Moose watching, golfing, hiking and more are among the top 10 summer activities in Gaylord | Panda Anku

GAYLORD – The city of Gaylord and Otsego County has for many years attracted visitors to enjoy northern Michigan’s four seasons.

Here is a list of attractions for visitors to explore:

1. Gaylord Moose Park

Gaylord is one of the few towns that actively maintains a herd of moose and provides public areas for the public to view these animals, which are one of the largest species within the deer family. Under the care of the city, about 40 elk can be seen near Elk’s Lodge on Grandview Boulevard.

The herd is contained on 108 acres. City employees feed the animals corn, hay, and sugar beets, as well as vitamins. The herd started with three moose when a local nature center closed in the late 1980s.

2. Otsego Lake State Park

Located at 7136 Old US Highway 27 S., the 62-acre park is home to large oak, maple and pine trees and contains campsites near the lake. The easily accessible swimming beach and day area includes picnic tables, grills, a floating fishing dock and water volleyball. The popular boat launch provides access for both motorized and non-motorized watercraft.

The beach at Otsego Lake State Park is growing in popularity as visitors and residents seek a break from the summer heat.

3. Aspen Park

Aspen Park is a year-round wonder at 239 Commerce Blvd. The park has 100 acres of forest, paved and dirt trails, and tennis courts. In winter you can enjoy the groomed cross-country ski trails or set off with a pair of snowshoes. If you are more into mountain biking, you can do the same at Aspen Park. Last year, a Gaylord High School student, Gage Philippy, led a community effort to build a COVID-19 memorial here.

The COVID-19 memorial at Aspen Park in Gaylord.

4th Alpine Festival

Held every summer except 2020 due to the coronavirus, this festival showcases the city’s alpine architecture and its twinning with Pontresina in Switzerland.

The Alpine Festival takes over Main Street in downtown Gaylord for four days in July, featuring food, a parade, rides, entertainment, and arts and crafts on display and for sale. It also serves as Gaylord’s unofficial annual homecoming weekend, when former residents return to enjoy the celebrations and meet up with family and friends.

5. Historical Museum of Otsego County

Located at 320 W. Main St., the museum is operated by the Otsego County Historical Society, which was founded in 1963 with the goal of bringing together people with an interest in history, particularly the history of Otsego County.

The museum documents the history of Otsego County since the 19th century. Rotating displays feature artifacts, photos, and memorabilia from the county’s history.

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