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.
#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.
#27 Get up close to the Ludington Pier Light and explore the beach
Region: West, Northern
You don’t even have to get out of your car to see the Ludington Pier Light, (but we recommend you do!). Take a stroll down the pier to get a good look at the historic lighthouse while taking in the Lake Michigan waves, or even a sunset.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes aren’t as popular as Sleeping Bear but they’re much better suited for adventure lovers. People from all over the state come to the Silver Lake dunes to ride their buggies, jeeps, scooters and trucks through the sand, right on the side of the gorgeous Lake Michigan. And don’t worry—you don’t have to have a sand-ready vehicle—you can rent one right from the park!