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Visiting Manistee Michigan
Visiting Manistee Michigan

Visiting Manistee Michigan

Visiting Manistee Michigan

After visiting the town of Pentwater in the summer of 2023, we continued our trek north up the third-coast to Manistee, Michigan. At just over 6,000 residents, Manistee is the fifth largest town in Northern Michigan and there was more to do and see!

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Visiting Manistee Michigan Lighthouse
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Overview of Manistee

Visiting Manistee Michigan
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Driving through Manistee on a rainy afternoon.

Places to Stay in Manistee

We stayed at the Orchard Beach State Park just north of Manistee. The state park was large and easy to make reservations. Despite its name, you can not access the water or beach from the park.

Although you couldn’t get to the water here, there was a beautiful hiking path across the street and a gorgeous view over the bluff with a family of bald eagles nearby.

Other Places to Stay in Manistee



Places to Eat in Manistee

Usually, we do most of our cooking and dining in our own camper van. However, on our first day in Manistee, the temperature dropped and it rained all day. After exploring lighthouses, piers and beaches all day, we were looking forward to being inside somewhere else for a little while.

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Lunch at the beach on a rainy day.

We decided to check out the North Channel Brewing Company. The food was good, the beer was cold, and the service was friendly. It had a pretty sweet atmosphere and trivia night once a week!

Visiting Manistee Michigan - North Channel Brewing Company
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Snacks and drinks at North Channel Brewing Company

Other places to Eat in Manistee

Things to do in Manistee

There are so many things to do when visiting Manistee Michigan. We only stayed for two days, but were able to do a lot in a short period of time.

  • Walk the pier
  • Visit all three public beaches
  • Hike at Orchard Beach State Park
  • Kiteboard at 1st Street Beach

Other Fun Things to do:

  • Visit the Vogue Theater
  • Hike at the Manistee National Forest
  • Kayak, Canoe, Paddle or Float the Manistee River
  • Fish in Manistee Lake
  • Walk the Manistee Riverwalk

Final Thoughts on Visiting Manistee

We would like to return to Manistee for a multi-day hike in the Manistee National Forest or a paddle trip down the Manistee River. For this trip, we were primarily looking for new kite spots and places to cycle! After a day of rain, a day of cycling, and a day of kiting, we were ready to explore further up the coast!

Visiting Manistee Michigan
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All in all if you enjoy spending time outdoors, Manistee is a great place to explore the many wonders that Michigan has to offer in the summer.

What wonders you ask? How about: (1) Fresh water beaches [no sharks], (2) trails in large pine forests, (3) small town vibes, and (4) a lot of natural beauty. We will definitely be going back to Manistee sometime.

Have fun visiting Manistee, Michigan and let us know what your favorite thing to do there is!

Thanks for reading! ~ KiteBikeVan

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  1. Jeff Yeutter

    Enjoyed a brief visit to Manistee this summer as well. Beautiful! For those of us that are golfing addicted, the Manistee Golf an Country Club was even better than expected. Several holes border the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan which provided incredible views. The clubhouse was smallish and quaint and over 100 years old. There was no “snooty factor” detected. Very friendly people!

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