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Cheboygan Opera House - This acoustically superb, Victorian theatre has become the focal point for entertainment and the performing arts in the Straits of Mackinaw area and beyond.

City of Alpena Heritage Riverwalk - This historically-oriented walking tour along the Thunder Bay River in downtown Alpena begins at South Riverfront Park (behind the Armory on Water Street), following the river north, crossing over the Ninth Avenue Bridge, then following the river south and ending at South Riverfront Park. The walk includes newly constructed boardwalk as well as integrating a portion of the city's 13.5 mile Bi-Path.

Charity Island Lighthouse - Charity Island consists of almost three hundred acres of forest and three miles of shoreline on Lake Huron, and is home to a multitude of wildlife species including neo-tropical songbirds, bald eagles, raccoons, foxes, mink, and more.

Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center - This huge bronze memorial to Michigan's lumbering era sits on a high bluff overlooking the sparkling waters of the Au Sable River since 1932. Interpretive signs and exhibits tell the story of moving logs from the forests to the mills. Children enjoy climbing the log jam and using the crosscut saw.

Iosco County Museum - Here you will find exhibits featuring Lumbering Days, Railroads: D&M, etc., Military Exhibits (from the Civil War to Desert Storm), Historical archives (including over 5000 old glass negatives), Old class pictures an the Carriage House features local industry and agricultural exhibits

Quaker Hill Farm - Open by appointment June through October. Farm Market. Underground Railroad Educational Quilt display. Eggs, raw honey, wool, milk based soaps and more. Workshops & classes. Free online video cooking classes and children's stories about life on a Michigan farm (Quaker Anne's Children's Stories).

Alcona Park - The 1100 acre park has three miles of shoreline on each side of this trophy fish producing river. The park is surrounded by the Huron National Forest. The river provides quality fishing of Walleye, Pike, Perch, Bass and Trout. Canoeing, boating, swimming, fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing are all popular activities for visitors.

Aviation North Air Color Tours - A full-service Charter Operator and FBO located at the Alpena County Regional Airport (KAPN), in Alpena. Being in Michigan's northeastern Lower Peninsula, Alpena is surrounded by the unspoiled, magnificent beauty of forests, lakes and rivers.

Crystal Coaster Alpine Slide - Come ride the slide! To experience this thrilling ride, you'll take the Loki triple chairlift to the top of the Mountain, hop on a specially designed sled, and cruise down one of two parallel 250-foot-high, 1,600-foot-long tracks as they curve, dip & dive their way down the mountain.

Thunder Bay Island - This 215-acre limestone island is the outermost of a group of islands connected to the shore by a shallow rocky shoal. As such, it represented both a significant marker for Northbound vessels making the turn toward the Straits, and stood ready to chew the wooden hulls of vessels unlucky enough to stray too close to its rocky shores.

Tawas Point Lighthouse - In operation since 1876, and now part of Tawas Point State Park, is a fascinating attraction for maritime buffs. Tawas Point is also a mecca for birdwatchers, especially in the migration seasons of spring and fall. Tawas Point also offers spectacular views of sunrises over Lake Huron and sunsets over Tawas Bay. Guided tours are available.

Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan - As the only accredited museum in the region, it offers changing exhibits, lectures, workshops and classes in art, history and science. Jesse Besser Museum's galleries feature artworks by painters, photographers, potters and other artists drawn from across the area, state and country.

Michigan Magazine Museum - Come and enjoy the museum built to display Michigan and it's people and talents. Hundreds of displays of items made by Michigan folks. A weekly television program shows you a different city each week and what great talent is there from candle making, quilts, woodcarving, log homes and iron works.

Penrod's AuSable River Resort - Seven acres on the AuSable River in Grayling offer ample parking and space for large groups. Many Boy Scout, Girl Scout, church groups, families, and others enjoy the facilities for canoeing, mountain biking, fishing or camping trips.

Great Lakes Photo Tours - See some of the most inspiring scenic and natural areas in the Great Lakes region. From digital 'snap-shooters' to advanced amateur photo enthusiasts, all will benefit from Mark and Bob's over 50-years worth of combined experience as professionals in their respective fields.

Dinosaur Gardens - Forty acres of beauty and serenity alongside a most unique trail leading you back in time...time when the earth was ruled by dinosaurs. Stroll next to the life-size replicas of a number of dinosaurs as well as cave men and women. Some of the exhibits even provide a birds eye view with steps and entrances right up into the replicas. Over 26 exhibits are right along the trail.

AuSable River Queen - The only paddlewheel riverboat of its kind and offers a variety of tours. This unique paddlewheel boat runs into the fall so that you may take in the splendor of the autumn colors. Live music is provided on the AuSable River Queen on weekends and there is a snack bar as well. Two hour round trip on the beautiful AuSable River. Open Memorial Day until mid-October.