What to do and see in Gaylord, United States: The Best Places and Tips

October 30, 2017 Jasper Kershner

Gaylord is a city in and the county seat of Otsego County, Michigan, United States. The population was 3,645 at the 2010 census. The city is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord, the smallest settlement by far serving as the location of an active Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States.
Restaurants in Gaylord

1. Call of the Wild Museum

850 S Wisconsin Ave, Gaylord, MI 49735-1747 +1 800-835-4347
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4.5 based on 119 reviews

Call of the Wild Museum

Reviewed By AnnArborMHT - Genoa, Italy

The Call of the Wild Museum is at the same address as the Bavarian Falls Park, which adds two more options when you come to visit, that readers might not be aware of. If its a beautiful day, you might want to add extra time to your visit, as the relativity new owners have made improvements to the mini-golf course and go-cart area that are right next to the Call of the Wild Museum. It makes for a half day of great activities! And just try to get our of the gift shop without purchasing something! Difficult!

We were a group of six people ages 3 to 70, so finding activities can sometimes be challenging, but the mini-golf course was fun for everyone! The relativity new owners, two very friendly, helpful senior aged brothers have restored the course to good condition (some work still needs to be done) and have turned it into a fun, very affordable activity, welcoming all ages. As with many mini golf courses, the holes become a bit more difficult and interesting as you go along. Our very favorite hole was one with a flowing stream of water, downhill that you actually want your ball to dive into and be carried downhill for a possible hole in one! At the end your ball disappears down the "return" hole never to be seen again! This fascinated the 3 year old! We all had a good time and at the end presented our scores and won TWO free tickets to return anytime in the future or even way in the future...the free play never expires! Such a great deal!

Expect to take about 1 to 1 1/2 hours on the golf course depending on how crowded it is. Adults $8, kids $7 and under 4 years old free with an adult. There are lots of steps and uneven pavement, so not suitable for the mobility challenged and we did keep a close eye out for our 3 year old! The Bavarian Falls Park is open May-September 10-10, while the Call of the Wild museum is open all year except a few holidays. Clean bathrooms

They also offer go carts, which two of our group tried. The 10 year old loved it, the senior found the cart a bit cramped and the course repetitive. Each visit is timed at 6 minutes, which was long enough. It would be great if they expanded the course and added more turns, obstacles and ups/downs. The brothers said they do have improvements in mind, including a mobility challenged golf course, in the future. But for now, there is lots to enjoy at both the Call of the Wild Museum and the Bavarian Falls Park!

2. Gaylord's City Elk Park

E Grandview, Gaylord, MI 49735 +1 800-345-8621
Excellent
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4.5 based on 139 reviews

Gaylord's City Elk Park

Reviewed By HerbertEdgewood - Orlando, Florida

‘Ello chaps!

Talk about wild, the Gaylord City Elk Park is a chance to see wild elk up close.

According to the City, the Pigeon River State Forest’s expansive 105,000 acres has the Midwest’s only free ranging elk herd.

There are elk year round, but some months offer better view opportunities (September) than others.

This park specifically has an area along a fence where you can look out and view Elk. There is straw and vegetation for them to eat.

Try these spectacular spots:1. On Fontinalis Road, about three miles north of Sturgeon Valley Rd. near the Cheboygan County line, a small cleared parking area and field.
2. At the DNR-signed elk-viewing area on East Sturgeon Valley Road, about eight miles east of Vanderbilt.
3. Less than a mile north of the Osmun Road and Clark Bridge Road intersection in the Pigeon River Country State Forest.

3. Otsego Lake State Park

7136 Old US Highway 27 S, Gaylord, MI 49735 +1 989-732-5485
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4.5 based on 58 reviews

Otsego Lake State Park

Reviewed By Travelmoorenow - Belleville, Michigan

Seems like a very nice place to stay. They are getting it ready for campers. The sites are standard size for a state park. Bath houses were locked so we could not tell how they were, but one looks very new. The docks were being put in and look nice. There is a disabled access to the water too.

4. Up North Blueberry Farm

3964 Hallenius Rd, Gaylord, MI 49735-9258 +1 231-546-3032
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5 based on 16 reviews

Up North Blueberry Farm

Reviewed By Jessi M

What a wonderful place to bring your family on a summer day! My family and I have visited this farm many times, and picked blueberries. And let me tell
You this...if you haven't been--you're missing out!! This farm is a beautiful, clean set up; the berries are to die for, it's chemical free, the owners are so wonderful to talk with! I've also ordered gift baskets from them around Christmas time, and was thoroughly impressed! What a wonderful gift to the patrons of Northern Michigan this farm is! We will be back many times for years to come!

5. Aspen Park

239 W Commerce Blvd, Gaylord, MI 49735-7331
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5 based on 14 reviews

Aspen Park

Reviewed By Love2Travel100 - Sterling Heights, Michigan

This is a great park - they have 2 really nice tennis courts and a pickle ball court. The park has many paved paths and off road walking and biking paths. We really enjoy going to walk and then play tennis there. FYI - They have a porta potty and no real bathrooms with pluming

6. Otsego County Historical Museum

320 W Main St, Gaylord, MI 49735-1862 +1 989-732-4568
Excellent
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Otsego County Historical Museum

Reviewed By CovingtonCat - Covington, KY

We stopped for lunch next door at Arlene's (recommended) and went into the museum afterward. We were greeted pleasantly and invited to look around. There are a lot of items in two rooms. The museum is located in what was once a cigar factory and there's an exhibit about that. There are displays about the logging industry in the area and how railroads grew to support that. There's a very nice exhibit highlighting early schools in the county. You can learn about farming and agriculture. There's one wall showing barns in the county. The back room has an old-style kitchen displaying many antique kitchen implements. There's also a gift area, selling local products. This is a very nice local museum and it's clear the people running it take great pride in their part of the country. Oh, and it's free!

7. Gaylord Area Council for the Arts

125 E Main St, Gaylord, MI 49735-1301 +1 989-732-3242
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5 based on 4 reviews

Gaylord Area Council for the Arts

Reviewed By Gail F - Utica

Very nice shop, very clean, and the lady was very informative. Neat place too, as I asked her some questions on where to eat, sight see,& shop I was also looking around we had a great conversation, very nice little place to visit. Wish the town I was from had a place like this. Neat things to buy I am assuming from local people.....

8. Gaylord Area Convention and Tourism Bureau

319 W Main St, Gaylord, MI 49735-1861 +1 989-732-6333
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

The Gaylord Area Convention and Tourism Bureau is located Downtown Gaylord. Stop in today and pick up the Official Gaylord Vacation Planner. We have resources for everything to do in and around Gaylord. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can answer any questions you have.

Reviewed By tymetraveler222 - Bay City, Michigan

This is a very nice, well done visitor's center. Filled with natural light, a large open room loaded with literature, pamphlets, magazines, and other info for the local area, and beyond. There is a beautiful old restored car to check out, the bear, and some cool art/pictures of the area. Nice seating, clean bathrooms. I think they may offer coffee.

Friendly workers, who are well versed in the area. Parking on the street.

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