The small city of Grayling is located in Northern Lower Michigan and it is a great spot for tourists who are looking for a calm holiday in a small town surrounded by forests and nature. It is an ideal town for outdoor enthusiasts because it has a lot of opportunities for canoeing and exploration. If you’re about to plan a vacation, here are ten reasons why we should visit Grayling:
- The Arts
If there’s one thing art lovers and even tourists would love about Grayling, it’s the sundry collection of art galleries and shops that have all types of art for all kinds of people. These galleries also have a number of indoor and outdoor displays.
If you’re looking for diverse types of arts by local artists in the Grayling area and Northern Michigan, you can visit AuSable Artisan Village Art Gallery whose aim is to enrich lives and provide expression through art. They also offer art classes to children and adults, which you can enrol in during the time you’re in town.
You can also visit the Main Branch Art Gallery (opens 7 days a week) that features original arts, pottery and sculptures, jewellery and many more.
- The Historical Sites
The Grayling City has deep historical sites that you can explore in the Wellington farm that was once a homestead when it was founded in 1878. It features an exhibition of America in the Great Depression. You can also visit a saw mill, summer kitchen, blacksmiths shop and an animal barnyard. You would also see a church that has been around since the 1880s. If you decide to visit during the fall, you can also be a part of the harvest events. The Wellington Farm also hosts many outdoor musical performances; therefore, if you are a fan of good music, this will be a good place to hang out.
- The Museum
You can also see visit the Grayling’s Crawford County Historical Museum, and if there’s one thing about history, is that everyone wants to see it. You would be opportune to visit the Passenger Freight Depot of 1882 and the river boat of 1915. You would also see different exhibits of a saloon, a schoolhouse, a life as a trapper’s wife and even a rustic cabin and a fire hall. The museum is a fun place to visit with your family and would add a lot to the tourism experience.
- The Fish Hatchery
One of the most visited sight in the Grayling city is the popular fish hatchery which houses over five thousand trout’s that swim around in the ponds at the hatchery. The fish hatchery is a great reason to visit Grayling if you have children because it is amusing to watch all the fish fight for fish food that you can purchase at the hatchery. The fee is also very affordable and it’s free for children under ten. The fish hatchery is also a large part of Grayling’s history.
- The State Park
The Hartwick Pines is nearly 10,000 acres large. It is the fifth largest park in the entire Michigan state and also the largest in the Lower Peninsula. When you visit the state park, you get to find hands on exhibits, dioramas and even the legendary ‘Living Tree’ that the Grayling’s Hartwick Pines State Park is known for. It also has a visitor centre that features a program that would inform and enlighten visitors and tourists on the forest and forest management. The state park and visitor centre is also open all year long so whenever you come visiting, you’re sure to visit the park.
- The Outdoors
Vacations include spending time outside, and Grayling has a lot of outdoor recreational activities that can be fun either alone or with family and friends. You can have fun canoeing or kayaking in the Manistee River, and use this opportunity to observe different kinds of birds like the blue heron and other mammals while on your canoe or kayak. Dream-guides cover a wide range of high quality kayaks that can greatly enhance your overall experience. If you are not comfortable with kayaking, fishing is also another good alternative.
- The Winters
Grayling is not left out during the winters as there are a bunch of fun things you can do during the winter season. You can also go ice fishing during the winter by making a hole in the ice, or if you’re more vibrant, you can always spend your days snowboarding on the slopes in the Hanson Hills Recreation Area. This is a great idea, especially for teenagers.
- The Events
If you want to get the best out of your time in Grayling, you should go at a particular time in the year to take part in the community events that the city holds. In May, for example, you can join the hunt for morel mushrooms with the locals. In July, you could attend the AuSable River Festival and also the canoe Marathon. In the month of August, the Black Iron Days festival is held where the logging history of Grayling is celebrated. You can also attend live performances at the Wellington Farm.
- The Farm Market
The Grayling local farm market is held during the summer and there, you can find different organic eggs or local produce. It’s held during the Thursday’s of the months in the summer season at the city park and it’s a great and fun thing to do because you would be trying something new. If you are into organic food and healthy living, this farm market would be your happy place.
- The Fun
Grayling city is a small town, a great place to clear your head, bond with your family and try new things. It has activities for all sorts of people; historians, art lovers, outdoor lovers, food lovers, and just those who are looking for some fun while touring this scenic town. There’s a bunch of fun stuff to do at Grayling, Michigan. All you have to do is pack up and start your vacation.
Guest author Douglas Keister