Fish Creek Scenic Boat Tours runs out of downtown Fish Creek by Clark Park, near the Marina. You’ll see a kiosk there with helpful folks, like Tom, who will get you all ready to go one of their three main tours:
Watch the video below for a depature on a sunset cruise!
We’ll describe each in a minute. And, this is a dog-friendly activity!
We met with the owner, Eric Lundquist, and talked about the boat and the main tours that he runs on the Quo Vadis (“Where you going?” in Latin). We can tell you where you are going – you are going to have a great time on the Quo Vadis!
The boat is 53 feet in length, 16 feet wide, and can hold up to 69 people. Tom, who mans the kiosk a lot, told us they usually try to keep it to around 50 so there is plenty of room for everyone. The boat is completely covered except for a small aft deck, with transparent canvas and vinyl windows that Eric and the crew can easily pop off on pleasant days.
The Fish Creek Scenic Boat Tours – Bring Your Camera!
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse & North Ephraim Cruise departs daily at 1PM, and is about 1.5 hours long. This cruise heads out around Horseshoe Island, and Peninsula State Park. Peninsula State Park is a beautiful park, but it is especially beautiful from the water. You will see one of Door County’s most famous lighthouses, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse which is on the coast of Peninsula State Park, right from the water. It is a special treat, indeed! The tour is narrated, so you will learn about Nicolet Bay, the bluffs and caves, and you may ever see an eagle soaring high above.
Millionaire’s Row & West Islands Cruise departs at 3PM each day, and is also about 1.5 hours long. This cruise will pass some of the most spectacular homes in Door County all along Cottage Row. These homes were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s by folks like Haggerty (from Texas Instruments), one of the Buschs (of Anheuser Busch fame), and even Lambeau! You’ll head west then Tom says, through the Strawberry Islands and Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, learning all about the islands. This is a great tour because you can see Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and Millionaire’s Row – so this one is popular. We think you’d love this little outing!
The Sunset Cruise with Live Music, Egg Harbor and South departs daily at 7PM. August through October the trip leaves a bit earlier due to sunset times. About an hour and a half – two hours. Aboard there is a guitar player who does sets of cover and folk and nautical-themed songs for your enjoyment, as you cruise the clean waters waiting for one of Door County’s patented sunsets – and you can see if from the water - fabulous! During the cruise you will head south towards Egg Harbor and view it marvelous marina from the water as well as historic resorts and homes along the shores.
There is really a fourth cruise too. It’s the Chambers Island Exploration West Cruise. The Quo Vadis still runs retreaters out to Chambers Island, but this 5PM departure cruise (which lasts about two hours and only on Fridays) is open to non-retreaters. So hop aboard!
Ideas for Large Groups
Since this boat can accommodate large groups, we think it is perfect for reunions, weddings, corporate retreats, large family outings and more.
In addition to the four cruises mentioned, Fish Creek Scenic Boat Tours also runs special cruises for Fyr Ball (in mid-June), and the Fourth of July fireworks in Egg Harbor and Fish Creek. Cool stuff and awesome to see from the water!
People who take these cruises appreciate the attention to detail and the fun environment that the crew creates. Sometimes a kid can even blow the horn, or you can take pictures with the Captain!
And you can bring anything you want aboard to consume – food, drinks, beer, cocktails, wine – even a little cooler! That’s pretty nice.
All the cruises are narrated, with a focus on the past and history of the area. So, you’ll have fun and learn something too!
We would recommend making reservations. And when you do, please mention that DoorCountyNavigator.com got you aboard the Quo Vadis – we’d appreciate that as that helps keep this site alive & well . . . for you! You will enjoy, we know you will!
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