Schooner Coast Passport Encourages Travelers to Take Scenic, Historic Route from Manitowoc to Sturgeon Bay

Posted on 05. May, 2011 by in Nautical History

Wisconsin’s Schooner Coast, a new tourist destination that offers 60 miles of maritime experiences, natural waters and little-known Wisconsin gems, launches in May with release of its “Schooner Coast Savings Passport.”

In addition to guiding visitors along the Schooner Coast, the passport offers a host of special discounts at cozy bed & breakfasts, waterfront hotels, interesting shops and small-town diners and restaurants up and down the coast.  It also contains a Family Treasure Hunt that is sure to challenge and please children of all ages. Visit the Schooner Coast Website www.SchoonerCoast.org for additional information.  The Passport is also available at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay or the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc.

The Passport invites visitors to explore 60 miles of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. Along the way, they’ll discover maritime treasures, quaint harbor towns, natural water wonders and real Wisconsin gems like old-time supper clubs and small town main streets.

The tour of the coast follows scenic Hwy. 42 as it hugs Lake Michigan through Manitowoc, Two Rivers, Kewaunee and Algoma.  From Algoma, visitors take Hwy. S to Hwy. U to continue along the shoreline and into Sturgeon Bay.

The Schooner Coast includes:

  • one WWII submarine,
  • two hardworking tugboats,
  • five rivers that offer opportunities for fishing, kayaking and canoeing,
  • seven towering lighthouses,
  • dozens of shipwreck tales,
  • numerous parks and beaches and
  • the state’s two largest maritime museums that anchor the south and north ends.

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc shares stories of schooners, ship captains and the 28 subs built during WWII. The Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay captures maritime life on the Door Peninsula, from the shipyards that produced yachts, lake freighters and Navy ships, to notable lighthouses and the restored John Purves tugboat.

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