We sailed into Sheboygan roughly a week into our 2015 cruise and spent two full hot summer days painting the town red.
With plenty of family-friendly activity options, we didn’t get to everything, but everything we did do was a home run.
The ability to take our feet off the gas for a day or two also allowed Aaron and I to reflect on the cruise so far, and we’ve realized that cruising in Wisconsin is a very different thing than cruising the coast of Michigan.
For one, every channel heading in from the lake is bookended by a (rundown) lighthouse on one side and a more prominent power plant on the other. Lighthouse tours are not in the tourist brochures here :).
Another more important difference is that these are towns with harbors, rather than harbor towns. In Michigan, the ports are usually offshore and down a river, which means it’s a walk to get to the beaches, but your slip is in the epicenter of town, usually along a picturesque boardwalk, with streets lined with toy stores and coffee shops and restaurants not even a five-minute walk away.
Here in Wisconsin, the marinas are just inside a break wall off of the lake, so you’re right by the coast, but quite a walk from, well, anything.
These aren’t bad differences – they’ve just required a change in perspective. And we are definitely different as a cruising family this year – but more on that in another post :).
In the meantime, we’re keeping the sails full and the compass pointed north!
Making a full breakfast during our sail from Port Washington to Sheboygan. With a phantom hand – Claire really wanted that bacon!
I also folded laundry I had done in Port Washington during the trip, so naturally, Claire had to get in the laundry bag 🙂
Dangling their feet in the refreshingly chilly water while we were anchored off of Kohler Park Dunes.
Claire’s first bus ride! The city offers a shuttle Monday through Saturday, where you can ride all day for $1 and hit all of the major tourist areas around town. Luckily, our marina was one of the stops!
Above and Beyond Children’s Museum.
The farmers market took over Fountain Park on Saturday, with an abundance of fresh veggies and flowers
The farmers market was coupled with Sheboygan’s Earthfest that Saturday. Claire loved the drum circle!
Turns out Fountain Park was appropriately named. Claire could have spent hours in here 🙂
I found this at Nest, a lovely shop on 8th Street. If only Claire were a little older! It warmed my heart to think of all of the adventures she could already put in there, and hopefully endless more to come.
Our only family shot of the trip so far, along the Sheboygan River. Except who’s that lady with the crazy hair?!
Sometimes, you have to stop and smell the farmers market flowers.
Checking out the remains of the Lottie Cooper, which capsized in a gale off the coast of the town in 1894.
Watching the bridge raise to let boats pass through the river. Claire was mesmerized – it’s so fun to watch things like this through the eyes of a child.
We walked 30-40 minutes in blazing sun to get to Cosmic Bounce, pretty sure our sweat would pay off in a happy kiddo. It did 🙂
After checking the weather and deciding not to sail out Sunday afternoon in 3- to 5-foot waves and 20mph gusts, we made a last-minute decision to spend the afternoon at Breaker Bay Waterpark at the ritzy Blue Harbor Resort.. Aaron surfed, we rocketed down tube slides, and lazed around the lazy river..