You made the trip all the way to Port Austin and we cannot let you kayak because of weather--what a bummer.  

We hate when that happens and we hate disappointing our guests. Luckily there are a lot of cool things to do around Port Austin other than kayak to Turnip Rock. We don’t want your trip to Port Austin to be wasted so we came up with a list of other fun things you can do during your visit.  

Harbor Beach Kayak

Paddle a Shipwreck

Harbor Beach (30 min drive) has 2 shipwrecks just a short paddle from their kayak rental kiosk.

Both wrecks are inside the harbor walls, so even if it's too windy for Turnip Rock, this may be an option for a unique adventure. 

Harbor Beach Kayak - (30 minute drive from Port Austin)  1 Trescott St, Harbor Beach, MI 48441


Canoe the Pinnebog River

Canoe or kayak down the Pinnebog River through beautiful Port Crescent State Park to one of the most pristine and beautiful beaches in Michigan.  Highlights include woods, wildlife, sand dunes, eagles and 3 miles of undeveloped beach.

Tip-A-Thumb Canoe Rental - (10 minute drive) 2475 Port Austin Rd, Port Austin, MI 48467


Take a Hike

Port Crescent State Park - (10 minute drive) Miles of hiking trails, wildlife, 3 miles of undeveloped beach, sand dunes.

Huron County Nature Center - (12 minute drive)

Port Crescent behind Buccaneer's Den - (9 minute drive, park next to Buccaneer’s Den and cross the bridge)

Port Austin Breakwall, in town (5 minute walk) Take a half mile stroll on the Port Austin Breakwall.  Great views of the Lighthouse and shoreline.

PAK'S Backyard

Enjoy a Craft Beer Outside

PAK'S Backyard Beer Garden - (next door) 119 E. Spring Street, Port Austin, MI 48467

Tap Room at Bird Creek Farms - (10 minute walk, 5 minute bike ride, 2 minute drive) 282 Grindstone Rd, Port Austin, MI 48467 

Pub at Bird Creek Golf Course - (15 minute bike ride, 5 minutes by car) 7850 N Van Dyke Rd, Port Austin, MI 48467

Captain Morgan’s Grindstone Bar & Grill - (10 minute drive) 3337 Pointe Aux Barques Rd, Port Austin, MI 48467

Shelley’s Bar & Grill - (11 minute drive) 8745 Pearson Rd, Port Austin, MI 48467


Barn Art Projects

See Some Local Art

Barn Art Projects - 4 large scale outdoor art pieces involving barns done by Detroit artists.

The Cove(in town, 5 minute walk) 8685 Lake St, Port Austin, MI 48467 

White Church Gallery - (Grindstone, 10 minute drive) 8686 Rouse Rd, Port Austin, MI 48467

Port Austin Farmers Market

Visit the Farmers Market

8am until 1pm Saturdays (walking distance)

Port Austin has one of the largest and most vibrant farmers markets in Michigan! Each week you will find a wide variety of produce, meats, fish, arts & crafts and more! 

Each week the market also hosts live music from 10am - 1pm

Port Austin Farmers MarketWest State Street, Line Street, the South Gym Parking Lot, and the Gym grass.

Butterfly House & Garden

Visit the Butterfly House

Butterfly House & Garden - (3 minute walk) At the corner of Adams and Madison St., downtown Port Austin

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Take a Bike Ride

(maps available at Port Austin Kayak)

Grindstone General Store

Get a Huge Ice Cream Cone

Grindstone General Store - (10 minute drive) 3206 Copeland Rd, Port Austin, MI 48467

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Do Some Shopping

The Port Austin area has many small boutique shops for you to enjoy. For a list, check out the Port Austin Chamber of Commerce site here.