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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Ramada Alpena

1000 U.S. 23 North Alpena Michigan 49707 Phone: (989) 356-2151 Website:
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RE/MAX New Horizons

2281 U.S. 23 South Alpena Michigan 49707 Phone: (888) 994-7888 Alt Phone: (989) 358-1144 Website:
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Real Estate One of Alpena

215 W. Chisholm St. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 354-7653 Website:
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Reflections Salon

106 North Third Ave. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 356-2656
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River’s Edge Golf Club

6373 Werth Rd. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 354-5558 Website:
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Riverside Skate Park

Located on Ninth Ave Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: 989-354-7758
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Rockport State Recreation Area

Home end of Rockport Road, Alpena
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Rogers City

193 E. Michigan Ave Rogers City Michigan 49779 Website:
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Rosa’s Lookout Inn

6808 U.S. 23 South Spruce Michigan 48762 Alt Phone: (989) 471-2118

Roy’s Barber Shop

207 West Chisholm St. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 354-2590

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