17 Amusing Things to Do In Caseville Besides the Cheeseburger Festival

Caseville’s Cheeseburger in Caseville festival kicks off today. The festival is late summer, a 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 in Caseville Mi. So 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.

#1 Tour a Michigan Wind Farm

Michigan Wind Farms
Drive-by Local Wind Farms Near Caseville

The entire Thumb is a recognized regional leader in renewable energy. During 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. Alternatively, you can check out our Michigan Wind Farm Map to see where local wind farms are in your area.

#2 Go Karts in Caseville

Key North offers classic fun and great photo and video opportunities. The whole family or group of friends can 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. Open Mondays through Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (989) 856-2170

#3 Cruise to Charity Island

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

This summer, a tour boat cruises the southern shore of Saginaw Bay. This summer, the 50-foot “Lady of the Lakes” operated by Captain Tom of Explorer Charters Cruises will have several cruising options. Explorer Charters offers a 2.5-hour sunset trip around the Caseville area as well as a 5-hour picnic trip out around Charity and Gravelly Shoals lights. This is a great opportunity to get a different perspective from the water and visit an island that few have ventured.

Explorer Charters also offers other charter cruising opportunities. Explorer Charters can be reached at (989) 550-1234

#4 Paddle A Kayak to Turnip Rock

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

If it’s 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.

Paddling to Turnip Rock is one of the top tourist attractions in the Upper Thumb; for hints and how to make the most out of your own kayaking adventures, see Paddle to Turnip Rock, 7 Things to Know.

#5 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 it’s ideal for a taste 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 (586) 630-2014 south of town off of M-53. In Caseville, Key North Mini Golf and Family Fun Center, (989) 856-2170, sports the largest track in mid-Michigan. With 15 new karts and some two-seaters, mom or dad can drive the youngsters around too small to do it themselves.

#6 Miniature Golf in Port Austin

Miniature Golf - Caseville Mi
Mini golf is fun for all ages.

There are numerous family-friendly mini-golf courses in Port Austin. While the adults may think of these as trite and insignificant, the kids will remember these little family jaunts for a lifetime. Please 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. (989) 738-6066. It’s a short drive east of Caseville. This modern course sports Huron County’s largest (and only) waterfall in the Thumb. Kooky Golf (989) 738-8612 is located in Port Austin, has a cartoon theme and is great for kids. Also in Port Austin is Tip of the Thumb Mini Golf, (989) 550-3185. This is a classic former Putt-Putt that was built in 1961.

#7 Visit a Working Fish Company in Bay Port

Bay-Port-Fish-Company South of Caseville Mi
Visit one of the oldest and last Fish Companies on the Great Lakes.

Bayport Fish Company (989) 656-2121 – Visit one of the few remaining commercial fish operations on the Great Lakes. Purchase fresh fish on-site and watch the operations. (Hope you like the smell of fish). The Bay Port Commerical Fishing District is a National Historic Landmark, and several of the original building remain as they have for over 100 years. Open seven days a week.

#8 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. Located in downtown Port Austin about 20 minutes east of Caseville Mi on M-25.

#9 Visit a Huge Octagon Barn near Gagetown

Octagon Barn Gagetown Michigan

Octagon Barn – The Thumb Octagon Barn Agricultural Museum, (989) 665-0081, 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. The Thumb Octagon Barn complex is an agricultural museum and educational center open to individuals, families, and student groups to educate and stimulate awareness of our agricultural heritage. It’s a great family activity.

#10 Huron City’s Living Museum

Huron City Welcome Sign
Huron City Welcome Sign

Call for DetailsHuron City Museum (989) 428-4123 –  See Huron County has 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. Huron City was well equipped to serve the northern county farmer with a post office, general store, a rooming house, and mills. Huron City is located about 30 minutes East of Caseville Mi off of M-25 Scenic Highway.

#11 Commune With Nature

Huron Nature Center

Huron County Nature Center & Wilderness Arboretum (989) 551-8400 – 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.

#12 Play on the Beach

Philp County Park Beach near Caseville
Philp County Park

Hit the Beach – There are numerous public beaches throughout Huron County to cool off and enjoy a picnic while the kids play in the playground. Most beaches offer ample parking with picnic tables, restrooms, changing areas, and grills to make your own cheeseburger. The Caseville County Park has one of the best beaches in Michigan offering pavilions, changing areas, and volleyball courts.

Sometimes after storms, the Huron County Health Department will shut down certain beaches due to health concerns. Check out our Huron County Beach Closures page to see the current status.

#13 Hands-on History in Caseville

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

Caseville Museum (989) 856-9090 – Located just one block from Main Street in Caseville, Michigan. You can see artifacts and local treasures from yesteryear. Special events are often held weekly, and it offers a quick diversion from the crowds.

#14 Rush Lake and Sand Road ORV

Off Road Trails near Caseville Mi
Use Caution on these Trails

Located just south of Sleeper State Park, this unimproved road runs from Caseville Mi. to Port Austin through 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, it’s best to have your State Park Passport and ORV sticker if the DNR stops you.

#15 Ice Cream in Grindstone City

Grindstone General Store
Grindstone General Store

Escape the crazy crowds of Caseville Mi 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.

#16 Tour the Arts in Grindstone City and Bad Axe

The Cove Showroom and Sales Counter

The  Upper Thumb has two galleries. In Bad Axe, the Lofty Roots Gallery and Studio opened in 2015, exhibiting six local artists. In Port Austin, the Cove, (989) 738-0229, is located next to the Farmers Market. While in Grindstone City, the White Church Gallery, (989) 738-0356, 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 and Caseville Mi.

#17 Enjoy a Distillery Tasting

Shipwreck Distillery Tasting
Shipwreck Distillery Tasting

The Shipwreck Distillery (989) 550-7083 is located just south of the Caseville Michigan downtown area on Caseville Road. The shop opening in August of 2018 and produces a full line is distilled spirits, all made from locally grown grain and sugar beets. Enjoy a small tasting of each of Jim Stein’s small-batch spirits right in Caseville, Mi. We particularly enjoyed the coconut-flavored rum—open weekends.

Caseville Mi Weather

Current weather maps and short-term forecast for Caseville Mi.

M-25 Cottage Road Signs

Upper Thumb Cottage Road Signs – If you’re driving along M-25 along the coast of Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay in the Upper Thumb, you may start to notice a decorative version of “cottage sign art” that typically gets overlooked. These little gems of folksy creativity signal what lay beyond and out of reach for those not guests.

Michigan Kayaking

Plan a Day of Paddling in a Kayak – If the weather looks to keep Saginaw Bay calm and the winds low, consider a morning of paddling the waters of the Upper Thumb. The region offers some of the finest Michigan kayaking areas for both the novice and expert. Visit unique rock formations in the morning and have lunch at a local cafe by noon.

Paddle to Turnip Rock Port Austin Michigan

7 Things to Know About Paddling to Turnip Rock – One of the most amazing sites in the Upper Thumb is Turnip Rock. Carved over time by the force of constant wave action, the soft limestone has been shaped to its namesake and separated from the mainland over thousands of years. CNN called it one of the Most Amazing Rock Formations in America, and Pure Michigan featured it on its 2016 magazine cover

Charity Light Tower - Michigan Lighthouses

History of the Remote and Mysterious Charity Island – There it sits. A lush tree-lined island on the horizon of Saginaw Bay. Big & Little Charity Islands are ten miles from the southern shore of Saginaw Bay and Caseville, Michigan. Except for the seasonal residents who live and host tours at the lighthouse keepers’ house, the island is uninhabited. These islands are considered by the US Fish and Wildlife Services one of the more remote and least visited islands in the Michigan Island National Wildlife Sanctuary.

6 thoughts on “17 Amusing Things to Do In Caseville Besides the Cheeseburger Festival”


  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


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