Spring break has arrived for most northern Michigan communities, including the Petoskey area. It is not a secret that it gets a little quiet up north, but that doesn't mean there is nothing to do for those opting for a 'staycation' or for those visiting the Tip of the Mitt. Most area schools began spring break on Friday, April 1st and are off until Tuesday the 12th. With most ski resorts officially closing on or before 4/2 and area golf courses not quite ready for the masses, finding activities just requires a little more poking around this time of year.
Earlier today, you could even bowl down Main Street in downtown Harbor Springs, an annual event to showcase how mellow this time of year can be. This event has been held in ALL TYPES of weather over the years and the first weekend of spring break 2016 looks to be somewhere in the middle meteorologically speaking. So with that in mind, here a few ideas to help kick off spring break.
Saturday, April 2nd -
Raptor Program: Head over to Camp Daggett on Walloon Lake for another unique event, the Wings of Wonder presentation. This event features hawks, owls, and vultures. This free event is held in conjunction with the the Mackinaw Raptor Fest and is great for kids to see these amazing creatures up close. 10:30-11:30 at Camp Daggett located at 3001 Church Road, Petoskey. For more information, http://www.mackinawraptorfest.org/.
Laser Tag & Bowling: Northern Lights Recreation on M119 between Petoskey and Harbor Springs offers dining, bowling, laster tags, and an arcade. When the weather looks rough, this venue is a great spot to hit with children or a group of adults. The bowling lanes are well kept and offer lots of competitive fun and bumpers for the little ones if needed. The multi-level laser tag venue is modern and offers tons of fun for all ages. The arena features a 'lost city' theme, so you can escape to another climate during your session. There is even a viewing area to watch friends and family play. For menu, bowling, and laser tag details visit http://www.northernlightsrec.com/ or call 231-347-3100.
Water Park & Indoor Pool: Avalanche Bay in Boyne Falls is always 84-87 degrees, so if the snow starts to fly, head on over. The park has a Spring Break Splash Deal for lodging/park access going on until April 9th. For more info visit the Avalanche Bay Water Park website.
Kid's Eat Free: The Red Mesa Grill in Boyne City has a great offer running on Sundays now through May 29th. Kids eat free when an adult purchases a dine-in meal and beverage. This Latin American restaurant has become an area staple and never disappoints. This makes for a great incentive to take the family out for dinner over break.
Hopefully next week brings back some sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures so we all can get out and enjoy some outdoor activities on the Little Traverse Wheelway and parks, maybe a little training too? A new marathon from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs will take place on the trail and will benefit the Trail Council and the Petoskey High School Running Teams. Scheduled for May 28th, to register visit http://www.trailscouncil.org, there is a 10k walk/run option as well.
In addition to these activities, most restaurants and other activity centers are open, with just a few closing down to spend time with their families or do some serious spring cleaning. Expect a little more elbow room and little waiting at places that are open.
Spring break can also can be a good time take a tour of a newly listed property. With many folks out of town, it could be to your advantage to look today. Give our search a try and find you new Petoskey area home today. Sign up for our email list well, so you can stay up to date whether your staying home for spring break or traveling to a far away land.
Love living up north,
The Petoskey Area Home Search Team