Sand and Stars Resort and Motel of Curtis Michigan
Curtis Michigan Area Attractions
Welcome to Sand and Stars Resort and Motel and our area attractions. We invite you to plan your Upper Michigan vacation here in Curtis where our location will place you in the center of it all! Year-round attractions abound throughout the region.
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
The Seney National Wildlife Refuge is one of this areas most famous attractions and is located just 13 minutes from Curtis, MI. Take the 7 mile marshland drive to see swans, geese, ducks, eagles, osprey, and by chance a moose. The Seney National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of 95,212 acres of wilderness, swamps, islands, and lakes.
Upper Tahquamenon Falls and Lower Falls
The Tahquamenon Falls are special in many ways. One little known fact is that it is the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi, with Niagara being the largest. The Tahquamenon Falls is over 200' wide and 48' high. A beautiful walk path will direct your way through the forest within the Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Remember to visit the Lower Tahquamenon Falls which is located 4 miles downstream (north of Upper Falls) and cascades around a good size island.
Within the state park you will find many activities such as birding, fishing, hiking, sight-seeing, camping, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and more. Tahquamenon Falls state park has over 45,000 acres waiting to be explored. The areas wildlife abound and by chance you may see black bear, whitetail deer, moose, and other wildlife.
Kitch-iti-kipi ("KITCH-i-tee-KI-pee" with short "i"s)
Also known as Big Springs, this unique Upper Michigan attraction is located north on M-149, 11 miles from US-2. Kitch-iti-kipi is Michigan’s largest spring. It is comprised of an oval pool that is 300 ft byt 175 ft and is 40 ft deep. Ancient tree trunks and fish can be seen through the crystal clear waters. A self operated raft is there for vistors. Viewing windows allow guests to view these spectacular images beneath the Big Springs.
Oswald's Bear Ranch
This complex is the Largest (bear only) Bear Ranch in the entire United States! We are found only in the Wild Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Just 20 minutes south of Tahquamenon Falls, or from Newberry go 4 miles north on M-123 towards Tahquamenon Falls.
Oswald's Bear Ranch now offers large senior groups and bus tour groups the opportunity to ride in comfort during their visit to the bear ranch. We also have a golf cart to help with those with disabilities.
Whitefish Point Lighthouse and Museum
The Whitefish Point Lighthouse and Museum is the located 10 miles north of Paradise Michigan. It is the oldest actived lighthouse on Lake Superior, birds migrate along this corridor, it is known for ship watching, rock collecting and more.
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is the only one of its kind dedicated to the perils of maritime transport on the Great Lakes. This museum features artifacts from shipwrecks, such as the SS Edmund Fitzgerald.
The Crisp Point Lighthouse of Paradise Michigan is one of five Lake Superior U.S. Life-Saving Service Stations along the coast between Munising and Whitefish Point. It is located about fourteen miles west of Whitefish Point.
GarLyn Zoo is a family owned business. The zoo sits on a 30 acre parcel of land at the very top of Lake Michigan in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and is surrounded by thousands of acres of state and federal forests. The Zoo features native and exotic animals from around the world.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Multicolored sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, inland lakes, wildlife and the forest of the Lake Superior shoreline beckon visitors to explore this 73,000 acre park. Located in the center of the Upper Peninsula, visit this site for more details.
Fayette Historic State Park
Fayette offers unmatched serenity of a Lake Michigan harbor, white cliffs and verdant forests.
The Toonerville Trolley, an authentic narrow gauge railroad, takes you 5 1/2 miles through thick forest, the habitat of bear, deer, moose, gray wolf, and many types of birds. At the end of the train line is your first view of the beautiful Tahquamenon River, where the riverboat is boarded for a 21 mile cruise down the river to the rapids 1/2 mile above the Upper Tahquamenon Falls.
Tahquamenon River Logging Museum
The Tahquamenon Logging Museum and Nature Study, located just 1 1/2 miles North of Newberry Michigan, invites you to come to their museum and park to explore the original buildings and memorabilia from lumberjack days of the past. Come and see the original C.C.C. buildings full of old photos, models and original logging equipment. Eat a real lumberjack's breakfast in the Authentic Cookshack made over a wood stove with home made care and goodness. Stroll along the boardwalk and nature trail and see part of the Tahquamenon Forest. The Tahquamenon River is nestled along this beautiful trail, where blue herons, ducks, birds and other wildlife abound.
The Soo Locks have been referred to as one of the great wonders of the world and it is still the largest waterway traffic system on earth. Enjoy riding through the Soo Locks and navigating in the St. Mary’s River.
Horses, History & Hospitality - Mackinac Island is nestled in the straits of Mackinac where the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan meet. American, Great Lakes and Michigan history is rich on the Island, from military to commerce to the who's who of days gone by, everyone will enjoy the opportunity to enrich themselves while visiting Mackinac Island.