The beaches, water and snow sports in Petoskey, Michigan, attract visitors from all over the world. Looking for a Northern Michigan vacation that includes fabulous shopping, upscale food & drink, a lively arts scene, breathtaking scenery and world-class outdoor activities that include beaching it, skiing, biking, hiking, fishing, boating and camping?

Watch this video to glean some travel ideas for this colorful town, then head for the beaches, water and snow sports in Petoskey, Michigan.


Petoskey State Park

A visit to Petoskey State Park—a wildly beautiful oasis of dune, forest and crystalline bay water—is a must for beach and nature lovers. Although just minutes from downtown Petoskey and Harbor Springs, the park’s dune-backed beaches feel miles from anywhere. Pick your own quiet spot in the sun or stroll the shoreline on a photo-safari search for Michigan’s protected Pitcher’s thistle plant, which grows only on Great Lakes coasts. You’ll find forest hiking trails and campsites galore behind the beach. 2475 M-119, 231.347.2311, Petoskey State Park

Downhill Skiing

Nubs Nob

Widely acclaimed for its first-class snow conditions and perfectly groomed slopes, Nubs Nob boasts a 427-foot vertical, 53 slopes and peaks on three separate peaks, 9 lifts, and sick terrain parks. For more information,

Boyne Highlands

Part of the Boyne USA ski resorts, Boyne Highlands is a four-season resort that comes to snowy life in winter with 55 trails, 10 lifts, terrain parks, lodging, dining and more. To find out more about skiing at Boyne Highlands, go to

Boyne Mountain

Boyne Mountain has 60 runs, a 500 foot vertical and lodging that comes in all shapes and sizes. Yep, that’s Boyne Mountain, part of the Boyne USA ski resort kingdom—and it’s only 20 miles from Charlevoix.

Petoskey Winter Sports Park

It’s endless winter at Petoskey winter sports park with its sledding, ice skating, hockey, skiing and snowboarding. The ice rinks are resurfaced daily. The ice skate rental fee is $5.00 per pair. Admission to the park is free. The WSP also has a wonderful warming house with fireplace, seating, concession stand (candy, pop, water, hot chocolate, hot dogs, popcorn, pretzels, etc.), drinking fountain, tables, free wireless Internet access and restrooms. The park typically opens in late December and closes in early March. During the summer months the Winter Sports Park is utilized for Kids Camp and Tee Ball. There are also three basketball hoops for informal play. 1100 Winter Park Lane, Petoskey. 231.347.1252, Petoskey Winter Sports Park


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