Experience Downtown Lake Orion 

There are many things to do in Lake Orion. Shop with our local merchants, dine at our many establishments, jump in the lake or hit our trails!

Lake Orion: Where Living Is A Vacation

What started as a playground destination back in the 1800’s continues to be a place where you come to enjoy life! It’s where the lakes start and your worries end. Where relaxation finds its way into everyday life.

This is Lake Orion, and we are the Heart & Hub of the Orion Community. Filled with friendly, fun and welcoming people, we’re dedicated to art, music and preserving our historic heritage. You can see visions of this rich heritage being realized today, with a fresh face in our historic downtown, dragons around every corner and new businesses saying YES to economic development.

You can tell Lake Orion is a special place because the people born and brought up here actually STAY here. Unlike other communities where people grow up and move away, our residents remain close to home because they appreciate its natural beauty, abundant resources and welcoming sense of community. Many of these people enjoy sharing their skills, connections, and expertise by joining one of our committees. 

We invite you to take a stroll through our downtown. Dine with us, listen to music and discover our unique traditions. Whether you’re new or if you already live, work and play here, you’ll love spending time in Lake Orion, where living is a vacation!


“I grew up in Lake Orion but then moved out of state for many years.  There was never a question that my husband and I would want our kids to grow up here and when we decided to move our family back three and a half years ago, I was a little worried we wouldn’t have much to do. Now that we’re back, I’m really pleased with all the changes that have taken place over the past few years. Lake Orion’s no longer a sleepy little village. Now the Downtown has tons of new shops and restaurants and there always seems to be some kind of an event to look forward to. My family and I are very grateful to the Village and the DDA for creating such a vibrant community.” 

– Molly Stevenson


 “The quality of the products in every store and restaurant, score high in my experience. All of the business owners are professional and make you feel like family. They are of high integrity and go out of their way to offer assistance. Many are all into partnering to help the whole work together as a team. They are involved in charitable efforts to give back to not only Orion residence, but beyond. It’s a great time to walk into any establishment. A big plus is the people here are off the charts with a sense of humor. Something the world needs more of. YES!”  

– Dolly Gott

“I love it here. It has the small town feel, but there’s always something going on – great places to eat, music, lots of parks and trails. I tell everyone I finally live in the town I’ve always wanted to, and I didn’t have to move. It just grew up around me!” 

– Carol Anne Roughton 

“My family moved to Oxford over 20 years ago, my husband’s family has lived in Orion Township for almost 30 years now and after we got married we bought the perfect house for us in the Village of Lake Orion 5 years ago. I love living here and I love all the work the DDA has done for the village in the 6 years I’ve been here!
We have 3 small children and the parks, the shops, the events and the walkability make living here too hard to leave.”

– Jessica Watterworth









Downtown Events for Everyone to Enjoy

Lake Orion is host to many events throughout the year. From our annual Flower Fair, Dragon On the Lake, Lake Orion Jubilee, Sing & Stroll, Lighted Christmas Parade and so much more, there’s an event for everyone to enjoy! Click here to get a quick view list of ourdowntown events.

LO Eats

Dining Options to Satisfy Everyone’s Taste Buds

Whether you’re a pizza lover, craving delicious Mexican food, looking for small plates with the perfect Merlot, or craving a sweet treat like chocolate or ice cream – Downtown Lake Orion has plenty of options! Boasting thirteen bars and restaurants in the walkable downtown area, and an additional 20 dining options all M24, we have you covered for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert! Take a look at our Business Directory for the full listing of establishments. 

Downtown Blocks

Walkable Bars and Restaurants

Additional Dining Options within one mile

Offering Carry-out Options

LO Shops

Shop ‘Til You Drop 

Whether you’re looking for some new clothes, costumes, the perfect art piece or unique gift options, you’ll find it all in Downtown Lake Orion. Our hardworking and dedicated merchants provide a unique experience and top notch customer service.

Professional Services

Shop ‘Til You Drop 

Whether you’re looking for financial services, chiropractic or medical care,  insurance guidance, or materials to improve your home – you’ll find it all in Downtown Lake Orion. Our hardworking professionals are here to offer your the help and guidance you need to make life easier.

Community Attractions

There are many places of interest in Lake Orion. Visit our moving Veteran’s Memorial, explore the Orion Art Center, or check out the books in our public library. We also have a great Parks and Recreation program which includes the Senior Center at the Orion Center, or you can join the Lake Orion Horseshoe Club!

Get Outside!

There are plenty of activities to do in downtown Lake Orion! From boating on Lake Orion, biking or walking the Paint Creek or Poly Ann Trail, to enjoying one of our many parks – Children’s Green’s and Atwater Park. There’s a place for visitors and residents of all ages to enjoy the fresh air. For more information on our parks, trails and the lake, click the link below.