This Hidden Destination In Michigan Is A Secret Only Locals Know About

You’ve likely visited a variety of zoos and parks throughout the state of Michigan. But there’s one destination on the west coast of the Great Lakes State that you might not have heard of before – and you’ve been missing out! Get ready to experience nature and animal life in an exciting new way at Amber Elk Ranch, a hidden gem in Michigan.

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To learn more about Amber Elk Ranch in Michigan, including hours, events, and tours, visit their website here.

For another unique animal experience in the Great Lake State, be sure to check out the Tahquamenon Falls Train and Riverboat Tours, where you’ll get up-close with some of Michigan’s most winsome wildlife!

Address: Amber Elk Ranch, 2688 W Conrad Rd, Ludington, MI 49431, USA
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Elk Ranch in Michigan

June 24, 2021

What are some other animal encounters I can have in Michigan?

If you’re looking for unique, you can’t beat the Tahquamenon Falls Train and Riverboat Tours. This trolley/boat tour takes guests through the stunning scenery of Northern Michigan. Along the way, you’ll spot all sorts of amazing wildlife — from bears to wolves to moose! Don’t forget to look up, too: hawks and other fascinating birds can also regularly be seen in the vicinity! Your trolley ride runs along five and a half miles of a narrow gauge railway, letting you get up close and personal with the magnificent sights. Talk about a unique animal encounter!

Are there many zoos in Michigan?

Michigan is home to some world-renowned zoos, including the Detroit Zoo and Kalamazoo’s Binder Park. But for a less-crowded animal adventure, we love Potter Park Zoo in Lansing. With more than 160 species and 500 individual animals to see, Potter Park Zoo is a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise. This amazing locale is also Michigan’s oldest public zoo, too! Another favorite is The Saginaw Children’s Zoo, with over 150 animals *plus* fun attractions like a carousel and other rides! Be sure to check the website for hours before you go — this attraction is only open to the public seasonally between May and September, with limited additional hours during other months

What are the best family-friendly day trips in Michigan?

The Great Lake State is a wonderful place to raise a family, with so many amazing amenities and attractions all within reach. These nine outings are some of our favorite day trips for families, and include crowd-pleasers such as Gold Rush Waterpark, Doc Sweets’ Candy Company, Allskate Fun Center, and Whiting Forest Canopy Walk!


Address: Amber Elk Ranch, 2688 W Conrad Rd, Ludington, MI 49431, USA