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Things to do in Alpena

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Travel Agency
“Explore shipwrecks of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary on 65 foot glass bottom boat.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Museum
“Learn about the history of Alpena from archaeology to fisheries heritage. There is a planetarium that also shows short astronomy presentations.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Our favorite local restaurant that works hard to create community awareness about local, non GMO and organic foods, and use these ingredients whenever possible! They also offer a nice variety of cocktails and are within a nice walking distance offering outdoor seating! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great local craft beer with good burgers and flatbread gourmet pizza! Outdoor seating and a nice atmosphere make it good for families as well!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“Locally owned grocery store. We'd recommend Neiman's if you want to get bagels and/or donuts in the morning (there's a separate entrance for the bakery).”
  • 3 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
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“Good food & pizza; on the expensive side for Alpena. The restaurant bar is also a good place to grab a drink with friends.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Local art, cooking and art classes. Located on the third floor - elevators available.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
  • 3 locals recommend
Bakery
  • 3 locals recommend
Food
“Thunder Bay Winery tasting room - good place to sample area wines with friends.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Locally-owned smaller grocery store - close to our cottage and it can be easier and faster to shop here than to shop at one of the larger stores in town. Perch's also has a fantastic meat selection - this is one of the places we recommend if you want to find something yummy to grill when you're in town!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Food
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Local British-themed pub in downtown Alpena. There is often live music here on weekends.”
  • 1 local recommends
Museum
“The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary focuses on understanding the region's "maritime cultural landscape." A cultural landscape is a geographic area including both cultural and natural resources, coastal environments, human communities, and related scenery that is associated with historic events, activities, or people. In other words, while the shipwrecks of the Thunder Bay region are the most obvious underwater cultural resource, the sanctuary will put the shipwrecks in the larger context of the region's lighthouses, lifesaving stations, shipwreck salvage operations, and maritime economic activities.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Our favorite local restaurant that works hard to create community awareness about local, non GMO and organic foods, and use these ingredients whenever possible! They also offer a nice variety of cocktails and are within a nice walking distance offering outdoor seating! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great local craft beer with good burgers and flatbread gourmet pizza! Outdoor seating and a nice atmosphere make it good for families as well!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“Locally owned grocery store. We'd recommend Neiman's if you want to get bagels and/or donuts in the morning (there's a separate entrance for the bakery).”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good food & pizza; on the expensive side for Alpena. The restaurant bar is also a good place to grab a drink with friends.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Local British-themed pub in downtown Alpena. There is often live music here on weekends.”
  • 1 local recommends
Meal Takeaway
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Alpena's oldest historical saloon. In our opinion, the service & food isn't as good as some of the other area restaurants, but the interior is decorated like an old time saloon and worth checking out.”
  • 1 local recommends

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