Category Archives: East Michigan

#32 Find your nearest gem of a State Park

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#32 Find your nearest gem of a State Park

Location: All over Michigan

You don’t have to go to a National Park to enjoy nature’s beauty. There are over 100 State Parks all over the state filled with beautiful trails, playgrounds, lakes, beaches, and activities. Search for the nearest State Park near you — it might surprise you how close it is!

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#1 Indulge in Superman Ice Cream

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#1 Indulge in Superman Ice Cream

Location: All over Michigan

Superman Ice Cream is almost an exclusively Michigan flavor and for kids (and some fun-loving adults!) all over the state, it’s the taste of summer. Find a local shop that serves this unique flavor and dig into the red, yellow and blue ice cream.

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#5 Watch a movie at a drive-in movie theatre

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#5 Watch a movie at a drive-in movie theatre

Region: All over Michigan

Relive memories of a late summer night or make some new ones by visiting a local drive-in movie theater. Throw a blanket and some popcorn in the car and catch one of this summer’s blockbusters at a drive-in near you.

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#13 Say “hi!” to the animals at John Ball, Binder Park, Detroit, or Garlyn Zoo

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#13 Say “hi!” to the animals at John Ball, Binder Park, Detroit, or Garlyn Zoo

Region: Southwest, Southeast, Upper Peninsula

Location: Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Royal Oak, Naubinway

Michigan is home to several outstanding zoos across all corners of the state. Say hi to the giraffes at Binder Park, chill out with the polar bears in Royal Oak, pet sting rays at John Ball or get up close to some Michigan natives in Naubinway.

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#15 Immerse yourself in the darkness in Michigan’s Dark Sky Parks

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#15 Immerse yourself in the darkness in Michigan’s Dark Sky Parks

Location: All over Michigan

Michigan is the best place to stargaze in the Eastern United States. Much of this is due to the vast openness of the Great Lakes and sparse populations in the north, and there are several Dark Sky Parks, set aside especially for stargazing. Take a trip to Headlands Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw, Rockport State Recreation Area located in Presque Isle, Negwegon State Park in Alpena and Alcona counties, or Thompson’s Harbor State Park in Presque Isle County.

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#17 Stop by Iargo Springs and the Lumberman’s Monument

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#17 Stop by Iargo Springs and the Lumberman’s Monument

Region: Northern, East

Location: Oscoda

Filled with the history of the lumber era in Michigan, Iargo Springs and the Lumberman’s Monument are quite the destinations within the Huron National Forest. Walk down to the water’s edge or learn about an important time in Michigan’s history, this area has something for everyone.

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#25 Sample a local beer at your favorite Michigan brewery

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#25 Get a local beer at your favorite Michigan brewery

Location: All over Michigan

Michigan is fifth in the nation in the number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs and is home to Beer City USA — Grand Rapids. Head to a Michigan classic like Bell’s Brewery or Founders Brewing Co., or try out a newer contender near you.

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#37 Play Euchre around a fire pit

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#37 Play Euchre around a fire pit

Location: All over Michigan

The game we all love and know, Euchre is a summer classic and perfect for bringing friends and family together after a day or exploring or relaxing. Don’t know how to play? A Michgander will surely teach you around a bonfire this summer.

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#43 Stand up paddle along your favorite river or lake

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#43 Stand up paddle along your favorite river or lake

Location: All over Michigan

Stand up paddle boarding is one of the fastest growing water sports around the world and Michigan is the perfect place to practice. Buy, borrow or rent a board for the day and cruise down your favorite inland river or lake — or one of the Greats if you’re feeling confident!

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#20 Explore a public library and read a book by a Michigan author

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#20 Explore a public library and read a book by a Michigan author

Region: All over Michigan

Public libraries are just as an amazing of a resource as they used to be and the perfect place to enjoy a quiet morning or afternoon this summer. Check out some of the historic libraries like Hackley Public Library in Muskegon, or your basic local library for some quiet time surrounded by books. While your’e at it, check out Michigan writers like Gloria Whelan, Jim Harrison, or Bonnie Jo Campbell. Settle down with a good book from an amazing Mitten State author!

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