Now that spring is just around the corner, we have a line-up of ways to get out and about to see, explore and just have fun. So, forget clipping coupons and signing up for daily specials. We a number of bargains--and almost all are free to take advantage of right now!
Chelsea Teddy Bear Company
Hug-worthy tour! See 100,000 adorable teddy bears and learn how they're made at Chelsea Teddy Bear Company. The facility's Toy Museum is an addition to the factory. Admission to the museum is free. Factory tours for groups of all ages include warehouse and assembly stations. On site attraction includes the "World's Largest Teddy Bear" standing over 10' tall.
DeKlomp Wooden Shoe and Delftware Factory
Authentic Dutch goods are sold in the DeKlomp gift shop in Holland, but the real treat is in the factory. Watch the Dutch Artists hand-paint delft pottery and carve wooden shoes for free. www.veldheer.com
Faygo Bottling Company and Pop Shop
Take a slip! Faygo, which is still bottled at the Gratiot Avenue facility in Detroit. The original beverage flavors were based on cake frosting recipes from its Russian immigrant founders, who were bakers. Faygo commercials were so popular that its "Faygo Boat Song" was #3 on the charts and sold 75,000 45rpm recordings in the 1960s. The company's Pop Shop offers beverages and great memorabilia https://www.faygo.com/
All aboard! The Harbor Trolley travels all over Grand Haven while narrating the towns history. Put down $1.50 and head to Chinook Pier State Park for some beach time, then downtown to the Pfaff Pharmacy for an old fashioned soda fountain treat.
Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen Tour
Sample from-scratch treats at the end of a free, guided tour through the Petoskey chocolate factory. Kilwins has been making their own caramels and chocolates among other convections since 1947 and wants to share how its done.
Lena Meijer Children's Garden
Play, learn and explore! Lena Meijer Children's Garden fosters experiential learning and the use of all five senses. Interaction is encouraged as children are welcome to use their senses by smelling and touching specific plants designed for interaction. Whether in the Kids Sense Garden discovering leaves that feel like lambs ears, launching a boat in the Great Lakes, digging for buried fossils in the Rock Quarry or listening to a story, The Children's Garden offers plenty of opportunities for family fun!
Michigan Historical Museum
The Michigan Historical Museum surrounds visitors with Michigan history from prehistoric times through the late twentieth century. Twenty-six permanent galleries and a special exhibit gallery are located on five levels. A three story relief map of Michigan greets the visitor in the museum's main atrium. Walk through an Upper Peninsula copper mine,
Michigan State University Museums
Two museums on Michigan States campus in East Lansing welcome visitors daily for free. A Smithsonian affiliate, the MSU Museum focuses on natural science and culture while the Broad Art Museum, opened November 2012, features modern works.
MotorCities National Heritage Area
One of twenty-three designed national heritage areas, the MotorCities tours allow visitors to discover Michigan's rich automotive heritage. Each tour takes visitors to such attractions as The Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, GM World, Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan International Speedway, Automotive Hall of Fame, Yankee Air Museum and the River Rouge Plant Factory Tour.
River Country Amish Meandering
A free self-guided drive though River Country near Sturgis and Three Rivers, offers a glimpse into Amish life. See a horse and buggy trot by as you drive through Michigan's longest covered bridge, the Langley Covered Bridge, before stopping in the gas-lit Millers Discount Store for Amish goods.
See 1,000 foot freighters move through the locks at Sault Ste. Marie. The largest waterway traffic system in the world link lakes Huron and Superior.
University of Michigan Museums
The University of Michigan houses two free, public museums in Ann Arbor. The Museum of Natural History focuses on looking into research done at the University including Michigan's most extensive dinosaur exhibit. The Museum of Arts features artwork that has been collected for more than 150 years at the University.