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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.
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.
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.
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.
The Manistee Riverwalk follows the Manistee River from Jones Street, under the US-31 bridge, behind downtown, and ends at First Street beach.
The North Pierhead Lighthouse, located in the Victorian Port City of Manistee, stands watch over Lake Michigan.
Manistee has the unique combination of beauty, history and nature, which attracts visitors from all over and inspires many to call it home.
The Manistee River spans for miles and provides the perfect watershed for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and exploring.
The historical Vogue Theatre in Manistee, renovated as a modern-day movie theater, shows current movies, classic films, and family movies.
Winter in Manistee County includes great outdoor activities like skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, ice skating, and more.
Known as the “Two Lake Town”, Onekema is just 20 minutes from Manistee and provides a cozy escape from the everyday.
The Michigan Audubon Society Lake Bluff Center overlooks Lake Michigan near Manistee and features wildlife and a bird sanctuary.
Take one of the most scenic drives in the nation as you travel across M-22 in Manistee County. A long winding road of adventure awaits!
Onekama, in Manistee County, is the first community along the M-22 Scenic Heritage Route and is commonly known as the “Two Lake Town.”