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“A very nice family activity”

Crystal River Outfitters Recreational District
Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in Glen Arbor
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Glen Arbor's original destination for simple, unforgettable adventures. Nestled in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Crystal River Outfitters Recreational District has been offering a variety of experiences for the whole family for over 20 years. From kayak trips, SUP and bike rentals to wine tasting and shopping, the district has something for everyone. Crystal River Outfitters: Glen Arbor's original destination for outdoor adventures. Crystal River Outfitters is the outfitter for kayak, canoe and standup paddleboard rentals. Their kayak and canoe trips offer a fun adventure the whole family can enjoy! The Cyclery: Glen Arbor's only full-service bike shop, offering year-round bike sales & repairs, cycling gear & apparel, as well as snowshoes and winter accessories. The shop also offers seasonal bike and winter rentals. M22 Glen Arbor: Featuring the full line of M22 & Love Michigan t-shirts, hats, stickers, hoodies and accessories. The shop also stocks 13 M22 wines, all specially developed for M22 by Black Star Farms. Enjoy a great chat and sample these delicious wines at the laid-back tasting bar. Coastal: Opening in May 2017! Coastal is Glen Arbor's newest shopping destination for upscale men's & women's clothing, footwear and accessories. Enjoy a casual shopping experience while combing through brands including: Patagonia, Vineyard Vines, Quiksilver Watermans, Olukai, Toms, Carve Designs and more. New styles arriving every season!
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Rockford, Illinois, United States
2 reviews
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“A very nice family activity”
Reviewed February 23, 2012

the Crystal River is a great trip for both young and old. The staff explains the trip well and you kno wwhat to expect. The store seems to carry just what you need for a fund trip. Our famliy has been going to Glen Arbor for 24+ years and try to visist Crystal River Outfitters each summer. I can't wait to rent a bike and try the new bike trail.

Visited August 2011
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
“Great Time on the Beautiful Crystal River”
Reviewed February 22, 2012

Had a great time paddling down the Crystal River with friends! The kayaks were in very good condition and surprisingly easy to use (even for a beginner like me); and the river was clean and peaceful. It was the perfect up north outside activity! We also snagged a deal on some OluKai sandals in the shop per the salesperson's recommendation - new favorite flip flops!

Visited August 2011
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
“The BEST way to enjoy all that the Crystal River has to offer!”
Reviewed February 19, 2012

Crystal River Outfitters is the first place to stop on trip s to Glen Arbor. The owners, Matt & Katy are extremely friendly and very knowledgeable about the area. Kayaking the Crystal is a great afternoon activity for friends and families of all ages. Their store has great merchandise too! I look forward to coming back soon for a wine tasting as well!

Visited August 2011
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Cedar, Michigan
1 review
“THE BEST time on Crystal River!!!”
Reviewed February 16, 2012

Matt, Katie & their staff are great! Everyone was helpful & there was no waiting. PLUS the store is a must go-to.

Visited July 2011
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Fort Collins, Colorado
1 review
“Put the A in your Glen Arbor "Adventure"”
Reviewed February 16, 2012

Crystal River Outfitters provides friendly and accomodating service as well as quality merchandise for your outdoor adventures in the beautiful Glen Arbor area. Priced just right for kayak and bike rentals making it a way to add that element of outdoor fun to your day.
Perfect for any size group and all ages!

Visited July 2011
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