Category Archives: Southwest 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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#4 Stay cool and have fun at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo

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#4 Stay cool and have fun at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo

Region: Southwest

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.

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#2 Stroll the Sunday Fulton Street Art Market in Grand Rapids

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#2 Stroll the Sunday Fulton Street Art Market in Grand Rapids

Region: Southwest

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!

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#48 Try out the Fish Ladder in Grand Rapids

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#48 Try out the Fish Ladder in Grand Rapids

Region: Southwest

Location: 560 Front Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

A great place to fish or just to watch the water, the Fish Ladder provides a way for fish to head upstream and gives great views of the aquatic animals.

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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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#16 Devour a pizza and enjoy the views at Silver Beach Pizza in St. Joe

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#16 Devour a pizza and enjoy the views at Silver Beach Pizza in St. Joe

Region: Southwest

Location: St. Joseph

The locals say it’s the best pizza around and the views are some of the best in town. Enjoy Lake Michigan and the unique pizza before heading down to the beach and sticking your toes in.

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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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