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Glen Haven Historical Village

9922 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630-9417
+1 231-326-4700
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Not much open in April...

Beautiful spot with lots of cool old buildings that appear to be museums but on a cold grey Friday... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bob E
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Ada, Michigan
via mobile
Not to be missed!

This was one of the best parts of our trip to the Glen Arbor area. Our teen loved watching the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Pennye W
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  • Average10%
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“general store” (8 reviews)
“on display” (3 reviews)
“boat museum” (3 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
9922 W Front St, Empire, MI 49630-9417
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+1 231-326-4700
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"interesting place"
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"beach area"
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"glen haven"
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"lake michigan"
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"dune climb"
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"demonstration"
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"cannery"
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"boats"
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"history"
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"rescue"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful spot with lots of cool old buildings that appear to be museums but on a cold grey Friday in April not much was open or happening. Still, It’s as beautiful as places can be with the blue green waters and the sands of the...More

Thank Bob E
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of the best parts of our trip to the Glen Arbor area. Our teen loved watching the forging demonstrations. The shop had nice souvenirs. Very interesting place to learn more about this part of Michigan.

Thank Pennye W
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Reviewed October 14, 2017

Nice historical area to wander around. We arrived around 4PM and what had been open was already closed for the day. It's pretty limited off season. There was an area that we were able to walk along the water. I have never seen water so...More

Thank advsmuch
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Reviewed September 25, 2017 via mobile

This place is truly locked in the time. It is a village that was taken over when Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore was created. There are several buildings that can be toured and a beautiful beach area. Also there are very nice clean public...More

Thank jstuck2500
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Reviewed September 5, 2017 via mobile

Neat little old town set up. We only stopped at the cannery and the beach as it was getting late, but if you have the time get here early and stop in the general store and blacksmith shop.

Thank Thedevelopingimage
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Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

Whether it be swimming at Lake Michigan, seeing old boats in the Cannery, buying candy from the General Store, watching a blacksmith demonstration, or going down to the Maritime Museum, Glen Haven has the best family activities to offer.

Thank BellPepper68
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Reviewed August 7, 2017 via mobile

It is great to learn the historical of canning, hotel and boating! The dune cars were cool to think to travel within the shore

Thank ELFDUDE
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Reviewed August 7, 2017 via mobile

Watched the Hereos of the Storm demonstration. Very cool and interactive for the kids. Also, be sure to visit the blacksmith shop for a demonstration. For a donation (any amount) the blacksmith will make you something of your choice.

Thank Stephanie K
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Reviewed August 3, 2017

Depending upon what time of day and what time of year you stop in there are different things happening in this "village". You can see a real life blacksmith which is cool. There is a general store, and a beach area.

Thank lucycan
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Reviewed July 22, 2017 via mobile

So enjoyed visiting Glen Haven! The beach is yet another amazing Lake Michigan beauty, with views of the Manitou Islands and the sand dunes. Historical info plaques dot the area so you know what you are seeing. I especially loved the old Coast Guard survivor/rescue...More

Thank UPProud
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