- The list below includes 30 free or cheap things to do in or near Manistee, Michigan, including 36 different types of inexpensive activities like History Museums, Hiking Trails, Mini Golf and Beaches.
- From First Street Beach to Manistee River, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Manistee and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Ludington.
Manistee's Ransdell Theatre includes a variety of shows, including opera, the Light Night Music Series, and films, with additional performances by the Manistee Civic Players group. In addition to a theatre, the facility also includes Hardy Hall and a ballroom, which are available for private functions.
Ninety-seven acres and over two thousand feet of shoreline with freshwater dunes grace Magoon Creek Park with beautiful views and great hiking trails. Wild deer and turkey are often seen amongst the trees. Picnic areas with grills are available.
The Insta-Launch Campground & Marina is a family friendly campground that offers free Wi-Fi, full hook-up sites, and river float trips. The nearby waters are filled with King Salmon, Brown Trout, and Lake Trout.
Traditional putt-putt golf is offered at Northern Falls Mini Golf. The family-friendly entertainment center features 18 holes within a rock garden with water-based fountains along with a small concession stand with snow cones.
One of Manistee's most unique attractions is the S.S. City of Milwaukee, a former seafaring behemoth converted into a hotel, restaurant and event venue. The fascinating interior, complete with vintage furnishings and textiles, provides an elegant backdrop to any function.