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Where to Play

Charlevoix is a unique region that encompasses wonderfully natural recreation opportunities, a deep and colorful history, and a rich background in the arts. These three things, combined with a stunning backdrop make Charlevoix one of the top destinations in the Midwest to play. Whether it’s talking with a local historian, spending the day on a boat, or visiting a local art exhibit, there’s something for everyone! Just pick the season your planning on visiting to see what it can offer you.

And don't forget to look at the community calendar to see if any special events are headed your way!


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Area Beaches
Charlevoix is well known for its Beaches and the accolades are richly deserved.


Beaver Island
Charlevoix is the Gateway to America's Emerald Isle, the most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes, with a year-round population of 600 - a large percentage, of Irish descent.


Hiking & Biking
The Little Traverse Conservancy encourages outdoor enthusiasts to use the many nature preserves located around Charlevoix County. Whether you are interested in hiking, wildlife, nature study or photography, the natural beauty of Charlevoix cannot be beat!

Charlevoix Lighthouse
Charlevoix's South Pier Lighthouse has long been a treasured landmark to boaters seeking safe passage between Lake Michigan, the Pine River Channel, Round Lake and Lake Charlevoix.


Fall Color Tours
Autumn in the north country finds the lush hardwood forests glowing in brilliant shades of oranges, reds and yellows. The scenery is particularly impressive when viewed from roads around Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan.


Going for a Drive
One of the pleasant pastimes in Charlevoix is discovering by car the varied and unique architecture of the town. From the hundred-year-old summer cottages in the Belvedere Club and the Chicago Club associations to the Smurf-like mushroom houses designed by the late Earl Young.


In Charlevoix, a person can shop just as long as their legs will carry them. A cooperative effort between local government and Mother Nature has provided Charlevoix with one of the most beautiful shopping districts around. Shoppers will find a variety of shops, stores and restaurants stretching from the Edgewater complex north of the bridge down through the valley, up over the south hill, out South Bridge Street and on to M-66. All of the shops are connected by new and well lit sidewalks.

In Charlevoix we don't believe in rolling up the sidewalks when the sun goes down. Many shops are open for extended hours, and summer evenings are one of the nicest times for shopping in Charlevoix.


Water Fun

In the summertime, the area's lakes, beaches and public pools are magnets for sunbathers, swimmers and boaters.

There is no shortage of things to do in Charlevoix the Beautiful!  


Art Shows & Festivals



Castle Farms Tours

Earl Young Home/Historic Walking Tours

Golf Courses


Movie Theaters



Shooting Range

Skiing - Downhill & Cross Country

Summer Camps

Swimming Pools

Wine & Beer Tours

Wine Tasting/Wineries