Enveloped in towering pine trees, majestic views of Lake Superior, and small town charm, Bayfield, WI, is the perfect host for your next getaway. Whether you spend your time exploring Bayfield’s town center or find solace on the shimmering waters of Lake Superior, it doesn’t matter. There are an amazing number of things to do in Bayfield, WI, that will have you planning another visit before you even leave Wisconsin. While you’re in the area, don’t forget to take all of Bayfield’s most exciting activities with you by downloading our complimentary Vacation Guide. Full of Wisconsin’s best restaurants, attractions, and seasonal events, our guide is the only way to ensure that your visit reaches its full potential.

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Things to Do in Bayfield, WI, in the Summer

Madeline Island

Hop on the Madeline Island Ferry and explore everything that this gorgeous island has to offer. From the charming town center of La Pointe to the miles of hiking trails in Big Bay State Park, there is no shortage of adventure on Madeline Island!

Sailing & Kayaking

One of the best ways to discover the area is from the shimmering waters of Lake Superior. Between the kayak tours and Apostle Islands cruises, adventure is never far away. Admire the incredible sea caves or hunt down the Raspberry Island Lighthouse!


Enjoy the crisp, lakeshore breeze as you tee it up on one of Bayfield’s best golf courses! Apostle Highlands Golf Course and Madeline Island Golf Club are both excellent options when it comes to finding a place to play. Embrace the beauty of Northern Wisconsin by bringing your clubs on your next getaway!

Biking & Hiking Trails

The outstanding wildlife and outdoor adventure of Bayfield are what keeps people coming back year after year. The area’s hiking trails offer the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Bayfield. Spend the day bird watching or ride your bike along the shore of Lake Superior. There is no limit to where these trails can take you!


When it comes to finding a beautiful winery in Bayfield, WI, you won’t be short on options. Take your next trip to Northern Wisconsin to the next level and taste from Bayfield’s incredible selection of local wines!  


Bayfield’s charming downtown is full of boutique shops that carry local craft goods, jewelry, clothing, and food. If you want to get a feel for the unique culture and intrigue of Bayfield, spending a couple of hours exploring the shops and galleries is a great option!

Big Top Chautauqua

At the base of Mount Ashwabay, the Big Top Chautauqua hosts incredible events throughout the year. Check the event schedule and plan your next visit around one of the venues spectacular performances!


The shores of Lake Superior are one of the most alluring aspects of Bayfield. Relax in the fine sand and soak up some sun at one of these excellent beach spots on your next visit.  

Things to Do in Bayfield, WI, in the Winter

Dog Sledding

One of Bayfield’s oldest traditions, dog sledding, has been a part of Northern Wisconsin culture for over one hundred years. The frigid, snow-covered landscape of Bayfield is difficult to traverse for us, but the perfect playground for our furry friends. Plan your tour with Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing!

Apostle Islands Ice Caves

Once the cold weather hits, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore sea caves become something even more incredible. Stop by Bayfield this winter to catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring ice caves. Check the safety conditions with the National Park Service before your visit!


From exciting day trips to lavish ski resorts, there are plenty of exhilarating options for skiing in Wisconsin. Mt. Ashwabay is just outside of Bayfield and offers incredible runs, tubing, and much more! Granite Peak Ski Area and Cascade Mountain are also fantastic options!

Ice Road

A unique opportunity awaits in Bayfield this winter! Once Lake Superior starts to freeze over, join the fun on the Madeline Island Ice Road that connects Bayfield to the island. Walk or even skate your way across the lake and discover the beauty of Madeline Island in the winter. Check the conditions with the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce’s winter recreation report.


Looking for snowbound adventure on your next trip to Wisconsin? Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to see the area in the winter months! Check out the snowshoe trails of Mt. Ashwabay to plan the perfect excursion!

Seasonal Events

Madeline Island Fall Festival

The beauty of Wisconsin’s fall colors can’t be put into words. Experience the magic of fall in Northern Wisconsin at this year’s Madeline Island Fall Festival. Exciting events, artisan vendors, and craft food are all waiting!

Bayfield Apple Festival

The Bayfield Apple Festival is one of Bayfield’s most anticipated annual events! Every October you can enjoy the three-day celebration by touring orchards and wineries, sampling local cuisine, and listening to live music at the Big Top Chautauqua!

Bayfield in Bloom

This month-long celebration of spring draws both visitors and locals alike. You’re bound to be inspired when you attend the many activities of Bayfield in Bloom, such as garden tours, demonstrations, and other interactive programs.

Take a Trip Back in Time

Explore the area’s fascinating history by visiting one of these museums in Northern Wisconsin! Each one has something unique to offer, so don’t miss out.

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

This institution has a little of everything! Visit the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center for entertaining events, outdoor recreation, and intriguing exhibits.

Bayfield Maritime Museum

Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about boating at the Bayfield Maritime Museum! Discover how to tie knots, fish, or build a boat!

Lake Superior Lighthouses

The nearby Lake Superior is filled with gorgeous, historic lighthouses that each tell a story about this area’s history. Visit some of these Lake Superior lighthouses for a memorable day around Bayfield, WI.

Bayfield Heritage Museum

Bayfield, Wisconsin, has an incredible history. If you want to learn all about this area’s origins and culture, visit the Bayfield Heritage Museum to hear the stories of this charming city on the banks of Lake Superior.

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If you still have questions about the area, where to eat, or how to plan the perfect stay, you can contact us online or at (715) 779-3676. Our friendly staff work around the clock to ensure that your time in Bayfield is everything you dreamed it would be.

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