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Things To Do In Petoskey, MI


Petoskey, MI is a coastal gem of the United States that boasts of dozens of tourists attractions. This northern city of Michigan has something to do all year round. Whether you want to explore the outdoors or relax indoors while getting entertained, there is always something waiting for you on your vacation. You can make your time in Petoskey always memorable by visiting its numerous historical attractions, engage your taste buds in a gourmet of foods or experience Pure Michigan in a variety of water, air and snow sports. The list is endless. Here are some the best places to visit and things to do in your Petoskey vacation or day trip.

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Avalanche Bay Indoor Water Park

This is Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark located at the centre of Boyne Mountain Resort. The waterpark is open all year round and has 84-degree water for maximum immersion in fun. Avalanche Bay has fun for both adults and kids. Some of the water facilities to put you in action include 6 water slides including the very new Big Couloir (the first ProSlide SuperLOOP in Michigan), Rip Zone surf simulator, lazy river, hot tubs and a kid’s pool. There is also an arcade with numerous games. To keep your energy going for more action, eat out at Snack Shark or Apres Ski Pub right inside Avalanche Bay.

Mackinaw Trail Winery

2008 Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition

 Petoskey has some of the best Michigan wines. Take a tour through Mackinaw Trail winery and enjoy sampling some of its best wines from the beautiful marina setting. Watching the spectacular views of the unspoiled beaches as you enjoy your drinks is uplifting. The owner of Mackinaw Winery uses unique expertise from his Italian origin to make award winning wines. The winery is open from Monday to Saturday from 10am-8pm and on Sundays from 12pm-5pm.



Petoskey State Park

Fall Color Reflection

If you love the outdoors, you will definitely love the Petoskey State Park. This park is ideal for camping enthusiasts. There are two camping grounds well equipped with useful facilities. The park also has two trails with spectacular views of dunes, plants and wildlife. You can also enjoy picnic with family or friends from the park’s picnic areas with grills and picnic tables. State Park also has a wonderful beach with soft sand and shallow waters where kids can enjoy splashing around. The beach is also a great site for hunting the famous Petoskey stones.

Castle Farms

If you love fairy tales or if you have kids, you will definitely have a great time at Castle farms. Open all year round, this attraction presents history from almost 100 years ago in its unique soaring towers and numerous collections from as early as World War I. You can enjoy a guided tour around the farm or choose to explore on your own. Things to do in Castle Farms include feeding rainbow trout in the Reflection Pond, picnicking, playing giant chess, taking a relaxing swing in the farm’s Garden Gazebo, a visit to the castle’s outdoor railroad (largest in Michigan) or checking out the farm’s memorabilia and music posters that take you back to the Castle’s Concert years. Over 100 rock groups performed at the castle. These include The Beach Boys, Dobbie Brothers and Aerosmith among many others. The site’s museum is also awesome and it houses World War I artifacts, castles, antique toys and other collections.


Little Traverse History Museum



This museum is the restored Pere Marquette train depot and sits on the breathtaking Petoskey waterfront. Museum exhibitions here include artifacts from the Little Traverse Bay Region, unique Odawa Indian artifacts and exhibits that feature the life of Ernest Hemingway in Michigan. The museum is open seasonally but you can contact them 2 weeks prior to your visit to make arrangements.


Stone Hunting – Petoskey area

Fossil collectors can have a busy time in Petoskey. The area has ideal sites for stone hunting especially along the beaches and shores of Lake Michigan and other rocky shorelines. The Petoskey stone is the remains of a coral colony that existed during the Devonian period or about 350 million years ago. The unique stones feature cells which are tubes in which small animals lived. The ‘eye’ seen on a Petoskey stone is the mouth of the animal.


Shop – Petoskey gas light district

This shopping area has existed for over 100 years. Take a stroll through the streets lined with historic gas lights and hop in the numerous shops stocked with antiques, sports equipment, home décor, souvenirs, clothes and an assortment of other items. The shopkeepers are welcoming and offer personalized service like gift packaging and customized orders. You can also enjoy fine dining as you enjoy breathtaking views of the little Traverse Bay. Specific shops in the shopping district include Kilwins Chocolates and Ice Cream, Art Cats Gallery and Ciao Bella Garden and Home. The shops are open in most days throughout the year from morning hours up to early evening hours.


Game on – Odawa Casino

This casino has several play machines to get you and your buddies occupied. On Tuesday nights, the casino offers karaoke, ping pong table, foosball table, black jack and slots tournaments. Drinks are reasonably priced here and the staff is very friendly.

Sport action – Snowmobiling (Winter Time Of Course)

A visit to northern Michigan is not complete without snowmobiling. Rent a sled and enjoy miles of rides in forested pathways that reveal wonderful winter sceneries. Petoskey Snowmobile Club and Harbor Springs snowmobile Club can take care of your snowmobiling needs for a memorable holiday experience!

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