The most unusual places in Michigan’s 83 counties 

Michigan is loaded with unique and interesting sites. Jessica Shepherd at MLive Media recently wrote an interesting article detailing the more unusual spot in each of Michigan’s 83 counties. 

It is a great resource in case you are planning a spring or summer getaway and are looking for something off the beaten path. 

Below is the information from Shepherd’s article for each of the counties in the 36th District. If you want to see the unusual spots for every county in the state, click here to read the entire MLive article.   

Alcona County
What: Cedarbrook Trout Farms
Where: 1543 N. Lake Shore Drive, Harrisville, MI 48740
Details: Open to the public seasonally, Cedarbrook Trout Farms gives you the chance to (easily) catch and clean your own trout. You can also get a tour and the kids can enjoy a biology lesson. Check them out on Facebook for more information. 

Alpena County
What: Dinosaur Gardens
Where: 11160 US-23, Ossineke, MI 49766
Details: The outdoor park and museum offers 26 exhibits featuring life-size dinosaur replicas and other aspects of prehistoric times. You can also play putt-putt golf, eat frozen yogurt and shop for souvenirs. For more information, visit www.DinosaurGardensLLC.com

Arenac County
What: Charity Island
Where: In the Saginaw Bay
Details: Charity Island is the largest island in the Saginaw Bay. Home to a lighthouse, the island can be visited via boat. You’ll find limestone along the island’s shoreline that is embedded with flint. An adventure/dinner cruise is available for those looking to take a trip to Charity Island. For more information, visit www.CharityIsland.net.

Gladwin County
What: Gladwin County Historical Village
Where: 515 East Cedar Ave., Gladwin, MI 48624
Details: Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, this historic village will take you on a trip back in time. If you are curious about what the mid-1800s were like in Gladwin County, here is the way to find out. Several historic buildings are on site to help re-create the 19th century. Check them out on Facebook for more information.

Iosco County 
What: Paul Bunyan statue 
Where: Furtaw Field, North Lake Street, Oscoda Township, MI 48750 
Details: A welcoming Paul Bunyan greets you when you visit Oscoda Township’s Furtaw Field. In 2006, Michigan honored Oscoda with the title of “official home of Paul Bunyan” because the local paper was allegedly the first to ever write about the legendary lumberjack. Each year, Oscoda celebrates Bunyan with a festival. Click here to find out more information about Paul Bunyan Days in Oscoda.

Midland County
What: The Tridge
Where: Chippewassee Park, 101 Golfside Drive, Midland, MI 48640
Details: While this isn’t the only three-way bridge in Michigan (Ypsilanti has one too), it is the most well-known. Shaped like a “Y,” the Tridge lets pedestrian cross over the confluence of the Chippewa and Tittabawassee rivers. The unusual bridge is just one attraction at Chippewassee Park. You will also find a farmers market, a skate park, a dog park and more. Click here for more information.

Montmorency County
What: Lewiston Curling Club
Where: 4230 Co. Road 612, Lewiston, MI 49756
Details: While many of Michigan’s larger cities can’t even boast a local curling club, this small, unincorporated community of about 1,300 people can say it is a curling hub in the northern Lower Peninsula. Whether you want to learn how to curl or you are an expert, this is the place for you. If ice isn’t your thing, the club also has a yearly summer cornhole league. For more information, visit www.LewistonCurlingClub.com

Oscoda County
What: Giant chair
Where: Genevieve’s Flowers & Gifts, 1520 Caldwell Road, Mio, MI 48647
Details: For more than a decade, this wooden chair has marked the property of a Mio flower shop. Over the years, the elements have damaged the chair. For the time being, though, you can still see it. Click here for more on giant chairs from Roadside America.

Otsego County
What: Call of the Wild Museum
Where: 850 S. Wisconsin Ave., Gaylord, MI 49735
Details: You can see about five dozen displays featuring animals of Michigan and North America in this museum, which first opened in 1965. Even the exterior of the museum is a sight to behold, with a fake mountain backdrop constructed behind the building. You can also satisfy your urge to shop in the museum store, which features Michigan maple syrup, moccasins, Petoskey stones and more. For more information, visit www.CalloftheWildGaylord.com.

Presque Isle County
What: Giant George Washington head
Where: M-33 north of W. Co. Road 634 in Onaway
Details: Tom Moran of Moran Iron Works creates unique art using his talents for working with metal. This giant representation of George Washington’s head is just one piece Moran has created. A metal sculpture of Gerald Ford’s head was submitted by Moran as an ArtPrize entry in 2012. Obviously fascinated with U.S. presidents, Moran has also created a statue of Abraham Lincoln’s head. For more information, visit www.TomMoranArt.com.