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Sunrise Side Excitement

Thunder Bay Resort and Northeast Michigan offer alluring beauty and an amazing array of activities and attractions unique to Michigan, the Midwest and – even the world!  Boasting a variety of outdoor fun and excitement itself, Thunder Bay Resort is also centrally located within the region placing guests only 30 minutes to most of the activities and attractions featured by Michigan’s Sunrise Side!

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Elk Viewing

Whether it's during Thunder Bay Resort's Award-Winning Elk Viewing Dinner Ride, a hike through the resort's 160 acre Anchor Creek Ranch, or a Saturday evening drive with family, guests can witness native, Michigan elk in their natural habitat.



Play Thunder Bay Resort's championship 18-hole course or take advantage of elite courses like Black Lake, Elk Ridge, Red Hawk, White Pine National, The Dream and the Nightmare.

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Hiking and Walking

Hiking and Walking

With over 135,000 acres of state land in Montmorency county alone, outdoor enthusiasts can intertwine themselves with nature by enjoying relaxing walks, day-hikes, mountain biking and more!



Rent bikes and cruise Thunder Bay's near 500 acre oasis or bring your bike and test terrain of surrounding parks and trail.


Fishing and Fishing Charters

Hundreds of lakes, rivers, Fletcher's Floodwaters and Lake Huron make Northeast Michigan a fantastic destination for all levels of fishing enthusiasts.


Water Sports

Swimming, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, paddle-boarding, boating, jet skiing and sailing...Northeast Michigan has it all.  Transport your vessel or rent from nearby businesses to crash the waves on the Sunrise Side!

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Lake Huron's Shipwreck Alley and the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary provides the perfect setting to dive back into maritime history.



Bring your GPS and enjoy the outdoors as you participate in the ultimate game of hide-and-seek.  Click here for a list of geocaches in the area >>>



Northern Michigan definitely has it benefits!  Removed from any metropolis and suburban populations, low-light means intense visibility allowing stargazers to witness the night sky like never before.



Naturally, Northern Michigan's diverse terrain is home to variety of amazing birds including bald eagles, great horned owls, screech owls, great blue herons, pileated woodpeckers, kirtland warblers and many, many more.


Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Take stride on over 5 miles of groomed paths at Thunder Bay Resort or journey out to the 135,000+ acres of accessible state land.


ATV and Snowmobiling

Four-wheeling in the summer or snowmobiling in the winter!  With hundreds of miles of marked trails, Montmorency county is perfect for those looking to bring their toys to Northern Michigan for endless riding fun.

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AJ's Berry Farm

AJ's offers families a multitude of amazing experiences!  Handpick your own berries and fruit in the summer, witness how apple cider is made or walk the pumpkin patches in the fall, or hop on for a spring hayride to get a first-hand look at how authentic Michigan maple syrup is made!

Alpena Shipwreck Tours

Explore the shipwrecks of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary through a glass bottom boat.

Arzo: Sports & Fun Park

Sky high bungee, go karts, mini-golf, bumper cars and batting cages means fun at Alpena's only Arzo Fun Park.

AuSable Valley Railroad

"ALL ABOARD!" Take a ride through gorgeous Michigan landscapes on this 1/4 scale passenger train.

Dinosaur Gardens

Learn what it was like to live with dinosaurs.

Karefree Ranch

A great day trip, Karefree Ranch offers guided horseback tours through scenic Northern Michigan.

Knaebe's Apple Farm & Cider Mill

Fun for the entire family!  Homemade pies, delicious caramel apples, fresh donuts, hayrides, an animal farm and even an apple slingshot.

Laser Team Challenge

Northern Michigan's most extreme indoor and outdoor laser tag.

Sherni's Candy Shop

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a trip to Sherni's Candy Shop.

Partners with the Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail

Taste the Unique Flavors of The Sunrise Side

Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail, located in Northeastern Michigan, is one of the hottest happening places to visit. The Trail is rapidly becoming known as the friendliest wine tasting site in Michigan. Attracting thousands of visitors, the Trail boasts seven wineries and three micro-breweries.

Visitors will discover an array of attractions including Saganing Eagles Landing Casino, AuSable River Queen and Charity Island cruises, heritage tours and Thunder Bay Resort, plus beautiful scenic views only Northeastern Michigan can offer. It's the best kept secret in Michigan. | The Official Site of Michigan's Wine Industry


Wineries & Breweries

Modern Craft Winery

Rose Valley Winery

Stoney Acres Winery

Thunder Bay Winery

Valley Mist Vineyards

Fletcher Street Brewing Co.

Wiltse's Brew Pub

Sunrise Side Wine and Hops Trail Map

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Art in The Loft at Gallery 109

With a mission to enrich the quality of life in Northern Michigan through art, Art in the Loft is Northeast Michigan's leading art and gallery center offering seasonal exhibitions and art workshops for the aspiring artist.

Besser Museum

An institution dedicated to serving the community in art, history and science.  Besser Museum offers history rich exhibits, fascinating science collections, the only planetarium in Northern Michigan, and an abundance of fine art.

Brush Creek Mill & Cultural Center

See what life was like in the days of Montmorency Country and learn about the homestead families, businesses and schools in the area with eye-catching displays and memorabilia.  Additionally, Brush Creek Mill features one of the United States' only stainless steel water wheels (fabricated by Moran Iron Works), a working grain mill, and hosts a variety of classes, craft shows, auctions and live entertainment.

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center

Visit this 9,000+ visitor center and learn about the area's extensive and rich maritime history.  Submerse yourself in exciting exhibits, historic films and guided tours!  Also, walk the decks of a full-size replica wooden Great Lakes schooner and shipwreck.

Lighthouse Tours

With 16 historic lighthouses illuminating Lake Huron's shoreline, Northeast Michigan is a bright spot for lighthouse enthusiasts.

Moran Iron Works

While Moran Iron Works is a global fabrication company offering dynamic, custom designs and experienced welding solutions, owner, Tom Moran, showcases sculptures in Alpena, near Onaway and throughout Northern Michigan.

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Visit the world's only freshwater marine sanctuary!  With a primary goal to protect the Great Lakes and their maritime history, the National Marine Sanctuary sponsors in-depth research, education and resources to ensure that future generations can enjoy these underwater treasures!  Also, experience these wonders first-hand and take a ride on Alpena's glass-bottom boat - Lady Michigan.

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Discover Alpena

Alpena Visitor's Guide

Download the official guide to the Sunrise Side.  Learn about the hottest area attractions and the people of Northern Michigan.

Alpena CVB

Alpena CVB

Visit Alpena, Michigan's official CVB website for news and information regarding the region's top attractions and travel destinations.


US23 Heritage Route

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Explore Northeast Michigan

Get Out And Explore

A recent publication outlining the activities and fun of Northeast Michigan.

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Lighthouse Tour Guide

Learn more about some Northeast Michigan's brightest attractions.

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