Northern Michigan hosts an array of activities and events year ’round. Here is a list of 102 Things Do This Fall In Northern Michigan! All these activities can be enjoyed in the quaint communities of northern Michigan including Alanson, Boyne City, Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, Mackinaw City, Petoskey and Walloon Village.
1. Feed the fish in our pond, explore and hike our 20 acres, splash in our pool, relax in our hot tub or kick back next to our indoor fireplace or outdoor fire pit at Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge & Suites.
2. Visit the Michigan Fisheries Visitor Center in Oden on US-31.
3. Head to Indian River and visit the National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods and museum.
4. The Hillside Gardens in downtown Alanson are planted by local volunteers and are free to visit year round.
5. Kayak, tube or canoe on the Sturgeon River at Big Bear Adventures.
6. Take a walk on Sanctuary Island. Enjoy the hand cranked ferry and beautiful views of the Crooked River (seasonal).
7. Walk, run or bike the new North Western State Trail.
8. Explore the Crooked River with a cruise on the Alanson River Boat Tours through September.
9. Visit the Historic Inland Waterway Museum in downtown.
10. Rent a boat and cruise the famed Inland Waterway, connecting you to a chain of lakes and rivers.
11. Alanson is home to the world’s shortest swing bridge. Walk or drive over it, or boat underneath it.
12. Uncle Frank’s Apple Town in Brutus has apples, cider and homemade donuts – open weekends in September & October – located 5 miles north of alanson on US-31.
13. Catch a sunrise over the Crooked River.
14. Boyne City offers shops and restaurants all year long.
15. Stroll the Boyne City marina.
16. Soar high with Wildwood Rush Zipline Canopy Tours, open mid-May through October.
17. Dine al fresco on Jeff’s Deck or indoors at Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant in the Earl Young inspired building.
18. Visit the downtown Farmers Market Thursday mornings through October 1.
19. Our new restaurant, The Drawbridge Bistro, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with Michigan products and impeccable views of the drawbridge.
20. Paved sidewalks on both sides of the Pine River in Charlevoix make for a scenic and relaxing walk to Lake Michigan.
21. Stroll the Charlevoix marina.
22. Take a tour of Earl Young’s Mushroom Houses (charlevoix.org).
23. Play life-size chess on Castle Farms giant chessboard or take a guided tour of the grounds.
24. Friske Orchards has fresh apples, cider and a petting zoo!
25. East Park features a ‘Fountain of Youth’ and has spectacular views.
26. Enjoy a journey of history with a cruise on the Keewanaw Star.
27. Set sail with a private or group tour by Sunshine Charters.
28. Wine & dine at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant, indoors or outdoors!
29. Enjoy a chair lift ride or zip line adventure at Boyne Highlands.
30. Hop in your car and take a narrated tour to Cross Village through the Tunnel of Trees – CD’s available for purchase.
31. Visit the Farmers Market Saturday mornings through mid October.
32. Browse through the Andrew Blackbird Museum.
33. Visit Boyer Glass Works in downtown for one-of-a-kind items.
34. Peruse the Harbor Springs History Museum in downtown Harbor Springs.
35. Sweet tooth? Tom’s Mom’s Cookies in Harbor Springs is a great treat.
36. Connect with nature during a visit to Deer Park.
37. Stroll the Harbor Springs marina.
38. For an adventure, sky dive with Sky Dive Harbor Springs.
39. Take a ride on the historic Pointer Boat. Call 231-881-8048 for reservations.
40. Visit Pond Hill Farms for fresh produce and sample their wines in the tasting room.
41. Take the family to bowl a few frames at Northern Lights Recreation.
42. Go horseback riding! Take a one or two hour adventure through groomed trails at Boyne Highlands.
43. Enjoy a famous Awesome Coffee in the Wheelhouse Lounge at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant.
MACKINAW CITY / MACKINAC ISLAND
44. Cruise the Straits of Mackinac with a lighthouse cruise on Shepler’s Ferry.
45. Take a day trip to Mackinac Island.
46. Drive over the world’s 6th longest suspension bridge, the Mackinac Bridge!
47. Visit Colonial Michilimackinac & Mill Creek.
48. The Headlands is an International Dark Sky Park and the perfect place to watch the night sky.
49. Tour the U.S.C.G.C. Icebreaker Mackinaw.
50. Explore Wilderness State Park.
51. Sturgeon Bay is a local favorite and known for its miles of sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, north of Harbor Springs.
53. Grab a drink in the Noggin Room Pub, complete an around the world tour of over 30 brews and add your name to the “Hall of Foam.”
54. Visit the downtown Farmers Market Friday mornings through September.
55. Hike the picturesque sand dunes at Petoskey State Park.
56. Voted Northern Michigan’s Best Brunch, Stafford’s Bay View Inn serves brunch every Sunday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm (May – October).
57. Browse the boutique shops of Petoskey’s Historic Gaslight District.
58. The Little Traverse Historical Museum features Hemingway artifacts, train memorabilia and other facts from the past.
59. Try your luck at Odawa Casino.
60. Walk through the winding community of Bay View and enjoy the gingerbread Victorian cottages.
61. Enjoy the ever changing exhibits and performances at Crooked Tree Arts Center.
62. Play outdoor putt-putt golf at Pirate’s Cove Adventure.
63. Great American Adventures offers go karts, driving range, water wars, miniature golf and batting cages.
64. Petoskey is home to Kilwin’s quality confections – take home a delicious treat or tour the kitchen. Petoskey is where the company was founded.
65. Pick up some new reading material at the award winning McLean & Eakin Booksellers in downtown.
66. Canoe, kayak or stroll the Bear River Recreation Area. Rentals nearby.
67. Take home some jam & sauce from American Spoon Foods – Petoskey is where the company was founded.
68. Stroll the Petoskey marina and waterfront park area.
60. Stop by Symon’s General Store in downtown for gourmet treats.
70. Sample oils and vinegars from Fustini’s in downtown Petoskey.
71. Catch a flick at the Petoskey Cinema.
72. Visit Lavender Hill Farm, just a few miles south west of Petoskey.
73. Peruse our collection of Michigan art and history at Stafford’s Art Gallery, located behind Stafford’s Perry Hotel (staffordsgallery.com).
75. Stroll the Petoskey Breakwall.
76. Visit a northern Michigan brewery. Beards Brewery located in downtown Petoskey or Petoskey Brewing Co. located on M-119.
77. Enjoy live entertainment from local musicians in the Noggin Room Pub at Stafford’s Perry Hotel Friday & Saturday evenings.
78. Enjoy breakfast or lunch in H.O. Rose Dining Room at Stafford’s Perry Hotel.
79. Enjoy a treat from Maple Moon Family Sugary.
80. Sturgeon River Pottery offers a great selection of homemade pottery and gifts, some items are made right in the store!
81. Play of game of croquet on the lawn at Stafford’s Bay View Inn.
82. Take the little ones and spend some time at Busy Bodies Bounce Town.
83. Red Sky Stage is a coffee house style performing arts venue in downtown Petoskey.
86. Whirl around on roller skates at Pied Piper Skatery.
87. Spend some time on the beach and enjoy the nearby playground, too.
88. Bicycle along the shore of Little Traverse Bay on the Little Traverse Wheelway, a 26 mile paved bike trail from Harbor Springs to Charlevoix. Bike rentals are nearby.
89. Bike, blade, jog or stroll along the North Western State Trail from M-119 in Petoskey to downtown Mackinaw City.
90. Sit back, relax and take in the views of our beautiful corner of northern Michigan.
91. Pamper yourself at one of the areas renowned spas.
92. Visit one of the areas signature fudge shops.
93. Try Stafford’s Oak Planked Whitefish – our specialty since 1961!
94. Experience exceptional northern Michigan wines along the Bay View Wine Trail.
95. Take a hike! Little Traverse Nature Conservancy offers more than 172 nature preserves across northern Michigan.
96. Skip stones on the shores of Little Traverse Bay.
97. Fish on! Whether you want to fly fish, hire a charter or toss a line from the dock, get out and spend some time on our Great Lakes.
98. Golf at one of the areas numerous world class courses.
100. Go antiquing at one of the many shops in northern Michigan.
101. Search for Petoskey stones along the shoreline of Little Traverse Bay, or purchase one in our gift shops.
102. Petoskey is known as the “Land of the Million Dollar Sunsets.” Stop by Sunset Park or the Rose Garden Veranda at Stafford’s Perry Hotel and watch the sun slowly fade into the water.
We’d love to know! What’s your favorite thing to during in northern Michigan during the fall?