Must Do Checklist
Seward Johnson Life-Like Sculpture Exhibit at City Park, Downtown Cadillac, 2012 only
Rec Boat Holdings Boat Building Tours every Tuesday & Thursday
Back to the Bricks Car Show June 18, in Downtown Cadillac
See the event calendar and What's Happening Main page too!
Boating and Fishing
Cadillac offers both Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell which are ideal for boating and fishing. Public boat launches and a city dock offers easy accessibility to the water for boaters and shore fishing.
Cadillac City Park and Rotary Pavilion
The City Park and Rotary Pavilion is the hub of community events and celebrations. Music concerts, Christmas in the Park, Festival of the Arts, Chestnut Festival, weddings and family picnics bring the community together in this warm and friendly environment.
Carl T Johnson Hunting and Fishing Museum
Whether an avid sportsman or an outdoor enthusiast, the Carl T Johnson Center is sure to fascinate you. This center combines modern technology with Cadillac’s abundant natural resources.
Golf in Cadillac
Cadillac is the first tee of Northern Michigan Golf with 9 golf courses within 20 minutes of each other. Golfing in Cadillac is Michigan’s affordable golf destination. Whether business or pleasure, Cadillac Golf facilities can accommodate any budget, any size vacation plans or any size group.
Keith McKellop Walkway
This scenic walkway is located in the heart of town on the shores of Lake Cadillac. Walk, jog, run, in-line skate or just take a stroll over the Clam River and enjoy the gaslights that border this well used sidewalk.
Enjoy a stroll along the streets of Cadillac while observing the unique historical homes and businesses. These sights include the elaborate Carnegie Library which houses the Wexford County Historical Museum and the Cummer Diggins office building now owned and operated by the Cadillac News. Self-guided maps are available at the Historical Museum.
Lake Cadillac Bike Path
The Lake Cadillac Bike Path is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. A smooth 7-mile path surrounding Lake Cadillac is the perfect way to enjoy a relaxing stroll, inline skating or bicycling.
Shay Steam Locomotive
On display in the City Park downtown, the famous Shay Locomotive is a special feature of Cadillac. Invented in the 1800’s for the logging industry, the Shay, possibly more than any event, person or thing, made possible the success of Cadillac in the late 1800’s.
Caberfae Scenic Overlook
Pristine panoramic vistas await you when you visit the Caberfae Scenic Overlook constructed by the US Forest Service. The overlook is located between Caberfae Ski Resort and Harrietta and is handicap accessible.
White Pine State Trail Park
The White Pine Trail is Michigan’s newest, narrowest and longest State Park extending 92 miles from Cadillac to Comstock Park and intersecting the Pere Marquette Trail, extending 54 miles from Baldwin to Clare. This trail, formally an abandoned railroad track, offers a scenic route away from traffic and congested areas. NO WHEELED MOTOR VEHICLES ARE ALLOWED.
Downtown Cadillac is a bustling, vibrant, strollable, walkable people place with unique shops, gathering places in distinctly different restaurants, gaslights, graceful trees, a uniquely patterned brick walkway, restored facades, clock tower and gentle curving pocket parks that lead to the city park and lakefront.
Cadillac’s Festivals and Events
Cadillac is the host to many festivals and events throughout the year. Some of these include the North American Snowmobile Festival, Cadillac Lakefront Days, The Independence Day Celebration, Cadillac Festival of the Arts, and Storybook Christmas. Other festivals and events around Cadillac are the Mesick Mushroom Festival, Irons Flea Roast and Ox Market, Marion Fair, Buckley Old Steam Engine Show and the Hughston Cow Camp and Rodeo .
Hundreds of Miles of Snowmobile Trails
Cadillac is a snowmobiler’s paradise! Cadillac keeps hundreds of miles of trails in top condition and because we are a hub of a sprawling state wide trail system, cross-state connections are easy. Cadillac is also the host of the North American Snowmobile Festival the first weekend in February.
The Manistee River and the Pine River
The Manistee River and the Pine River are located just minutes from Cadillac. There are many canoe liveries between the two rivers that rent canoes, kayaks and tubes. The Pine River is the most difficult of the two rivers while the Manistee is more of a floating river. Fishing on the rivers is always exciting.
Other Things To See And Do
Adventure Island has waterslides, miniature golf, go-carts and batting cages.
Kenwood Park and beach includes a Frisbee golf course and a children’s playground.
Cadillac has 2 different bowling alleys and the Cadillac 5 Theater.
Antique stores lie in both downtown Cadillac and outlying areas.
Cadillac has miles of hiking, biking and cross country ski trails.
Visit the Harrietta Fish Hatchery to see fish in various stages of development.
Tennis courts can be found near the Cadillac High School, behind McKinley Elementary School (by water tower) and in downtown Lake City.
Diggins Hill is a great sledding hill for those snowy winter days, located at highest point downtown Cadillac, by the water tower.
“Open skating” is scheduled at various times at the Wexford Civic Center indoor ice rink
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort is located 12 miles west of Cadillac and offers downhill and cross country skiing and snowboarding.
See a Footliters Theater Show, see calendar for dates.
Fall color tour signs go up in mid September and stay up through the duration of the colors. Just follow the color tour routes and the colorful Cadillac symbol.
The Sound Garden at Headwaters of the Clam River Greenway
The Clam River Greenway
Chris Blackburn Skate Park