Michigan November 08, 2016
10 Legitimately Fun Things You Can Do In Michigan Without Spending A Dime
Michigan is so full of adventures to be had and beautiful places to explore that it’s easy to get lost in the rush. Unfortunately, money doesn’t grow on trees — and it’s impossible to appreciate every last attraction here in the Great Lakes State. But there are plenty of options for fun and exploration in Michigan that can be enjoyed without breaking the bank. Here are ten exciting suggestions to get you started.
1. Hit the beach.
This one is a no-brainer. Head to the nearest Great Lake and take in the beauty of the beach — in any season! We’re lucky to live among some of the nation’s most marvelous coastlines.
2. Appreciate unique art at the GRAM.
Every Tuesday, the Grand Rapids Art Museum offers free admission. You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to see an interesting array of modern and thought-provoking artwork.
3. Take a Detroit Walking Tour.
Detroit is a fascinating city, and you can experience it firsthand with a free walking tour. One particularly awesome option is the Architecture Walking Tour, offered weekly by the Detroit Experience Factory.
4. Revel in the beauty of Pictured Rocks.
Head northward for an absolutely free experience in some of Michigan’s most stunning nature. Whether you’re taking a quick hike along the cliffs or spending a few days camping near Lake Superior, a trip to Pictured Rocks is one free adventure that won’t soon be forgotten.
5. Catch an event at Interlochen.
Take a trip to Interlochen Center for the Arts near Traverse City, which features all sorts of free artistic and musical events year-round. Whether you’re attending a dance recital, admiring a photography display, or listening to a violin performance, you’ll get a whole lot of reward for no money at all.
6. Hop in the car for a lighthouse tour.
Michigan is home to some of the country’s most gorgeous lighthouses, and there’s nothing quite as fun as organizing your own mini tour of these stunning buildings. A few particularly charming lighthouses include Tawas Point, Mission Point, and Fort Gratiot.
7. Hunt for fairy doors.
Head to downtown Ann Arbor for a whimsical journey as you hunt for tiny “fairy doors” throughout the city. Leave a few trinkets for the fairies to conjure up a bit of good luck — you’ll be absolutely charmed.
8. Go wild at Seney National Wildlife Refuge.
Nature-lovers, here’s a perfect free adventure for you. Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Schoolcraft County is a massive playground for those who appreciate the outdoors. Whether you’re skiing, hiking through the fall foliage, or birdwatching, you’ll be enthralled with the beauty of this refuge.
9. Check out our State Capitol Building.
This Michigan landmark in Lansing is breathtaking. You can tour the public areas of the building for free and revel in the historical charm. Be sure to look up — you don’t want to miss that stunning rotunda.
10. Spend an afternoon at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum.
This museum in Kalamazoo is a true hidden gem, and it’s the perfect place to visit when you want to learn, laugh, and explore, all without spending a penny. Marvel at the museum’s planetarium or peruse an collection of historic artifacts from days long past.
So, there you have it: your ultimate guide to being frugal and having fun in the Great Lakes State. Where’s your favorite spot in Michigan to enjoy yourself without spending a dime?