We have collected information and web links related to the area and combined them here with photos we took and video clips from the show in what we hope will be a helpful guide as you plan your trip. Feel free to select only one or two activities per day according to your family’s interests. For assistance or for more information, call the Tawas Bay Tourist & Convention Bureau at 877-TO-TAWAS Have fun!
Episode: 10008 "The Tawases In Summer" Biking seems to be the wave of the future. Save gas, get some great exercise and discover a wonderful new way to sight see. We will start at Tawas and its brand new bike trail and follow it through town to the Tawas Point Lighthouse, with a lot of surprises along the way. The perfect family getaway: play on Lake Huron or have a picnic and watch the ships go by. Many new and exciting adventures await you on this vacation for the whole family.
Story Written by Jeff Harrington
Tawas Bay Tourist & Convention Bureau
Heidi Dewald - Tawas Bay TCB Board Member
Stephanie and Dave Wentworth
Sharon Czaika, Kathe Kirchner
Alabaster Bike Path Committee Members
Steve Klenow, Andy Ryan - Klenow's Market
Barbara Wasserman - Tawas Bay H.P.V.
Chuck Allen - Tawas Point Lighthouse MDNR
Rebecca Buchanan - Brew Krew
Brian LeFeve - Great Lakes Kiteboarding
Bonnie Adams - Tawas Bay Gourmet
Melissa McMacken - MarMar Gourmet
» Bike Path/Downtown
» Tawas Point State Park
Related Information & Links
Tawas Bay Area
The Tawas area is a people-friendly area that still has that wonderful "Up-North/Small Town" appeal. The Tawases offers both visitors and residents a blend of Sugar Sandy Beaches and Beautiful Public Parks on spacious Tawas Bay, to unique shopping opportunities, lodging and dining pleasures along US-23 and downtown Newman Street.
There is a beautiful state owned Marina and Fishing Pier that will accommodate watercraft of all sizes and is located right at the foot of a vibrant downtown center along with a city owned campground on the water that caters to those who pull their own lodging.
With the opening of a brand new section of paved, non-motorized trail way through Alabaster Township last fall, the Tawas Bay Pedestrian and Bicycle Path now extends some 10 miles along Michigan’s Lake Huron shoreline. It offers a safe and scenic, off-highway route that shadows US-23 through Tawas and East Tawas, ending at one-of-a-kind Tawas Point State Park.
East Tawas Newman Street / City Park / State Dock
Newman Street in downtown East Tawas offers an especially appealing and pedestrian friendly experience, with beautifully landscaped greenbelt areas and tree-lined sidewalks featuring brick pavers and exposed aggregate concrete; all finished off with decorative street lamps, bike racks, benches, street-level planters and hanging floral baskets. Newman Street’s inviting atmosphere extends right down to the waterfront, where East Tawas City Park and the East Tawas State Harbor Dock are a hub of the area’s recreational opportunities.
The park’s expansive day-use beach offers acres of glistening white sugar sand, sprinkled with patches of dune grass and backed by low dunes on the Lake Huron side. Come to find out, Tawas Point apparently also happens to be one of the best locations in the country -- maybe in the world -- to experience the growing extreme sport of kite-boarding. The jewel of the park is Tawas Point Lighthouse, built in 1876. It is the only working model of Victorian-era light stations still in operation on the Great Lakes; and to walk through this historic structure and ascend its winding iron staircase is truly to step back in time.