17 Unusual Attractions You Need to See in Michigan

Michigan is home to a number of unique and record-breaking attractions you won’t find anywhere else. From the world’s largest giant cherry pie pan to the world’s largest Christmas store – you name it, we’ve got it! Below is a roundup of some of our favorites. For more, visit michigan.org. 

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Mackinac Island Carriage Tours: Mackinac Island, MI – Home of the World’s Largest Horse & Buggy Livery
Visitors can take a one hour and 45 minute narrated historic and scenic horse carriage tour through the island.

Superior Dome: Marquette, MI – World’s Largest Wooden Dome
The dome has a retractable turf, three basketball courts, tennis courts, and volleyball courts. It is host to trade shows, banquets, conferences, and athletic events

Pine Mountain Ski Jump: Iron Mountain, MI – Largest Man Made Ski Slide in the U.S.
Built in the early 1930′s, Pine Mountain Ski Jump holds the North American distance record of 459 feet on 140 meters.

World’s Largest Weathervane: Montague, MI
Built by Whitehall factory employees in Montague, this functioning weathervane is 48 feet tall with an arrow 26 feet long.

Erebus Haunted Attraction: Pontiac, MI – World’s Largest Haunted House
Erebus, located in Pontiac, is a four story haunted house that was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Walk-Through Haunted Attraction in 2005.

Baker’s Keyboard Lounge: Detroit, MI – World’s Oldest Jazz Club
If you like traditional jazz, great atmosphere or if you enjoy just stepping into history, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, The “World’s Oldest Jazz Club,”  is an experience you won’t want to miss.

 

Dawson & Steven’s Classic 50′s Diner: Grayling, MI – Largest Private Collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia in Michigan
The Bottle-Cap Museum is the largest private collection of Coca-Cola related items in Northern Michigan. Over 10,000 pieces of memorabilia make up the museum, housed in an authentic classic 50′s diner, Dawson and Steven’s Classic 50′s Diner located in downtown Grayling.

Joe’s Gizzard City: Potterville, MI – Home of Gizzard Fest
Joe’s is known for their ice cold beer and deep fried chicken gizzards. They also have a large selection of burgers, burritos, sandwiches and more. Joe’s is the only Gizzard City on Earth and proud of it. Come enjoy Gizzard Fest held in June for some great family fun!

Grand Haven Musical Fountain: Grand Haven, MI – World’s Largest Musical Fountain
A synchronized display of water and lights on the harbor offered nightly beginning Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Traverse City, MI: World’s Largest Cherry Pie Pan
Near Traverse City, at the Sara Lee Bakery Group, stands the World’s Largest Cherry Pie Pan. The pan was made to hold the World’s Largest Cherry Pie at the time (from 1987-1992). The huge pie weighed 28,350 pounds and was 17 feet, 6 inches in diameter.

Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum: Farmington, MI
If you like magic posters, neon, antiques, advertisings, ceiling fans, slot machines, memorabilia, robots, airplanes, animation, then this is the place to visit. Marvin’s boasts coin operated games from the oldest gypsy fortune-telling machines to the latest in laser hologram video games of the 1990′s.

Hell, MI:
Visitors that enjoy fun excursions and unique destinations will find plenty to smile about when they arrive in Hell. “Sinfully delicious” is the phrase most often heard by patrons that frequent Screams Ice Cream. While here you can enroll in Damnation University, experience some world-class haunted effects. Hell is guaranteed to be appreciated by folks with a great sense of humor.

Dinosaur Gardens: Ossineke, MI
A world renowned reproduction of over 25 prehistoric birds and dinosaurs on a 40 acre tract of land split by Devil River. Dinosaur Gardens features a brontosaurus over 80 feet long weighing over 60,000 pounds.

The Antlers: Taxidermy Resturant: Sault Sainte Marie, MI
The Antlers is a unique dining experience in northern Michigan. Enjoy viewing over 200 mounted animals while waiting for your meal. Try the famous Soo Stew Canoes!

The Jerky Outlet: Dundee, MI – World’s Largest Beef Jerky Outlet
The Jerky Outlet is one of the world’s largest jerky outlets – beef jerky, turkey jerky, elk,venison, buffalo, alligator jerky…even kangaroo! Visitors can bag their own or pick an assortment of pre-packaged jerkies.

Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland: World’s Largest Christmas Store: Frankenmuth, MI
The world’s largest Christmas store with over 90,000 square ft of newly expanded shopper’s dream! Bronner’s is bigger than 1 1/2 football fields in size featuring over 50,000 trims, gifts, and collectibles.

Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 2.54.42 PMWorld’s Largest Piece of Float Copper: Marquette, MI
The world’s largest piece of float copper is located in Presque Isle Park.  It is the largest found any where in the world.  It weighs 28.2 tons, measures 14 feet by 15 feet.  Marquette residents are working to assure that this copper specimen will remain in Marquette in a visible place for tourists and residents to enjoy.

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Celebrate Michigan Car Culture at these 5 Awesome Auto Attractions

The North American International Auto Show will be at the Cobo Center in Detroit from January 18-26, 2014!  To gear up for this grand automotive event, celebrate Michigan car culture by taking a trip to a number of other awesome automotive attractions across the state.  Below are just a few of these attractions you won’t want to miss.

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford Museum:

The Henry Ford boasts four one-of-a-kind attractions and 200 acres, including Greenfield Village and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, that will bring you through the ages. Notable treasures such as John F. Kennedy’s Limousine, Rosa Parks bus, and Abraham Lincoln’s chair and experience such as Model T Rides and an assembly plant walking tour make your visit to The Henry Ford truly unique.

Ford Rouge Factory Tour: Within the Henry Ford Museum is the Ford Rouge Factory Tour – a self-guided five-part experience. Visitors can expect to take a 360-degree look at how automobiles are made, see five historic vehicles made at the Rouge or hop in a new F-150.

Greenfiled Village: Entering Greenfield Village takes you back to the sights, sounds and sensations of America’s past. Greenfield Village houses 83 authentic, historic structures including Noah Webster’s home – where he wrote the first American dictionary, Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory, and the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. Visitors can ride in a genuine Model T, watch baseball from the 1860s and get an inside look at the experiences that shaped our country and our state.

Automotive Hall of Fame:

Located next door the The Henry Ford, The Automotive Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving automotive history  by celebrating the men and women of the industry. Features includes honorees of the Automotive Hall of Fame, the Soichiro Honda Atrium with a 3-story glass pyramid ceiling, a 65-foot long mural painted depicting the impact of the automobile on the world, and galleries showcasing early days of the automobile, the rise of the auto industry, and how it has changed our daily lives.

Gilmore Car Museum:

Photo courtesy of The Gilmore Car Museum

The Gilmore Car Museum located near Kalamazoo is regarded as one of the top car museums in the nation. The museum features over 250 cars and motorcycles from across the decades.  The Gilmore Car Museum began in 1963 as the hobby of Donald S. Gilmore after his wife gave him an antique car for his birthday. Today, his hobby has grown to include historic barns, a re-created 1930s service station, a small town train station, muscle cars of the ‘60s and ‘70s, and nearly three miles of paved roads. Be sure to visit the restored 1941 Silk City Diner or stop in for a bite at the museum’s very own George & Sally’s Blue Moon Diner.

Motorsports Museum & Hall of Fame:

This unique museum located in Novi, MI showcases all forms of motor sports including race cars, trucks, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and boats. The Motorsport museum houses over 40 racing and high performance vehicles.  The collection is constantly changing showcasing photographs of racing personalities and manufacturers, racing videos, driving simulation, games, driver uniforms and memorabilia displays.

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House:

Photo courtesy of Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Photo courtesy of Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Take a step inside the home of one the American auto industry’s most well-known figures. The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House lets visitors experience the story of the Ford family in a historic mansion rich with art and antiques spanning the centuries. Located along Lake St. Clair, visitors can explore 87 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds and view Mr. and Mrs. Ford’s personal cars.

Car culture runs deep in Pure Michigan. These are just a few of Michigan’s car culture museums and attractions throughout the state. For more information on these attractions, NAIAS 2014 or other auto-related events, visit michigan.org/events. 

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15 Reasons to Love Winter in Michigan

Photograph courtesy of John McCormick

Winter has arrived in Pure Michigan! To celebrate the season we asked our fans on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram “What does winter in Pure Michigan mean to you?” 

From skiing and snowboarding to warm fires and hot cocoa, winter means something unique to everyone. Below is a roundup of just some of our favorite responses from fans. If yours is missing, tell us in the comments section below what winter in Michigan means to you!

Finding the perfect tree and having apple cider with the family putting it up.  -Angela Blasingim

When I was a kid in Petoskey and Grand Rapids it meant lots of ice skating!  -D Kay Graham Hostettler

Snowshoeing all over the north woods going to places I can’t get to in the summer because of too much brush. Going right across frozen lakes and ponds – walking on water.  - Starlajane Thunder

Crisp clean air and pretty snow flakes.  -Sandy Little-Wolney

Playing in the snow. Enjoying the beautiful white trees.  - Jackie Daniels

Lots of snow and skiing!  - Instagram user @_rangerous

Pure beauty. We live in a state that gives us the magnificence of all the different seasons and winter brings purity.  - Kaitlyn Smith

Cross country skiing, hot cider, snuggling under covers.  -Dianne Thole

Frozen Lake Michigan with ice as far as you can see.  - John-Carolyn Hinch

Beautiful snow! Crisp fresh air.  - Jill Schultz

Winter in Michigan means long afternoons and evenings on my uncles farm. Roaring fires and playing the piano. Horseback riding with the neighbors. Maybe taking out the four wheelers or ice skating on the pond if it’s frozen enough. Bliss.  - Instagram user @alicialouise5193

Serene beauty.  - Amy Socrainte

A b&b up north in the thumb and keeping warm!   – Twitter user @AmyJoyHagen

My last winter in Michigan was ’77-’78. It was long, cold, and record breaking, but I enjoyed everyday.  - Mike Jackson

Snowboarding. Sitting downtown Traverse City with friends and hot beverages. Seeing my family again while I’m on break from school. Being where I belong.  - Instagram user @klostrowski

Why do you love winter in Michigan