Wisconsin’s Harbor Towns include 15 vibrant communities along Lake Michigan. To the north, four more unique cities line on the shores of Lake Superior. From bustling cities to serene fishing villages and everywhere in between, Wisconsin Harbor Towns are the perfect blend between quaint heartland and vibrant lakefront. These 19 charming communities have been shaped by the water they sit on, and they’re unlike anywhere else in the midwest.
With breathtaking views and small-town charm, these communities are along 1,100 miles of coastline and are ready to be explored by you and your companions. Whether you’re in for an outdoorsy adventure with hiking, biking and kayaking or a leisurely trip lounging by the water, visit a harbor town in Wisconsin to recharge, relax and reconnect with each other.
So Many Ways to Enjoy Wisconsin Harbor Towns
A Wisconsin Harbor Town getaway can be a day trip, overnight or multi-day vacation with relaxing hotels and cabins around every corner. And every season bring s a different flavor. Just imagine the unique overlooks you get throughout the year — colorful fall leaves, sparkling winter wonderland, bright blooming spring flowers and a warm summer breeze. Some of our favorite activities in these towns are exploring lighthouses, learning at historic museums, hiking through endless state parks and trails or trying a masterpiece creation at a local restaurant.
On and Around the Water
The sparkling water accents time spent together and memory-making in this destination with picnic-perfect areas and trails every step of the way. Wander the Lake Superior and Lake Michigan shoreline or take advantage of the many lake day activities including kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, swimming, fishing or paddle boarding. These towns are also great for diving into the water's history at multiple maritime museums and lighthouses. You can learn about the lakeshore’s unique culture at a festival or go shopping at an antique store.
These charming towns are memory-makers to enjoy together with unique hidden beauties and adventure.
Explore the Area
From soaking up the summer sun to hitting the trails after a fresh snowfall, Wisconsin has no shortage of activities for every season. Here's an idea of what the weather in this area is like to help get your planning started!