Your Northern Michigan Summer Bucket List from Traverse Magazine

The Traverse Magazine & MyNorth staff fill your cup with several ways to experience and explore the dog days of Northern Michigan summer. From Northern Michigan wine tasting to hiking Pyramid Point and exploring Sleeping Bear Dunes to berry picking and enjoying a summer bonfire, break out your summer bucket list, and a pen, too! These tried and true ideas for high summer fun will help you make stand-out Northern Michigan memories.

Plan a night hike to Pyramid Point combined with one of the park’s star parties. Here’s the schedule for this summer’s Starry, Starry Night events. Also, check out the concerts in the barn at Aten Place in Boyne City. —Jodi Simpson, Circulations Manager

Picking berries at Kiteley’s Farm Market is a must for me, it’s such a great way for me to feel a connection with my community. They also have beautiful wildflowers and I can never resist bringing a bouquet home! —Heather Gray, Art Director

Hike Old Baldy from the Watervale Inn…followed by dinner at The Roadhouse in Benzonia. —Libby Stallman, Office Manager

Take the ferry to South Manitou, browse Fishtown, hike Pyramid Point, go body surfing, take in an outdoor concert at Glen Arbor Art Association. —Lissa Edwards

Kite boarding, skipping rocks, Manitou Islands, charter fishing in Leland, wine tasting, bonfires on beaches and sunsets on boats. —Ben Fellows, Account Executive

u-pick trip to King Orchards—located in one of the most serene and bountiful areas of Antrim County—is on my bucket list every Northern Michigan summer. King’s homegrown apricots and peaches are the best I’ve tasted. Fruit tastes a little sweeter when you pick it from Michigan farm country. —Dani Knoph, Marketing Coordinator

Hiking Power Island with friends and dogs then jumping off the dock. —Kirstin Gorney, Controller

Drift-fish the Manistee River, especially through the National Forest section west of Grayling, where there are hardly any houses and wilderness prevails. —Jeff Smith, Editor

Taking the kids kayaking on the Crystal River in Glen Arbor, then over to dinner at Boonedocks on the deck for a cold beer, dinner and fabulous music. Also, taking the M-119 scenic drive through the Tunnel of Trees to Legs Inn for a beautiful sunset dinner at Legs Inn. —Cyndi Ludka, Account Executive


Eating meals outside whenever the weather allows, as many trips to Dairy Lodge as possible and getting out on a boat no matter what. —Eliza Foster, Web Editor

Our most favorite thing to do is movies in the park every Friday night in Petoskey!!! They also have a super cool new movie screen. Lisa Gillespie, Account Executive

Bike the Betsie Valley Trail from Beulah to Frankfort and have a beer and a sammie at The Mayfair in Elberta or go to Bay View in Frankfort. Live music on the patio at Shady Lane Cellars—here’s the schedule. —Jill Hayes, Account Executive

Fireworks, any! Riverside Shakespeare in the Park various locations around Northern Michigan. —Candace Morse, Account Executive

Ocqeoc Falls—nothing like a dip in a rushing river to combat the heat. By the falls, the Ocqueoc River is surrounded by lovely stone plateaus, perfect for picnicking. —Rachel North, Marketing Director

I look forward to barefoot frisbee in the yard with a cold beer, Bob Marley tunes and bonfires at Good Harbor Beach.—Drew Warner, Account Executive

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