Things to Do in Gaylord, Michigan

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Each season offers a different view of Gaylord. Come for the legendary golf and skiing, and stay to discover what our wooded trails and picturesque waterways have to offer. Catch your breath and recount your adventures over delicious craft brews in a charming town with a dynamic spirit.

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Mackinac Island

Take a quick day trip to the Jewel of the Great Lakes. A one-hour drive will get you to the ferry that takes visitors to the famously car-free island suspended in time. Located in Lake Huron along the Straits of Mackinac, the five-square-mile island is renowned for its post card-worthy Victorian buildings and lush state park with forest trails, high cliffs, natural bridges, rock formations, caves, and more.

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Local Lakes

  • Big Lake
  • Chub Lakes
  • Opal Lake
  • Thumb Lake
  • Otsego Lake State Park
  • Pigeon River Country State Forest
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Outdoor Activities

  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Stand-up Paddleboarding
  • Wakeboarding
  • Wakesurfing
  • Waterskiing
  • Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Hunting
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Local Events

  • St. Patrick’s Day Party
  • Downtown Gaylord Easter Hop
  • Memorial Day Parade
  • Art in the Garden Festival
  • Boat Parade & Fireworks Otsego Lake
  • Big Ticket Festival
  • Gaylord Alpenfest
  • Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball
  • Farm Fest
  • Otsego County Fair
  • Beer, Blues & Barbecue Festival
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  • Black Lake Golf Club
  • Garland Lodge & Golf Club
  • Gaylord Golf Club
  • Indian River Golf Club
  • Lakes of the North Golf Club
  • Michaywé - The Pines
  • The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
  • Otsego Resort
  • Treetops Golf Club
  • Loon Golf Resort
  • The Ridge Golf Course
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Gaylord City's Elk Park

Head to the large fenced park minutes from the center of town to see a herd of wild elk. Watch the majestic animals from the comfort of your car or get a closer look from multiple viewing areas.

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Resting Point

Whether you’re stopping by on your way to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula or heading south to explore the lower part of the state, Gaylord is perfectly located to offer a relaxing break.