Embrace the great outdoors in this peaceful country village, where Lake Huron’s waves lap the shore and nothing seems urgent.
The township of Port Austin has plenty to offer families on vacation. Paddle along picturesque shoreline, hike the forest trails and learn about local history.
Head to the sandy beaches at Port Crescent State Park. Walk through forests, check out dunes and fish off the wooden deck. This natural attraction a 10-minute drive away from the town makes a wonderful spot for a picnic among the trees. Join locals for a bit of cross-country skiing through the woods if you’re here in winter.
Kayak along the shores of beautiful Lake Huron to see Turnip Rock. This local landmark appears to be balancing in the crystal-clear lake waters. Book a paddling tour to the Port Austin Lighthouse 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) from the harbor on top of a craggy reef. This striking structure was built in 1878 to ensure that ships passed safely.
Bring binoculars for bird watching at Huron County Nature Center and Wilderness Arboretum. You’ll find miles of trails and boardwalks winding through the marshes and woodland. Read the informational signs along the paths to learn about native plants and animals.
Go on a horse ride at the Knoblock Riding Stable, rent a bicycle or enjoy a round at the miniature gold course. Arrange a fishing charter, go scuba diving or try water-skiing. The possibilities for fun water activities are seemingly endless.
Squeeze in a bit of culture by visiting the interesting Port Austin History Center. You might also like to check out the exhibits at the White Church Gallery of Grindstone, an art gallery showcasing the work of local artists.
If you don’t think you can fit all of these activities into one day, select from plenty of great accommodations and eating options available around town. Port Austin is a little town with a lot to offer.