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Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

It’s what sailors have always searched for when the weather took a turn for the worst, a sanctuary. Isn’t that what we’re all looking for today amongst these shouting headlines? Our friendly, historic city may be just what the doctor ordered. Alpena is that place where history and heritage collide with relaxed outdoor adventure. Your base camp for adventuring through Northeast Michigan. A modern city at nature’s doorstep. We’ve turned the volume down and slowed the pace a bit so you can relax, rejuvenate and discover your family and what matters most in life, all over again, in your Sanctuary of the Great Lakes.

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  • "I'm still pinching myself that the [Maritime] Heritage Center is a free attraction in Alpena. The displays are well-done and informative. The layout is logical and useful. All in all, well worth an hour-plus visit while in Alpena."
    -MongoSchwartz, TripAdvisor
  • "Perfect kayaking experience surrounded by nature [Duck Park & Island Park]. View Bald Eagles, Great Blue Heron, swans, ducks, deer, turtles, many other kinds of birds and plant life! So close to town but on the water you sense the serenity and peace of what nature has to offer!!"
    -Janice B., TripAdvisor
  • "Great place for fun [Arzo Sports & Fun Park]! We drove past this place every day before deciding to stop and I'm so glad we did! It was great - very clean and well-kept and the staff is amazing - all of them were friendly and helpful! We did the go-karts, the bungee and the batting cage. We will definitely be back again!" - aregier, TripAdvisor
  • "Breathtakingly beautiful [Rockport State Recreation Area]. Pictures don't do it justice. My husband and I had a great time exploring all Rockport had to offer. I would suggest good walking or hiking shoes. Go climb the rocks to the very top and take it all in. Rockport is defiantly [sic] a place to explore." -Carly U., TripAdvisor
  • "In my top five wineries [Thunder Bay Winery]! The first thing you notice upon entering is the friendly, laid back atmosphere, which is quickly followed by excellent wine. Try the late harvest Riesling for something nice and light any time of the year, but one of my favorites (of all wines) is the warm cranberry during the winter. This place does wine the right way!" -Laura H., TripAdvisor
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