Sturgeon Bay Rotary Shipyard Tours

The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay Presents The
26th Annual Shipyard Tours On
Saturday, May 4th From 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

On one very special day, you are invited to experience an insider’s view of the shipbuilding industry in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. For over a century this industry has been critical to Door County’s economy. The shipbuilders of Sturgeon Bay have designed, built and repaired vessels–commercial, military and pleasure craft–that have traveled to ports around the globe.

The largest shipyard on the Great Lakes, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, and another Sturgeon Bay shipyard, CenterPointe Yacht Services, will once more open their doors to the public on the first Saturday of May. CenterPointe is located on First Avenue, while Bay Shipbuilding is located on Third Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.  

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and CenterPointe will offer guided walking tours of their ship repair and new ship construction facilities. Sandwiches and refreshments will be available for purchase at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. To be guaranteed a tour at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and CenterPointe Yacht Services, guests must be in line by 1:15 pm.

The Westside “working waterfront” is again included in the tours. Show your shipyard tour ticket and receive half off admission at the Door County Maritime Museum and tug John Purves tours on both Saturday and Sunday.  

At the Door County Maritime Museum, you can visit the museum for a discounted admission, tour the tug John Purves and the USCG 41-footer (which was originally stationed here) and visit their new exhibit “The Water Defines Us: DCMM@50” on Saturday and Sunday.  

From 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, representatives will be stationed by the Selvick tugs to converse with guests and the Fred A. Busse (Chicago Fireboat) will be open FREE of charge to tour until 2 pm. At 2:30 pm the Fred A. Busse will be taking paying guests on a 90-minute cruise. 

Back by popular demand, this year the Sturgeon Bay Rotary Club has arranged for the 140-foot US Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay to be open for guided tours FREE of charge at the Graham Park dock in Sturgeon Bay, from 9am-2pm. We will also have the Emergency Rescue boat from the Canal Station along with the Sturgeon Bay Police Boat on location for tours. 

Two busses will be running for the event to shuttle guests among the 5 stops; Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, CenterPointe Yacht Services, Graham Park, Sawyer Park, and Door County Maritime Museum. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tours at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding take about an hour and are on gravel and pavement. Please note that this tour requires a considerable amount of walking, standing, and steps. 

Tickets will be available at both shipyard entry gates and the Door County Maritime Museum on the day of the event and will be available for purchase prior to the event online here. Early bird ticket prices are $15 for adults until April 26. Then beginning Saturday, April 27, the ticket price is $20 per adult and the student price of $7 for students ages 11-17 remains throughout the event. Due to the time constraints of a one-day event, only a limited amount of tickets is available.  

This event runs rain or shine and unfortunately, we cannot provide ticket refunds. If you have any questions regarding your ticket, please contact

All proceeds from ticket purchases are directed toward Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay and the Rotary Youth Interact charitable projects, including support for human and community development, vocational and academic ‘Service Above Self” scholarships, and the international exchange student program.  

For questions about the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay or the Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tour, please connect with us at or 

Thank you and see you at the Shipyards on May 4th — bring your boat nerd friends!