Attractions January 28, 2021
12 Unforgettable Michigan Day Trips, One For Each Month Of The Year
A new year brings new opportunities to explore everything Michigan has to offer. From natural attractions to man-made wonders, there’s no shortage of awesome destinations to visit here in the Great Lakes State. As you look forward to 2021, here are 12 exciting day trips that offer a little something for every member of the family – one trip for each month of the coming year.
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January: Hawk Island Park
If you’re a fan of winter weather and outdoor fun, you’ll have an absolute blast at Hawk Island Park. This sprawling spot features a 600-foot hill that’s perfect for snow tubing, so be sure to come ready for exhilaration. With several designated lanes and rental tubes available on-site, Hawk Island provides everything you need for a snowy January jaunt. Learn more by reading our
February: Riley Park Ice Rink
Is there anything more romantic than taking to the ice rink with your sweetheart by your side? This February, celebrate Valentine’s Day by venturing to Farmington, where you’ll find one of Michigan’s most charming rinks. Situated within Riley Park, this 60 by 80-foot space is illuminated by string lights and typically remains open through the end of February. Details can be found in our previous article
If you’re a sucker for history, charm, and friendly faces, there’s no better place to be than Leland. When you check out the area’s Historic Fishtown, you’ll find a collection of shanties and other buildings that will instantly sweep you back in time. Since the 1850s, this spot has served as a hub for commercial fishing and has drawn in countless tourists in recent decades. Read all about Leland in our
April: Cranbrook House and Gardens
While Cranbrook is decidedly more popular in the summertime, we recommend stopping by during early spring to enjoy a quieter vibe and a genuine sense of serenity. In addition to 40 acres of outdoor space, Cranbrook also features a magnificent mansion and pathways throughout. To learn more about one of the most magnificent elements of Cranbrook House and Gardens, click
to check out our previous article.
May: Windmill Island Gardens
May signals the arrival of tulips in Holland, a West Michigan gem that prides itself on Dutch heritage and its annual Tulip Time Festival. One of the city’s most stunning attractions is Windmill Island, which is home to historically inspired shops, endless rows of tulips, and a restored 250-year-old windmill called De Zwaan that came to Michigan from the Netherlands in 1964. Find out more in our
June: Wawatam Lighthouse
If you’re planning a day trip to Mackinac Island, June is a fantastic time to schedule it - but we recommend stopping to explore Wawatam Lighthouse before hopping on a ferry. Situated over the bridge in St. Ignace, this beacon on the Straits of Mackinac began its journey at a welcome center in Monroe before making its way to Wawatam Park on a truck. Read the whole story in our feature article
July: Whiting Forest Canopy Walk
Looking to cool off during those hot July afternoons? You’ll love the Canopy Walk at Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens, which extends among the trees for 1,400 feet. Situated 40 feet above the ground, the Canopy Walk gives way to lovely views of the surrounding area and is sure to enchant the entire family. Want to know more? Read our previous piece about the Canopy Walk by clicking
August: Cherry Bowl Drive-In
Round out the warm season with a classic summertime activity: a trip to the drive-in! If you’re searching for a unique outing that will add a dash of nostalgia to your August, head to the town of Honor for a show or two at the Cherry Bowl, which first opened its doors back in 1953. For more information about this timeless spot in the Great Lakes State, check out our feature article
September: Ghost Town at Besser Natural Area
September is a great time to start gearing up for the so-called spooky season, so kick things off with a visit to one of Michigan’s most fascinating ghost towns. Situated within Besser Natural Area, the ghost town of Bell boomed in the 1880s before being abandoned just 30 years later. Today, explorers can check out fragments of the once-bustling town, including a small cemetery and the remnants of a general store. If you’re interested in learning more, be sure to read
about this incredible ghost town.
October: Agate Falls
When autumn colors bloom, there’s nothing better than exploring the great outdoors. Agate Falls is a perfect day trip destination for those who love admiring the many vibrant hues of the fall season while appreciating another one of Michigan’s marvels: the 40-foot waterfall itself. With convenient access and plenty of fresh air, a trip to this spot will make your autumn complete. Read our
It’s never too early to kick off your holiday shopping, so venture to the Bavarian-inspired town of Frankenmuth for a November outing. This charming community will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a European village with its unique architecture, festive atmosphere, and a plethora of cozy shops. Before leaving town, snag a few gifts at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. For more information about Frankenmuth’s many attractions, click
and check out our past piece.
December: Canyon Falls and Gorge
December might not strike you as the ideal time for a natural adventure, but we’re inclined to disagree. After all, there’s something utterly magical about venturing to “the Grand Canyon of Michigan” when snow falls and ice appears on the water. When you visit Canyon Falls and Gorge in December, you’ll appreciate smaller crowds, a true winter wonderland, and some of the most unforgettable scenery in the state. Just don’t forget to wear your snow boots! Further info can be found in our
about the Gorge.
Have you explored any of these top-notch destinations? Are there any other day trips here in Michigan that should have been included on our list? Let us know what we should write about next year by leaving a Facebook comment or filling out our official recommendation form
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