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Best things to do in Elk Rapids

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Cajun / Creole Restaurant
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“Fantastic food, service and atmosphere. If there is a wait don't worry, it'll be worth it. ”
19local recommendations
Grocery or Supermarket
“Well stocked local grocery store. Perfect for all the essentials. Grocery, food, beer, wine, liquor, cigs. Great meat and seafood counter. Salad bar and grab and go. Nice deli. A good selection of gluten free items. ”
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Restaurant
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“Fresh, local seafood and produce in a clean, crisp, and elegant atmosphere. They boast a variety of oysters from both coasts. The simple design is both modern and antique.”
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Bar
“Classic no-frills bar with welcoming staff and a great menu. Perfect for groups, watching the game, and catching up with the locals. ”
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Bakery
“Elk Rapids famous bakery -- line up early because those donuts and baked goods won't last! YUM! ”
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Café
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“Serving breakfast and lunch only. Fantastic homemade delights and amazing sandwiches!”
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Deli / Bodega
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“Great place to grab a bite to eat or a drink, or to grab provisions. Outdoor seating. Great wine selection.”
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Jewellery Store
“Eclectic, unique shop. Find everything from handmade items to that perfect gift or souvenir. ”
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Bar
“Wonderful craft cocktails, great location. Outdoor seating. Family friendly during the day.”
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Park
“One of our favorite beaches. Playscape, volleyball, restrooms, and right in downtown Elk Rapids. We love setting up next to the inlet of the river. Lets the little ones swim in calmer, warmer water. ”
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Movie Theatre
“The cinema is a historic gem that has been lovingly and thoughtfully restored. The entire ceiling is a mural that has been restored to its former glory. Most importantly, they pop the popcorn fresh and put REAL butter on it. REAL butter, people! This is the stuff of my best childhood memories. ”
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Bar
“Outdoor beer garden open in the summer. Perfect for all ages. Large sand pit for the kids. Shaded areas for drinking. Corn hole and food. Minutes to downtown Elk Rapids. ”
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Restaurant
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“Best pizza in the county! Chef Charles offers everything from cheese and pepperoni pizzas to Reuben and Mediterranean pizzas. The Greek pizza (pesto, kalamata olives, feta) is our favorite.”
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Bar
“Nice place on Elk Lake with a large outdoor patio and bar inside as well as outside.”
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Boat or Ferry
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Route
“Visit River Street for great shops, galleries, antiques stores and restaurants. On summer Wednesdays, the downtown hosts music, kids games and more during the evenings on River Street.”
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