Things to Do

Located in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Glen Arbor and the surrounding area is the ultimate place to stay, play and relax.  Nestled within the breathtaking scenery are quaint towns throughout Leelanau County, picturesque homes and cabins and historic landmarks. Whether you stay a weekend or a week, there are plenty of things to do for all ages, in any season – within a short drive or walk.

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Things to Do include:

See the area via the Heritage Trail: non-motorized, accessible to all. Family friendly and maintained year-round.

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M-22 that follows the coastline of our Leelanau Peninsula, was voted “Best fall color scenic drive in the U.S.” Tour the National Park and many county roads that provide breathtaking views of the color and variety of landscape.


SBHT – Cross Country Ski or Snowshoe trails during the winter.

SBHT Ski Trail

Our peninsula is known for it’s Breweries, Distilleries and Wine Tasting available, year-round.


You won’t see a big box store or chain restaurant here. The quaint towns that sprinkle Leelanau are filled with unique treasure, to each it’s own. Specializing in restaurants with locally sourced, seasonal cuisine; some of the best Art Galleries in Michigan, and Specialty shops and boutiques with artisan-made, up-north Michigan branded goods for gifts or home. 

Water recreation from rivers to inland lakes to the big lake, Lake Michigan. Charter Fishing, Boat rentals & delivery, there’s plenty of options for any age or experience level. Get out and enjoy the water! Summer fun and Ice Fishing in the winter! There’s also FREE Ice Skating in the winter, downtown Glen Arbor.