WASHINGTON ISLAND, WISCONSIN
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.
Points Of Interest
Take a narrated tour around the island. Stops include the Stavkirke Church, School House Beach, and the Island Farm Museum. Learn about the islands 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.
Art 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.
Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm
Inspired by the lavender fields of France, this beautiful farm is the largest of its kind in the midwest. Forty-eight different lavender varieties are grown here. Demonstration gardens educate visitors about the lavender plant and its many uses and benefits.
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! (Aug. 24)