- TripBuzz found 25 things to do with kids in or near Alpena, Michigan.
- From Lee's Miniature Golf to Beaver Lake, the Alpena area offers 25 different types of family activities, including: National & State Parks, Amusement Parks (All Ages), Movie Theaters and Theaters.
- A part of scenic Northern Michigan, Alpena is a quaint, intimate town with many historic, nature and cultural sites. Offering access to Lake Huron and Thunder Bay River, it is a popular travel destination for both outdoor and water enthusiasts. For adventurers, the city offers shipwreck tours, scuba diving and kayaking excursions. Historical sites in the city include the Besser Museum and Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.
Beaver Lake is a county park off the shore of the spring-fed Beaver Lake, known for its particularly clear water. The park maintains multiple campsites along with various hiking trails. Available activities include fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking.
Bowling fun for the general public is provided at Thunder Bowl Lanes, which also is home to several youth programs, tournaments, and leagues. There is also an on-site pub restaurant that serves 14 different draft beers.
Featuring a concrete skate park, Riverside Skate Park/Water Tower Park offers visitors half pipes and stairs for skateboarding and inline skating. The park is located next to pier that is open to the public for fishing.
The Besser Museum in Alpena covers science, art, and history topics. It also features the Sky Theater Planetarium, the fine arts collection, and the Geology and Fossil Parkwith special topics such as dinosaur bones and American realism.
Along with traditional library offerings like books, music, and movies, the Alpena County Library has an extensive historical research area with the local archives. Programs and events are also held throughout the year like the Author in the Fall lecture series.
Northern Lights Arena is a twin-sheet ice rink that is the home of a junior hockey league team and hosts amateur leagues throughout the year. The facility is also available for scheduled open skating, camps, and learn to skate sessions.
Bayview Park is notable for its spacious views of Lake Huron. Walkers and cyclists enjoy the view from the expansive trails. Visitors can bring a lunch to the picnic area, which also has a playground, tennis court, and basketball court.