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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Dew Drop Inn Motel

2469 French Road Alpena Michigan 49707 Phone: (989) 356-4414 Website:
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Dinosaur Gardens, LLC

11160 U.S. 23 South Ossineke Michigan 49766 Alt Phone: 1 (877) 823-2408 FAX: (989) 471-8032
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Dodge Marine

2111 Long Lake Park Rd. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 595-5040
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Dollar General

111 North State Street Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 356-1139
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Donovan’s Serenity & Wellness Spa

1322 Lakeview Dr Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 354-6849 Website:
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Downtown Development Authority

124 E. Chisholm St. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 356-6422
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Downtown Scoops

101 North Second Ave. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 340-0274

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