More than 46,000 lakes. More shoreline than any state in the nation except for Alaska. Hundreds of farm markets. A multi-billion dollar wine industry nestled into some of America’s most scenic country.
It’s summer. You live in Michigan. And you’re bored? Let’s do something about that right now.
Here are five summer-making outings you can tackle right here in your home state and you can likely do them on a single tank of gas.
1. The Old Mission Peninsula
Jutting from the mainland mitten 19 miles into the impossibly clear waters of Grand Traverse Bay near Traverse City, Old Mission is the heart of Michigan’s wine country.
It’s also located in the state’s cherry production hotbed and a robust apple industry as well. The peninsula’s views are worth the visit on their own. Toss in farm markets, vineyards, crazy good beaches and fishing and you have a day trip worth spending a week on.
2. Brewery Loops
No specific destinations will be given here...that planning is part of the fun. Michigan is home to the nation’s fifth largest population of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs. So here’s what you do. Find a list of Michigan breweries (you can start at https://mfbfoc.com/MichiganBreweries), map out the route you prefer and sprinkle in brewery visits along the way. Of course, there will be beer, but many of the locations also have eateries so plan your arrivals around meal times. And, if you intend to partake in the hoppy goodness, make sure you have a non-drinking driver along or intend to stay overnight.
3. Metro Marketing
Flowers. Plants. Trees. Fruit. Vegetables. All tucked into the heart of one of America’s largest urban centers. If you think Detroit is all concrete and cars, schedule a visit to the Eastern Market. Your mind will be changed. Visit the Eastern Market website for hours, market dates and events.
4. State Parking
Another choose-your-own adventure option here. Michigan is home to more than 100 state parks and an additional 16 state harbors. That’s some 306,000 acres filled with campsites, trails, beaches, lakes, and just about every other outdoor feature you can imagine.
If you have the Recreation Passport (and, for just $11 when you renew your license plate, you should), you have all you need for entry.
5. Coaster Cruising
Michigan has no shortage of natural wonders. But sometimes you just want to scream a little. Michigan’s Adventure theme park is the place to do it. Boasting sky-reaching roller coasters, kid-friendly rides and a water park, Michigan’s Adventure is a summer tradition for many families. And with your Michigan Farm Bureau membership, you can get tickets at a discounted rate.