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7 Family Friendly Activities to do in Petoskey

June 6, 2017

Summer is here and that means one thing for my family – Road Trip to Petoskey! 

A packed car, windows rolled down, music on blast and so many beautiful sights to see. This summer, our family will spend a week in the Petoskey area. There are so many fun things to do along Lake Michigan, but after getting ideas from family and friends, we narrowed it down to these 7 family-friendly activities: 

1. A Day on Lake Charlevoix 

Lake Charlevoix. Image via Charlevoix Inn.

Pontoon boat rental via Boyne Water Sports in Boyne City, MI.

Lake Charlevoix is one of the most beautiful, crystal clear, fresh water lakes in the world. Renting a pontoon boat is a great way to spend a day with family, playing in the water and playing along the shores and sandbars. Head to Boyne Water Sports right in downtown Boyne City, Swan Valley Marina in East Jordan, or Summertime Rentals in Ironton. 

2. Castle Farms

Castle Farms model train display. Image via Castle Farms.

After a day on the Lake Charlevoix, we will head towards Charlevoix the city, and stop at Castle Farms to explore their huge outdoor model railroad. The kids can also play in their hedge maze and we’ll eat a picnic lunch before continuing to downtown Charlevoix. 

3. Earl Young’s “Mushroom” houses (aka “Hobbit homes”)

Earl Young Mushroom House in Charlevoix, MI. Photo via the Charlevoix Park Avenue blog.

If you love unique architecture or JRR Tolkien, you have to stop in Charlevoix to see Earl Young’s “Mushroom” house. They are the most charming little cottages that look like Hobbit homes and I’ve always wanted to see them in person. You can pick up a map online or at the Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce. 

4. Petoskey State Park & The Breakwall

7 Family Friendly Activities in the Petoskey Area

The Petoskey Breakwall via Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau.

Next we’ll head to Petoskey for a couple days, where we will stay at the historic Perry Hotel. We will spend a day at the beach at Petoskey State Park for swimming and renting bikes. Hunting for Petoskey stones at the Breakwall is also a must-do for our little kids. 

NOTE: For those of you daredevils, jumping off the Petoskey Breakwall made it onto Michigan Radio’s list of 70 Things Every Michigander Should Experience At Least Once!

5. Petoskey Gaslight District

Petoskey Gaslight Shopping District. Image via iStock Photo

We’ll also spend a day walking and shopping in the Gaslight District – I’ll be sure to hit up Emma’s and Lake Affect and we’ll eat at some of our favorite restaurants like Chandlers. 

6. Pond Hill Farm

Feeding the cows at Pond Hill Farm. Image via Pond Hill Farm

Next on the trip is a couple days in Harbor Springs, which is quite possibly my favorite town ever. We’ll go to Pond Hill Farm so the kids can feed the animals and shoot the squash rocket (a large slingshot to shoot vegetables into the fields for the animals)! There is a hike to the top of the hill which offers scenic views of Lake Michigan. 

7. Boyne Highlands Horseback Riding

Image via Boyne.com

Before heading home, we’ll either spend our last day at the beach or go to Boyne Highlands Horseback Riding for a trail ride among the trees.

Happy trails! 

For more information and resources to plan your trip to the Petoskey area, contact the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau:

Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau
401 East Mitchell Street
Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: 231.348.2755 or 1.800.845.2828
Fax: 231.348.1810
Email:  info@PetoskeyArea.com 

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