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Exploring downtown Charlevoix
One of the best things about Charlevoix is its walkability to parks, restaurants, art, attractions, and so much more. Explore all the unique elements that make Charlevoix the charming town it is today. Let us take a walking tour around downtown Charlevoix:
Shops and Restaurants It’s no secret that downtown Charlevoix is full of great eateries and shopping options. We encourage you to grab breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks and shop in between.
Hoffman Park One of Charlevoix’s most overlooked parks, Hoffman Park has a spectacular view of the bridge and channel. You may notice an old bridge key in this park that was used for the former bridge.
Water Tower Park On the south side of the channel, Water Tower Park is a hidden gem many people don't know about. Climb the steps for an awesome view of the lighthouse and a unique art display; the compass rose will always point home to Charlevoix. Fun fact: there used to be a water tower on this piece of land (no surprise on the name of the park hehe).
Lighthouse Ahh, Little Red you are the most photogenic little lighthouse! No trip to Charlevoix would be complete without visiting the lighthouse. Be sure to get your photo taken here. Enjoy the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan Beach and hunt for Charlevoix and Petoskey stones along the shores of Lake Michigan. Click here for a guide on how to find these unique pieces of fossilized coral.
Mushroom Houses One of Charlevoix’s most notable attractions is the mushroom houses. Be sure to grab a map at the Visitor Center before you walk to the mushroom houses. Each of the houses has a different design compared to the next house. As a bonus: book a guided tour to learn more about Earl Young’s houses. The tour is worth it!
Library The Public Library is often called one of the crown jewels of Charlevoix. You will notice that the building resembles a school because this building once served as both the middle and school for Charlevoix students. Today, you will find an impressive selection of books, games, classes, and so much more. When you enter from the main entrance of the building, look up and you will see a beautiful mural depicting the history of Charlevoix.
Marina and East Park Located in the heart of downtown, the marina and East Park are a favorite for both residents and visitors. Not only are events and concerts hosted here, but the park is also just a wonderful place to sit down and relax. Grab a waffle cone full of Moose Tracks (we’re addicted to ice cream, we know) or whatever your favorite flavor is, and sit in the park while watching the boats move through Round Lake. The ever-changing view never gets old.
Memorial Drawbridge Next stop: the drawbridge. Did you know that the bridge is actually named the Memorial Drawbridge? Yep, it has a name. A trip to our city would not be complete without watching the bridge go up during the summer. Be sure to walk along the channel, you will see the lighthouse, several Earl Young properties, and several other hidden gems.
Veteran’s Park Located next to East Park, Veteran’s Park is a beautiful place to stop and sit in the shade. This park remembers the brave men and women who gave their lives to protect us. Take a moment to enjoy the view while recognizing our brave heroes.
Charlevoix Historical Society The Historical Society currently has 150 years of photography on display. See Charlevoix through the ages. Bonus: this Historical Society has lots of great information about Earl Young.
Charlevoix Circle of Arts Stop into the Charlevoix Circle of Arts to find beautiful pieces of art. The Circle is always hosting new exhibits so you never know what you will see there!