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!
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.
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.
#4 Stay cool and have fun at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo
Location: 6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI
The Kalamazoo Air Zoo is a stowed away gem that you have to get to on a hot day this summer. A museum of aerospace and science, the Air Zoo shares the history of invention, innovation, war and exploration through over 100 rare aircraft, spacecraft and exhibits, and is great for families and adults alike.
#2 Stroll the Sunday Fulton Street Art Market in Grand Rapids
Location: 1145 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Started in the summer of 2005, Fulton Street Artisans Market has become a wonderful venue for all kinds of art, from acrylic paintings to fiber arts to bath and body items, and everything in between, all crafted by local, Michigan artists — stop by the art market and the street market for a perfect Sunday destination!
#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.
#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.