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
Exceptionally clean and charming two bedroom cottage sleeps 6, with two queen beds, one sofa bed. Private lot with sandy beach and dock offers great swimming and fishing- perfect for children. Amenities include a fire pit, 14ft. aluminum boat, swings for adults and children, horseshoes, volleyball & badminton court, BBQ grill, picnic table & lawn chairs, storage shed for fishing equipment, covered porch, Wi-Fi, color TV and radio, Netflix, hot water and shower, stove, refrigerator, microwave, cooking & table utensils, and more. All located on beautiful Long Lake.
Outdoor adventure at it’s best! Unlike laser tag, participants divide into teams and conduct military-style “missions”…it’s like playing a real live video game! Mission Director briefs each mission’s objectives, conditions of victory and basic strategy hints. Game lasts approximately 3 hours and includes five to eight missions. Chose from several distinct settings or private booking in setting of your choice. Great activity for a group of friends, organizational activity, family reunion, birthday party, or company team building. Are you ready for the challenge? Visit our web site or call.
Large, private cottage with 200’ frontage on Long Lake. Sleeps 8. Laundry and fish cleaning facilities. Linens included/you bring bath & beach towels. Fully equipped kitchen, hot tub, dock, fire pit, picnic area. Includes a paddle boat. Non smoking. Sorry, no pets. Year ‘round. 248-922-1398 or 248-357-3073
Alpena Community College offers a forty acre, eighteen-hole, disc golf course that is free and open to the public. Lumberjack Meadows is located on Woodward Avenue, approximately one-half mile northeast of the railroad tracks and soccer fields. Discs are available for purchase at Direct Skate Shop, 835 W. Chisholm Street in Alpena.