- Our list of the best things to do in Empire, Michigan, features the top 86 nearby activities — including 54 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Empire, MI has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Food & Drink, Museums & Galleries, Outdoor Places, and Sights & Landmarks.
- The results below include the top 15 things to do within the city of Empire, MI , followed by 71 popular activities in nearby cities, including Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Leland, Frankfort and Glen Arbor
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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.
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The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in Empire features views of the Sleeping Bear Dunes. It has many stopping points where you can park the car and admire the views, with an option to ride bikes along the trail.
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.
A horse drawn carriage service company, Black Horse Farms offers a variety of services. In addition to hay rides, sleigh rides, and carriage rides, the company offers wedding carriages for a memorable wedding party event.
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.
Situated toward the Northern end of Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak offers rentals of surfboards, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. A large inflatable paddleboard known as the SUPsquatch is also available for group use.