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Paradise Lake is perfectly located for seeing the best of the "Tip of the Mitt". Mackinaw City is just 7 minutes away, and a ferry can quickly get you to Mackinac Island. Petoskey is a 25 minute drive, with Cheboygan and Indian River just a bit further. Traverse City to the south, or the Upper Peninsula to the north, make great day trips.

Below are just a few of the many things to do and sites to see. Your cabin handbook will include a more complete list.

Paradise Lake and Mackinaw City Areas

Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Fort Michilimackinac, Mill Creek, Mackinac Bridge, Wilderness Park

Mackinac Island

Biking (Rentals Available), Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Fort Mackinac, Walking Historical Tours, Outdoor Dining, Live Entertainment


  • Darrow's Family Restaurant - Mackinaw City
  • Audies Restaurant - Mackinaw City
  • Key Hole Bar & Grill - Mackinaw City
  • The Rusted Spoke - Mackinaw City
  • Pancake Chef - Mackinaw City

Water Activities

  • Lake Michigan beaches and dunes
  • Indian River: tubing, canoeing, kayaking
  • Inland Waterway (from Alanson, Cheboygan, Conway, or Indian River)


  • Mackinaw Club Golf Course- Carp Lake, MI
  • Animal Tracks Adventure Golf - Mackinaw City, MI


Wilderness State Park, Mackinac Island, Upper Peninsula, and tons more


Rail Trails: Petoskey to Charlevoix, Petoskey to Harbor Springs

Indoor activities

  • Pharaohs Family Fun Center - Mackinaw City
  • Odawa Casino - Mackinaw City
  • Courtyard Cinema - Mackinaw City

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Historic Sites

  • Fort Michilimackinac - Mackinaw City
  • The Lighthouse - Mackinaw
  • The Fort and historic homes - Mackinac Island
  • Little Traverse Bay Museum - Petoskey


  • Mackinaw City Crossings
  • Petoskey 
  • Harbor Springs

Scenic Drives

From Cross Village to Harbor Springs on M-119 From Indian River to Cheboygan on S. Straits Highway From The Bridge throughout the Upper Peninsula

Not to be overlooked are the numerous food festivals, music festivals, art festivals, car shows, and sidewalk sale days in Mackinaw City, Petoskey, Charlevoix, Boyne City, Harbor Springs and Traverse City. See the local websites for details of when and where, or check the local brochures and papers upon arrival.