7 Amazing Summer Day Trips in Michigan!
Looking for something to do over the weekend? Whether you’re outdoorsy or indoorsy, these summer day trips in Michigan represent the best of the Great Lakes state!
About an hour and a half outside of Detroit, Frankenmuth is the perfect family-friendly stop for a fun day or long weekend. Zehnder’s is a large complex that includes a water park, hotel, golf course, shops, and a restaurant well-known for their delicious chicken dinners. If Christmas in July sounds appealing, head over to Bronner’s, the largest Christmas store in the world. And, if you’d rather spend your day shopping for bargains, the Birch Run outlet mall is nearby to satisfy your outlet-shopping needs.
Ann Arbor is often listed as one of the best places to live in the United States. There are many reasons why! Downtown Ann Arbor has many shops and restaurants that are worth a visit, and the fun doesn’t stop there. Even if you’re not a Wolverine, the University of Michigan’s campus is beautiful to wander around, and the University’s Art Museum, Natural History Museum, and Museum of Archaeology are a nice place to cool down on a hot summer day.
If you’re a Spartan fan hesitant to venture into enemy territory, Lansing has its own unique activities for the family! The Potter Park Zoo is a great place to observe wildlife—it’s smaller and more intimate than the Detroit Zoo with a nice array of animals. If you’re more of a history buff, there’s the Michigan Historical Museum and the Michigan State Capitol. The State Capitol Building offers guided and self-guided tours of the historic building opened in 1879.
Looking for a city adventure that isn’t too overwhelming? Grand Rapids has many amazing activities to offer! You can easily spend a day or long-weekend enjoying the city’s museums, including the Public Museum and Gerald Ford Presidential Museum, or wandering around the Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Delicious restaurants to satisfy your food cravings abound and weekend events regularly make summer in Grand Rapids magical.
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With beautiful views of the Detroit and Windsor skylines, Belle Isle is a favorite hangout for many to escape city life. There is a wonderful blend of things to do on the island, including an aquarium, zoo, Great Lakes Museum, conservatory, giant water slide, and swimming in the Detroit River. The beautiful fountain is a great spot to snap some pictures, too.
Kensington Metropark in Milford is a tranquil place to spend a day in nature, and if you enjoy water sports, it’s a great place to get out on the lake. This scenic park offers boat rentals all summer, or you can visit the nearby Village Canoe Rental. Village Canoe offers several Kensington Lake trips on the Huron River, as well as a fun excursion to Proud Lake. These canoe trips are open to any age or skill level.
Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is a 6,000 acre stretch of the Detroit River and Lake Erie shorelines made up of islands, wetlands, and marshes. The area is a haven for many local species of wildlife, including birds, mammals, and amphibians. Unfortunately, only a few areas of the park allow public access–a few additional areas are open to private tours. However, there are some fun ways to discover the park by boat. Summer Discovery Cruises are offered from Lake Saint Claire and Lake Erie Metropark at various times throughout the day. These tours venture around the islands and lakes, exploring notable locations in the area. Each cruise includes a tour guide who fills in the group on the area’s wildlife, history, and geography. Whether you’re an animal lover or a history buff, their online schedule shows all the different options.
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