Otumba Park, three-acres in size, is near the heart of Sturgeon Bay’s west side, and is a favorite of many locals and visitors for swimming, laying on the beach, playing in the park, and having a picnic. There are basketball courts, tennis courts, restrooms, and a covered picnic shelter located here. It is connected to Bay View Park by a paved walkway along the water. You can witness ships and other boats passing by while looking out at the adjacent shoreline towards Green Bay waters.
This one acre park is located on the west side of Sturgeon Bay. You will find this park is an excellent place to fish or partake in boating activities. If you feel more like relaxing then you can take in the beautiful views of the water, shipbuilding area, and Michigan Street steel bridge. There are picnic tables, benches, and a gazebo on site for having a nice take-out lunch and cocktail or beer from neighboring restaurants.
Door County Maritime Museum
Sitting on one side of Sturgeon Bay’s working waterfront, this museum showcases the area’s deep maritime roots. The museum offers tours of John Purves, our restored tugboat, along with other interactive exhibits. A few personalities in the galleries of the museum you will discover include courageous ship captains, diligent anglers, and lonely lighthouse keepers. You can feel the rich history of the Great Lakes awaken in front of you!
This park is off of 1st Avenue adjacent to the Oregon Street Bridge. Formerly, this was the PBI Shipyard site but has now been transformed into a beautiful park. You will find gorgeous views of the water, bridges, and Sawyer Park, where you will see boats launching all summer long. There are games set up here for all to enjoy such as ping-pong, bag toss, chess, and checkers. You will notice a fountain and gardens that are visible from the water that the city likes to call ‘Sturgeon Bay’s Welcome from the Water’.
3rd Ave Shops
Sturgeon Bay’s historic Third Avenue district is home to galleries of talented artists, multiple small shops and boutiques, unique restaurants, quaint lodging, and so much more. There are constant changes along this strip so there is always something new to explore. Sturgeon Bay is the city that never closes in Door County so you can find something to do here year-round. As the city’s slogan says, ‘Come from the fun, stay for the memories’.
Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding
Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) is a 63-acre custom-built facility that is designed for efficient new construction, major conversions, repairs, and sustainment of commercial, Coast Guard, and Army Corps of Engineers’ vessels. This history goes all the way back to 1918. We are considered to be the premier western designer and shipbuilder, a rare site you must see!
This park is 41 acres, located along the west side of historical 3rd Avenue, attached to 18 acre Little Lake. There are multiple facilities and amenities located here such as Frank Grasse Shelter building with restrooms, 2 tennis courts, 7 pickle ball courts, 1 basketball court, sand beach for swimming and relaxing, exercise route, 2 lane launching ramps with a dock, 1/2 mile long walking/jogging/bike trail, 9 hole frisbee golf course, and 2 playground areas with equipment for kids. This is a very popular location for families, fisherman, sunset watchers, and many more.
Big Hill Park
This 10 acre park is located at the end of North 9th Avenue. Located in a grove of mature pine trees you will find a few activity bars along with a picnic table.
Stone Harbor’s full-service restaurant & pub offers beautiful water views for elegant yet casual dining. You will often find live entertainment out on the patio when the weather allows and inside the bar when the weather doesn’t quite cooperate and in the off-season. The tiki bar here is a fun stop and allows you to walk along the water checking out some boats and the steel bridge.