We love getting fun photos of your adventure here in Alpena, such as this one shared by Instagram user @eisenmananna. Just a relaxing day at the beach…in winter…and on ice!

Keeping your friends and family up-to-date on your adventures is easy with devices that can be found no further than in the palm of your hand. Follow Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes online with these social media apps to prepare for your visit and to keep you connected to our Sanctuary of the Great Lakes anytime, anywhere. While sharing your explorations, tag #Alpena #VisitAlpena and #SanctuaryoftheGreatLakes to show your friends where you are!

Visit Alpena 

Did you know that the Alpena area is home to the only freshwater National Marine Sanctuary. THREE designated dark sky parks, and the tallest lighthouse accessible to the public on the Great Lakes? Fun facts, adventures, accommodations, events, and itineraries for every season are just a few of many things you can find online at visitalpena.com. Can’t find something you’re looking for? Use the “Ask a Local” feature to send an email to get the inside scoop from someone who knows Alpena best – those who live here! 

Live Like a Local 

Do you have a wanderlust spirit looking for firsthand experiences in a new place? Check out Alpena’s weekly blogs at visitalpena.com/blog for your hub on Alpena culture stories. You will find everything form outdoor adventures with local 4-legged companions, to Alpena’s best of burgers bucket list, best trail rides for every season, and the best practices to take advantage of all three of the Alpena area’s dark sky preserves – just to name a few. 

Be a guest blogger! For possible inclusion in our blog posts, share your trip experience with us by emailing info@visitalpena.com

Socially Devoted to You 

Stay up to date daily on everything Alpena by following Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes on Facebook. Daily posts may include upcoming must-see events and festivals, historical facts and places and where to find them, the latest visitor reviews, photos, and contests, as well as many other exciting stories happening in the area. Interact with us by sending in your photos and stories for the chance to see your images displayed on one or more of our social media platforms!

Authentic Alpena 

Watch Alpena through the eyes of the story-tellers that live here on the Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes YouTube channel. Find out what it’s really like for locals in the Alpena area as they explore and document America’s favorite small-town adventure through the art of GoPro footage and videography. 

Alpena’s Most Shareable Photos

Winter. Spring. Summer. Fall. Alpena’s four seasons have it all! You’ll find our beauty on display on our Instagram page by following #/@sanctuaryofthegreatlakes. New photos are posted daily by Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, Alpena visitors, and Alpena locals. Share your memorable stories with us by tagging us or by hashtagging #sanctuaryofthegreatlakes and #visitalpena. 

Become an Alpena Insider

Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter for ‘Gotta Check It Out Adventures’, ‘Where Are They Now’ updates on local celebrities, ‘Hometown Tastes’ recipes sharing local traditions or by using only what is in growing season, and so much more! Send an email to info@visitalpena.com to get your email address added to the list. 

Experience Alpena

Get the most out of Alpena right at your fingertips. Visit the Play Store on Android or the Apple Store on iPhone and download the free Experience Alpena app.