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Whether you are taking a stroll along the beach or preparing for an epic adventure, Michigan has four dynamic seasons that allow for a ton of outdoor fun. Michigan is home to four Great Lakes, 11,000 inland lakes, more than 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, 4 national parks, 20 million acres of forests, and 103 state parks. This exciting playground also boasts over 6,500 miles of snowmobile trails.
Outdoor Adventure in Northern Michigan
Spend some time enjoying South Higgins Lake State Park, featuring over 1,000 acres of outdoor fun and almost one mile of shoreline along Higgins Lake. Plan a camping trip and reserve a shaded campsite or a mini cabin, take a picnic, or spend the day on the lake fishing. You can also rent kayaks, canoe, rowboats, pontoons, and small motorboats.
Take a drive to Alpena and explore the nearly 200 historic shipwrecks in and around the bay. Lake Huron's cold, fresh water keeps many of these shipwrecks intact and they are in water depths ranging from a few inches to 200 feet, making the sanctuary a popular destination for divers, snorkelers and kayakers.
Outdoor Adventure in Central Michigan
If you are looking for cool winter sports activities, Muskego State Park is one of the top winter sports centers in Michigan. The state-of-the-art complex features one of three luge tracks in the US and a lighted trail system for snowmobiling. You will also fine three ice skating rinks that cater to family skating, a kiddie rink, and hockey.
One of the world’s most noteworthy botanic and sculpture landmarks, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park ranks in the top 100 most-visited art museums worldwide. The Park features 158 acres of Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory and the largest children’s garden in the country.
Outdoor Adventure in Southern Michigan
Experience the magic and wonder of the Silver Beach Carousel, just steps from Lake Michigan’s Silver Beach. Named one of the top 10 family beaches by Parents magazine, Silver Beach is open all year round so you can hop enjoy a different chariot ride or carousel figure every time you go.
Just a short drive up the coast, the DeGraaf Nature Center is an 18-acre preserve that features trails and an exhibition building with historical and education programs. Visitors can enjoy wild bird walks, dune and woodland hikes and wildflower forays.
When traveling to Detroit, carve out some time for a visit to Belle Isle Park. This 987-acre island park features a nature zoo, conservatory, golf practice facility, maritime museum, aquarium, and picnic areas. The area is rich with history and includes lots of natural beauty, like 150 acres of wooded area, three lakes, and spectacular views of the Detroit skyline.
Outdoor Adventure in the Upper Peninsula
Head to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to experience rugged beauty and extreme adventure – from sea kayaking and mountain biking in the summertime, to dog sledding, fat tire biking, and snowmobiling in winter. Explore more than 150 waterfalls in the region, such as Manabezho Falls, Agate Falls and Bond Falls and discover the Lake of the Clouds in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.
The rugged beauty of Lake Superior provides the ideal for hikers, bikers, skiers, kayakers, and snowmobilers. Whether you are looking for a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle or a thrilling adrenaline rush, the Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is the ultimate outdoor playground.