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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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#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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2016: #24 Experience Japanese Culture at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

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#24 Experience Japanese Culture at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Region: West Michigan

Location: 1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Five miles east of Grand Rapids lie the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, a rare jewel in the crown of West Michigan’s already diverse regional offering of activities, entertainment, and the great outdoors. This particular venue combines these three categories. Named for the late founder of the eponymous supermarket chain, the gardens host 158 acres of green houses, flower displays, and a truly amazing outdoor sculpture park.

The newest addition to the garden, which opened on June 13th, 2015, is The Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden. This 8-acre garden features two large ponds surrounded by many winding paths and bridges that allow visitors to be taken away into a peaceful Japanese setting. Japanese designer Hoichi Kurisu is well known in both Japan and the United States as an experienced designer of gardens, including the likes of Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens and the Dubuque Arboretum.

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