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Manistee is where history, beauty, and nature come together to form a unique town that is a favorite destination in Michigan. With  so much to offer today’s traveler, Manistee is a terrific getaway for families and  friends.

Sunset at the North Pierhead Lighthouse in Manistee --  by Todd & Brad Reed Photography

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The Great Outdoors in Manistee

Lake Michigan beckons you to its golden beaches and spectacular sunsets, a guaranteed evening event! The magnificent Manistee National Forest stretches for miles and is a nature-lover’s paradise. Here, wildlife is found in its natural habitat, and recreation activities include camping, hiking, and biking. Nearby scenic rivers offer opportunities to fish, canoe, or kayak.

Historical Manistee - a Victorian Port City

You can appreciate the history of Manistee when you see the architecture throughout the city, especially the Ramsdell Theatre. Here is where James Earl Jones got his start, and it is still the venue for area theater productions.

The newly renovated Vogue Theater is open and features current films. Built in 1938, it is a welcome addition to have this grand theater back open in Manistee. The S.S. City of Milwaukee is a 77-year old Great Lakes ship, permanently moored in Manistee. It is open for tours, and during October, transforms into a Ghost Ship for the Halloween season.

Numerous golf courses, Casino Gaming, and the friendly faces of residents and business owners give Manistee the distinction of being in a place where you truly feel welcome. Discover the fun and beauty of Michigan’s destination Victorian Port City, Manistee.

Downtown Manistee & the Riverwalk

Visit downtown Manistee, a destination known as the Victorian Port City. Spend time browsing the shopping district, which features everything from unique kitchen products to consignment items to trendy clothing. Satisfy your hunger at one of the exceptional restaurants, then get some exercise on the Manistee Riverwalk. Mileage markers have been placed every tenth mile to gauge your distance and it is handicap accessible with ramps on both ends. The beautiful view along the 1.5 mile Riverwalk makes your trek so much more enjoyable.

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Manistee Events

The Manistee County area is home to many great events throughout the year that are fun for the whole family. There are a dozen or so car shows throughout the area from May to September. If you’re looking for a great way to celebrate Independence Day, the Manistee Forest Festival has events for four days during the 4th of July week each year. The week-long Manistee County Fair is held in Onekama each August and has a myriad of activities to offer. And, perhaps Manistee’s most well-known and popular event, the Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend takes place at the beginning of December.

Experience More of Manistee

Manistee National Forest

Manistee National Forest together with the Huron National Forest occupies almost a million acres of land in Michigan’s lower peninsula.

Winter in Manistee County

Winter in Manistee County includes great outdoor activities like skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, ice skating, and more.

Manistee’s Riverwalk

The Manistee Riverwalk follows the Manistee River from Jones Street, under the US-31 bridge, behind downtown, and ends at First Street beach.

Explore the Manistee River

The Manistee River spans for miles and provides the perfect watershed for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and exploring.

The Vogue Theatre in Manistee

The historical Vogue Theatre in Manistee, renovated as a modern-day movie theater, shows current movies, classic films, and family movies.