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.

This 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.

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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, 231-526-3000, 800-GO-BOYNE
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.
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Brek-N-Ridge Farm
7359 S. Lake Shore Dr., Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-242-0112
Safe children and adult riding lessons, boarding, training, jumping and top sport dressage in a beautiful setting. Emmet County’s Premier Indoor Arena. FEI CDI Instruction. Karin Reid Offield and Kate Etherly. Community Welcome. All season riding and after school programs with affordable lesson packages!
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Great Lakes Glass Pumpkin Patch
Boyer Glass & Three Pines Studio, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-6359
The 6th 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. October 3, 2015.
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.
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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.
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Little Traverse Sailors
E. Bay St, on the waterfront, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-838-4484
Non profit sailing school for youth 8-18 and adults. Youth classes held weekly June 15-August 14 with morning and afternoon sessions. Adult classes and instruction, too. 58 years of teaching youth to sail and open to the public. Next to Irish Boat Shop and across from Little Traverse Yacht Club.
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 more than 55 years. Ski/board school, race clinics and leagues, ski/board rentals, childcare, great food, bar, entertainment.
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, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are $20 per person, $15 for children (10 and under). 231-881-8048.
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.
Royal Craft Show
Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-3000
Boyne Highlands is the new location of this Craft Show held every Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend for the past 10 years (previously held at Castle Farms. One of Michigan's most unique handmade items only craft show, where more than 100 fine craftsmen and thousands of visitors attend.
Skydive Harbor Springs
Quick Rd., Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-242-8822, 877-586-7863
Jump today! We specialize in first timers. Start with tandem or learn to jump. Safe, scenic, exciting, and fun! Skydiving over Harbor Springs from June-September.
Taste of Harbor Springs
On the Waterfront, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-7999
Don't miss the annual Taste of Harbor Springs September 26. The big tent on the waterfront in downtown Harbor Springs will be filled with the foods of more than 25 area restaurants. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 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.
Travel & Adventure Series
Petoskey High School, Petoskey, MI 49770, 231-224-6404
The Petoskey Kiwanis Club's Travel & Adventure Film Series presents the best of film makers showcasing travel films from destinations around the world. The films are presented at Petoskey High School's Auditorium monthly fall and winter.
Young Americans Dinner Theater
Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-3152
Since 1978, The Young Americans Dinner Theatre has been entertaining and enchanting audiences of all ages, making it one of Boyne Highlands' most popular traditions, and a Michigan dinner threatre destination. Enjoy the show plus hors d’oeuvres, three-course dinner, cash bar. Nightly performances, except Sundays, June 26-August 22.

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