Sturgeon Bay Rotary Shipyard Tours

The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay Presents The
28th Annual Shipyard Tours On
Saturday, September 11th 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 Sarter Marine Towing tugs to converse with guests.

US Coast Guard Emergency Rescue boat from the Canal Station along with the Sturgeon Bay Police Boat on location for tours, on the West Side dock outside of the Door County Maritime Museum.

Two busses will be running for the event to shuttle guests among the 5 stops; Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, CenterPointe Yacht Services, 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 will be sold in one hour time slots for the Bay Shipbuilding tours online here. The other sites can be toured at any time. Early bird ticket prices are $20 for adults until September 10th. Then beginning Saturday, September 11th, the ticket price is $25 per adult and the student price of $10 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 September 11th — bring your boat nerd friends!

Shuttle & Parking Information for Tour Day:

Sawyer Park on Neenah Ave (exit Hwy 42/57) Bus pickup site

Door County Maritime Museum- Madison Ave.,  Bus pickup site

1st Ave, across from Centerpointe Yacht Services Bus pickup site

2nd Ave. & Nebraska, city lot (one block away from Centerpointe entrance)

1st Ave, traffic deck across from Stone Harbor Resort

Bay Shipbuilding, 3rd Ave, two lots Bus pickup site

Street parking on 1st, 2nd, 3rd Streets