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Parks & Recreation in Michigan

Considered and outdoorsman’s paradise, Michigan is home to numerous park and beaches that are open to the public for recreation and play. When visiting the eastern shore, Grand Haven State Park offer 48 acres along Lake Michigan and the Grand River with many places for swimming, hiking, fishing, and picnicking. If you are looking for some rest and relaxation Lake Michigan Beach, also known as Hagar Shores, is the ideal place to kick back with family, go fishing, take a stroll along the shoreline.

One of the most popular destinations for summertime visitors is Oval Beach in Saugatuck. Here you can enjoy plenty of aquatic adventures, sandy beaches, marinas, and docks for boating fun. But if you are looking to escape it all, Isle Royale National Park is the ideal retreat. Located off Lake Superior, this 500,000-acre park is only accessible via ferry, seaplane, or private watercraft. The opportunities to explore are endless and include hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and boat tours.

Bryant Park Beach

Opening up to the West Arm Grand Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan, the Bryant Park Beach is located in the northern Michigan community of Traverse City.

Comerica Park

Opening its doors to baseball fans in 2000, Comerica Park has been a quintessential part of metropolitan Detroit since its inception. The former World Champion Detroit Tigers play all of their home games at Comerica Park every summer.

The 40,000 capacity ball park is not only home to deep home runs, but also hosts large summer concerts as well. Distinguished acts such as Eminem, Paul McCartney, Aerosmith, and many more have frequently brought their brand of entertainment to ball park.

East Bay Beach Park

Opening up to the East Arm Grand Traverse Bay, the East Bay Beach Park is located in the northern Michigan community of Traverse.

Grand Haven State Park

Spanning 48 acres, Grand Haven State Park is located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan and southern bank of Grand River in the city of Grand Haven. One of many stunning state parks in Michigan, Grand Haven State Park offers swimming, hiking, and picnicking.

Enjoy fishing, photography, and sunset views from the Grand Haven Pier and Grand Haven Lighthouse.

The sandy shoreline of Grand Haven State Park plays host to several events throughout the year. Check out the Memorial Day Bike Parade and the following Labor Day Bike Parade, and the famed Great Lakes Kite Festival. This is also a great spot to view fireworks from the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival.

Lake Michigan Beach

Plan for some rest and relaxation in Michigan. The quaint Lake Michigan Beach, also known as Hagar Shores or the "Magnificent Mile," is located along Lake Michigan. One of the five Great Lakes, Lake Michigan's beaches are said to "sing" when you walk across it. This is due to the squeaking noise the sand makes, from the high content of quartz in the sand.

This stretch of beach is approximately 38 miles west of Kalamazoo in southern Michigan. Enjoy your time relaxing on the beach, fishing along the coast or strolling the shoreline. After a day of fun at Lake Michigan, have fun traveling through the Great Lakes State.

Oval Beach

On your next summer trip to southern Michigan, plan a day of aquatic adventures and visit Saugatuck, home of Oval Beach. A popular destination for summer travelers, Oval Beach features marinas, docks, and plenty or sandy shores.

River Bluff Park

Your next trip to Michigan should include a day at River Bluff Park. Encompassing 27 acres near Saugatuck in central Michigan, this park yields excellent hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and backpacking through the wooded trails. Anglers bring their favorite pole and try their best to snag a fish from Kalamazoo Lake.

Bring along your binoculars, to spy for birds and other park animals. Grab a beach chair and relax at Saugatuck's Oval Beach, rated as one of the best 25 shorelines in the world. Enjoy your time in Saugatuck and Douglas, Michigan's premier beach towns and have fun along the "Art Coast of Michigan."

Headlands International Dark Sky Park

Open daily and free to the public, the Headlands International Dark Sky Park is located in Mackinaw City – found in lower Michigan in the northwest corner of the state. Locally known as The Headlands, the park is famous for incredible stargazing and views of the Northern Lights.

Established in the 1950s – later becoming a major attraction of Emmet County – The Headlands covers approximately 550 acres along the Straits of Mackinac. The park also offers the Guest House for reservations on special occasions.

Night sky-gazing programs include Harvest Moon Total Eclipse, and Catch a Falling Star with The Geminids, both from the Dark Sky Viewing Area. And if the Northern Lights are on your bucket list, visit the park on fall and spring nights.