Category Archives: MidMichigan

#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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#14 Ride the new bike trail parallel to 127 from Alma to St. Louis

 

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#14 Ride the new bike trail parallel to 127 from Alma to St. Louis

Region: Mid-Michigan

Location: Alma to St. Louis

The first segment of the Mid-Michigan Community Pathways trail network , the trail that runs parallel to US 127 from Alma to St. Louis is a great new and safe way to enjoy the middle of the state. Enjoy views of one of Michigan’s largest wind farms and the many picturesque views along the trail.

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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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#19 Tour Michigan’s Capital Building

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#19 Tour Michigan’s Capital Building

Region: Mid-Michigan

Location: Lansing

Built in the 1870’s, the Michigan Capital Building brought pride to the Mitten State and is a sight to behold, both inside and out. Take free guided tours around the active legislature, see historic paintings and lay on the floor to gaze up at the dome and the surrounding murals.

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#23 Relax at Beal Botanical and Children’s Gardens at MSU

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#23 Relax at Beal Botanical and Children’s Gardens at MSU

Region: Mid-Michigan

Location: East Lansing

The W.J. Beal Botanical Garden is an outdoor laboratory for the study and appreciation of plants. The garden, established in 1873 by William James Beal, is the oldest continuously operated university botanical garden of its kind in the U.S. The Children’s Garden on MSU’s south campus is filled with whimsy and cute interactives, and is a perfect place to afternoon in East Lansing!

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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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