Things to Do in Gaylord
Are you thinking of planning a trip up north? Looking for things to do? Gaylord, Michigan, is the ideal place to stay. Gaylord attractions and activities are diverse and plentiful. And because Gaylord and Treetops Resort are centrally located in northern Michigan, it’s easy to get to many other interesting places in the region. Here are just a few of our favorite things to do in Gaylord and beyond.
Go Horseback Riding
Live out your Wild West fantasies and feel the wind whip through your hair during some classic horseback trail riding, all while soaking up some choice scenery. Though you won’t be riding at Treetops Resort, we’ll be there in spirit during your excursion to Maple Ridge Stables, where you can find all the horseback riding action.
From April through November, Maple Ridge Stables is open for guided trail riding through eight miles of beautiful northern Michigan wilderness. For enthusiastic beginner riders, Maple Ridge also offers the most helpful horseback riding lessons in Michigan.
Float Down the River
If you want to relax outside for a couple of hours, a leisurely tube down the Sturgeon River is just the escape you’re looking for. If you’re into adrenaline highs, a whitewater rafting trip will be more your speed. Rafting and tubing on the Sturgeon River are two very different opportunities to make lasting memories. Contact Sturgeon River Paddlesports to book your trip.
Grab a Paddle
Kayaking and canoeing in Michigan doesn’t get better than floating down the Au Sable River. In fact, Pure Michigan included it on their list of Michigan’s Best Paddling Trips. Designated a blue-ribbon brown trout river by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Au Sable (“aw saw-bull”) flows east all the way from Grayling to Oscoda, ultimately emptying into Lake Huron. Much of the river forms the northern border of the Huron National Forest, so the scenery from your boat is unbeatable. Contact Carlisle Canoe Livery to book your kayaking or canoeing trip down the Au Sable.
Try Your Hand at Fly Fishing
Treetops Resort’s location among six spectacular fly fishing rivers – the Au Sable, Black, Boyne, Manistee, Pigeon, and Sturgeon – makes us the perfect home base for your fly fishing adventure. The fly fishing pros at Ron’s Fly Shop will guide you to victory. Save some hassle by planning ahead – get your Michigan fishing license online before your excursion.
Visit City Elk Park
The City of Gaylord maintains a herd of approximately 40 elk that visitors can view all year long. The herd lives on a 108-acre refuge that’s easily accessible and perfectly located near the Elks Lodge off Grandview Boulevard. Learn more about City Elk Park, and be sure to include this stop in your vacation itinerary.
See Otsego Lake
In the mood for a day at the beach? Otsego Lake State Park is home to a half-mile of sandy beach, as well as a fishing pier, playground, and 62 wooded acres with walking trails. All you need to enjoy a full day at Otsego Lake is a picnic lunch and some beach towels.
Gaylord Is for Foodies
In addition to our on-site dining options at Treetops, the Gaylord area is home to numerous outstanding restaurants, bars, and pubs. We love that many of our local establishments focus on local craft beers and wines to complement their specialty dishes. Whatever cuisine you’re in the mood for, Gaylord’s eateries have you covered.
Want to Explore a Little Further?
Treetops’ location offers easy accessibility to many breathtaking northern Michigan excursions. Here are just a few of our best recommendations:
- Head north toward Cheboygan to visit Fort Michilimackinac, a Revolutionary War-era fort and fur trading village. While you’re there, you’ll enjoy a clear view of the Mackinac Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere. If you have a whole day on your hands, take the ferry to Mackinac Island. You’ll immediately step back in time – there are no cars and no chain restaurants, just charm and fudge for days.
- Go west past Traverse City to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Named “Most Beautiful Place in America” by Good Morning America, the park boasts miles of Lake Michigan beach, walking paths, and stunning views. On your way back to Treetops, sample a few local wines by taking a wine tour on Old Mission Peninsula or Leelanau Peninsula.
- Drive east to Alpena, and learn about Michigan’s maritime history at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center. When you’re done learning about shipwrecks, go spend some time outside at Island Park & Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy a stroll through the sanctuary, or paddle a canoe through the park. You’re sure to see waterfowl, turtles, deer, otter, and more. If you’re lucky, you might even spot beavers working on their latest dam project.
The Mackinac Bridge, often referred to as the "Mighty Mac," is a magnificent suspension bridge located in Michigan, spanning the Straits of Mackinac to connect the state's upper and lower peninsulas. This iconic landmark is a marvel of engineering and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area. For travelers looking to explore this architectural gem, staying at the nearby Treetops Resort would be a perfect choice. Treetops Resort, nestled amidst the natural beauty of northern Michigan, provides a serene and picturesque setting for visitors. With its close proximity to the Mackinac Bridge, guests at Treetops Resort can easily venture out to experience the bridge's grandeur and take in its panoramic vistas. (Drive time approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes).
Skybridge at Boyne Mountain
The Skybridge at Boyne Mountain is a remarkable attraction located in Michigan, offering an exhilarating experience for adventure enthusiasts. This suspended bridge connects two peaks, allowing visitors to traverse between them while enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. Treetops Resort, situated nearby, is an excellent choice for accommodation. Surrounded by the natural beauty of northern Michigan, Treetops Resort provides a tranquil and picturesque setting for guests. Being in close proximity to the Skybridge at Boyne Mountain, visitors staying at Treetops Resort can easily venture out to explore this incredible marvel and soak in the awe-inspiring vistas it offers. Whether you're staying for a weekend or a longer vacation, Treetops Resort serves as a comfortable and convenient base for those eager to experience the wonder of the Skybridge at Boyne Mountain. (Drive time 35 minutes).
Nestled in the heart of Northern Michigan, the picturesque Lake Charlevoix captivates visitors with its breathtaking beauty. With its crystal-clear turquoise waters, tranquil shores, and stunning surrounding landscapes, Lake Charlevoix is truly a sight to behold. The allure of this magnificent lake is further enhanced by its proximity to the renowned Treetops Resort, making it an ideal destination for a memorable vacation. Situated just a short distance away from the resort, Lake Charlevoix offers a perfect retreat for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Whether you're seeking a peaceful lakeside getaway, thrilling water sports, or simply a scenic spot to relax, Lake Charlevoix has it all. With Treetops Resort nearby, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds by staying at the resort and exploring the captivating beauty of Lake Charlevoix, creating an unforgettable experience. (Drive time 30 to 45 minutes depending on what part of the lake you choose).
Make Treetops Your Home Away from Home
Ready to explore all that northern Michigan has to offer? Let Treetops serve as home base while you explore, indulge, and enjoy the region’s attractions. Once you start planning your trip, you’ll see that there are endless things to do in Gaylord and the surrounding towns. Call us at (866) 348-5249 to book your stay at Treetops.
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