Up-North Attractions in the Benzie Area


Beautiful Benzie County is an ideal vacation destination any time of year. With 60 miles of waterfront and sandy beaches, including 25 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, it's no mystery why people return year after year. We are home to a portion of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore where you'll find beaches, dunes, trails, and spectacular scenery.  

Scenic Betsie Valley Trail extends 22 miles from Elberta, through Frankfort and Beulah, to Thompsonville. Spend some time with your family hiking or bicycling through our woods and quaint villages and along our shorelines. Lighthouse enthusiasts come to see, tour, and photograph our Lighthouses including the popular Point Betsie.

The Benzie area is rich in culture and history. Visit our Museums, Parks & Historical Sites page for more information. When you Stay In Benzie you are but a short drive from world famous Interlochen Center for the Arts where you'll find concerts and events year round.

Benzie is a Benzie is a Four Season Playground destination with something for everyone! From the #1 Resort in the Midwest, Crystal Mountain, to pristine beaches, lakes and rivers-- the possibilities are endless.

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Benzie Area RC Club

13531 LIndy Rd
Thompsonville, MI 49683
Phone: 231-640-2366

Betsie River Centennial Lily Farm

17745 Moore Rd.
Thompsonville, MI 49683
Phone: (231) 864-3991

Betsie River Pathway - Pere Marquette State Forest

King Road & Longstreet Road
Thompsonville, MI 49683
Phone: 231-922-5280

Betsie Valley Trail

Beulah, MI 49617

COGNiTiON Science and Discovery Center

244 S Benzie Blvd
Beulah, MI 49617
Phone: (231) 383-4095

Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm & Boutique

4907 River Rd
Frankfort, MI 49635
Phone: 231-920-7085

Crystal Mountain

12500 Crystal Mountain Dr.
Thompsonville, MI 49683
Phone: (877) 462-4202

Open Year Round: Yes

Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts

132 Coast Guard Rd.
Frankfort, MI 49635
Phone: (231) 352-4151

Fantail Farm LLC

4700 Wallaker Rd
Benzonia, MI 49616
Phone: 231-930-7216

Frankfort Sailing Excursions LLC

2 Second St
Frankfort, MI 49635
Phone: 231-360-0307

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy - Coastal Nature Preserve Trails

3860 N Long Lake Rd., Suite D.
Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone: 231-929-7911

Greenpoint Flyers Association, Inc

2826 Rudy's Trail
Elberta, MI 49628
Phone: 616-283-1798

Gwen Frostic Prints, LLC

5140 River Rd
Benzonia, MI 49616
Phone: (231) 882-5505

Interlochen Center for the Arts

4000 Highway M-137
Interlochen, MI 49643
Phone: 231-276-7200

Michigan Legacy Art Park - Crystal Mountain

12500 Crystal Mountain Dr,
Thompsonville, MI 49683
Phone: (231) 378-4963

Mystery Spot-Gravity Hill

7018 Putney Rd. (nearest address)
Arcadia, MI 49613

Platte Plains Trail

Empire, MI 49630
Phone: 231-326-4700

Platte River State Fish Hatchery

US 31
Honor, MI 49640
Phone: (231) 325-4611

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

9922 Front St M-72
Empire, MI 49630
Phone: (231) 326-5134

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Outdoor Activities

Empire, MI 49630

The Park at Water’s Edge

12500 Mountain Dr,
Thompsonville, MI 49683
Phone: (231) 882-4904
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P.O. Box 204 • Benzonia, MI 49616 • 800-882-5801

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