Northern Michigan
Activities & Things To Do

Vacations and weekend get aways are a great time to take part in a variety of activities. In Northern Michigan, you can fill your day with everything from a picnic on the beach in the summer, to biking in the fall, to downhill skiing in the winter, to hunting for mushrooms in the spring.

Northern Michigan is the place to try new things! Rent a bike or a kayak, go snow tubing, attend a concert or an art fair, or play a round of golf with friends.

From dawn to dusk, it is here for you to enjoy in Northern Michigan.

Apple Fest
Downtown Charlevoix, Charlevoix, MI 49720, 231-547-2101
Held each year on the second weekend of October, Apple Fest turns downtown Charlevoix into a festive and fun place to be. Traditional and heirloom apples along with cider, baked goods, apple butter, and other fall produce like pumpkins and squash and an arts and crafts show.
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Bay Harbor Lake Marina
832 Front St, Bay Harbor, MI 49770, 231-439-2544,
Resort amenity marina in the waterfront Village at Bay Harbor. Shopping, dining, residential homes, lodging, vacation homes, seasonal events and more. Transient, seasonal slips. Shoppers’ docks.
Big Bear Adventures
4271 S. Straits Hwy., Indian River, MI 49749, 231-238-8181
Mild to Wild! Exciting canoe, kayak, raft and tube trips down the beautiful, crystal-clear Sturgeon River! 18-Hole Adventure Golf, Subway, Youth/Group packages and guided winter rafting trips.
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Boyne Highlands Resort
600 Highland Dr, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 866-850-5591
Join guides for an equestrian journey through the beauty and tranquility of the resort trail network. Horseback trail rides, pony rides and mountaintop color rides are available.
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Boyne Highlands Resort
600 Highland Dr, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 866-850-5368
Zipline Adventure Tour starting at the mountain top and descending more than 50 stories to the base, or try a Twin Zip Ride on Michigan’s longest zipline.
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Boyne Highlands Resort
600 Highland Dr, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 866-850-5503
Downhill skiing, snowboarding--55 slopes--tubing, cross country skiing, equipment rental, Snow Sports Academy, sleigh rides, apres ski, dining, lodging, entertainment, golf, horseback riding, zip line, mountain biking, dinner theatre--need we say more? It's all here at Boyne Highlands.
Earl Young Mushroom House Tours
Downtown, Charlevoix, MI 49720, 231-445-0770
These walking daily tours view the architectural creations of Earl Young. Get up close and personal with your guide and view the famous Park Avenue section of the Mushroom Houses. Tours last approximately 50 minutes, are less than 1/2 mile in walking, and begin and end at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts.
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Great Lakes Glass Pumpkin Patch
Boyer Glass & Three Pines Studio, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-6359
This annual event is a colorful gathering of hundreds of glass pumpkins by artists Harry Boyer and Lynn Dinning. Harry's pumpkins will be in the patch outside Boyer Glassworks in downtown Harbor Springs and both Lynn's and Harry's pumpkins appear in the garden patch at Three Pines Studios. First Saturday in October.
Harbor Springs Brew Festival
On the Waterfront, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-7999
Great beer, food, music and more, on the Harbor Springs waterfront, first Saturday in October.
Harbor Springs Downtown
Downtown, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-2104
So much to do in downtown Harbor Springs! Shopping, dining, services and more--art, clothing, linens, books, home furnishings, restaurants, coffee shop, movie theatre, waterfront, marina. Off season special activities Sunday-Thursday at restaurants.
Harbor Springs Festival of the Book
160 State St, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-838-2725
Last week in September in locations throughout downtown Harbor Springs including panel discussions, readings, authors in conversation, keynote address, cookbook author luncheons, and book signings. Most sessions are free. Stop by the Festival office on State Street to learn more.
Harbor Springs Lyric Theatre
275 E Main St, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-622-6366
The Lyric is a charitable non-profit movie theater offering first run, foreign, classic and family favorite movies on Main Street in downtown Harbor Springs. Three theaters, Dolby Sound, gourmet concessions including wine and beer.
Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center
327 E. Bluff St, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-4887
This spectacular Performing Ars Center is the place to enjoy music, theatre, and special events. For upcoming cultural events go to, select Performing Arts Center, click on Events Calendar; or call for a recorded message.
High Gear Sports
1171 US 31 N, Petoskey, MI 49770, 231-347-6118
Biking and fitness equipment with great service. Cycling parts, repairs, accessories, clothing, shoes, car racks and carriers plus bike rentals. Fitness bikes, trainers, and treadmills. Running shoes, apparel, and gear. Located on US 31 N near Glen's North and adjacent to the Little Traverse Wheelway.
Little Traverse Conservancy
3264 Powell Rd., Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-347-0991
The Little Traverse Conservancy owns and manages more than 164 nature preserves within the five-county service area (Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Mackinac, and Chippewa counties). Hike the many Conservancy trails or take part in educational hikes, walks, kayak jaunts, and more.
Mackinac Island Lilac Festival
Downtown, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, 800-454-5227
The Lilac Festival is a ten-day annual festival held in honor of the common lilac at Mackinac Island. The festival, which has been held since 1949, begins on the second Friday of June and concludes, on the third Sunday of June, with the horse-drawn Lilac Parade.
Nub's Nob
500 Nub's Nob Rd, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-2131, 800-SKI-NUBS
Consistently ranked the #1 ski/snowboard area in the Midwest, the "Can Do Crew" at Nub’s has been delivering "First Class and Friendly Skiing" for nearly 60 years. Ski/board school, race clinics and leagues, ski/board rentals, childcare, great food, bar, entertainment.
Odawa Casino Resort
1760 Lears Rd, Petoskey, MI 49770, 231-439-6100, 877-442-6464
Full-service casino near Little Traverse Bay featuring 1,000 exciting slot machines, over 20 table games, poker room, night club, gift shop, and three great dining options.
Odawa Casino-Mackinaw City
1080 S Nicolet St, Mackinaw City, MI 49701, 877-442-6464
153 E. Main St., Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-2621
Get out on the water, slopes or trails with hassle-free rentals (2 hour, day, weekly): kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, snowshoes and skis (downhill, xc, skate, telemark). Lessons available. Summer Kids's Kayak Camp, Trail Run Series, Monday Night Paddles. Women in the Wild outings, workshops and monthly Speaker Series fall, winter and spring.
Petoskey State Park
2475 M-119, Petoskey, MI 49770, 231-347-2311, 800-447-2757
Camping, hiking, beaches, dunes, playgrounds, Petoskey stones--all of it and more can be found at this spectacular Michigan state park. Located at the end of Little Traverse Bay, boaters will often be found anchored off the beach as the boaters swim or search for Petoskey stones.
Pointer Boat
On the Waterfront, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-881-8048
Go for a ride on the historic, 80+-year-old Pointer boat. These 1 hour and 15 minute tours are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm. Tickets are $20 per person, $25 for children (10 and under).
Professional Captain John P. Shaw
Coast Guard licensed captain available hourly, daily, or longer. Power and sail endorsed, knowledge of all local ports. Hire Capt. Shaw to pilot your boat so you can relax and enjoy the beauty of northern Michigan or entertain your guests onboard! Nautical instruction. Available to move your boat by water to any port. Boat evaluation. USCG license #820080.
Red, White and Brew
Waterfront, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
More fun on July 4th on the Harbor Springs waterfront with beer, wine and the music of The Accidentals, 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for under 21. Wood Fire Up pizza will be serving, too.
Taste of Harbor Springs
On the Waterfront, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-7999
Don't miss the annual Taste of Harbor Springs September 21. The big tent on the waterfront in downtown Harbor Springs will be filled with the foods of more than 25 area restaurants. Tickets are $30 in advance, $45 at the door.
Todd and Brad Reed Photography
The "Tuesdays with Todd and Brad Reed" project takes this father and son photography team all over Michigan to document the state's beauty. Follow along with their photographic adventures by watching these short videos, each about three minutes long. A unique Michigan video is posted for every week of the year.
Ugotta Regatta
Little Traverse Yacht Club, On Little Traverse Bay, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-7919
Every year during the last weekend of July, sailboats from across the Midwest and beyond hoist their sails to race in the Ugotta Regatta. This year, July 26-28, watch the action from Petoskey’s Sunset Park, Petoskey State Park, or on the water.
Young Americans Dinner Theater
Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 866-683-2382
This Broadway-style show entertains audiences of all ages. Enjoy the show plus hors d’oeuvres, three-course dinner, cash bar. Nightly performances, except Sundays, June 21-August 24.

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