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“A different kind of beach” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Schoolhouse Beach

Schoolhouse Beach
Washington Island, WI
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Type: Beaches
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Ripon, WI
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“A different kind of beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

My wife and I, along with out three grandchildren (6, 8, and 11), visited the beach as part of a day-trip to Washington Island. The beach is made up of smooth limestone pebbles rather than sand. This means that the water is clearer and more inviting, but that sand beach activities are limited. The water was also rather cold so that our children decided that they were finished after an hour.

Visited August 2013
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Tinley Park, IL
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“Fun swimming beach, but bring water shoes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

Fun, interesting beach. Bring water shoes, or else your feet will hurt from walking on the rocks. There is a diving platform out in the water that is a lot of fun. This was our favorite thing to do on the island.

Visited August 2013
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Wheeling, Illinois, United States
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“Nice Beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Beautiful, quiet beach. Great place to sit & relax. Wish there was either Wi Fi or phone service available on this part of the island though!

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Middleton, Wisconsin, United States
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“Unique stones & beautiful view, but could be much more tourist friendly”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Interesting beach (on the far North side) with flat rounded white lime stones (1 to a few inches long) instead of sand. It is very non-commercialized (no food nor boat rentals, etc.). Our family enjoyed searching for interesting looking stones at Schoolhouse beach, and the view was beautiful.

However you may spend about $75 to ferry a vehicle and family of four to the island, and be aware that locals are extremely sensitive to tourists removing a single stone from the beach (they are understandably trying to save their beach - I get it), so read the rules carefully when you enter and do not ignorantly take any souvenir stones (or you may have your vehicle blocked in, photographed and be warned that if you return to the beach the police will be called and your vehicle will be searched for beach stones. And that was after I apologized for my ignorance!).

So... Don't take any souvenir stones from Schoolhouse Beach! And if your looking for a more traditional, family friendly beach in Door county (where you won't be practically arrested for ignorantly picking up beach stones), Nicolet beach in Fish Creek is very nice (recommended).

Visited August 2013
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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“Cold out but still a must see!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

You have to go see the rock beach. Build rock towers, swim, eat, etc. A blast for the whole family. This is a beach that is very crowded on a warm day!

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