- The list below includes 61 free or cheap things to do in or near Glen Arbor, Michigan, including 38 different types of inexpensive activities like Art Gallery, Kayaking, Hiking Trails and Arts & Crafts Classes.
- From Sleeping Bear Trail to Crystal River Outfitters, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Glen Arbor and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Traverse City, Empire, Frankfort and Leland.
Designed like the original Roen Saloon, the Empire Area Museum still has the original bar, a Victorian parlor, a turn-of-the-century kitchen, artifacts, and more. Visitors can also explore the schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, and more.
Lake Michigan Beach Park, located in the city of Empire, is a public beach and park with a pavillion and the working Manning Lighthouse. It also includes the shore of Empire Bluffs and the Empire Bluff Hiking Trail.
Old Indian Trail is a hiking trail that traverses woods, passes through dunes, and ends at a secluded beach. The trail is a loop, so hikers do not have to retrace their steps to return to the beginning.
Located in the Sleeping Bear Dunes, the Platte Plains Trail is composed of several loops that create a total trail of just under 15 miles. Three viewing sites reveal Lake Michigan, and there are a few intermediate skill level ski trail sections.
The Secret Garden is a seasonal art gallery featuring artwork from over 200 American artists with a focus on artists from Michigan. The gallery is located in a nineteenth-century storefront and offers various art pieces and other merchandise for sale.
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The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire offers hiking and biking paths, paddle boating and kayaking, and climbing on the dunes. Multiple trails are featured and there is also a driving trail with scenic stops.