- The list below includes 30 free or cheap things to do in or near Petoskey, Michigan, including 42 different types of inexpensive activities like Bike Paths, Children's Play Area, Mini Golf and Movie Theaters.
- From Bear River Recreation Area to Pirates Cove Adventure Golf, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Petoskey and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, Boyne Falls and Cheboygan.
Located on 36-acres of land, the Bear River Recreation Area is a popular park location that features a number of amenities for nature-lovers. Numerous unpaved walking trails, whitewater rafting sites, and a picnic area are among the amenities available.
Pirates Cove Adventure Golf is an adventure golf (or miniature golf) facility. The golf course is pirate themed and is populated with caves, bridges, streams, and waterfalls. Private hosting for parties is also available.
An inflatable playground and kids' party facility, Busy Bodies Bounce Town offers open play sessions as well as a variety of party packages. The 10,000 square foot facility features a variety of inflatable entertainments.
Art Cats Gallery is a clay based artistic venue featuring pieces that are unique, colorful, and inspiring. There are colorful and artistic bowls and serving dishes, wall decor, outdoor décor, and other small items available.
Having found its home in an old Victorian church, the Crooked Tree Arts Center is a historical and cultural gem of Petoskey. The gallery showcases pieces from local artists and students from throughout the area.
The Bear River Canoe Livery offers one, two, and four hour canoe and kayak excursions along the Bear River. Rentals include paddles and personal flotation devices. Frequently seen wildlife along the river includes beaver, ducks, and turtles.