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Attractions, events, entertainment venues, recreational opportunities, and sports programs and teams in the City of Alpena, Michigan are the focus of topics in this guide.

This may include museums, historical places, libraries, theaters, and art galleries within the city, but it may also feature parks, bowling alleys, arcades, and amusement centers, as well as recreational centers, or sports programs, whether operated through the city, school district, community organization, or as a private, for-profit business.

Websites representing concerts, fairs, festivals, or other events within the city may be found here, too.

For example, the Alpena Events Complex (APlex) may be used as a wedding venue or as a conference center, but it also features four indoor tennis courts and four pickleball courts, as well as a full pro shop, sauna, and fitness center, and APlex is used for a variety of community events, craft shows, volleyball, karate, and gymnastics.

Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan is situated on an eight-acre campus in Alpena and features thousands of historical artifacts of local significance, houses a full-dome planetarium, and a two-story Foucault pendulum. Visitors to the museum can also experience an 1890s Avenue of Shops, as well as a Historic Village with five original structures, each more than a century old.

The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary protects nationally significant collections of Great Lakes shipwrecks, with nearly a hundred shipwrecks discovered within the sanctuary. While the Marine Sanctuary is not enclosed entirely within the city, Alpena is the largest city within its area, and it serves as the headquarters for the sanctuary, and its Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center is located in Alpena.

Regularly scheduled two-hour shipwreck cruises are offered to a wide variety of groups and individuals, and flexible private charter tours may be available in May, June, September, and October.

Thunder Bay Theatre is a year-round, non-profit theater group offering productions, as well as educational opportunities in theater. Additionally, the Alpena Civic Theatre has been active since the 1950s and, through the years, thousands of people have been involved with ACT in one way or another, and the theatre group offers open auditions.

Thunder Bown Lanes offers regular bowling, bumper bowling, league play, and open bowling, while Northern Lights Arena features two NHL-sized ice rinks within one building, with seating for 1,200, and in-rink concession stand, private locker rooms, and a rubberized walking or running track.

There are also several sports programs, some operated through Alpena Public Schools, and others through various non-profit community organizations, such as Thunder Bay Soccer Association.

The city is also home to several annual, regularly scheduled, or occasional events, such as the Michigan Brown Trout Festival, Summer Concerts in the Park, and The Reel Fun, an ice-fishing tournament, as well as arts and crafts shows, and many others.

Things to do and places to go in Alpena, Michigan are the focus of this category.



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