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Attractions

Kilwin's Chocolate Kitchen

One smell and you'll know why this company ships their sweets all over the world! Tours are offered during summer months.

  • 1050 Bay View Road, Petoskey
  • 231.347.3800

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Michigan Fisheries Visitor Center

Find informative guided hatchery tours, self-guided hiking/nature trails and interpretive exhibits and interactive displays. Hatchery tours and nature trails are open May through October.

  • 3377 U.S. 31, Oden
  • 231.348.0998

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Petoskey Stone Hunting

These "stones" are really chunks of fossilized coral thought to be 350 million years old. Best hunting places are the beaches at Petoskey State Park and Magnus City Park. No license required.

  • Area Beaches

Pond Hill Farm

This is a working farm, market, and greenhouse. The market features unique canned items, organic vegetables, meats and fish.

  • 5581 South Lake Shore Drive, Harbor Springs
  • 231.526.3276

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Raven Hill Discovery Center

Hands-on museum with emphasis on science, history and the arts. Includes live animal exhibits and many activities.

  • 04737 Fuller Road, East Jordan
  • 231.536.3369

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Skydive Harbor Springs

Enjoy a half hour scenic flight around Little Traverse Bay on your way to jump altitude. Strapped to your experienced tandem instructor, you'll jump over the Harbor Springs coastline.

  • 111 Airport Drive, Charlevoix
  • 231.242.8822

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Beaches

  • Zoll Street Beach, Harbor Springs
  • Zorn Park, Harbor Springs
  • Magnus City Park Beach, Petoskey
  • Petoskey State Park, Petoskey
  • West Park Beach, Bay Harbor
  • Bliss Township Beach, Bliss
  • Cross Village Beach, Cross Village
  • Good Hart Beach, Good Hart
  • Readmond Township Beach, Good Hart
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Boat Tours, Charters, & Ferries

Arnold Transit

More than 100 years of passenger ferry service to historic Mackinac Island. Operates May to October

  • Mackinaw City and St. Ignace
  • 800.542.8528

Beaver Island Boat Company

Provides passage from Charlevoix to Beaver Island (32 miles). Also offers guided tours of "America's Emerald Isle". Operates mid-April to December.

  • Charlevoix
  • 888.446.4095

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Gail-Force Charters

Enjoy a great fishing experience with Captain Tim Wildfong who has over 20 years of fishing on the Great Lakes for king salmon, brown and lake trout, coho and walleye. All fishing equipment provided.

  • Bay Harbor
  • 989.245.3585

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Ironton Ferry

This five-minute, 100-yard voyage across the South Arm of Lake Charlevoix saves visitors a 15-mile drive. Generally operates mid-April to mid-November.

  • Ironton
  • 231.547.7200

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Ruddy Duck Charters

Trout and salmon charters.

  • Petoskey
  • 231.347.3232

Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

For three generations, the Shepler family has been ferrying vacationers to historic Mackinac Island. Operates May through October.

  • Mackinaw City and St. Ignace
  • 800.828.6157

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Star Line

The largest modern fleet serving Mackinac Island and offering sunset cruises. Operates May to October.

  • Mackinaw City and St. Ignace
  • 800.638.9892

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Sunshine Charters

Two-hour sailing adventures mid-June through Labor Day leaving from the marina in Charlevoix.

  • Charlevoix
  • 231.547.0266

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Ward Brothers

Trout, salmon and steelhead charters.

  • Charlevoix
  • 231.547.2371

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WhiteCap Charters

Tours by appointment for up to six passengers on Lake Charlevoix, Lake Michigan and Little Traverse Bay. Perfect for fall colors tours!

  • Petoskey & Charlevoix
  • 231.675.1127

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Bowling

Northern Lights Recreation Center

Arcade action along with bowling, billiards and indoor miniature golf.

  • 8865 M-119, Harbor Springs
  • 231.347.3100

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Breweries

Beards Brewery

Located in the heart of downtown Petoskey, Beards offers a low key environment to enjoy a pint or two.

  • 215 E. Lake St, Petoskey
  • 231.753.2221

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Petoskey Brewery

Originally opened as the Petoskey Brewing Company in 1898 this historic building owes its unique stature to the brewing practices of the late 19th century. Closed in 1915, it wasn't until 2012 that beer once again flowed within the walls of the "Old Brewery."

  • 1844 M-119, Petoskey
  • 231.753.2057

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Casino

Odawa Casino Resort

Guests will find more than 1,500 loose slot machines, dozens of Las Vegas style table games, dining and unique shopping. 

  • 1760 Lears Road, Petoskey
  • 877.442.6464

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Fishing

Hidden River Golf and Casting Club

Catch and release is allowed. Guides are recommended.

  • 7688 Maple River Road, Brutus
  • 231.529.4653

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Morgan Trout Farm

Public fishing that's perfect for kids and adults alike. No license required and no catch limit. Fly fishing available by appointment.

  • U.S. 31 North, Alanson
  • 231.548.4114

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Hiking

Little Traverse Conservancy Nature Preserves

More than seven different trail systems in Charlevoix and Emmet counties are protected by the Little Traverse Conservancy.

  • 3264 Powell Road, Harbor Springs
  • 231.347.0991

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Petoskey Multipurpose Trail

Trail runs from Charlevoix on U.S. 31 through Bay Harbor and Bay View. In Petoskey, the path winds through beautiful Bayfront Park. 29 miles start to finish, small segment on-road on U.S. 31.

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Historical Sites & Museums

Andrew Blackbird Museum

The former home of this important figure in history is now the Andrew Blackbird Museum. The museum is committed to preserving and sharing the rich heritage of Indian customs, arts, craft, music, poetry and language. Open year-round.

  • 368 E. Main, Harbor Springs
  • 231.526.0612

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Bay View Association

This century old Victorian community of nearly 500 cottages is a National Historic Landmark. Summer programs include concerts, theater, operas, lectures, recreational programs, educational classes and religious services which are open to the public.

  • Petoskey
  • 231.347.6225

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Harbor Springs History Museum

The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society is pleased to welcome visitors to its new home located in the former city hall. Please call for scheduled hours of operation.

  • 349 E. Main, Harbor Springs
  • 231.526.9771

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Little Traverse History Museum

On Petoskey's beautiful waterfront, this museum is the restored Pere Marquette train depot. Exhibits feature Ernest Hemingway's life, Odawa Indian artifacts and the history of the region. Open May to September.

  • 100 Depot Court, Petoskey
  • 231.347.2620

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National Shrine of the Cross-In-The-Woods

This awesome 55-foot cross was made from a redwood tree. In 1959, the 7-ton, 28-foot crucifix was raised into place.

  • On M-68, Indian River
  • 231.238.8973

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Miniature Golf

Big Bear Adventures

18-hole adventure golf. Roller racers, twin spin, inflatable bouncer and snack bar

  • 4261 S. Straits Hwy., Indian River
  • 231.238.8181

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Great American Adventures 

Miniature golf plus go-karts, batting cages, driving range and water wars.

  • 2088 US 31 North, Petoskey
  • 231.347.9566

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Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf

18-holes set among the mysteries of the pirate world.

  • 230 US 31 North, Petoskey
  • 231.347.1123

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Movie Theatre

Petoskey Cinema

  • 1540 Anderson Road, Petoskey
  • 231.347.9696

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Performing Arts

Bay View Association

This century old Victorian community of nearly 500 cottages is a National Historic Landmark. Summer programs include concerts, theater, operas, lectures, recreational programs, educational classes and religious services which are open to the public.

  • Petoskey
  • 231.347.6225

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Crooked Tree Arts Center

Enjoy art shows in gallery area; concerts, recitals, and performing arts in the theater. Annual performances by the Little Traverse Civic Theatre. Original works by local artists on sale. Classes, lessons and workshops

  • 461 East Mitchell, Petoskey
  • 231.347.4337

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Waterpark

Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark

This 88,000-square-foot mega-park features six waterslides, a shallow children's pool, wet climbing wall, activity pools, a lazy river, hot tubs, a huge arcade, and the Rip Zone surf simulator - all indoors!

  • Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls
  • 231.549.7979

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Wineries

Harbor Springs Vineyard & Winery

Enjoy delicious wines and hard cider in a beautiful tasting room located at Pond Hill Farm. Sample award winning wine and enjoy a delicious lunch created using produce and meats harvested onsite.

  • 5581 South Lake Shore Drive, Harbor Springs
  • 231.526.3276

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Mackinaw Trail Winery

Enriching life with exceptional wine, Mackinaw Trail Winery offers a 28 acre vineyard, winery and tasting room.

  • 3423 U.S. 131, Petoskey
  • 231.487.1910

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