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.

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.
Boyne Highlands Resort
600 Highland Dr, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 844-817-5870
The thrill of downhill trails or miles of cross country trails. The area’s only lift-served bike park. Fat tire snow bikes for winter, eBike rentals in summer. Rental bikes available.
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Boyne Highlands Resort
600 Highland Dr, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 866-850-5368
Zipline Adventure Tour starting at the mountain top and descending more than 50 stories to the base, or try a Twin Zip Ride on Michigan’s longest zipline.
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Boyne Highlands Resort
600 Highland Dr, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 866-850-5591
Join guides for an equestrian journey through the beauty and tranquility of the resort trail network. Horseback trail rides, pony rides and mountaintop color rides are available.
Boyne Highlands Resort
600 Highland Dr, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 866-850-5503
Downhill skiing, snowboarding--55 slopes--tubing, cross country skiing, equipment rental, Snow Sports Academy, sleigh rides, apres ski, dining, lodging, entertainment, golf, horseback riding, zip line, mountain biking, dinner theatre--need we say more? It's all here at Boyne Highlands.
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.
Harbor Springs Brew Festival
On the Waterfront, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-7999
Great beer, food, music and more, on the Harbor Springs waterfront, first Saturday in October.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pointer Boat
On the Waterfront, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-881-8048
Go for a ride on the historic, 80+-year-old Pointer boat. These 1 hour and 15 minute tours are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm. Tickets are $20 per person, $25 for children (10 and under).
Professional Captain John P. Shaw
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.
Red, White and Brew
Waterfront, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
More fun on July 4th on the Harbor Springs waterfront with beer, wine and the music of The Accidentals, 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for under 21. Wood Fire Up pizza will be serving, too.
Taste of Harbor Springs
On the Waterfront, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-7999
Don't miss the annual Taste of Harbor Springs September 21. The big tent on the waterfront in downtown Harbor Springs will be filled with the foods of more than 25 area restaurants. Tickets are $30 in advance, $45 at the door.
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
108 E. Third St., Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 231-526-7152
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 26-28, watch the action from Petoskey’s Sunset Park, Petoskey State Park, or on the water.
Young Americans Dinner Theater
Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs, MI 49740, 866-683-2382
This Broadway-style show entertains audiences of all ages. Enjoy the show plus hors d’oeuvres, three-course dinner, cash bar. Nightly performances, except Sundays, June 21-August 24.

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