Things to Do In Caseville if You Are Bored with the Cheeseburger Festival

The Cheeseburger in Caseville Festival is a late summer, fun-filled family event with plenty to do and see. However, there is only so much grass skirt, trinket stands, and cheeseburgers that one can handle for the multi-weekend event. What else is there to do in Michigan’s Upper Thumb? Here are some suggestions if you, or more likely the kids, have had enough fun with the parrot head life.


Tour a Michigan Wind Farm

The entire Thumb is a recognized regional leader in renewable energy. During some festivals and special events DTE may offer tours of local wind farms. Watch for schedules in festival events and get a chance to get up close to these huge wind turbines.

Caseville Giant Slide
The Giant Slide is a Caseville Icon

The Giant Slide in Caseville

Key North offers classic fun and great photo and video opportunities The whole family or group of friends can race down a huge multi-lane slide or race on a huge go-kart track. Great for working off that extra cheeseburger and fries. Located on the south side of Caseville toward Bay Port.

Take A Cruise to Charity Island

Charity Island LIghthouse
Explore the Remote Island in the Middle of Saginaw Bay

Starting this summer, a new tour boat will begin plying the southern shore of Saginaw Bay. The 50-foot “Lady of the Lakes” operated by Captain Tom of Explorer Charters Cruises will have evening sunset and dinner cruises to Charity Island each weekend during the summer season. This is a great opportunity to get a different prespective from the water and visit an island that few have ventured.

Explorer Charters also offers other crusing opportunities from Port Austin during mid week.

Paddle A Kayak

Turnip Rock Kayak
Paddling to Turnip Rock is Best on a Calm Morning

If its a calm day with little or no wave action rent some kayaks in Port Austin and paddle east to Turnip Rock or explore the formations of Broken Rocks west of the harbor. Both water trails are relatively easy to do and offer some great scenery. Turnip Rock can only be seen from the water so bring your waterproof camera for some great shots.

Go Carts in Port Austin And Caseville

Port Austin Go Karts
Enjoy go-carting on several tracks in the Upper Thumb

The Upper Thumb now has two full-featured go-kart tracks. In Port Austin The track is large and its ideal for a tasting of real racing. As an adult, you can take the little ones on a full throttle ride around a great winding track. Check out Family Go Karts in Port Austin south of town off of M-53. In Caseville, Key North Mini Golf and Family Fun Center sport the largest track in mid-Michigan. With 15 new karts and some two-seaters so mom or dad can drive the youngsters around that are too small to do it themselves.

Miniature Golf in Caseville and Port Austin

Miniature Golf
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There are numerous classic Putt-Putt and other family-friendly courses in Port Austin, and Caseville. While the adults may think of these as trite and insignificant, the kids will remember these little family jaunts for a lifetime. Take advantage of these roadside attractions before they disappear to X Box video games. The biggest of the miniature golf circuit is Sandy Dunes Adventure Golf. It’s a short drive east of Caseville this modern course sports Huron County’s largest, (and only), waterfall in the Thumb.

Visit a Working Fish Company in Bay Port

Visit one of the oldest and last Fish Companies on the Great Lakes

Bayport Fish Company – Visit one of the few remaining operational commercial fish operations on the Great Lakes. Purchase fresh fish on-site and watch the operations. (Hope you like the smell of fish). If you’re in Caseville you can see their vessel Osprey tied up south of the break wall. Open seven days a week.

Visit a Large Outdoor Farmers Market

Port Austin Farmers Market

Port Austin Farmers Market – Open Saturday mornings during the summer season. Crafts, fresh locally produced fruits, fresh and smoked fish, vegetables, craft foods, and flea market items.  Considered the largest open-air market in the Thumb. Port Austin.

Visit a Huge Octagon Barn near Gagetown

Octagon Barn Gagetown Michigan

Octagon Barn – The Thumb Octagon Barn Agricultural Museum is located in Tuscola County approximately 1 mile east of the Village of Gagetown along Bay City Forestville Road 1 mile north on Richie Road, just south of the Huron County border.

Take a Peek at the Past in Huron City

Huron City Museum –  See Huron County has it thrived in the late 1800s. The House of Seven Gables, a beautifully preserved Victorian home, sits on a bluff overlooking Lake Huron. The General Store, a Methodist church, an inn, and barns were built during the 1880s. With a post office, general store, a rooming house, and mills, Huron City were well equipped to serve the northern county farmer. Huron City.

Commune With Nature

Huron Nature Center

Huron County Nature Center & Wilderness Arboretum – A 280 acre Nature Center established on a tract of untouched land in Hume Township, Michigan, the Huron County Nature Center and Wilderness Arboretum have been under the tender care of the Huron County Women’s Clubs since 1941. Located halfway between Caseville and Port Austin across from Oak Beach.

Play on the Beach

Philp County Park Beach

Hit the Beach – There are numerous public beaches throughout Huron County in which to cool off, enjoy a picnic while the kids play in the playground. Most beaches offer ample parking with some picnic tables, restroom and changing areas and grills for making your own cheeseburger.

Hands-on History in Caseville

Caseville Musuem
Caseville’s Museum Offers a Quiet Diversion from the Street Noise

Caseville Museum – Located just one block from Main Street in Caseville you can see artifacts and local treasures from yesteryear. Special events are often held weekly and it offers a quick diversion from the crowds.

Rush Lake and Sand Road ORV

Off Road Trails
Use Caution on these Trails

Located just south of Sleeper State Park this unimproved road runs from Caseville to Port Austin by way of various roads and trails. If you have a 4×4  and want to try your hand at light off-roading this is worth an hour of looking around the woods. Sand Road is found about a mile south of the cross streets of M-23 and State Park Road. Be prepared. The road is sometimes impassable after rain and the sand can get deep. Only the most adventurous find the ancient and reedy Rush Lake. There are numerous hiking and biking paths. As most of this is on state land its best to have your State Park Passport and ORV sticker in case the DNR stops you.

Ice Cream in Grindstone City

Rybak's Ice Cream
Grindstone City has Two Ice Cream Shops

Escape the crazy crowds for an hour and explore another side of the Thumb. In Grindstone City there are two renowned ice cream shops. The Grindstone General Store and Rybak’s Ice Cream Store. Grindstone General Store is known for its insanely large ice cream cones while Rybak’s is the place for high-end ice cream and homemade candy. Both are located in historic buildings from the 1800’s Rybak’s large front porch is an ideal place to chat with friends and reminisce about your Cheeseburger day.

Artsy in Grindstone City and Bad Axe


The  Upper Thumb now has three gallery’s, in Bad Axe the Lofty Roots Gallery and Studio opened in 2015 with six local artists exhibiting. In Port Austin, the Cove is located next to the Farmers Market. While in Grindstone City the White Church Gallery draws in artists from all over Michigan and Florida. Founded by Mike and Carrie Zaitz in a renovated 1800’s church.  All of these galleries are excellent diversions from the Cheeseburger hangover.

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Mike Hardy

Author of a fun loving and event blog covering topics of the Upper Thumb of Michigan , the wind energy capital of the Great Lakes. Offering great trove of information on Wind Energy, Cheeseburger in Caseville, Saginaw Bay, Sailing.

11 Responses


  2. hi

    i would like to see Port Austin Farmers Market in my next visit. They way you have explained about it is very interesting. All the other points are worth knowing too. A good effort to inform of the thiungs to do around caseville

  3. allafalkova says:

    Amazing, I will be back to your site again and read more! Alla Thank you for your comment…

  4. reocochran says:

    I sure do love my state’s neighbor to the North! Hi, from Ohio Robin 🙂

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