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Things to do in Benzie County

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.
Brewery
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“Great beers and food. Nice outside patio and fun atmosphere. They have gluten free options that are good too”
  • 29 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Great all four seasons. Downhill and ccc skiing. Golf, good food, nice trails and wooded art exhibits. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Food
“This is a great stop on your trip. They make beer, wine, cider, and mead. It is all pretty reasonable. Recommend doing a tasting as you can mix and match. Really close to the Airbnb. Be careful the Mead is strong and there aren't Ubers in Benzie County. Call Jen and Don if you end up sampling too much!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Cinema
“A traditional Drive In, in continuous operation since the 50s. Family oriented, complete with playground and snack bar”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
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“Because it's consistently tasty food and good service and has a nice outdoor patio”
  • 15 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“Built 1854-1858 you’ll step back in time when you tour Point Betsie. Many lighthouse lovers consider this on of the finest historic lighthouse on the Great Lakes. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“Mexican Bar and Grill. Margaritas and outdoor seating. Check out Fish Taco Fridays. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Great beer with chill atmosphere. Large outdoor area and live music in summer. Order food from Stone Oven Restaurant next door and bring it to brewery.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“Less than 10 miles from the cottage, this is one of the largest Michigan coastal preserves. There are hiking trails, mountain bike trails and all-access trails through this spectacular Lake Michigan forest and dune environment. Mount Baldy is the giant perched dune which gives incredible views of Lake Michigan and Herring Lakes. The shoreline is hundreds of feet below. Nearby Green Point Dunes is a great hiking and has a trail right down to the shoreline and is rarely used. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Store
“Oliver Art Center hosts approximately 10 exhibitions annually, including special exhibitions. The Annual All-media Juried Exhibition and Annual Student Exhibition consistently engage our community. Two member shows per year keep everyone connected and learning about the best our membership has to offer. Featured artist shows in summer months bring artists from across the country, along with fresh ideas, inspiration, and connections for local artists.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“New owners but same great fun relaxed atmosphere of rustic old shed. The pasta doubles are a great deal. Bourst soup is the best. 11-2 daily they have a make your own bloody mary bar! Great veggie choices!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
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“Dinghy’s is an easygoing diner with retro decor & booth seating known for smoked meats & American classics. Over the last 23 years Dinghy's has established itself as one of the best local eateries Up North. Customers come from far and wide to enjoy the experience at Dinghy's - a landmark in Downtown Frankfort, in beautiful Benzie County, Michigan. Great place for a beverage and food!!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Cinema
“Great, local historic theater showing the latest, run mostly by volunteers. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Great Chai, coffee, smoothies, tea and a wonderful place to relax and enjoy Frankfort.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“COME VISIT~Take a step away from the ordinary and enter the woods to a hidden wildlife sanctuary in Northern Michigan. To a place where you can be dazzled by Gwen Frostics' art that has come to life.”
  • 10 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Because it's consistently tasty food and good service and has a nice outdoor patio”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“Mexican Bar and Grill. Margaritas and outdoor seating. Check out Fish Taco Fridays. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
“Dinghy’s is an easygoing diner with retro decor & booth seating known for smoked meats & American classics. Over the last 23 years Dinghy's has established itself as one of the best local eateries Up North. Customers come from far and wide to enjoy the experience at Dinghy's - a landmark in Downtown Frankfort, in beautiful Benzie County, Michigan. Great place for a beverage and food!!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“New owners but same great fun relaxed atmosphere of rustic old shed. The pasta doubles are a great deal. Bourst soup is the best. 11-2 daily they have a make your own bloody mary bar! Great veggie choices!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Sleep in and then head in for brunch in this quaint restaurant in Frankfort. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Great food, classic cocktails, fun decor. They do take reservations, make one. This place has great food and is very popular, serving until 10pm.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“You know what every ingredient is on your plate. It is fresh, delicious, seasonal, and geared towards the locavores palette.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Right next door to Lake Ann Brewery you'll find this family-run restaurant. You can get a seat outdoors at the brewery, order here to-go, and they'll bring it to your table at the brewery. Great pizza and salads, and the best Chicken Jalapeño Soup you'll ever taste.”
  • 3 locals recommend

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