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By DCT Staff / Wednesday, July 1, 2015 09:47 am
Washington Island, WI
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This wooded, rustic island is in the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Ferries transport visitors from the ‘top of the thumb’ to discover a world of parks, trails, beaches, and lush forests. It's a great place to go biking!

Friendly family shops offer Scandinavian gifts and imports, clothes, hand-made products, sterling silver jewelry, and other items made by local artisans. 

A variety of island eateries offer burgers, fish boils, vegetarian options, Chicago-style hot dogs, a fish fry, and homemade pies.

CHERRY TRAIN

Take a narrated tour around the island on the Cherry Train. Stops include the Stavkirke Church, School House Beach, and the Island Farm Museum. Learn about the island's history, folklore, and legends.

SAND DUNES PARK

A sandy trail leads to a sand beach on the south side of the island. The gentle sand dunes make it a fun place for families to play. Southerly winds bring in warm Lake Michigan waters.

ARTS AND NATURE CENTER

This historic building, originally used as a schoolhouse, became the home of this art and nature center in 1965. Exhibits of the islands natural and cultural history, and artwork by local artists and artisans are on display.

JACKSON HARBOR SOUP

As the island's fishing industry gives way to tourism, an old net shed now houses Jackson Harbor Soup. Only the 3rd local on-the-water restaurant, this former shed has soup, sandwiches, beer and wine for all – but weary campers arriving from Rock Island on the Karfi Ferry will probably be especially appreciative!

DEATH'S DOOR BAR-B-Q COMPETITION

Each August, a Kansas City Barbecue Society contest is held to determine the best beef brisket, chicken, pork and ribs from some of the Midwest’s best barbeque-ers. Go eat tasty barbecue, tour the Island, and have fun.

 

Event:
Saturday, Aug 29
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