One of our favorite places to vacation is in Northern Michigan. Every year we make a trip or two in the winter to ski and often we’ll add another long weekend if we can find the time. On our last trip, it was too early in the winter for skiing, so instead, we created a day full of family things to do in Petoskey Michigan. Head up there for your own wonderful experience!
Start your day off right
The first place we hit for breakfast on every trip is Johan’s Bakery Petoskey. Although there are several locations, the main one in Petoskey is our favorite.
Load up on fresh bagels or donuts (be sure to buy extras to take home) and if it’s cold outside, enjoy them right away in your car. Yum!
Escape Room Petoskey
The local Petoskey escape room, Know Way Out has a really unique alternative to the traditional escape room experience. As we visited during COVID, we took advantage of it and enjoyed it so much we will be looking for these experiences now every time we travel! It is one of the most unique family things to do in Petoskey Michigan we’ve encountered yet.
We participated in an outdoor clue hunt adventure and spent the morning driving around Petoskey with a map and our cell phone finding clues and solving puzzles.
Although we’ve visited Petoskey dozens of times through the years, we discovered many new things about this town we love. It was crazy cold the day we visited, but it was still a blast. If the weather is good, you could walk most of the hunt.
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Enjoy lunch with a view
Although there are numerous wonderful restaurants in Petoskey, head a bit out of downtown to Mim’s Mediterranean Grill for affordable and delicious Greek-inspired food.
UPDATED 2022: Mim’s is back to full operations.
Currently, Mim’s is carryout only (and they have a fantastic system), but hopefully someday soon they will reopen their indoor seating. For this fun family day you will want carryout anyway, so go ahead and place your order to go.
Once you grab your yummy meal, drive back to Sunset or Bayfront Park near downtown and enjoy your lunch with a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan’s Traverse Bay. If it’s cold you might see white caps like we did as we consumed our food from the car, but if it’s nice out, sit outside and enjoy the fresh air.
If the weather is clear, Sunset Park is also a fantastic place to come back to at dusk and enjoy an amazing sunset.
It’s time for a sweet treat
Most years we make sure to save time for Kilwin’s Chocolate Tour in Petoskey, but during COVID, the tours were canceled. Luckily, even if there isn’t a tour going on, you can still enjoy seeing the chocolates being made in the factory through the windows, and of course the delicious chocolate at the flagship store.
Indulge in a sweet treat and pick up some goodies for later – the chocolate is outstanding, and you can also purchase ice cream and fudge that is made fresh daily. Yum!
Coffee and shopping downtown to end your day
Finish out your afternoon of fun family things to do in Petoskey Michigan by browsing downtown. It’s a darling town full of unique shops and interesting buildings and it’s super walkable.
You’ll find fun novelty gift items at Grandpa Shorters, pretty much any book you desire at McLean and Eakin, and delicious jams and jellies at American Spoon (oh, and their Bloody Mary Mix is amazing). It’s also fun to stop at Rocking Horse Toy Store and pick up a new game to enjoy – play it in your room tonight!
Be sure to grab a cup of coffee, chai, or specialty hot chocolate at Roast & Toast to warm you up. With its eclectic atmosphere and delicious array of drinks, it’s the perfect ending to a wonderful day exploring Petoskey, and it shows up on my list of the 25 BEST coffee roasters in Michigan, so you know it’s good!
FAQs about Petoskey, Michigan
What is Petoskey Michigan known for?
Petoskey Michigan is a lovely town known for its gorgeous setting on Traverse Bay, its gaslight district for local shopping, and of course the unique natural wonder of the Petoskey stone.
How cold does it get in Petoskey Michigan?
As someone who visits most winters, I can tell you that it can get COLD! We’ve been there before where the night temperature was below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
However, typically the temperature lands between the teens and low thirties for most of the winter.
Conclusion: Family things to do in Petoskey Michigan
So what do you think? Are you ready to spend the perfect day in Petoskey? We visit every year and never get tired of it, and with these unique family things to do in Petoskey Michigan, you won’t either!
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