Pure Michigan Indoor Fun

Spring is just around the corner, but there’s still that lingering chance of chilly days where you’d rather stay inside. We all know there are tons of fun things to do outside in Pure Michigan, but there are also great places to go for some indoor fun throughout the state.

We’ve put together a roundup of just some of Michigan’s best things to do indoors below.


A visit to Michigan's art, science and history museums can be a great way to spend the day, and with over 400 museums in Michigan one may be closer than you think. There is also plenty of variety in the types of museums across the state. Many areas have local history museums like the Marquette Regional History Center/Marquette County History Museum that showcases the Marquette area’s rich history. Children’s museums like the Grand Rapids’ Childrens Museum are educational but also hands-on, which can be fun for both children and their parents. The Motown Historical Museum located in Detroit is devoted to the legendary music that was started right in “Hitsville USA,” where the museum is located. Also in Detroit is the world class Detroit Institute of Arts, which features over 100 galleries with art from ancient to modern times. And we can't leave off The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn - America's greatest history attraction and the #1 cultural vacation destination in Michigan.

Indoor Water Parks

With a number of exciting indoor water parks right here in our state, there's no need to travel far for some fun! Whether it's a day trip or a full weekend getaway, nothing brings families closer together than a Pure Michigan water park adventure. Just a few of the indoor waterparks in Michigan include the Fairview Beachfront Inn & Waterpark in Mackinaw City, The Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City and Zehnder's Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark in Frankenmuth.


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Catching a flick is a great way to spend the day, and there are many movie theaters around Michigan to choose from. If heading to the normal theater isn’t your thing, Michigan is home to several classic movie houses that aren’t your normal cinema. The State Theatre in Traverse City was originally built in 1918 and rebuilt in 1923 after a fire. It showed the first talking movie seen in Northern Michigan in 1929 when it was known as the Lyric Theatre. Now it is home to the Traverse City Film Festival and is open year round showing art house films. The Redford Theatre is Detroit was opened in 1928 and shows “classic movies the way they were meant to be seen,” accompanied by organ and all. 

For more ideas, visit michigan.org. Where’s your favorite place to visit for a day of indoor fun?