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 Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail: non-motorized, accessible to all. Family friendly and maintained for your enjoyment and recreation year-round.

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Tennis and Pickleball Courts. Open to the public. Located at both Glen Arbor Township Park and the Leelanau School. Open Courts, first come, first serve. The Leelanau School is located at One Old Homestead Rd., Glen Arbor (231)334-5800 for more info. The Glen Arbor Township Park is complete with picnic areas, park benches, a playground, basketball court, pavilion, water and restroom facility. Located at the corner of State Street and M-22, there is also public parking available here. 

Our beloved road, M-22, follows the coastline all the way around the outskirts of Leelanau Peninsula. It’s easy to see why our area has been ranked among the “Bests,” nationwide, time and time again. Most recently M22 was named “Best fall color scenic drive in the U.S.”  You can tour the National Park and many roads that provide breathtaking views that showcase change in color and landscape.

Trick or Treat in the afternoon, shop and dine downtown for a fun family friendly time.

During the winter, Cross Country Ski or Snowshoe the trails during the winter via the groomed Heritage Trail or blaze your own trail.

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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.