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Head To Petoskey Michigan In the Summer!

Are you looking for Summer Activities in Petoskey, Michigan? If you are like most people, you have probably, at one time or another, looked around at what might have appeared to be a typical American community. You may have wondered, “What could there be to do in a place like this?”

Well, let us tell you. If that typical community happens to be located in the northernmost part of Michigan, at a place called Petoskey, let us tell you: plenty! Moreover, whether you are actually in Petoskey or anywhere in northern Michigan, it’s not a matter of what to do, but what to do first. What follows is just a very small sample of things to do in our neck of the woods. (Click here to see all Petoskey, Michigan Homes for Sale)

Happy young woman riding her bike at the waterfront. Stylish young female cycling on a seaside promenade on a summer day. Lake Michigan is shining proudly in the backdrop.


Putting one foot in front of the other on the ground isn’t what you want to do. You want to do it with two wheels under you. Petoskey is the place for you. Petoskey also has a lot of places where you can take a bicycle. There are also places around town where you can rent one. It doesn’t matter where you want to go when you’re on a bicycle. The roads are your ticket.

If only you had the chance to ride your bike around Petoskey. After that, you’ll never think of biking the same way again. Biking in Petoskey is just like biking anywhere else. It’s for everyone, young and old, to enjoy. In this area, there are a lot of trails that you can ride your bicycle on. You can ride your bicycle almost anywhere in the area. There’s something for everyone here.

Water Sports

It doesn’t matter what the water sport might happen to be, if you enjoy it, you will find it in Petoskey. Even if you don’t own certain equipment like a boat, skis, or fishing gear, the opportunities to enjoy these activities are plentiful, so you might want to make some purchases or rentals soon. Boyne City vacation rentals also have a plethora of water sports rental options. In fact, this is the most popular condotel in Boyne City, click here for the reveal.

It doesn’t matter if you are a newbie or a pro, there is someone here who is sure to help you on your journey to a new and enjoyable pastime. For water sports, there is little you can do to stop living on the shores of a place like Little Traverse Bay, where nearly any water sport you can imagine is enjoyed. Check out our Lake Charlevoix vacation rentals by clicking here to enjoy water sports.

Petoskey, Michigan Boating

Want to learn how to sail? It’s here. Does anybody want to go water skiing with me? It’s here. Is this something you’d like to learn to do? It’s here. Petoskey has a lot of water sports. Because the water is always clean, you can play any time of the day. Not only that, but if you think of yourself as a beginner, this is a good time to hire an instructor to help you improve. After that, invite some friends or make some new friends to join you in your new water sports hobby.

If your water sport isn’t on the water, but under the water, there is a lot to do in Petoskey. This place has a lot of good fishing spots. You can always find something big when you get back home. Go for it. We want you to try. It’s even possible to hire a boat that will take you to places where the captain knows the fish are biting.

Horseback Riding

If so, what kind of things do you like to do? As for the other thing, no, we’re not talking about anything sexy, either. We’re talking about horseback riding which is pure and healthy. It doesn’t matter if you own or rent an English or Western saddle; you can start riding right away.

A lot of stables in the area will let you rent a horse, with all of its equipment, so you can go riding. Even some people will give you a guide to making sure you get to where you want to go quickly and safely. If you want to go on a big horseback ride, you might want to think about taking a fully-guided tour. They are all here if you want them.

Scenic Drives

Whether you bring your car with you or you plan on having one when you get here, there are plenty of places where you can take a thoroughly enjoyable scenic drive in and around Petoskey. Moreover, you take in a drive because you enjoy history, culture, or anything else with a theme, or you just want to drive around to enjoy the natural beauty, there’s plenty to do here.

There are several drives that are noteworthy, especially in autumn time, when the leaves are turning to bright reds, yellows, and oranges, and completely envelop you at every bend in the road. Not only this, but the area lakes are alive with geese and ducks. Deer are nearly everywhere, quietly sharing your space and the aroma of woodsmoke fills the air. If scenic drives are your thing, take a tour and check out our natural beauty and country charm.


Wanna get high in the sky? We mean really high. If so, we have paragliding opportunities galore. If you are new to the sport, it would pay to take part in some kind of instructional program offered by several vendors in the area before you get started.

On the other hand, if you are an old hand at paragliding, there are a number of ways you can use to find rental equipment and instruction. Several privately owned firms offer rentals as well as people who are there to make sure your first experience with paragliding is a safe and enjoyable one. These are all located primarily in the Mackinaw area.


If you are looking for a way to take a tour around an emerald necklace of golf courses in the area, we have plenty of ways to keep you busy. In Petrosky alone, there are 17 golf courses, 28 if you want to count all the courses in and around the city.

You can choose small municipal courses, all the way up to Boyne’s ten world-class courses (Bay Harbor Golf Club is rated 8th in the U.S. by Golf Magazine and The Heather was named 2019 National Golf Course of the Year by the NGCOA) to the little slice of heaven at Hidden River Golf Club. Whether you want to play by yourself or get a group together, any one of our golf courses would be glad to have you.

picture of a man golfing

The golf courses here in Petoskey are unlike anywhere else in the country, something that most people don’t associate with in this area. Far from being the frozen wilderness most people think of, you can always find a course where there is plenty of game to enjoy, not to mention someone who would be willing to give you one.


tennis is a great summer activites

Does your idea of love involve a racket? There are several clubs in the area where you can enjoy raising a racket. For clubs there is Bay Tennis & Fitness, which is a membership facility that is open to the public, then there is Wallow Lake Country Club where, among other special activities, tennis is featured. And if you are looking for just a simple game of one on one, check out the hotel you are staying at. Chances are probably pretty good that you will find a game as well as a place to play it.

Historic Tours

If the latest and greatest doesn’t appeal much to you, but you would rather take in some historical sights, Petoskey, Michigan, is one place you need to include in your list of things to do. Fortunately, Petoskey is consolidated enough that everything, historic or not, is very close. Combine that with the fact that there are numerous ways to get around this area, and you have a match made in heaven for any history buff. When many people start talking about the history around Petoskey the first word they usually mention is Hemingway.

Ernest Hemmingway

Yes, THAT Hemingway. The truth is that Ernest Hemingway spent many boyhood summers in Petoskey. He also owned a cottage on Walloon Lake (now a private residence) and was a frequent customer of businesses in the area. If you really want to go hog wild on Hemingway, there’s a self-guided tour and even a brochure to help you get where you want to go.

If you couldn’t care less about Hemingway, there are still plenty of historical things to see and do around Petoskey. There’s the Andrew Blackbird Museum, which is the former home of an important Native American leader and historian. The home also served as the area’s first post office. Today, it serves as a repository of the rich heritage of Indian customs, arts, crafts, music, poetry, and language. Need more to get your history fixed? There’s also the Boyne City Historical Interpretive Center

Kids Summer Camps

It’s a good idea to bring your kids when you visit Petoskey in the summer, but why? There are many private groups that run these camps, like the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, and churches. Any one of them would be happy to let a camper or more stay at their place. Summer camps near Petoskey are mostly ACA-certified, which means they are safe and clean. They also have a good program for all campers who enjoy them.

yoga is a popular summer activity

Yoga, pilates, fitness

People who visit Petoskey and want to leave with a little more knowledge, flexibility, and lightweight are in the right place. This is the place for you. Petoskey is a place where a lot of private groups and businesses have meetings and classes where you can do things like yoga, pilates, and fitness.

Yoga groups offer different levels of instruction and support, whether you are looking for it as a way to get fit or to improve your spiritual life. It’s also possible to find businesses and private groups that will help you stay in shape, no matter how you want to reach your goal. Nearly every day of the week is a good day to join weight lifting, running or calisthenics groups.

Shopping Shopaholics, unite!

If you find it difficult to be happy without a shopping bag (or several) in your hands, there are plenty of places around Petoskey for you to enjoy some retail therapy. It doesn’t matter what you are looking for, chances are very good that you will find it at one of the many stores and shops in and around Petoskey. There are all sorts of ways you can shop here. The area has malls with their share of major anchor stores in them. There are also small independent stores where you can get practically anything you could ever want to buy.

Music, arts, culture

Whether you have class or you feel like you are in need of some, why not visit Petoskey to fill your cultural void? Regardless of where you are on the cultural continuum–Beethoven on one end, Cheech and Chong on the other–we have something for you in Petoskey. There’s the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, which offers many opportunities to enjoy many types of primarily classical music.

Another organization that is dedicated to the production of musical programs is the Bay View Association, headquartered right outside of Petroskey, on the shore of Little Traverse Bay. The Bay View Association is dedicated to bringing a complete lineup of programs to all segments of the community. These include programs designed specifically for children, adults, and music conservatory events.

Community Enrichment

Little Traverse Civic Theatre gives Petoskey residents plenty of theater. This theater helps locals learn, grow, and enjoy. A theater uses theater arts to make visitors, volunteers, and audiences laugh and smile. Year-round productions occur.

Petoskey has places and people where you can grow or have fun, whether you’re into art or not. Petoskey encourages art. Daily, classes are held in galleries and schools. There are experts or teachers who will help you. The teacher will help students when ready.

You’ve probably wondered, “What can I do here?” What’s up? It doesn’t matter if the typical Michigan community is Petoskey. It’s crowded. It doesn’t matter what to do in Petoskey or northern Michigan. Priorities matter. Our area offers many activities.


Petoskey is a great place to move to for many reasons. For example, Petoskey has many places to go, no matter where you start or end. In addition, Petoskey hiking is enjoyable year-round. In the city, hiking trails abound.

Well-marked trails make hiking easy. You can visit important and unimportant places. Petoskey has many hiking trails. You can hike to interesting places or walk in a park.

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