Sanctuary of the great lakes


paul gerow fall kayakingThe carefree days of your youth are alive and well in Alpena. Catching fireflies on warm summer evenings, searching for minnows with a net, reading a book under a shade tree, and watching the sunset while crickets provide background music are nostalgic experiences that we often wish we could relive. Alpena is that place where summer memories come alive as an everyday way of life, and stress floats away with the river current. Visit a downtown coffee shop to catch up on email, or disconnect to reconnect in the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes are a gift from prehistoric glacier movement, and treasures have been left behind along the shores of Lake Huron and the many inland lakes and rivers. Hunt for fossils dating back 400 million years to the Devonian Period. Rocky edges along the shorelines, Rockport State Park Recreation Area, and the Lafarge Fossil Park at Besser Museum are perfect locations for an afternoon of prehistoric adventure. Follow it up with a trip to Dinosaur Gardens to see life-size prehistoric recreations.

Use our Adventure Checklist to find your explorer’s spirit: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes Adventure Checklist

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Bahama Breeze Tanning

603 South State Street Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 356-6138
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Bay Athletic Club

1501 W. Chisholm St. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 356-5600 Website:
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Bella Rose Yoga & Fitness Studio

Home 428 N. 2nd Ave. Alpena MI 49707 Alt Phone: 989-464-1883 Website:
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Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan

491 Johnson St Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 356-2202 Website:
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Besser Natural Area

14 Miles north of Alpena Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: 989-354-4181
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Bounty Hunter Charters

Alpena Michigan 49707 Cell Phone: (970) 250-2022 Phone: (989) 742-4041
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Brush Creek Mill

121 S. State Ave. Hillman Michigan 49746 Alt Phone: (989) 742-2527

Alpena Convention & Visitors Bureau
420 N. 2nd Ave. • Alpena, MI 49707
(989) 340-2288
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