Michigan June 19, 2017
12 Out Of This World Summer Day Trips To Take In Michigan
Summertime is here in the Great Lakes State, and that means it’s time to get out and enjoy all the incredible attractions Michigan has to offer — both natural and manmade. It’s not always possible to take a long-term vacation, but don’t let that stop you from planning an amazing getaway. Here are 12 incredible day trips you can take here in Michigan.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Outdoor Discovery Center (4214 56th St, Holland)
Venture to Holland for a day of learning and natural discovery at this awesome nature preserve and educational center. Get up-close and personal with all sorts of creatures, learn about ecosystems, or simply take a walk through the surrounding trail system with your kiddos. We promise you’ll leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated! Find out more about the Outdoor Discovery Center
2. Lake St. Clair Metropark (31300 Metro Pkwy, Harrison Charter Township,)
Beat the heat with a day trip to this one-of-a-kind waterpark and pool situated within the gorgeous Lake St. Clair Metropark. Whether you’re splashing in the waves, walking along the nearby lake itself, or picnicking among the greenery, we can’t imagine a more delightful destination. Click
to read our previous article about this gem.
3. Lakenenland (2800 M-28, Marquette)
If you find yourself near Marquette, this fascinating sculpture park is an absolute must-see. You’ll walk a trail featuring more than 80 one-of-a-kind works of art created out of scrap metal, and the experience is nothing short of whimsical. From the political to the personal, there’s something here to delight every member of the family. Want to learn more? Take a look at our previous piece
4. Greenfield Village (20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn)
History buffs and curious explorers alike will have a blast at Greenfield Village, a key element of the wonderful Henry Ford museum complex. Ride in a real Model T, marvel at a working blacksmith shop, or mingle with historic re-enactors. You’ll wonder if you’ve stepped into a time machine and landed smack dab in the middle of Michigan’s past. To learn more, read our previous feature
5. Crystal Mountain (12500 Crystal Mountain Dr, Thompsonville)
There's no shortage of excitement to be had at this four-season resort in Thompsonville, which offers gorgeous scenery and a wide array of activities. Don’t worry: you don’t have to book a stay at the resort itself to enjoy all that Crystal Mountain has to offer. Take a scenic
or zoom down the mountainside on an
. You’re sure to have a blast!
6. Michigan’s Adventure (1198 W Riley-Thompson Rd, Muskegon)
Roller coasters, water slides, and delicious junk food — what’s not to love? When you spend the day at Michigan’s Adventure, you’ll feel like a kid again, no matter what your age. This amazing waterpark in Muskegon has been entertaining Michiganders for decades, and it’s the perfect place to spend a summer day.
This Upper Peninsula town truly offers a magical experience for visitors. Explore Kitch-iti-Kipi, a breathtaking natural spring that boasts turquoise waters and stunning views of the forest. Walk along Lake Michigan, do a little shopping, and round out your day trip with a meal at Marley’s Bar & Grill. Does it get much better than this? Learn more by checking out our previous article
8. Windmill Island Gardens (1 Lincoln Ave, Holland)
Want to take a trip to Europe without breaking the bank (or using up all your vacation days)? You’re in luck! Head to Holland and make-believe that you’ve ventured to the Netherlands when you stroll through Windmill Island. This fascinating park boasts a real 250-year-old windmill, plenty of wooden shoes, and tulip gardens galore. Find out more by reading our
on Windmill Island.
9. Round Barn Winery (10983 Hills Rd, Baroda)
Who doesn’t love a delicious glass of wine on a warm summer afternoon? If you want to spend your day unwinding with loved ones, look no further than Round Barn Winery. This beautiful locale offers wine tastings, plenty of gorgeous scenery, and friendly service to match. You’ll certainly come home with a bottle or two. For more details, click
to read our article about Round Barn Winery.
10. Detroit Riverfront
Don’t let the negative headlines about Detroit fool you: our state’s largest city has plenty to offer visitors young and old. One awesome attraction is the Detroit Riverfront, which is just what its name suggests: a pathway and park area stretching along the banks of the stunning Detroit River. Check out Milliken State Park or try your hand at fishing -- either way, you’ll have a memorable experience. Find out more by checking out our
This lovely town in the Upper Peninsula boasts a fascinating history and a firsthand look into the copper mining tradition that makes Michigan so unique. While Calumet now houses under 800 residents, it’s overflowing with charm. Check out the Coppertown USA Mining Museum or simply take a stroll through downtown. To learn more, read our previous piece
12. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids)
Make the trip to Grand Rapids for a fascinating trip to one of the state’s most unique attractions. Whether you’re exploring a temporary art exhibit, marveling at the botanical gardens, or perusing scores of beautiful outdoor sculptures, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to a gorgeous new world. Find out more by checking out
Have you embarked on any of these wonderful day trips in the Great Lakes State? What was your experience like? We’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section below!