Gravity Trails gives visitors adventurous ways to explore the outdoors with ziplines, gem mining, and kayak and standup-paddleboard tours. Zipline options include the 300-foot speedy dual racing ride, as well as the more leisurely zipline canopy tour. Gem mining is fun for kids and adults as they sift soil in a 16-foot mining flume that pumps water at 80-gallons a minute. Kayak and standup-paddleboard tours take outdoor enthusiasts around locales such as the Cana Island lighthouse, North Bay shipwrecks, and the Mink River estuary.
Between its outposts on the Peshtigo and Menominee Rivers, Wildman Adventure Resort plays host to an abundance of outdoor activities, including paintball, rock climbing, ziplining, whitewater rafting tours, and golf. Before embarking on any one of these excursions, visitors can either pitch a tent or settle into one of the rustic cabins, which include heat, electricity, and a communal bathroom, or deluxe cabins, which feature kitchens. At the Peshtigo River Outpost, cascading sounds from the rushing whitewater river soothes the spirits of travelers, who can catch fish, swim, or look for signs that local wildlife may be scheming to commandeer a river raft. The Menominee River Outpost, meanwhile, sits within Bombers Golf Course, a nine-hole course bounded by riverbanks on three sides. Food is available for purchase onsite, and the on-site restaurant and bar is an ideal spot for guests to whittle customized utensils using leftover golf tees.
Founded in 1969 by a group of commercial fishermen, Door County Maritime Museum’s three locations illuminate the history of area waterways and the seafarers who've traveled them. The 20,000-square-foot Sturgeon Bay location, open 365 days a year, focuses on the evolution of shipbuilding. Its galleries house model ships ideal for transporting hand soap across sinks, along with displays on lighthouses and shipwrecks.
For an interactive adventure, patrons can board a fully restored Chicago fire tug from the 1960s for a two-hour in-water cruise, narrated by a trained docent. The Gills Rock location focuses on the shipwrecks that have peppered the Door Peninsula region, with supplementary exhibits on Great Lakes pirate Dan Seavey and maritime life-saving techniques, such as never boarding a ship named Titanic. Alternatively, patrons can climb 97 spiral-staircase steps to the summit of the Cana Island Lighthouse, which, along with the keeper’s house, has been preserved since 1869. In addition to educational displays, the museum also hosts various events to unite the maritime-enthusiast community. :m]]
Egg Harbor Fun Park houses a multitude of yawn-busting attractions, from the whimsical 18-hole miniature golf course to a paintball target range and trampoline basketball court. Families test their ball-tapping mettle on the roundabout greens of the golf course, where hidden tunnels and watery obstacles spell doom for all but the craftiest balls. Springy trampolines launch basketball players toward highlight-reel dunks on the Jump Shot course and young kids expel some of their endless energy in the outdoor Bounce Zone. Those seeking splashes and splatters take cover in the waterlogged trenches of the Water Wars course, or create minor avant-garde masterpieces at the paintball target range. Outdoor go-karts placate preteens anxious for their drivers’ licenses and a 3,000-square-foot arcade promises shelter for limited-edition quarters featuring American heroes Big Bird and Ringo Starr.
Tarka Kumal always loved the water. After a childhood spent on the rivers of Nepal, he was inspired to not only lead the nation's freestyle kayaking team to the world championships in 2001, but also to take rafting trips in more than a dozen countries. Today, Tarka has transformed his passion into a globe-spanning career—his Nepal- and Wisconsin- based company schedules adrenaline-pumping sojourns from rock climbing and safaris to whitewater rafting. Tarka's experienced guides have led hundreds of trips, and they each hold certifications in CPR, river rescue, and wilderness first aid to keep guests and nearby fish in safe hands. The company's website is stocked with helpful tips for watery adventurers, from advice on what to wear to details on trips down American and Nepalese rivers.
Four clay shooting courses set among the forests and fields surrounding Little Creek Lodge faithfully simulate real hunting in the great outdoors. Varying in difficulty levels to ensure enjoyment for both the novice and expert shooter, each course guides gun toters through a series of targets shot from at least 10 launching stations, each automated to protect employees from becoming attached to the clay pigeons and keeping them as pets. For an hour or longer, shooters take aim at a variety of targets that brazenly challenge shooters with the same flight patterns of wild game birds, or by rolling and hopping along the ground—called “rabbits” because they mimic bunny somersaults.
Situated in a quiet, rustic setting at the heart of walleye, smallmouth, trout, and muskie fishing country, Sandy Bay Beach Resort trades city sidewalks for lakefront views and traffic honks for fishing hooks. Suites furnished with luxurious amenities look out on beachside bonfires and prime Door County fishing. A king-size bed and full-size pullout sofa soothe backs sore from hauling in an epic catch, and the bathroom’s oversize shower can fit as many fish as the outdoor grilling area and indoor fish-cleaning room can process. After a long day spent traversing the 200-foot dock and perusing the resort’s library collection, couples can retire to the waters of a whirlpool bathtub or indoor pool.