My favorite thing about summertime in Michigan hands down is being outside. Whether it is going camping with family, hiking in the woods, kayaking on a lake or river, swimming, sitting around a fire, the list goes on and on.
From a cost approach, being outdoors is one of the cheapest things you can do. Make sure to USE your State and Metro Parks! For a nominal fee when you register your vehicle you can buy the rec pass and it gets you into all the State Parks in Michigan. We tend to spend most of our time at Island Lake State Park, which is close to our house. There are a few lakes, hiking trails, and even a canoe and kayak rental. If you like bike riding they cater to that too. Look up the activities that the park has going this summer. I am certain you will find something that will cater to you and your family. Or even better yet, step out of your comfort zone and try something new!
We are all fortunate to live in the best state in the country. The Great Lakes are AMAZING! You don’t have to worry about salt, sharks, alligators, or jelly fish! We have beautiful beaches. The towns that line the water are typically full of cute shops and delicious dining experiences. Some of the beaches are lined with parks for the kids. We also have beautiful State and National Parks. If you haven’t been to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park you are missing out on one of Michigan’s greatest treasures.
Michigan also hosts some great events each summer. One of my favorites every June is the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest in Howell! If you have kids this event is a must! Or if you are like me and LOVE hot air balloons it would be right up your alley. They launch the hot air balloons and you can see them take off. NOTHING beats seeing 30 plus air balloons launching at the same time! We also spent one weekend in July at another summer event that I think is pretty cool, and that’s Art in the Park in Plymouth. There are quite a few unique vendors that come to this event. Lastly, I haven’t been, but the Traverse City Cherry Festival sounds like it would be a lot of fun and I am already building our bucket list for next year!
Sunsets! If it has been a while since you watched a sunset, DO IT! Go somewhere quiet and peaceful and just watch as the sun with all its vibrant yellow, reds, oranges, and sometimes hints of pink and purple melts into the Earth. Take the time to appreciate the beauty of summer while it’s here. Lastly, I love stargazing. At the beginning of August there is a meteor shower. I highly recommend you find a dark place and take a blanket or a lawn chair and watch as shooting stars light up the sky. If you have children, it is a must do family activity. The kids get so excited every time they see one!
Summer is definitely one season that goes by too fast! Do you have any favorite summertime activities? Let us know in the comment section below.
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