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Things to do in Petoskey, Michigan

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No matter what time of the year you come to Petoskey, you’ll find a host of activities for everyone in the family to enjoy.

  1. Explore Petoskey State Park

    This state park on the northern tip of Little Traverse Bay has a clean and gorgeous beach where you can go for a walk and enjoy stunning views of the water. A well-maintained campground within the park lets you sleep under the stars while a picnic area provides shade and relaxation.

  2. Enjoy the scenery at Bayfront Park

    Go for a stroll along over 7,800 feet of shoreline in the central promenade of this park. Enjoy breathtaking views of Little Traverse Bay at the same time. Other highlights here include the clock tower, slip marina, picnic pavilion, waterfall area, Fred Friedli Children’s Playground, and the Little Traverse Historical Society History Museum.

  3. Go whitewater rafting at Bear River Valley Recreation Area

  4. Adrenaline junkies will enjoy the rapids at Bear River Valley. And just to make things more exciting, massive boulders, ledges, rollovers, and tight squeezes were added to the river, thanks to a $2.4-million renovation project.

  5. Make snow angels at Petoskey Winter Sports Park

    Petoskey is a popular winter destination, and the Winter Sports Park is no stranger to visits from tourists. It offers exciting opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and simply having fun in the snow.

    The park features a massive sledding hill and an outdoor ice rink and hockey rink. They also offer limited skate rentals.

  6. Go on a walking tour of the Historic Gaslight District

    Lined with the time-tested gaslights that made this place a historical landmark, Downtown Petoskey is a sight to behold at night. You’ll find over 170 shops and restaurants to visit here. Shop for gadgets and houseware at Cutler’s, buy acrylic paintings and stone jewelry at the Northern Michigan Artists’ Market, and enjoy a guilt-free, Thai-inspired meal at Thai Orchid Cuisine.

  7. Book a room in Odawa Casino Resort

    Check into a luxury suite at Odawa for the ultimate weekend getaway. Their guestrooms are equipped with top-quality mattresses and pillows, contemporary furnishings, and high-end appliances.
    Dining options include Sage, one of Northern Michigan’s finest restaurants; Waas-No-Dé Buffet which offers over 100 dishes; Copper Café, where you can enjoy some comfort food; and Niibiish Lounge which serves some of the best burgers and sandwiches in town.

    Guests get free shuttle service to the casino where you can try any of their 1,000 slots and play your favorite table games.

  8. Browse the exhibit at Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC)

    This community-based arts center was founded in 1971 and features four galleries, a dance studio, theater, culinary arts kitchen, and several classrooms. Browse photography exhibits, join the Kitchen Painters at the studio for creative sessions, discuss photography during monthly meetings, and buy fresh produce and handmade goods at the CTAC artisans’ and farmers’ market.

  9. Sample wines at Petoskey Farms Vineyard and Winery

    Indulge your love for wine at Petoskey’s premier winery. For the best experience, book a private cellar tour for a tasting session for your group. The winery has two tastings rooms – the first one, nestled on top of Joy Valley,provides stunning views of the countryside. The second one can be found downtown, right next to shops and restaurants.

    Each session includes a fantastic selection of Northern Michigan wines and hard ciders, with small plates of local meats, cheeses, and dips on the side. Don’t forget to try their famous wine flight, a three-ounce pour of five different wines.

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