands with vegetation, and, if you’re lucky, one of the famous Sister Bay sunsets.

Catch Some Sun at Sister Bay Beach

Head down for an afternoon of sand and sun at the calm shores of Sister Bay Beach. No matter what you’re in the mood for, this local spot has it. Take the afternoon to relax on the sandy beach, take a dip in the clear waters of Lake Michigan, or even have a picnic with family and friends.

This downtown beach has just about everything you might need nearby: restrooms, food options, and even activities like a volleyball court and playground. You can even rent kayaks and floats on-site! It’s the perfect place to bring the whole family and enjoy a fantastic afternoon.

Known near and far as Wisconsin’s best beach town, you don’t want to miss an opportunity to make a splash at Sister Bay Beach.

Take a Furry Friend to Sister Bay Dog Park

The great outdoors just aren’t as fun without man’s best friend there to enjoy the fun with you! This fenced in dog park is the perfect place to let your pooch run loose and get some exercise in. There are picnic tables on-site, so don’t hesitate to bring some lunch to enjoy while you’re having fun!

In true Wisconsin style, you’ll even find “mutt mitts” available at this dog park. All the best to help keep your pet’s paws cozy and safe!

Relax at Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park is a beautiful outdoor space that offers a variety of activities and attractions for visitors of all ages. Adults and kids alike will love fishing off of the pier or just enjoying a scenic walk around the area.

Waterfront Park is also the number one place in Sister Bay to get out of your comfort zone and jump into some water activities! Explore the waters of Lake Michigan by renting a kayak or paddleboard. You can even venture out on your own or join a guided kayak tour to discover the beautiful waters.

Experience a Fishing Excursion

A fishing trip is one of our favorite adventures to have in Wisconsin's rugged outdoors. Hop on board and try your hand at local bass and walleye fishing with expert guides in either Sister Bay or nearby Fish Creek

Head out on a charter and cast a line in the deep blue. Downtown Sister Bay is home to Silver Strike Fishing, one of the top companies giving you the fishing experience of a lifetime!

Fun Foodie Things in Sister Bay

We all love a good foodie moment, and thankfully, our little village is happy to oblige. From food tours to markets and even food activities, here are the top food experiences you don’t want to miss in Sister Bay.

Sample the goods at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market

Since 1900, the family-owned Seaquist Orchards Farm Market has been growing produce and wowing visitors with local tastes and country experiences. Mostly known for its fresh produce and homemade treats, you’ll find this market nestled amidst Wisconsin orchards and farmlands, creating a unique and inviting setting for visitors to explore.

Depending on the season, head to Seaquist Orchards to find some home grown and harvested apples, cherries, and other fruits! If you’re up for a family adventure, you can even venture out to the orchards and hand-pick your own fruits!

While you’re there, pick up some freshly baked pies, pastries, and bread made from scratch using traditional family recipes. Don’t pass up a chance to try their popular apple cider donuts! As if that weren’t enough, you can also find locally-sourced honey, jams, jellies, sauces, and preserves- the perfect thing to bring home to remind your tastebuds of your Door County vacation.

Pro Tip: Seaquist is also a stunning place to see cherry blossoms in bloom during the spring. Sister Bay has its own cherry blossom scenic route that will wow any visitor!

Enjoy Homemade Ice Cream at Door County Creamery

Head downtown to get yourself a few scoops of the delicious gelato at Door County Creamery. Made locally, this adorable ice cream shop will have you wanting more before you even head out the door!

While you’re indulging, make sure to pick up some of the Door County Creamery goat cheeses or their handmade soaps. Made with all-natural ingredients and, of course, some goat's milk from the farm, your skin and your belly will thank you!

Taste Your Way Through a Cheese Curd Walking Food Tour

We think it goes without saying, but if it doesn’t, here’s us saying it: one does not just come to Wisconsin and not try the cheese curds.


If we’re famous for one thing, it’s probably cheese (you know, the cheeseheads and all). So you can bet your bottom dollar that we know a thing or two about cheese curds, too.

And have you ever even heard of a cheese curd walking tour? No? Well, consider yourself lucky to have now! Embark on a two-hour long Sister Bay Cheese Curd Walking Tour dedicated to the pride of Wisconsin. Try three of the most fantastic offerings in town as you stroll around and find out for yourself just why they’re so amazing.

Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and Butik

This iconic establishment located in Sister Bay is renowned for its unique combination of Scandinavian cuisine, charming atmosphere, and a signature feature that sets it apart from other restaurants—the grass-covered roof that has goats grazing on it.

Since 1949, Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and Butik has been a cherished destination for locals and visitors alike who are seeking an authentic Swedish dining experience. Head here to enjoy a traditional Swedish breakfast complete with Swedish pancakes and lingonberries served aside from the ever-popular Swedish coffee. Or, stay for lunch or dinner and indulge in the delectable Swedish meatballs.

There’s also an outdoor bar area, the Stabbur, with a family-friendly space where visitors can enjoy yard games and the beautiful weather.

Once you’ve satisfied your tastebuds, wander over to the Butik, a Swedish gift shop next door. Browse traditional clothing and unique and authentic Swedish gifts- the perfect souvenirs to take home and remember your unique trip to Al Johnson’s!

Family Friendly Sister Bay

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This charming small town boasts activities and attractions that cater to all ages, making it an excellent spot for a family-friendly getaway. The numerous parks around town offer plenty of green space for picnics, games, and bike rides. Here are a few fun can’t miss things to do for families that will surely delight! 

Peruse Stunning Art at Frykman Studio Gallery

Enjoy an afternoon at one of the premier art galleries in Door County, the Frykman Studio Gallery. Housing works of art from locals throughout the area this is truly a must-see during your time in Sister Bay.

The gallery shines with intricate woodworking pieces and oil paintings created by none other than David Frykman himself. Other works include photography and pottery by other Wisconsin artists.

Play a Game at Sister Bay Bowl!

Sister Bay Bowl Restaurant and Bar is the perfect spot for some family-friendly competition or a getaway on a rainy day.

Bowl your way through the lanes, play a round of pool or an arcade game. Once you’re done working up a sweat, enjoy a meal at the local supper club, which is attached to the bowling alley. They serve pizza, salads, sandwiches, and hearty mains like barbecued ribs. They also have a great kid's menu. 

Compete in Mini Golf at Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf

What would a family vacation be without a competitive and cutthroat game of mini golf? Head to Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf to put your way through an 18-hole adventure.

Themed courses include sunken treasure, shipwrecks, bamboozling pirates, and lost booty! This is the perfect place to enjoy a family-friendly afternoon that kids and adults alike will enjoy!

Pro Tip: Door County also hosts some incredible full-sized golf courses if your family is looking for a more serious putting green! 

Things to Do In Sister Bay

Sister Bay is a hidden gem of a village that offers a myriad of experiences and adventures for vacationers seeking a memorable getaway. From the enchanting beauty of Sister Bay Beach to the outdoor activities that embrace the area's natural wonders, there is no shortage of things to do and explore in this charming village when you stay at a luxe Sister Bay vacation home rental!