Bayfield, with its stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, offers an array of activities that cater to all tastes. This July, immerse yourself in the local festivities, explore historical treasures, savor fresh local produce, and embrace the outdoor lifestyle that makes this town a gem on Lake Superior. Whether you're seeking relaxation or adventure, Bayfield has something special for you.

1. Go on a Historic Walking Tour

Bayfield’s rich history is best explored on foot. Join Bayfield Historic Walking Tours or Bayfield Ghost Walks to delve into the town’s storied past. You'll meander through charming streets lined with well-preserved Victorian homes, visit historical landmarks and learn fascinating stories about the town’s development and its significance in the Great Lakes region. The tour is both educational and enchanting, making it a perfect activity for history buffs and casual visitors alike. You can also learn about Bayfield's History at one of the museums in the area, such as the Bayfield Maritime Museum, Bayfield Heritage Association, the Madeline Island Museum, or displays at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

Bayfield Maritime Museum

2. See Fireworks Over Lake Superior

Celebrate the 4th of July with a spectacular fireworks display where the night sky over Lake Superior comes alive with brilliant colors and patterns. Grab a blanket or a lawn chair and find your spot in Memorial Park. Live music for Concerts by the Lake starts at 1:00 p.m. with acts all the way up until the Fireworks show at dusk. Watching the reflections dance on the lake’s surface while enjoying the cool evening breeze is an experience you won't want to miss. Head to Madeline Island for a parade, community celebration and fireworks as well! 

Concerts by the Lake

3. Visit the Farmer’s Market

A trip to Bayfield isn't complete without a visit to the Bayfield Area Farmer's Market. Held every Saturday morning mid-June - October (8:30 a.m. - Noon) the market is a vibrant hub of fresh produce, artisanal goods, and friendly locals. Sample delicious baked goods, pick up handmade crafts, and enjoy live music as you peruse the stalls. The market is not just a place to shop but a community gathering that captures the spirit of Bayfield.

Bayfield Area Farmer's Market

4. Take a Private Boat Cruise

Experience the beauty of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands up close by embarking on a private boat cruise. Whether you’re interested in a romantic sunset trip or a daytime adventure exploring the Apostle Islands, a private cruise offers a personalized and intimate way to enjoy the big lake. Many local operators provide customizable itineraries, allowing you to tailor your trip to your preferences. Enjoy stunning views, pristine waters, and the serene environment of one of North America’s most magnificent lakes. Click here for a list of boat charters. 

Blessing of the Fleet 2023

5. Go Biking

For those who enjoy outdoor activities, biking in and around Bayfield is a fantastic option. Mt. Ashwabay boasts numerous mountain bike trails that cater to cyclists of all levels. Bike rentals are available at Howl Adventure Center, making it easy to explore at your own pace. Rent a mountain bike or an electric bike for easier rides through town. For a flatter ride, take your bike to Madeline Island and cruise out to Big Bay State Park, the Town Park, with breathtaking views of Lake Superior along the way. 

mountain biker