Harrington Beach State Park lies about 35 miles north of Milwaukee and is famous for its strong winter fishing seasons and summer beachside programming. For fans of the night sky, a public observatory maintains regular hours throughout the warmer months. Private and public hours vary throughout the summertime, so make sure to call ahead if you're looking to plan a stargazing visit.
The schedule for the observatory can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website as well as the man offices inside of the park. Sorry dog lovers, but canines are prohibited from any of the observatory grounds. For hikers, there are loads of grasslands to explore via several miles of paved cycling and walking paths.
These contain restored wetland ponds that have only reached their current state in the past few years, thanks to a concentrated effort from the state to restore these areas to their former glory. Visitors can choose from a few different landscapes, as Harrington Beach State Park offers swampland and sandy beaches in addition to these more standard offerings.
If you're looking to keep your canine with you as you explore all that Harrington Beach State Park has to offer, make sure they say on a leash throughout your visit. Doggie business stations are posted at several locations throughout the park, so make sure you clean up any messes that your dog might leave behind. For boaters, there are three different slips available to use provided you've paid admission.
Watercraft can be of any type, as long as you possess registration for it from the state of Wisconsin. If fishing is more your speed, Lake Michigan hosts the sport throughout the year. Pole rental is available on the beach for a small fee, and two concrete piers are available to drop your line from. These areas are available for your canine as well, provided you keep them on a leash no longer than six feet.