Michigan July 12, 2017
9 Perfect Ways To Spend A Lazy Summer Day In Michigan
Summer is the perfect time for adventuring, but let’s be honest: we can’t be active and energetic all the time. While there’s plenty to be said for an afternoon of hiking or biking, sometimes a bit of rest and relaxation is just what the doctor ordered. Here are nine awesome ways to spend a lazy summer day here in the Great Lakes State.
1. Embrace your inner beach bum.
This one is a no-brainer. When you want to sit back and bask in that Michigan sunshine, nothing beats a day at the beach — and we have plenty to choose from! Whether you’re lounging in the sand along Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, or Lake Superior, there’s surely a spot that will strike your fancy.
2. Check out a movie at the State Theatre.
Our state is home to plenty of beautiful movie theatres, but the State Theatre in Traverse City is a true gem. This old-fashioned theatre plays modern releases, classic favorites, and more — be sure to check it out when you’re ready to sit back and let the big screen take you on a journey!
3. Embark on a boat tour.
Whether you’re interested in lighthouses, shipwrecks, or natural formations, there’s a boat tour to impress you here in the Great Lakes State. When you hop aboard a tour boat, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the ride — with plenty of gorgeous views to catch along the way! To read about some of our favorite boat tours throughout the state, click
4. See the sights… from your car.
Hey, no one said sightseeing had to be physically demanding! With so many gorgeous views to explore, Michigan is home to its fair share of scenic drives. We recommend Pierce Stocking Drive, which offers stunning vistas along Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. For another amazing adventure, take a drive along the Lake Huron Sunrise Coast — you won’t be disappointed.
5. Indulge in an ice cream cone or three.
I scream, you scream… you know the rest! Summertime is ice cream season, and our state houses plenty of sweet shops that will satisfy your every craving. Whether you’re ordering a cone from Moomers, Sherman Dairy Bar, or Captain Sundae, nothing says "summer day" like a a few scoops with loved ones. If you need suggestions, check out our tasty
ice cream trail
6. Float down a lazy river.
Want to enjoy the water without exerting yourself too much? Tubing down a river might just be the perfect activity for you. Head to one of Michigan’s countless tubing locales and sit back for a day of peaceful floating with family and friends. You can even bring along a few drinks to really help you unwind! For a list of tubing spots throughout the state, click
7. Sip on a Michigan-made beer.
Whether you enjoy a pint from New Holland, Bell’s, or Blackrocks Brewing, we guarantee that a beer brewed right here in our home state will hit the spot. When the weather gets uncomfortably hot here in the Great Lakes State, nothing is more refreshing than sipping on a cold beer — just be sure to drink responsibly!
8. Watch a Lake Michigan sunset.
We can’t imagine anything more calming than settling in to enjoy the natural beauty of the sun as it sinks over Lake Michigan. Golden hues illuminate the beachfront skies as mesmerized visitors stare in awe at the dimming horizon. What’s not to love?
9. Take an easy walk through your own hometown.
When you’re feeling lazy, walking might not be at the top of your to-do list, but a leisurely stroll through your own backyard often has magical results. Whether you live in Ann Arbor, South Haven, Marquette, Lansing, or somewhere in between, there’s no shortage of delightful storefronts and downtown gems to discover. Take the time to be a tourist in your hometown.
Now it’s your turn, Michigan: how do you spend your lazy summer days here in the Great Lakes State? We would love to hear your suggestions and thoughts in the comment section below!