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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Family Enterprise Embroidery

211 S. Second Ave. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 354-5198
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Figurehead Salon

510 N. Ripley Blvd. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 356-4412
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Fireside Inn

18730 Fireside Hwy. Presque Isle Michigan 49777 Alt Phone: (989) 595-6369
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Fletcher’s Landing

5614 Emils Landing Rd. Hillman Michigan 49746 Phone: (989) 742-4166 Website:
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Flowerland Designs

2205 US Highway 23 S Ste 108 Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 356-9377
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Fresh Palate Gourmet Food & Catering

109 North Second Ave. (inside the Center Building) Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 358-1400 Website:
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Friends of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Bike Rental

500 W. Fletcher St. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: 989-356-8805, ext. 18 Website:

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