Summer is one of Arlo's favorite seasons, because there is so much to do in Door County. Karin sat down with him over pancakes recently to interview him on his top activities for kids in the county. He came up with eight things he'd recommend.
Arlo's favorite beach in Door County is the Fish Creek Beach, because he can bike there from his house. He likes to dig rivers in the sand, build sand castles, and go swimming in the bay.
Door County has a bunch of great summer camps for kids - this summer Arlo went to camp at the Y in Fish Creek, where he tie dyed t-shirts, camp at The Ridges in Baileys Harbor, where he learned a lot about nature in a cabin in the woods, and in a week he'll head to the Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, where he'll make creatures out of clay. Camp is open to all kids, so Arlo met some neat friends from outside of Door County, too.
Arlo likes to hike in Peninsula State Park with his dog, Luna. His favorite trail is Hemlock trail, because the entrance is close to his house.
Biking around Door County in the summer is super fun. Arlo hooks up his tag-a-long to his dad's bike, and they pull his younger brother, Abe in a trailer behind. They make a bike train! Arlo's favorite route is Sunset Trail in Peninsula State Park, it's almost 10 miles long.
5. Ice Cream!
Sometimes after biking 10 miles, you need to treat yourself to some ice cream. Arlo likes the custard at Not Licked Yet in Fish Creek. When he's done eating his cone, he likes to play on the playground and watch the fish swim in Fish Creek - it runs right next to the ice cream shop!
6. Plum Loco!
Plum Loco is an animal farm located on Plum Bottom Road south of Egg Harbor. Arlo likes to go there because he can pet horses, donkeys, goats, and sheep. There's even a big, fat pig! They also have a play area with a lot of cool toys.
There are so many playgrounds in Door County - from Tennyson Bay in Peninsula State Park to Gills Rock all the way at the top of the peninsula. Arlo's favorite is the playground by the Sister Bay Beach, because it has three separate play areas with lots of slides and climbing walls. It's fun for mom and dad, too, because the Wild Tomato back bar serves drinks and snacks right across the parking lot!
8. The Cookery!
Last but not least, Arlo loves to come to the Cookery. His favorite meal is blueberry pancakes with sausage and extra Jorn's maple syrup. Sometimes he even helps out around the restaurant, like when he decorated for the 4th of July with Grandpa. He even helped his dad wait on a couple of tables once!
Whether you're just visiting for a day or two or you call it home, Door County is a pretty great place to be in the summer if you're a kid. And if you see Arlo bopping around the county or putting in some 'hours' at the Cookery, don't forget to say hi!