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Cheboygan, MI Area Attractions - Things to See and Do in Cheboygan
Waterways Campground is located in the center of many great Cheboygan MI Attractions. Along with enjoying what the campgrounds as to offer, you can find a myriad of nearby great Things to See and Do in Northern Michigan. Guests can experience the Cheboygan Opera House, the incredible National Shrine of the “Cross in the Woods”, The Mackinaw Bridge, Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island, Fort Michilimackinac, beaches, and our onsite beautiful Cheyboygan River.
Cheboygan Opera House
The Cheboygan Opera House is a historic building constructed in 1877. This Cheboygan MI Attraction is a Victorian style building and theater space that seats 582 guests. This is a multi-purpose building that is utilized for police headquarters, fire station, town’s city hall, along with a live theater. It is located in downtown Cheboygan west of the Cheboygan River at 403 North Huron Street. “The Mission of the Cheboygan Area Arts Council is to promote and encourage cultural and educational activities within the Straits Area of Northern Michigan, and to provide services that stimulate and encourage participation and appreciation of the arts within all segments of the community.”
National Shrine of the "Cross in the Woods"
The Cross in the Woods is the largest crucifix in the world. The shrine reaches an amazing 55 feet in height and has become one of the most famous and most frequented shrines in Michigan. The Christ sculpture weighs seven tons and is 28 feet long from head to toe. It is made of a cross of wood and a sculpture of Christ made of bronze. It was sculpted by Marshall Fredericks and was lifted to its foundation on August 5th, 1954.
The Mackinac Bridge
The Mackinac Bridge is the world's 16th longest suspension bridge and the 3rd longest in the Nation. It unites Michigan's Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula. Connecting cities are Mackinaw City and Upper Peninsula's St. Ignace. This incredible marvel was envisioned as early as 1880's. The completion and grand opening of the bridge was held on November 1st, 1957.
Maritime Museum, the "Queen of the Great Lakes"
The Maritime Museum vessel performed for 62 years as an ice breaker for the Great Lakes and is now serving as an educational goodwill ambassador for the Straits Area. She was built as part of the war effort during World War II to meet the heavy demands of war materials and transportation during the winter months.
Decommissioned in 2006, she now resides at her namesake home of Mackinaw City, Michigan, and is open for public tours, educational tours, overnight encampments and group events.
We invite you to step back in time here on Mackinac Island. Located in Lake Huron, it served as a center for the Great Lakes fur trade back in the 17th century. No motorized vehicles are permitted on the island (accept for emergency vehicles). Transportation is made by horse, horse and carriage, bikes, roller-blades, and during the winter snowmobiles are permitted.
As early as the late 19th century, Mackinac Island became a tourist attractions. The island has gone to great lengths to preserve and restore the forts, buildings, walls, churches, and other establishments. The entire Island is a National Historic Landmark. One of the most fascinating buildings on Mackinac Island is the Grand Hotel.
The Grand Hotel is an historic hotel that was built in the late 19th century. The movie, "Somewhere In Time" was shot here on the island and at the Grand Hotel. In 1957, the hotel was designated as a State Historical Building.
Visitors can experience Mackinaw City Things to Do and Things to See along with a wide range of Mackinaw City History. The Mackinac Bridge will greet you upon your journey while scenic vistas will amaze you throughout the Straits.
This incredible colonial journey back in time begins with the Visitor’s Center, which in itself is full of history, kiosks, picnic tables, beverages, snacks, along with shopping. The Visitor's Center leads into the Colonial Fort Michilimackinac property where history comes alive with period clothing, cannon reenactments, archaeological digs, musket firings, and sixteen buildings that are themed exhibits.
64 Mile North Central State Trail
When it comes to trails, you can't get any better than this and its located right behind the campgrounds. It is one of the State of Michigan's most popular trails because the path is really wide and well maintained.
The North Central State Trail boasts a total of 64 Miles for hikers and bikers. With its new crushed limestone surface and a reasonable mileage between towns, this trail will surely tempt touring cyclists to try a weekend trek to famous Mackinac Island, Cheboygan, Vanderbilt, Wolverine, Indian River, Topinabee, along with many area attractions. Northern Michigan scenery ranging from hilly agricultural fields, forests, lakes and rivers to native wildlife and wildflowers abounds along the trail.
"Yesterday my wife and I rode from Mackinaw City to almost Cheboygan. The trail surface was very smooth and the trail is in excellent shape. I highly recommend the trail."—Brian B. 2016 Trail Link Review
Northern Michigan activities are only limited to your imagination. Our location offers golfing, shopping, awesome local entertainment, nearby fireworks in Mackinaw City and St Ignace (please check tourism calendars), wine tasting, great restaurants, and boat tours.
We invite you to come and explore Northern Michigan and stay with us. Our camping season will run from May 1st to October 15th, offering that extended fall stay here in God’s Country. Owner resides onsite and is here to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for visiting www.waterwayscampground.com