City of Manistee

Charming historic coastal town brimming with amenities.

Must See in the City of Manistee

Manistee North Pier Lighthouse

Perhaps the city’s most iconic structure, the Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse was constructed off of a 1,300-foot concrete pier on Fifth Avenue Beach in 1927 and has one of the four remaining catwalks on Lake Michigan.

Historic Trolley Tours

The vehicular version of the traditional street car (also known as a trolley) is in operation throughout Manistee touring various historic attractions. These beautifully restored Trolleys are a sought-out attraction by many visitors and residents looking to visit, learn about and explore prized historic treasurers.

Old Christmas Weekend

Your opportunity to step back in time arrives each year on the first weekend in December as Manistee celebrates the holidays with a most unique holiday celebration. An entire weekend of excitement including the Victorian Sleighbell Parade with horse drawn entries, bagpipers, reindeer meet and greet and carolers elegantly dressed in Victorian style attire. The entire Old Christmas Weekend is filled with lovely events simply enjoy the magical experience of the holidays in our historic Downtown.


Blue Fish Kitchen + Bar

312 River Street, Manistee 231-887-4188 - This downtown eatery offers new American dining in a relaxed lakeshore atmosphere. Featuring an extensive wine list, craft beer and artisan cocktails, hand-cut steaks, farm-to-table and artisan fare, and a large selection of Great Lakes fish artfully prepared by our team of chefs.

The Fillmore

318 River Street, Manistee - 231-887-4121 - Join us in Downtown Manistee for great food, including wood-fired pizza, locally sourced ingredients and an exciting selection of Michigan Beers, Wine, & Craft Cocktails with Michigan Spirits. We often feature live music.

The Iron Works Café

254 River St, Manistee - 231-887-4401 - Founded in 2015, the Iron Works Café is owned and operated by the non-profit known as the Manistee Community Kitchen. The café serves the community by offering healthy food, cooking instruction, and healthy catering. The community Kitchen serves many purposes in the community regarding community gardens, and food rescue services.

North Channel Brewing Company

86 Washington Street, Manistee – 231-299-1020 - North Channel Brewing is located in the historic North Channel Building on Washington Avenue in Downtown Manistee. Situated right next to the Manistee River and the drawbridge, it’s the perfect setting to enjoy one of our many craft beers and great food while enjoying a view of Downtown Manistee, the bridge, and the occasional freighter passing through.

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