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TOP 10 Downtown Sites


1) WALK ALONG THE RIVERWALK

Enjoy this 1.75 mile walk along the southern shores of the Big Manistee River.  Along the entire route you will find historic markers with information and photos about the history of the river front area.  The entire Riverwalk is ADA/Universally accessible and begins at the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce/DDA office and extends all the way to the First Street Beach Lion's Club Park.  For more information and a detailed downtown map, click here.

2) SHOPPING

Eclectic shopping can be had in one of our many shops throughout our Downtown. 

3) VOGUE THEATER

Take in a first run movie at the recently renovated and re-opened Historic Vogue Theatre in downtown Manistee.  This theatre was the pet project for hundreds of community volunteers and is truly a first class movie experience.  From first run movies, to Thursday Classics and Saturday Kids Movies, there is something for everyone at the Vogue.  For schedule and movie info, click here.

4) EAT

Whether you are a self-certified "foodie" or have a simple palette, Downtown Manistee has much to offer when selecting a place to eat. Choose from one of our six amazing restaurants; many of which overlook the scenic Manistee River.

5) HISTORY

Manistee County has one of the richest and distinct history in all of Michigan. Begin your historic walking tour and see Victorian buildings and homes as your step back in time to Manistee's logging era. Take a stroll through the many historic buildings within the Historic District all located in and around Downtown Manistee.

6) RAMSDELL

Beautifully resorted to its turn-of-the century charm, the Historic Ramsdell Theatre is a diamond in the rough for art and culture lovers.  Home to many organizations such as the Manistee Civic Players and Manistee Arts Institute, the Ramsdell is an iconic landmark in Manistee's downtown.  Open for tours and events.  For details, on the theatre, click here, and for official scheduling or performance schedule, visit the Manistee Civic Players website.

7) MUSEUM

The Manistee County Historical Museum serves as a non-profit, permanent museum, owned and operated by the Manistee County Historical Society. Located in Downtown Manistee, the Museum is housed inside the former A.H. Lyman Building at 425 River Street. Bridging the gap between Manistee County's past and present, the Museum serves to preserve, interpret, and educate the public about the history of Manistee County. 

8) FISHING

Set sail onboard one of our many charter boats and enjoy world class fishing on Lake Michigan. Widely known as a "first-class" fishing destination, the Manistee area has a varied selection of fishing opportunities and marinas to choose from. 

9) FARMER'S MARKET

Stroll through our local Farmer's Market on Saturday morning and enjoy fresh produce and baked goods from the area.

10) FREIGHTERS

Each week, Manistee can be met with a few 600' plus lower laker freighters that traverse the tight River Channel on their way to the industry located on Manistee Lake.  Huge Freighters will pass through each of our two draw bridges on their way to Lake Manistee, and you will always find storefronts emptying as visitors and locals alike flock to the river front to watch these gigantic boats.   For updates on arrivals, "like" the Manistee Marina Facebook Page.