Michigan November 13, 2017
9 One-Of-A-Kind Attractions Even Lifelong Michiganders Haven’t Heard Of
Michigan is overflowing with famous attractions that make us proud of our state. From Sleeping Bear Dunes to the Detroit Institute of Arts, there’s truly something here for everyone. But while most Michiganders are familiar with the Great Lakes State’s top attractions, there are still surprises just waiting to be discovered. Here are nine spots in Michigan that even lifelong residents might not have heard of.
1. Lakenenland Sculpture Park (2800 M-28, Marquette)
Venture to Marquette and visit this drive-through sculpture park, which is created entirely from recycled junkyard items. From animals to political statements, there’s so much to see during a journey to this 37-acre park, which houses over 80 awesome pieces. Talk about a unique attraction!
2. Hoegh Pet Casket Company (311 Delta Ave, Gladstone)
This utterly unique spot in the town of Gladstone is just what it sounds like: a company dedicated to creating caskets for departed animals. While we hope you don’t need to purchase a casket, this spot is still worth touring when you’re looking for a wonderfully weird experience in the Great Lakes State.
3. The Wave Field (Ann Arbor)
University of Michigan students might be familiar with this spot, which sits on the college’s north campus. Billed as an "earthen sculpture" the Wave Field is a true work of art that you can explore up-close. Whether you’re picnicking with a pal or simply walking up and down the field’s many miniature hills, you’ll be swept away to another world.
4. Fish Ladder Park (560 Front Ave NW, Grand Rapids)
Whether you’re in the mood to do some fishing of your own or simply to observe nature, you’ll have a memorable experience at this Grand Rapids destination. While the Fish Ladder area can be visited year-round, it’s best to visit during late spring and summer months to watch the fish "jump" as they make their way through the Grand River.
5. Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum (31005 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills)
You’ll feel like a kid again when you step into this fabulous locale, which is simply overflowing with arcade games, quirky decor, and all sorts of entertaining relics that make for hours of fun. A journey to Marvin’s is a true sensory overload, but you’ll be glad you stopped in. Few spots in the Great Lakes State offer such a unique and exciting sense of adventure.
6. Guntzviller’s Spirit of the Woods Museum (11060 S US-31, Elk Rapids)
This Elk Rapids destination will help you appreciate nature, wildlife, and history in an entirely new way. From fascinating Native American artifacts to all sorts of animal-related educational displays, this museum is a wonderful spot for children and adults alike. From interesting taxidermy to a lovely gift shop, there’s truly something here for everyone.
7. Henderson Castle (100 Monroe St, Kalamazoo)
Venture to Kalamazoo and enjoy your royal experience at this gorgeous locale, which serves as bed and breakfast and restaurant. With a wonderfully regal atmosphere, beautiful guest rooms, and perfect grounds for hosting a wedding or other special event, you’ll truly feel like royalty when you explore Henderson Castle.
8. Dabls’ MBAD African Bead Museum (6559 Grand River Ave, Detroit)
This wonderful celebration of African heritage houses a massive collection of beautiful beads, and you’ll be swept away by the fantastic array of artwork and history that’s on display. From a sculpture garden to a gorgeous indoor gallery, this Detroit destination will excite, educate, and impress you.
9. The Ledges at Fitzgerald Park (Fitzgerald Park Drive, Grand Ledge)
Ancient rock formations, anyone? Many Michiganders outside the immediate Grand Ledge area might not have heard of Fitzgerald Park, which houses The Ledges — a series of sedimentary outcroppings that line the beautiful Grand River. Whether you’re hiking, taking photos, or simply enjoying the fresh air, you’ll be glad you stopped at this stunning park.
It’s your turn, Michiganders: are there any other true hidden gems that many residents of the Great Lakes State might not be familiar with? We’re always eager to hear from you, so share your thoughts in the comment section below!