The 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
1 mile north of the hospital on U.S. 23 North. Our AAA approved rooms feature refrigerators, free high-speed internet access, over 130 TV channels including HBO, premium in-room coffee and air conditioning. All rooms are ground floor with park-at-your-door convenience and lots of extra space for your boat, RV or trailer.
- Restaurant Nearby
- Free Internet Access
- Cable TV
- Near/On Snowmobile trails
- Smoke Free Rooms
- Open Year Round
Features life-size reproductions of over 25 prehistoric birds and animals, and an 80′ long 60,000 pound Brontosaurus, an 18-hole mini-golf course, and a snack bar. Set on a 40-acre tract of land split by Devil’s River. Special rates available for school groups in the spring. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., 7 days a week. Open 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Weekends in September after Labor Day.