10 Things To Do In Alanson

Whether you’ve just arrived to our neck of the woods and are ready for some fun and relaxation or you’re lucky enough to call this place home and you’re looking for a great way to spend some time this summer, we have the answer for you! What to do, what to do? Well, the possibilities are endless, but here are 10 of our favorite things to do in Alanson!

1. Michigan Fisheries Visitor Center
Spend some time checking out the exhibits, train car, nature trail and gift shop at Oden State Fish Hatchery and Visitor Center just South of Alanson – fun for families of all ages. Learn more here.
hatchery collage


2. Sanctuary Island
Take a ride on the small hand-propelled ferry and venture over to the island. Follow the board walk once you arrive! Learn more here.
sanctuary island boardwalk 2

3. Playground
Ready. Set. Go! The kids will love an afternoon at the playground in downtown Alanson. Pack a picnic lunch enjoy.
playground WEB

4. North Western State Trail
Run, walk or bike along the North Western State Trail. Head North to Mackinaw City (not paved, undergoing renovations) or South to Petoskey. Don’t forget your helmet!
Trails Collage

5. Swing Bridge
Alanson is home to the world’s shortest swing bridge! Take a walk or drive over it or boat under it. Learn more about it here.
(81) Swinging Bridge

6. Nature Exploration
Grab a property map from the front desk and take a hike along our nature trail, feed the fish in the pond and enjoy the view! Too hot, take a dip in the pool. (Purchase a pool pass from our friendly front desk staff.) Lodging guests have access to complimentary kayaks and paddle boats.
outside collage

7. Alanson Riverboat Tours
New this year! Come enjoy the beautiful Crooked River with a Riverboat Tour, a perfect way to experience the incredible beauty of this historical Inland Waterway, with ever-changing landscapes, scenery and wildlife. This 40′ Coast Guard certified pontoon boat offers comfortable seating, a bathroom and a beautiful, one-of-a-kind panoramic view of the river. Schedule and costs may be found here. Great photo by Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau!
river boat tours

8. Inland Water Route Historical Society Museum
Take a step back in time and learn about our treasured Inland Waterway and the towns along it. View hours and contact info here.
(55) Inland Waterway Museum
9. Go Boating
Rent a boat or a fun-toon from Windjammer Marina and explore Crooked Lake, Crooked River, Burt Lake and more on your own schedule! Contact Windjammer Marina for all the details.
river collage

10. Sweet Treats
Two great places to add to your must-do list! First, the Dutch Oven Bakery in downtown Alanson. Enjoy donuts, scones, light lunch and other baked goods. Next, head to the Mackinac Island Fudge and Creamery Company for hand-dipped ice cream, chocolates, caramel corn and more!
creamery and dutch oven

Looking for more to do? Visit our 103 Things To Do In Northern Michigan post! 

Posted on June 11, 2015, in Family Friendly Fun, Outdoor Activities and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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