Door County Maritime Museum members will get the first opportunity to order tickets for the 24th annual Door County Lighthouse Festival. Between March 20 and April 3, members can order tickets for the variety of land-based tours and boat excursions set for the weekend of June 9–11. Tickets, which will go on sale to the general public on Monday, April 3, and can be made by going online at www.dcmm.org or calling the museum at 920.743.5958.
Two different day-long, land-based tours, visit the 5 mainland lights and depart from either the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay or the Door County Trolley Depot in Egg Harbor. The always popular Ghost/Mystery trolley tour leaves from the Door County Maritime Museum on Friday and Saturday evenings.
New this year is the Lakeshore Lighthouse Cruise out of Baileys Harbor. The tour will offer the opportunity of seeing a number of lights from the water, including Cana Island, the old Baileys Harbor “bird cage” light as well at the Baileys Harbor Range Lights. The possibility of seeing several shipwrecks also exists on the tour.
Returning boat trips include the popular excursion from Gills Rock to Plum Island. Only four tours spread over Saturday and Sunday are available with limited seating available. The excursion includes a walking tour of the island presented by the Friends of Plum & Pilot Islands
The excursion to Chambers Island is another once-a-year opportunity. Although a larger-capacity boat permits more people to visit Chambers Island, it will continue to be a hot ticket item. Participants need to be prepared for a scenic mile-plus cross-island hike to the lighthouse and back.
There is also a trip to Rock Island and the Pottawatomie Lighthouse on Friday from Gills Rock. Tickets are going fast for that limited offering. Make sure to check the museum’s website to check on status of the ticket availability, particularly for the Friday’s Rock Island trip and the Plum Island excursions.
Another popular weekend tour leaves from Gills Rock and will circle Plum and Pilot Islands while the one-of-a-kind schooner trip aboard the “tall ship” Edith Becker leaves from Sister Bay and is among the offerings this year with trips under sail past the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse.
The Sturgeon Bay Fireboat will be offering its regular daily tours from the Door County Maritime Museum as well as special sunset dessert cruises both Friday and Saturday evenings.
Cana Island and Eagle Bluff Lighthouses maintain regular seasonal hours throughout the weekend. Both the Sherwood Point Lighthouse and Sturgeon Bay Canal Light are operated by the U.S. Coast Guard and offer free admission over the weekend. However, Saturday and Sunday of the Lighthouse Festival weekend are the only days the property and lighthouse are open to the public at Sherwood Point. The range lights in the Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor, with its newly restored lower light, will also welcome visitors from 10am–2pm Friday-Sunday for a free-will offering.
For more detailed information on tours and pricings or to request a brochure visit www.dcmm.org. Tickets can be ordered on the website or by calling 920.743.5958.