#30 Take a day to hit up LEGOLAND and SEA LIFE in Great Lakes Crossings
Location: Auburn Hills
Tour a miniature Detroit at the Legoland Discovery Center in Auburn Hills! The ULTIMATE Indoor LEGO® Playground! Obviously, this is a great activity to do with kids, but if you’re just itching to feel like a kid again (or for those who never grow up), they’ve got Adult Nights too! The attraction includes a 4D cinema, two rides, Detroit landmark replicas in MINILAND, a LEGO® City play area and more. You can even learn to be a SPINJITZU master inside their newest play zone, Ninjago Training Camp! And while you’re at Great Lakes Crossings, hit up the SEA LIFE aquarium to see creatures from the lakes of Michigan to the ocean depths through 10 themed zones. They feature more than 250 different species of sea creatures, a huge ocean tank, an acrylic underwater viewing tunel, educational talks, and more! While you’re there go see Carr and Benson, their rescued green sea turtles and Octopus Hideout.
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.
#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!
#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!
Location: 6865 W Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Hickory Corners is a tiny speck on the map, just northwest of Battle Creek. The Gilmore Car Museum, however, is anything but tiny! In fact, it is now the nation’s largest auto museum with over 180,000 sq ft of exhibit space and over 400 automobiles on display! If you are planning to visit the Gilmore, be sure to allot an entire day. The 90-acre campus is actually home to eight separate museums (seven car museums and a dollhouse miniatures museum), as well as historic diner! They also have a small cafe in the main building. It’s also quite a cost-efficient option for families, as there is a discount for children under 17 and free admission for those 6 and under. Whether you are a car fanatic or not, you’ll surely be able to find something that sparks your interest.
Bonus: they also offer over a dozen Model T Driving School sessions every summer season, making it a truly remarkable Michigan experience like no other!
Bonus: if you’re in the Metro-Detroit area, stop by and check out a Michigan By The Bottle location in Royal Oak, Shelby Township, and (coming soon) Auburn Hills. MBTB has eight partner wineries (2 Lads Winery, Bel Lago Winery, Chateau Aeronautique, Chateau de Leelanau, Domaine Berrien Cellars, Peninsula Cellars, Sandhill Crane Vineyards and Verterra Winery) that you can sample from. Plus, you can grab bottles to go or enjoy one of their fun events.
#43 Ketchup or Gravy? Grab a pasty and sample both!
Region: Natively found inUpper Peninsula, but now all over the state
Location: too many to count!
One of our most popular series on The Awesome Mitten was called “Pretty Awesome Pasties”. Friends Beth and Julie selfless visited a number of pasty establishments, grading each one on a special KPI scale (pictures below). Check out their adventures below, and choose your destination! Or, feeling inclined to make your own? Julie and Beth have just the recipe!