Things to Do in Gaylord, Michigan

Each season offers a different view of Gaylord. Come for the legendary golf and skiing, and stay to discover what our wooded trails and picturesque waterways have to offer. Catch your breath and recount your adventures over delicious craft brews in a charming town with a dynamic spirit.

family biking next to lake

Mackinac Island

Take a quick day trip to the Jewel of the Great Lakes. A one-hour drive will get you to the ferry that takes visitors to the famously car-free island suspended in time. Located in Lake Huron along the Straits of Mackinac, the five-square-mile island is renowned for its post card-worthy Victorian buildings and lush state park with forest trails, high cliffs, natural bridges, rock formations, caves, and more.

family playing in lake with boy jumping in

Local Lakes

  • Big Lake
  • Chub Lakes
  • Opal Lake
  • Thumb Lake
  • Otsego Lake State Park
  • Pigeon River Country State Forest
group of friends on a hike in the forest

Outdoor Activities

  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Stand-up Paddleboarding
  • Wakeboarding
  • Wakesurfing
  • Waterskiing
  • Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Hunting
big buck beer flight

Local Events

  • St. Patrick’s Day Party
  • Downtown Gaylord Easter Hop
  • Memorial Day Parade
  • Art in the Garden Festival
  • Boat Parade & Fireworks Otsego Lake
  • Big Ticket Festival
  • Gaylord Alpenfest
  • Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball
  • Farm Fest
  • Otsego County Fair
  • Beer, Blues & Barbecue Festival
man and woman playing golf on course


  • Black Lake Golf Club
  • Garland Lodge & Golf Club
  • Gaylord Golf Club
  • Indian River Golf Club
  • Lakes of the North Golf Club
  • Michaywé - The Pines
  • The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
  • Otsego Resort
  • Treetops Golf Club
  • Loon Golf Resort
  • The Ridge Golf Course
elk behind tree in park

Gaylord's City Elk Park

Head to the large fenced park minutes from the center of town to see a herd of wild elk. Watch the majestic animals from the comfort of your car or get a closer look from multiple viewing areas.

fall trees with the sun shining in the back

Resting Point

Whether you’re stopping by on your way to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula or heading south to explore the lower part of the state, Gaylord is perfectly located to offer a relaxing break.