Things to Do in Kingsley, Michigan

by Jennifer Gibbons

Kingsley is a rural village in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. It maintains a small town atmosphere while the allures of city living are just down the street in Traverse City. Outdoor living is part of the culture in this area, surrounded by lush green forests and the blue waters of Lake Michigan. If you're planning a trip to northwest Michigan, you'll find there are plenty of things to do in the Kingsley area.

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Fishing

There are 42 lakes in and around Kingsley, so while you're there, throw out a line at one of the local hot spots. You need a non-resident license if you don't live in Michigan. Visit Michigan's Department of Natural Resources website at mdnr-elicense.com. Cedar Lake is open for public fishing, where you're likely to catch rainbow trout, yellow perch or large-mouth bass. Try Brewser Lake or Kingsley Creek for muskie, crappie or smelt.

Hiking

Hike through forests, over mountains and along the shores of Lake Michigan on trails throughout the park system. Interlochen State Park is just 16 miles northwest of Kingsley and has the distinction of being Michigan's first state park. The one-mile trail is marked with stops that can be interpreted by a brochure you can pick up at park headquarters. There are also two swimming lakes in the park. Longer trails are available at Sand Lake Quiet Area and Pere Marquette State Forest.

Wine Tasting Tours

Michigan is home to more than 80 wineries with over 80,000 acres of lush, scenic valleys. There are several wineries in Traverse City just 15 miles to the north. Bowers Harbor Vineyards is a boutique winery with views of the historic harbor on Lake Michigan. The ride to the winery is a beautiful journey over rolling hills of orchards and vineyards framed by Grand Traverse Bay. Chateau Chantal and Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery are also available for tours and tasting.

Museums

The Dennos Museum Center in nearby Traverse City is a cultural center and museum. Visit the Discovery Gallery for a hands-on interactive experience involving art and science. The museum maintains an exhibit schedule that includes Bodies Human -- a display that features human specimens. There are permanent art installations as well as an outdoor collection of sculptures. The Con Foster Historical Museum in Traverse features heritage displays and information relating to the pioneers and Native Americans who first settled in the area.

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