With so many different things to do during the summer months, it’s no wonder summer in Charlevoix has been the Midwest vacation destination for over 100 years. Situated on three lakes, Charlevoix is a Mecca for anyone who enjoys the water. Spend the day lounging on one of our 5 beaches, hoist the sails on a chartered sailboat, or play 18 at one of the most beautiful golf courses in the country. Whatever your cup of tea may be, Charlevoix is the place to sit back, relax and drink it up.
Beaches—No salt, no sharks, no problem in Charlevoix! Come here and enjoy fresh blue water with miles of white sand beaches. Charlevoix boasts 5 beautiful beaches on two different lakes. Whether you want to hunt for Petoskey Stones, watch the Emerald Isle come in, see a sailing regatta, Walk to an island, or tuck yourself away in the dunes we have something here to please everyone! Enjoy one beach or visit all five to truly see why Charlevoix is the ultimate beach vacation. Click here to read about all the beaches you can enjoy!
Golf—Whether you want to play the oldest public course in Michigan, one of the “best 50 upscale courses in the United States” or a course that has hosted the Michigan Amateur Championship a record 39 times, when you come to Charlevoix you don’t have to compromise, you can play all three! Within a 10 miles radius of Charlevoix there are five of Michigan’s most beautiful, challenging and historic courses just begging to be played. Whatever course you choose to play you will not be disappointed; so grab your clubs, don your argyle and click here to learn more about Charlevoix’s amazing golf courses!
Hiking and Biking—If you enjoy getting outside and exploring all that Mother Nature has to offer than Charlevoix is your place, with dozens of trails within a 10 minute drive, any outdoor enthusiast would be excited to lace up and see what the backwoods of Northern Michigan have to offer. Trails are diverse; going through thick hardwood forests, sand dunes, open fields, and up mountains. While you’re out there don’t forget to stop to take in the scenery, breath in the fresh air and enjoy the beauty that is Northern Michigan. To learn more about some of the biking and hiking trails in the area click here.
Summer Concert Series—every year the City of Charlevoix hosts a concert series in Charlevoix’s East Park during the summer months free to the public. Music ranges from local to national bands with genres covering everything from blues to oldies, folk to jazz. Concerts are always hosted on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Click here to see who is on the line up during your visit.
Summer Movie Series—coinciding with the summer concert series the City also hosts four family themed movies throughout the summer. Bring your blanket, grab a bucket of popcorn and find a nice spot on the grass to settle in. Nothing is nicer than watching a movie in one of the top 10 best public spaces in the United States!
Boating—Situated on three of the most beautiful lakes in Michigan, and protected by one of the best natural harbours in the state, Charlevoix has been a boater’s paradise since it was founded. There are many different boating activities to take part in, from regattas and charted sailing tours to tubing and wakeboarding. You can climb aboard the Keewenaw Star for a tour or simply take the Emerald Isle over to Beaver Island to experience a thriving historic community. Whatever your choice may be make sure to pack a bathing suit and plenty of sunscreen because once you get out on the blue waters of Lake Charlevoix, Round Lake, or Lake Michigan you won’t want to come back to the mainland! Click here to learn more about boating in Charlevoix.
Fishing—Bass, Trout, Whitefish, Perch and many other fish abound in the waters surrounding Charlevoix. If you are a fisherman in search of the freshest tastiest fish in the Great lakes, you’ve come to the right place! Let Ward Brothers fishing Charters take you out in search of the perfect fish or rent your own boat for the day and try your luck at reeling in the big one! Click here to learn about fishing, fishing tournaments, and local fisheries.
East Park—The largest capital improvement project in the history of Downtown Charlevoix was completed with the complete opening of East Park on July 25, 2008. The project included the expansion of the second most popular public marina in Michigan, a component offering 75 upgraded slips to boaters on July 3, 2007. The Charlevoix Marina Expansion / East Park Renovation project includes a new Harbor Master Building with transient boater facilities at the north end of East Park and a state-of-the-art outdoor Performance Pavilion, home of the Charlevoix Concert Series, located at the south end. In addition to offering top-notch amenities, project planners also valued expanded green space and pedestrian plazas. Park goers will find both upon visiting this gem of Downtown Charlevoix.
The roughly $13 million project was a partnership between the Charlevoix Downtown Development Authority and the Michigan Waterways Commission.
A late addition to the overall effort was the Charlevoix Fountain of Youth, a 30' diameter childrens' heated interactive water fountain with multiple water nozzles and choreographed LED lighting and music.
Additionally, the East Park Trout Habitat, a fully functioning trout ecosystem, was opened on May 15, 2009. The habitat is designed to replicate the conditions found in a northern Michigan trout stream. Fifty trout were planted in the stream to mark the occasion.
For more information about the Charlevoix Marina Expansion / East Park Renovation project, click here.