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Head To Petoskey Michigan In Summer!

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 and 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! In fact, 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.

Hiking. If you have ever found yourself being drawn to strap all your possessions onto your back and just set out for the great unknown, you will be totally at home in Petoskey. It doesn’t matter where you get started or where you plan to end up, Petoskey has plenty of places for you to do it in. It doesn’t matter what time of the year you decide to do your hiking, Petoskey has more places to hike to than you can shake a stick at. There are any number of well-marked hiking trails where you can get started and go to many places, noteworthy or not. You can make it a point to hike to any number of special points of interest or just head for the great open spaces, you will find plenty of them in and around Petoskey.

Happy young woman riding her bike at the waterfront. Stylish young female cycling on a seaside promenade on a summer day.

Biking. If your idea of things to do involve less putting one foot in front of the other on the ground and more towards doing it with two wheels below you, Petoskey is just the place for you. Not only does Petoskey have numerous places where you can take a bicycle, but you can even rent one at any one of several places around town. As soon as you are on your bicycle, the roads are your ticket to wherever you want to go. Fortunately, after you have had the opportunity to take a bike around Petoskey, you will never think of biking again in the same way. Biking in Petoskey is much like biking anywhere else, up for the enjoyment of youngsters and oldsters alike. Given the trails in the area, you can enjoy taking your bicycle virtually anywhere in the area. There is something for everyone.

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. 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 top living on the shores of a place like Little Traverse Bay, where nearly any water sport you can imagine is enjoyed.

petoskey is full of summer activities

Want to learn boating? You can do it here. Want to learn to water ski? You can do it here. Want to learn to scuba dive? You can do it here. Whatever the water sport might be, you will find it in Petoskey. The water is always crisp and clear, so you can enjoy your sport any time of the day. Not only that, but if you think of yourself as a beginner, you can use this opportunity to hire an instructor to help develop your skills. After that, bring some friends–or make some new friends–to enjoy your new water sport hobby.

If your water sport isn’t on the water, but resides under the surface of the water, there is plenty to enjoy in Peoskey. Good fishing spots are plentiful here, so you are sure to find a big one to brag about once you get home. Go ahead. We dare you. You can even hire a boat to take you to the truly special places on the captain’s GPS device where he knows the fish are really biting.

Horseback riding. Does your enjoyment include a saddle and bridle of some sort? And no, we’re not talking about anything kinky either. We’re talking about pure, wholesome horseback riding. Strap on an English or Western saddle of your own or provided by any number of specialty suppliers, and you are off. Several stables in the area will rent you a horse, complete with all the tack. Others will even provide a guide to make sure you get to wherever it is you want to go surely and safely. And if you are feeling up to a grand horseback adventure you might want to consider a fully guided tour. They are all here for the asking.

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. Whether 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.

Paragliding. Wanna get high? 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.

Golf. 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 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. 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 specialty 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 the match made in heaven for any history buff. When many people start talking about history around Petoskey the first word they usually mention is Hemingway. 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 rich heritage of Indian customs, arts, craft, music, poetry and language. Need more to get your history fix? There’s also the Boyne City Historical Interpretive Center

Kids summer camps. If you choose to visit Petoskey during the summer months and you have brought your kids along with you (But why??), there are several kids summer camps to enjoy. These camps are operated by private organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, churches, and other groups, and anyone of them would be open to taking in a camper or more to enjoy their facility. Nearly all of the summer camps in the Petoskey area are ACA certified, so you can be sure that they are not only safe but clean and offer a quality program for all campers who enjoy them.

yoga is a popular summer activity

Yoga, pilates, fitness. If you are visiting Petoskey but you wouldn’t mind leaving a little more enlightened, flexible, and lighter, you have come to the right place. Petoskey is where several private groups and businesses offer meetings and classes where you can enjoy such recreational activities as yoga, pilates, and fitness. Yoga groups offer various levels of instruction and support, whether you are looking for it as a means of physical exercise or spiritual development. Then there are also businesses and private groups that will help you keep fit, regardless of how you want to accomplish that goal. Weight lifting groups, running groups, calisthenics groups offer programs nearly any day of the week.

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. There are 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.

Theater is another art form that is plentiful in Petoskey with the Little Traverse Civic Theatre, which is here to enrich, educate, and entertain our community as well as those in the surrounding area. The Theatre seeks to entertain the community, its visitors, and volunteers, and audiences through the production of the theatre arts. Productions are held throughout the year.

If your idea of culture centers more on an artistic bent, Petoskey offers any number of places and people where you can grow or just enjoy themselves. Sketch, paint, or sculpt, to your heart’s content in Petoskey. You will find galleries or schools with classes held nearly every day, with either experts or just those as passionate as you are to teach you. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

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 and 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! In fact, 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.

Hiking. If you have ever found yourself being drawn to strap all your possessions onto your back and just set out for the great unknown, you will be totally at home in Petoskey. It doesn’t matter where you get started or where you plan to end up, Petoskey has plenty of places for you to do it in. It doesn’t matter what time of the year you decide to do your hiking, Petoskey has more places to hike to than you can shake a stick at. There are any number of well-marked hiking trails where you can get started and go to many places, noteworthy or not. You can make it a point to hike to any number of special points of interest or just head for the great open spaces, you will find plenty of them in and around Petoskey.

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. 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 top living on the shores of a place like Little Traverse Bay, where nearly any water sport you can imagine is enjoyed.

Want to learn boating? You can do it here. Want to learn to water ski? You can do it here. Want to learn to scuba dive? You can do it here. Whatever the water sport might be, you will find it in Petoskey. The water is always crisp and clear, so you can enjoy your sport any time of the day. Not only that, but if you think of yourself as a beginner, you can use this opportunity to hire an instructor to help develop your skills. After that, bring some friends–or make some new friends–to enjoy your new water sport hobby.

If your water sport isn’t on the water, but resides under the surface of the water, there is plenty to enjoy in Peoskey. Good fishing spots are plentiful here, so you are sure to find a big one to brag about once you get home. Go ahead. We dare you. You can even hire a boat to take you to the truly special places on the captain’s GPS device where he knows the fish are really biting.

Horseback riding. Does your enjoyment include a saddle and bridle of some sort? And no, we’re not talking about anything kinky either. We’re talking about pure, wholesome horseback riding. Strap on an English or Western saddle of your own or provided by any number of specialty suppliers, and you are off. Several stables in the area will rent you a horse, complete with all the tack. Others will even provide a guide to make sure you get to wherever it is you want to go surely and safely. And if you are feeling up to a grand horseback adventure you might want to consider a fully guided tour. They are all here for the asking.

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. Whether 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.

Paragliding. Wanna get high? 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.

Golf. 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.

The golf courses here in Petoskey are unlike anywhere else in the country, something that most people don’t associate with 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

Tennis. 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 specialty 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 the match made in heaven for any history buff. When many people start talking about history around Petoskey the first word they usually mention is Hemingway. 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 rich heritage of Indian customs, arts, craft, music, poetry and language. Need more to get your history fix? There’s also the Boyne City Historical Interpretive Center

Kids summer camps. If you choose to visit Petoskey during the summer months and you have brought your kids along with you (But why??), there are several kids summer camps to enjoy. These camps are operated by private organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, churches, and other groups, and anyone of them would be open to taking in a camper or more to enjoy their facility. Nearly all of the summer camps in the Petoskey area are ACA certified, so you can be sure that they are not only safe but clean and offer a quality program for all campers who enjoy them.

Yoga, pilates, fitness. If you are visiting Petoskey but you wouldn’t mind leaving a little more enlightened, flexible, and lighter, you have come to the right place. Petoskey is where several private groups and businesses offer meetings and classes where you can enjoy such recreational activities as yoga, pilates, and fitness. Yoga groups offer various levels of instruction and support, whether you are looking for it as a means of physical exercise or spiritual development. Then there are also businesses and private groups that will help you keep fit, regardless of how you want to accomplish that goal. Weight lifting groups, running groups, calisthenics groups offer programs nearly any day of the week.

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. There are 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.

Theater is another art form that is plentiful in Petoskey with the Little Traverse Civic Theatre, which is here to enrich, educate, and entertain our community as well as those in the surrounding area. The Theatre seeks to entertain the community, its visitors, and volunteers, and audiences through the production of the theatre arts. Productions are held throughout the year.

If your idea of culture centers more on an artistic bent, Petoskey offers any number of places and people where you can grow or just enjoy themselves. Sketch, paint, or sculpt, to your heart’s content in Petoskey. You will find galleries or schools with classes held nearly every day, with either experts or just those as passionate as you are to teach you. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

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