Published on July 17, 2020
The sun is shining, the days are long, and you live in one of the best summer destinations in the country. If you’re looking for something to do this summer, rediscover Pure Michigan.
Many of us grew up here or have lived in the state for decades and discovered much of what Michigan has to offer, but there are still many who have never explored popular spots across the state. If in the past you were the person who said, “Someday I’d like to visit…” make this the summer that you actually do it!
Since access to public spaces varies depending on what region of the state you plan to visit, be sure to call ahead or click on the links to make sure your destination is open.
Here’s a few options to consider this summer.
Metro Detroit Marvels
Thinking about an educational outing for you and the kids? Start in downtown Detroit, it’s a hub of culture and home to the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, which were both scheduled to reopen July 10. A valid Michigan driver's license or state/local ID gets you free admission to the DIA; there is a $7 fee for the Charles Wright Museum (at time of publishing, the museum’s website lists that’s open Thursday thru Sunday).
In one busy, yet educational, day, you can enjoy one of the greatest collections of paintings, artifacts, and sculptures at the DIA, and wonder through 120,000 feet of one of the largest African American historical museums in the world.
If you really like museums, head to Dearborn and visit the Henry Ford Museum. You can make a day of it and take a trip back in time when you stroll through Greenfield Village. Both gems are scheduled to reopen to the public July 9. Depending on what you’re planning, the entry fee starts at $25, with additional charges inside the Village for events and rides.
Remember the old standbys, such as a trip to the Detroit Zoo or Belle Isle Park. Both offer fun for the entire family.
About an hour’s drive from metro Detroit, you can experience the beaches along Lake Huron with a visit to Port Sanilac, Port Austin, Lexington, and Caseville, to name a few. You can enjoy shopping, walk along the long dock at the Lexington marina or play a round of golf. Further north, you’ll find Tawas. All great places to lay out your towel, take a dip in the cool lake water, and watch the freighters drift by.
If you live closer to the middle of the mitten and are looking for a day trip, make sure you stop by Frankenmuth. You’ve probably been there before, but it’s still a great outing for the day. While you’re there, stop into Bronner’s, where it’s Christmas every day of the year.
Have you ever been to Dow Gardens? Head over to Midland and take a stroll through 110 acres of floral beauty. If you are hosting family and friends who don’t live nearby, play tour guide and show them the local attractions.
West Side Wonders
Don’t forget how much fun the west side of the state can be. From South Haven, where you can spend time enjoying the Michigan Maritime Museum and maybe charter a boat for a day, to Grand Haven, where you’ll find the Windmill Island Gardens and get a view of the lighthouses, you’re sure to make some one-of-a-kind memories.
Northern Michigan Nuance
A trip up north means a trip to the beach. Explore Charlevoix, Petoskey, Traverse City to Harbor Springs - you simply can’t go wrong. If the beach isn’t what you’re looking for, there is top-notch golf, sightseeing, outdoor sports, tons of wine, beer, and amazing food! Take advantage of living near the Great Lakes this summer; sometimes we forget how lucky we are to have them.
Take a Trek
If you’re feeling adventurous and don’t mind booking a hotel room, why not make a long weekend of it and head to the Upper Peninsula? The UP offers so many activities, including kayaking, golfing, fishing, and historical sites. Throw a dart at a map of the UP, and wherever it lands, you’re sure to find an adventure.
This list is just a fraction of the fun summer activities available, and most can be done in a day. Spend some quality time enjoying the opportunities around you. And with no airfare and limited hotel rooms, you’ll have plenty of vacation savings left to begin planning next year’s adventure.
The best time to get started financing next summer’s vacation is right now. Set up a special savings account within your main savings and directly deposit funds into it. Did you know that you can add up to seven Daily Savings Accounts to your existing account? With a little advanced planning, you’ll be ready to go when the time is right for you.
While you’re out enjoying your Michigan vacation, load up your digital wallet with your Community Choice Visa Debit or Credit card and enjoy touchless payments.