Family Fun in Petoskey, Michigan | 11 Things to Do

This summer our family hit the road and explored Michigan for the first time. It’s really not that far away from Indianapolis and there’s plenty to do for every type of adventurer. Our second trip to Michigan took us to Petoskey, a lake resort area that is popular for family vacations, girlfriend getaways and romantic weekends. There’s never enough time to do everything but here are our recommendations for your family, based on the fun we had.

petoskey stones michigan travel family kidsWander the beaches, take a dip or spend some time searching for the coveted “Petoskey Stones,” fossilized coral formed because the glaciers. It’s also the Michigan state stone.

petoskey michigan waterfall travel family kidsThere are many spaces to enjoy picnic lunches, we loved the Waterfall Area at in Bayfront Park. There’s a beautiful waterfall, picnic tables and so many beautiful things to look at, including Little Traverse Bay.

petoskey michigan bookstore travel family kids
Mclean and Eakin Booksellers in the Gaslight shopping district will bring great joy to readers young and old. The children’s section is fantastic and the owners have really taken special care to have wonderful books available.

petoskey michigan cheese shopping travel family kidsThe Gaslight Shopping District will really please all of your senses. With soaps to smell, textiles to touch, foods to eat and beverages to drink, there’s delight in every shop.
petoskey michigan shopping travel family kidsYou’ll find everything you never knew you needed!
petoskey michigan fustinis oil shopping travel family kidsStop into Fustini’s and try a variety of oils, vinegars and spreads. Everyone will find their favorite flavor!
petoskey area michigan maple moon winery syrup tastingMaple Moon Winery is the first winery in America to use maple syrup (from trees taped onsite) in wine. There’s a free tour at 4pm everyday. The grounds are beautiful!
petoskey area michigan boyne mountain resort





The ski lift runs year round at Boyne Mountain Resort. Take a ride and enjoy the view. Mountain bikers can use the lift to get to the top of the slope.

petoskey michigan roast and toast places to eat travel family kidsRoast & Toast has great sandwiches and drinks. Our kids loved the cups and saucers used in the decor inside and out AND they really liked the children’s toys available for use while we waited for our meal. This casual place has great selection.
boyne mountain indoor waterpark water slide michigan all agesAvalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark at the Boyne Mountain Resort is a blast! Everyone should try spend some time here!
petoskey area michigan zipline at boyne mountain resortZip line as a family or with your friends. That’s me on the right at Boyne Mountain resort. This was a single zip-line but there are longer experiences available.
petoskey area michigan boyne mountain resort breakfastThe breakfast buffet at Everett’s (Boyne Mountain Resort) is such a memorable experience that I just had to tell you about it! Kids 4 and under are free!

There’s so much to do and see in Petoskey, Michigan. Pack up the car and head there today! Seriously, do it!



Our family was hosted at one or more of these locations for the purpose of sharing the experience with you. All opinions are true and honest and not influenced by any comped experiences. I was not compensated to share this information with you.


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