Harbor Springs Area
Activities & Things To Do

Vacations and weekend get aways are a great time to take part in a variety of activities. In Northern Michigan, you can fill your day with everything from a picnic on the beach in the summer, to biking in the fall, to downhill skiing in the winter, to hunting for mushrooms in the spring.

Harbor Springs is the place to try new things! Rent a bike or a kayak, go snow tubing, attend a concert or an art fair, or play a round of golf with friends.

From dawn to dusk, it is here for you to enjoy in Northern Michigan.

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Big Bear Adventures
4271 S. Straits Hwy., Indian River, MI 49749, 231-238-8181
Mild to Wild! Exciting canoe, kayak, raft and tube trips down the beautiful, crystal-clear Sturgeon River! 18-Hole Adventure Golf, Subway, Youth/Group packages and guided winter rafting trips.
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Great Lakes Glass Pumpkin Patch
Boyer Glass & Three Pines Studio, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-6359
This annual event is a colorful gathering of hundreds of glass pumpkins by artists Harry Boyer and Lynn Dinning. Harry's pumpkins will be in the patch outside Boyer Glassworks in downtown Harbor Springs and both Lynn's and Harry's pumpkins appear in the garden patch at Three Pines Studios. First Saturday in October.
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Harbor Springs Downtown
Downtown, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-2104
So much to do in downtown Harbor Springs! Shopping, dining, services and more--art, clothing, linens, books, home furnishings, restaurants, coffee shop, movie theatre, waterfront, marina. Off season special activities Sunday-Thursday at restaurants.
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Harbor Springs Festival of the Book
160 State St, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-838-2725
Last week in September in locations throughout downtown Harbor Springs including panel discussions, readings, authors in conversation, keynote address, cookbook author luncheons, and book signings. Most sessions are free. Stop by the Festival office on State Street to learn more. Cancelled for 2020, back in 2021!
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Harbor Springs History Museum
349 E Main St, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-9771
Explore our museum's family-friendly interactive exhibits in this historic 1886 building. Open year round. Call or visit online for current hours and special events.
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Harbor Springs Ice Fest
Downtown, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-2104
Downtown Harbor Springs will be filled with ice sculptures and winter activities the first weekend in February. Ice carvings, dueling chainsaws, horse and carriage rides, chili cook off, dog sled demonstrations, ski bike and snowshoe demonstrations, Find Frosty, hot chocolate, s'mores and more.
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Events in Northern Michigan
Harbor Springs Lyric Theatre
275 E Main St, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-622-6366
The Lyric is a charitable non-profit movie theater offering first run, foreign, classic and family favorite movies on Main Street in downtown Harbor Springs. Three theaters, Dolby Sound, gourmet concessions including wine and beer.
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Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center
327 E. Bluff St, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-4887
This spectacular Performing Ars Center is the place to enjoy music, theatre, and special events. For upcoming cultural events go to www.harborps.org, select Performing Arts Center, click on Events Calendar; or call for a recorded message.
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Legs Inn
6425 N. Lake Shore Dr., Cross Village, MI 49749, 231-526-2281
Northern Michigan's most unique live entertainment destination. "Best Place for Live Band on Sunday" Detroit News. 20th season for legendary "Jelly Roll Blues Band." 100+ beers/wines.
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Little Traverse Conservancy
3264 Powell Rd., Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-347-0991
The Little Traverse Conservancy owns and manages more than 164 nature preserves within the five-county service area (Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Mackinac, and Chippewa counties). Hike the many Conservancy trails or take part in educational hikes, walks, kayak jaunts, and more.
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Northern Lights Recreation
8865 Harbor-Petoskey Rd., Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-347-3100
16 automatic scoring, smoke-free lanes of bowling for ages 3 and up. Open bowling daily 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Live music every Friday and Saturday. Also 18 challenging holes of indoor mini golf. Hourly rental rate pool rooms and coin operated arcade.
Nub's Nob
500 Nub's Nob Rd, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-2131, 800-SKI-NUBS
Consistently ranked the #1 ski/snowboard area in the Midwest, the "Can Do Crew" at Nub’s has been delivering "First Class and Friendly Skiing" for nearly 60 years. Ski/board school, race clinics and leagues, ski/board rentals, childcare, great food, bar, entertainment.
Outfitter
153 E. Main St., Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-2621
Get out on the water, slopes or trails with hassle-free rentals (2 hour, day, weekly): kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, snowshoes and skis (downhill, xc, skate, telemark). Lessons available. Summer Kids's Kayak Camp, Trail Run Series, Monday Night Paddles. Women in the Wild outings, workshops and monthly Speaker Series fall, winter and spring.
Petoskey State Park
2475 M-119, Petoskey, MI 49770, 231-347-2311, 800-447-2757
Camping, hiking, beaches, dunes, playgrounds, Petoskey stones--all of it and more can be found at this spectacular Michigan state park. Located at the end of Little Traverse Bay, boaters will often be found anchored off the beach as the boaters swim or search for Petoskey stones.
Professional Captain John P. Shaw
231-347-6457
Coast Guard licensed captain available hourly, daily, or longer. Power and sail endorsed, knowledge of all local ports. Hire Capt. Shaw to pilot your boat so you can relax and enjoy the beauty of northern Michigan or entertain your guests onboard! Nautical instruction. Available to move your boat by water to any port. Boat evaluation. USCG license #820080.
Taste of Harbor Springs
On the Waterfront, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-7999
Don't miss the annual Taste of Harbor Springs September 19. The big tent on the waterfront in downtown Harbor Springs will be filled with the foods of more than 25 area restaurants.
Thorne Swift Nature Preserve
6696 Lower Shore Dr, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-6401
Explore 1.25 miles of nature trails, scenic views of Lake Michigan, 300 feet of beach access and hands on displays in our nature center. Many events and classes--see the calendar. 3.5 miles north of Harbor Springs off M-119. No pets. Open daily 10 a.m.-half hour past sunset.
Todd and Brad Reed Photography
The "Tuesdays with Todd and Brad Reed" project takes this father and son photography team all over Michigan to document the state's beauty. Follow along with their photographic adventures by watching these short videos, each about three minutes long. A unique Michigan video is posted for every week of the year.
Touring Gear
262 E Main St, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-7152
New Main Street location! Bicycle sales, service, rental, clothing. Taking care of cyclists needs in Harbor Springs for more than 25 years. Located in downtown Harbor Springs just minutes from the Little Traverse Wheelway and M-119 Tunnel of Trees.
Ugotta Regatta
Little Traverse Yacht Club, On Little Traverse Bay, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-7919
Every year during the last weekend of July, sailboats from across the Midwest and beyond hoist their sails to race in the Ugotta Regatta. This year, July 24-26, watch the action from Petoskey’s Sunset Park, Petoskey State Park, or on the water.



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