8 Things to Do in West Michigan

Michigan is a unique place, not just because of the shape of the state either. There are so many different things to do throughout Michigan, and every city has something new to offer. With the benefits of having an upper peninsula and being surrounded by lakes, Michigan is definitely a unique place to visit sometime during your life. Here are 8 things to do in the Western part of Michigan.

  1. Michigan’s Adventure: Enjoy a day in the sun in Muskegon, Michigan at both an amusement park and a water park named Michigan’s Adventure. They have water rides, roller coasters, children’s rides and amusement park rides. Their tickets are fairly inexpensive, as you will only be paying for one price for two parks!
  2. Binder Park Zoo: This zoo is near Battle Creek, Michigan and is open from April through October of this year. They have animals including African birds, monkeys, zebras, bears, and giraffes. A unique thing that Binder Park Zoo offers is that guests can feed the giraffes during select hours! Parking is free and tickets go as high as $13.50 for adults.
  3. Sleeping Bear Dunes: Sleeping Bear Dunes offers a breathtaking view of Michigan. Climb the sand dunes all the way to the top to see an amazing view of Lake Michigan. There are also other ways to explore the beauty of Sleeping Bear Dunes. Kayak on Lake Michigan to see Sleeping Bear Dunes by kayak, ride your bike through Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, or drive on the scenic route to view the location.
  4. West Michigan Beaches: Michigan’s West side has a lot of beaches to offer to its locals and visitors. There are beaches in the cities of Holland, Grand Haven, Saugatuck, Muskegon, Zeeland, Fennville, Coopersville, and Jenison. You can hunt for petoskey stones, Michigan’s state stone, on the Petoskey State Park and Magnus City Park beaches.
  5. Historic White Pine Village: Located South of Ludington, Michigan is Historic White Pine Village, a historical and nostalgic city. This village includes many different historical activities for guests to self tour through. At this historical village, there are museums, statues, and buildings for guests to explore and learn from.
  6. Visit a Michigan lighthouse: Michigan still has lighthouses that existed back in the 1800s and are now open to explore. Ludington’s North Breakwater Light was voted the number one lighthouse to see. People can climb up the lighthouses and view Lake Michigan from a very unique spot.
  7. Michigan Maritime Museum: This museum celebrates the history of Michigan’s great lakes. You can also explore the history of the great lakes by a boat cruise. This museum offers great educational experience through programs and tours. Stop by the museum today and check out their prices for the museum and boat tours here.
  8. Explore Grand Rapids: Grand Rapids has a lot to offer to the state of Michigan since it is one of the larger Michigan cities. Visit the Frederik Mejier Gardens & Sculpture Park if you are into scenery. Stop by the Grand Rapids Art Museum if you enjoy viewing art. If you enjoy having a drink or two, stop by one of the bars in the city that is known for beer.

About the Author: Kiara is a guest contributor from the South Haven Visitors Bureau, a visitors guide to all things Michigan.

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