Attractions & Activities



Historical Attractions

  • Earl Young Mushroom Houses – Unique mushroom looking homes, hotels and restaurant. A self-guided tour map available from the city of Charlevoix Visitors Center at 109 Mason St.
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  • Castle Farms – Featuring extensive gardens and paths, a WWI museum, and Michigan’s largest outdoor model railroad.
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  • Charlevoix South Pier Light Station – The Charlevoix South Pier Light Station is located on Lake Michigan at the entrance to Lake Charlevoix. This historic lighthouse was erected in 1948 and stands 41 feet high!
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  • Harsha House Museum – This historic home, built in 1891, serves as a museum and home to the Charlevoix Historical Society.
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Other Attractions


Parks & Natural Wonders

  • Beaver Island – A serene and beautiful island set 32 miles off the coast of Charlevoix in Lake Michigan.
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  • Michigan Beach Park – Here you will find Charlevoix’s South Pier Lighthouse as well as a myriad of family must haves: playground, snack shack, restrooms, trails, stand up paddle board rentals, picnic pavilion and much more.
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  • Fisherman’s Island State Park and Beach – A 2,678 acre state park with 5 miles of unspoiled Lake Michigan shoreline and miles of hiking trails through forests and dunes.
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  • North Point Nature Preserve – A 28 acre wooded and sand dune area that is bordered by Mt. McSauba.
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  • Young State Park – A 560 acre park set on gorgeous Lake Charlevoix.
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  • Ferry Beach Park – Families love Ferry Beach as the sandy swimming area gradually deepens. Playground, concession, restrooms, picnic area, stand up paddle board rentals, and pavilions make a day at the beach fun and easy! The Ferry Beach pier is also a great place to go fishing!
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  • Bridge Park – Downtown Charlevoix park overlooking Round Lake featuring scenic views of the drawbridge.
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Public Beaches

  • Lake Charlevoix Beaches:
  • Ferry Beach Park Depot Beach – Named Depot Beach for the adjacent historic train depot, this beach features restrooms, stand up paddle board rentals, and a pavilion. Make sure to see the incredible garden near the depot!
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  • Ferry Beach Park – Families love Ferry Beach as the sandy swimming area gradually deepens. Playground, concession, restrooms, picnic area, stand up paddle board rentals, and pavilions make a day at the beach fun and easy! The Ferry Beach pier is also a great place to go fishing!
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  • Young State Park – This 560 acre state park located on the north arm of Lake Charlevoix between Charlevoix and Boyne City offers a great beach.
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  • Lake Michigan Beaches:
    Michigan Beach Park – Here you will find Charlevoix’s South Pier Lighthouse as well as a myriad of family must haves: playground, snack shack, restrooms, trails, stand up paddle board rentals, picnic pavilion and much more.
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  • Fisherman’s Island State Park and Beach – Fisherman’s Island State Park offers six miles of unspoiled shoreline and numerous hiking trails through forests and sand dunes. This state park is home to numerous hiking and biking trails, try your luck fishing, or head out on the water to go kayaking on Lake Michigan.
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  • Mt McSauba Recreational Area – Remote and rustic beach and dune area, this beach is a favorite for locals. With picturesque views of Lake Michigan, this nature preserve has numerous hiking trails, disc golf course, and great cross country skiing trails available.
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  • Torch Lake Beaches:
  • Ironton Beach


Casinos

  • Odawa Casino – Visit Odawa Casino located in Petoskey, Michigan for more than 1000 slots, table games and a poker room. Enjoy fine and casual dining and nightlife entertainment.
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  • Turtle Creek Casino – Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel is a Vegas-style casino in northern Michigan with the latest slots, poker room, over 40 game tables & more.
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  • Leelanau Sands Casino – Casino hotel with casual quarters, plus a big gaming floor & a range of nightlife & dining options.
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  • Kewadin Casinos – Set of casinos in the Upper Peninsula.
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Skiing

  • Mt. McSauba – More than just a ski slope, Mt. McSauba is a true winter recreation area. There is a skating rink with a warming cabin on the south side, a lighted sledding hill on the north side and behind the towering dune a cross-country ski trail.
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  • Boyne Mountain Resort – Mountain resort offering a spa, an indoor water park, multiple dining options & winter sports.
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  • Boyne Highlands Resort – Refined mountain resort with multiple restaurants, 4 golf courses & a snow sports academy.
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  • Nubs Nob Ski Resort – Recreational area lures skiers with an array of downhill runs, a terrain park & rustic day lodge.
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  • Shanty Creek Resorts – Shanty Creek features the best and most versatile skiing in northern Michigan. The resort offers two ski mountains: Schuss Mountain and Summit Mountain.
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Golf