Presidents Day weekend is a perfect time to chase away those winter blues and take a dip in any of the Michigan Indoor Water Parks. Avalanche Bay in Boyne Falls is an 88,000 square foot aquatic playground, was just named one of the top ten indoor water parks in the country by Budget Travel. The parks offer several family-friendly weekend packages with lots of activities for the kids.
Book a spa weekend to pamper yourself in warm waters, massages, skin treatments, hot tubs and saunas. Michigan has outstanding spa destinations including Immerse at Detroit’s MGM Grand Casino, Solace Spa at Boyne Mountain, The Spa at the Inn of Bay Harbor, Spa Grand Traverse and Crystal Spa at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in Thompsonville. The spas offer several packages including spa & ski, girlfriend’s weekend, couples and more.
Blaze a trail to Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids honoring our country’s 38th president with exhibits highlighting the lives of President Ford and Mrs. Ford. The museum is featuring a special tribute: Betty Ford – An Extraordinary Life through February 27. Learn about Betty Ford’s early years in fashion and dance, a congressman’s wife, First Lady and helping millions with breast cancer awareness and dependencies.
Spend an entire weekend at America’s largest indoor-outdoor history museum in Dearborn just 15 minutes from downtown Detroit. The Henry Ford offers hundreds of fascinating collections and exhibits that include the Rosa Parks bus and President John F. Kennedy’s presidential limousine. Outside stroll Greenfield Village to visit seven historic districts that include Thomas Edison’s laboratory, the Wright Brothers’ bicycle shop, a working farm and more. Be sure to check out what’s playing at the IMAX® Theatre – Michigan’s largest 2-D/3-D movie screen. Choose from nearly 50 hotel packages for overnight visits.
Get an eyeful of Americana at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts with 90 paintings from three generations: The Wyeths: America’s Artists through April 17. Bring along your cross country skis and discover Kalamazoo area parks that include nearby Schrier Park or Asylum Lake Preserve owned by Western Michigan University with a few hundred acres of woods, lakes and restored prairie. Trails loop through the property allowing for outings of various lengths.