Things to Do
Things to Do
Not too many! That's part of why it's a great place to avoid distraction. However, when you need a break from your creative process, you'll love exploring the Harbor Beach area.
Hiking/Biking Trail System
Harbor Beach has the longest (and expanding) city wide trail system in the Thumb! Much of the trail system is along Lake Huron and connects the city's parks, downtown, marina, and more!
Local Shopping & Restaurants
Take the short walk downtown and find all of your provisions or grab a bite to eat at one of our local restaurants.
Lake Huron, Lighthouse & Beaches
We cannot predict the weather, but there's still fun to be had on the lake. You can walk the Breakwall from the Marina to the gap, or the shoreline and pier at Judge Lincoln Park, which is on the Trail.
If you're able to get out on the lake, check out the Harbor Beach Lighthouse!
Theater & Museums
Harbor Beach has a beautiful, historic theater. Though it's mostly used to show movies these days, you may be able to catch a special event while you're here. This will be the venue for your artist discussion during your residency as well.
The Harbor Beach District Library offers free WiFi and computers, copying, and faxing services, a local history collection, and abundant reading materials.
Harbor Beach has several museums, including the home and office of former Supreme Court Justice, US Attorney General, Michigan Governor, Mayor of Detroit, and Governor General of the Philippine Islands, Frank Murphy.
Port Austin & Grindstone City
Port Austin is the "Tip of the Thumb" where you can watch both the sunrise and sunset. It is also the home of Turnip Rock and many other rock formations as well as the famous Port Austin Farmers Market.
Located on Lake Huron, between Huron City and Port Austin, you'll find the newly renovated harbor in Grindstone City. You'll also find campgrounds, parks, restaurants, an art gallery, and one of the most famous ice cream joint around!
Our neighboring town (only 7 miles away) is sleepy little town on Lake Huron. Port Hope offers a few restaurants and shops as well as another access point to Lake Huron.
This ghost town had its start as a lumber town in 1854 founded by Langdon Hubbard. His descendants are keeping the history alive caring for the buildings and the things he left behind through the William Lyon Phelps Foundation.