Regional Attractions

Some area recreation and attractions listed in the Alpena visitors guide are:
  • Alpena City Skatepark
  • Alpena Civic Theatre
  • Alpena Bi-Path
  • Alpena Flour Mills
  • Alpena Sportsman’s Park
  • Charter Fishing
  • Dinosaur Gardens Prehistorical Zoo
  • Dive Charter
  • Jesse Besser Museum
  • Knaebe’s Mmmunchy Krunchy Apple Farm and Cider Mill and Appleseed’s
  • Mercantile Gift Shop
  • Mysterious Negwegon State Park
  • Partridge Point Wetlands
  • Sinkholes
  • Underground River
  • Ocqueoc Falls
  • Onaway Court/Museum
  • Reindeer – Onaway
  • Black Mountain Recreation Area
  • Ocqueoc River Weirs
  • UAW – Black Lake
  • Elowski Grist Mill
  • Forty Mile Point Lighthouse
  • High Banks
  • MUCC Camp
  • Elk Viewing

Alpena Island Park & Wild Bird Sanctuary

A 17 acre Island jewel surrounded by the Thunder Bay River which winds through 500 acres of water, low islands and waterfowl. Several paths lead joggers, walkers, photographers, fishermen, nature lovers through varied eco systems including sand dunes, meadows, woodlands, gentle slopes, marsh areas. Has viewing platform (handicapped accessible).

Calcite, World’s Largest Limestone Quarry

Limestone is a mineral raw material essential in making steel, chemicals, and cement. Henry H. Hindshaw, a geologist, established in 1908-09 the commercial value of this area’s limestone for industry. The high purity of this deposit and the availability of water transportation led to the development here of a port and quarry. Both are named Calcite, after the principal ingredient of the stone. The Michigan Limestone and Chemical Company, founded in 1910, began operation in 1912. Purchased by Carl D. Bradley and the United States Steel Corporation in 1920, the company came under the ownership of U.S. Steel upon Bradley’s death in 1928. In 1951 the company became a division of the corporation. Self-unloaders of the division’s Bradley Transportation Line carry limestone from this, the world’s largest limestone quarry, to industrial ports around the Great Lakes.

Laser Team Challenge

Laser Team Challenge is located in Alpena in beautiful North Eastern Michigan. We provide an indoor and outdoor team building exercises lasting from two hours to up to six hours for 10 to 60 people at a time. Play at the old National Guard Armory, in downtown Alpena. The 90 year old building has 50,000 square feet of floor space on three levels. The basement has a maze of office space, the second floor has an open area with a variety of portable barriers and the third floor has rooms and large balcony overlooking the basketball court. The building has multiple stairwells accessing all the floors. This will be urban combat like you have never seen before!

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Washington’s Head

This statue of George Washington’s head is located on M-68 near Onaway, Michigan. It was constructed in 1998 by Moran Iron Works utilizing 800 man hours. The 11-foot wide, 12-foot high structure weighs 6000 pounds. 4000 pounds of 1/8 inch mild steel and 2000 pounds of hair strands.