Manistee Area
Things To Do

Manistee, Michigan has numerous activities to keep you busy, regardless of age. Visit our beaches, hike in the Manistee National Forest, try your luck at our casino, play a round of golf, tour our lighthouse, or enjoy the view on our Riverwalk.

Check out the Festivals & Events page for a perpetual calendar of monthly events and the Calendar of Events page for dates and times.

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Charter Boats of Manistee
Whether you are looking for a Lake Michigan charter boat or a guide to take you down the Manistee River, check out this web page for a list of Manistee charter captains and the services they offer.
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Manistee Arts & Crafts Fairs
Douglas Park
W. 1st St., c/o City of Manistee, Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-4051
This is the city's largest recreational area, featuring playgrounds, tennis courts, picnic areas, volleyball and basketball courts, and softball field. Douglas Park also features a concession stand, public restrooms, and a pier which is great for fishing.
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Duffy Park
Monroe St., c/o City of Manistee, Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-4051
Here you'll find a play area, basketball court, and Mucha Field, a full size little league baseball field.
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Historic White Pine Village
Fifth Ave. Beach
5th Ave., c/o City of Manistee, Manistee, MI 49669, (231) 723-4051
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Hamlin Lake Boat Rentals
at Sauble Resort, 3451 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-8497
Cruise the Dunes! Explore Hamlin Lake's beauty from the water by renting a pontoon, jet ski or fishing boat. Pull the kids tubing behind a luxury pontoon for hours of entertainment. Visit sand dunes where the only access is by boat. Available by the hour, day, week.
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Lake Michigan Carferry Mini Cruises
Historic A.H. Lyman Store
425 River Steet, Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-5531
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Hamlin Lake Boat Rentals
Historic Manistee Fire Hall (1888)
281 First St., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-1549
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Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes
Historic White Pine Village
1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 843-4808
Experience a new look at Historic White Pine Village. Attractive interpretive and educational signs now grace the Time Museum, Car Museum, and areas of the Farmstead complex. Take a self-guided tour to relive Mason County's past as you visit 29 museum buildings rich in local history.
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Huron-Manistee National Forest
(231) 723-2211
Lake Michigan Carferry
P.O. Box 708, Ludington, MI 49431, (800) 841-4243
Experience Amazing! The SS Badger is the largest operating passenger steamship in the United States. At 410' she provides a fun, reliable cruise experience across Lake Michigan. Enjoy free entertainment, movies, food, shopping, and more. Cars, RVs, and motorcycles travel with you. Groups, car and motorcycle club discounts available.
Lake Michigan Sand Dunes
If you love the thrill of climbing a sand dune and enjoying a beautiful panoramic vista, then visit this website about Lake Michigan's most popular sand dunes including Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, Silver Lake Sand Dunes, and more. Pure Michigan sugar beach sand, clear waters, magnificent Lake Michigan Sand Dunes.
Little River Casino & Resort
2700 Orchard Hwy., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 398-3822, 866-572-2946
Manistee Area Charterboat Association
5355 Carlson Road, Manistee, (231) 690-5754
Manistee Civic Players
(231) 723-7188
For over 60 years, the Manistee Civic Players has provided quality community theater productions, workshops, children's plays and various classes. Over 275 stage productions, including over 100 musical shows, have been presented using local talent from the Manistee area. See the Manistee Civic Players website for current performances and ticket information.
Manistee County Historical Museum
425 River St., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-5531
Permanent exhibits at the Manistee County Historical museum include a special drug exhibit kept in remembrance of the store's earlier history, period rooms including a lumberman's business office, a life-size log cabin replica, a dentist's office, a Victorian dining room, parlor, bedroom, and kitchen. Also on display is an extensive collection of Victorian antiques and photographs.
Michigan Audubon/Lake Bluff Center
2890 Lakeshore Rd., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-4042
Onekama Village Park
Main St & Portage, Onekama, MI, (231) 889-3171
This park on Portage Lake is popular for fishing, swimming and special events, such as Concerts in the Park, Onekama Days, Fall Festival, and Winterfest. Families enjoy the park for parties and reunions.
Orchard Beach Aviation Inc.
2323 Airport Rd., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-8095
Orchard Beach State Park
2064 Lake Shore Rd., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-7422
Our Savior's Historical Museum
304 Walnut St., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-9486
Penny Park
Village of East Lake, Manistee, MI 49660
This is East Lake Village's largest and most frequently used park, with 38 campground site, half with electrical hook-ups. There is also a bath house, boat launch and playground.
Performing Arts
Come experience the magic and pleasure of performing arts. Our current series of music, theater and specialty acts offer a delightful diversion from the everyday. Relax and unwind with quality performances, proudly presented by local and well-known talent.
Ramsdell Theatre
101 Maple St., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-9948
Built in 1903 by local lawyer and philanthropist Thomas Jefferson Ramsdell, the historical Ramsdell Theater is home to the Manistee Civic Players' productions and hosts plays, ballet performances, art exhibits, proms, weddings, and other special events.
Red Szymarek Park
5th Ave/Monroe St., c/o City of Manistee, Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-4051
A wooded park with plenty of shade trees, it features a children's playground and a volleyball court.
Reitz Park
Forest Ave., c/o City of Manistee, Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-4051
Home to the Manistee Saints, a local semi-professional baseball team. Located in this park are a children's playground, wooded picnic area, and a basketball court.
S. S. City of Milwaukee Historic Landmark
99 Arthur St., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-3587
Sandcastles Children's Museum
129 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431, (231) 233-9326 Join us for fun and learning. Featuring 30 interactive exhibits designed to inspire creativity, curiosity, awareness, and love of learning. Special programs: Messy Mondays-10:30am-1pm, Fun Fridays-special events every Friday at 11am. Check website for hours. Admission $5.00; annual family memberships begin at $80.
The Vogue Theatre
383 River St., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 508-2005
Trolley tours
180 Memorial Dr. & Washington, Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-6525
Take a leisurely tour of Manistee on a charming trolley. Stop by the terminal on Memorial Drive, or hail one as it goes by. You'll get a wonderful glimpse of Manistee...from the downtown region to the majestic historic homes to the beaches. Available May-September.
Water Works Museum
540 First St., Manistee, MI 49660, (231) 723-5531
Preserved as Manistee County's first historical museum, this building now houses logging, railroad and marina exhibits and memorabilia of Manistee in the Nineteenth Century. Open to the public only in July and August, Wednesday through Saturday, 12pm-4pm. However, the Manistee County Historical Museum at 425 River Street is open all year.

Also see: Canoes & Kayak Rentals

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