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Door County Family Camping Trip – Part 1

Last week was our big 6 day trip to Door County. This was our biggest trip of the Summer as far as driving and time spent away from home, so big in fact that we have split the write up into three separate parts (this is technically part 2). Kelly first wrote about the drive to Door County, which to be honest I argued with her that it would be WAY to boring of a post, nobody wants to read about driving. But she did a great job and showed what it was like to knock out 6+ hours in a 7 passenger vehicle with 7 passengers. You can read Kelly’s post about Driving To Door County here.

We left on Wednesday at 4pm and made it to our half way point in Wausu at 9pm (3 hour drive only took us 5 hours…). We got back on the road early on Thursday and arrived at our campground The Frontier Wilderness near Egg Harbor in Door Country around noon on Thursday.

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Immediately we all had to run around the campground and size the place up. Is it nice? How was the pool? Private campsites? and so on. This place was nice! I would call it a resort / campground.

Ruthie, The Playground, Our Campsite and The Office
Ruthie, The Playground, Our Campsite and The Office

Immediately the kids had their swimming suits on and were jumping in the pool, it was a great way to get the rust of a long car ride out of the body and burn off some energy.

Swimming!
Swimming!

When the swimming was over we decided to try out the campsite’s mini golf. Most campsite mini golf courses we have seen have been terrible. Poorly put together and poorly maintained. But The Frontier’s mini golf was excellent, we all had a blast and Keegan even got a hole in 1.

Getting Ready To Play Some Mini Golf
Getting Ready To Play Some Mini Golf

Since we had been on the road for so long over the last two days we decided to stick around the campsite on Thursday evening and enjoy the fire and make some good food.

Master-Cook

On Friday Kelly had a huge day of kid friendly activities planned. Nature however, had other plans and dumped a load of rain on us all morning.

Rainy Morning Game. Isaiah is not playing "Barbie" he is smashing her with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (see video for proof).
Rainy Morning Game. Isaiah is not playing “Barbie” he is smashing her with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (see video for proof).

Thankfully the rain quit around noon and God brought out some beautiful sunshine. We decided to head out to our fun kid activities.

We started with zip lining which was really fun but not near as scary or thrill ride as everyone thought it would be. Photos don’t do the zip lining justice so make sure to check out the video to see Kelly rock the zip line.

When we were done zip lining we decided the girls would love to do some Gem Mining. This is where the girls get a bucket of sand, a sand sifter and dig through their sand in a wooden water flume. All of the kids loved doing this, but I would have a hard time recommending where we went. The buckets of sand and gems ran from $15-$45 per bucket and the flume was out behind a garage. It felt unprofessional yet horribly expensive, yet like I said, the kids did love it.

Isaiah Gem Mining
Isaiah Gem Mining
Keegan and one of his gems.
Keegan and one of his gems.

After the gem mining we headed to a Do It Yourself Art Studio. The place was amazing! It was a farm with 5 barns that each housed different art styles that you could do yourself from bead work, to metal, glass, painting, ceramics and more. Again the problem with this place was the price. A simple project was roughly $20 while the cool ones were $50-$100. With a family of 7 this wasn’t even a possibility. So we just looked around and moved on.

After the art studio we decided to check out some of the local shops, yet once again we found this not to be exactly large family friendly as most of them had many breakables and seemed geared towards an older crowd. We did however find fudge!

FUDGE!
FUDGE!

That was it. We needed to hit a home run with the kids now after having a few disappointing stops. That’s when we made it to the Egg Harbor Fun Park. This place had amazing mini golf, go karts, bounce houses, a great arcade and more. For some reason we played lots of mini golf on this trip!

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After such a big and fun day everyone had a simple supper and went to bed easily after a few games around the campsite and campfire. I got to finish out a perfect day with a nice relaxing time under stars.

The Good Life
The Good Life

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