20+ Things to Do in West Michigan to Inspire Your Greatest Summer Yet
West Michigan is home to some great best kept secrets and attractions. No matter where you go, there’s something new to experience. To help you get the most out of your getaway, here's a list of things of new and fun things to do in West Michigan this summer.
1. Visit a Lighthouse
Climb to the top of one of Lake Michigan’s many lighthouses, or volunteer for one of the keeper programs offered at a handful of the lighthouse museums in northwest Michigan. Did you know Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state?!
2. Search for Tree Treasure
3. Make a Feathered Friend
Visit Cornwell’s Turkeyville in Marshall, a family-owned restaurant nestled on a 400-acre farm where turkey is king. Throughout the summer months, Cromwell's offers a full calendar of events including Camp Turkeyville, flea markets, antique, arts & crafts events, and even the chance to kiss a turkey!
4. Travel the Tunnel of Trees
5. Set Sail in South Haven
6. Take a Walk on the Wild Side
7. Wake a Sleeping Bear
Hike, swim, and explore the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, with 64 miles of beaches, coves, islands, and hills on the west coast of the Leelanau Peninsula.
8. Hunt for Petoskeys
Hunt for the state stone, the Petoskey Stone, along the shores of Lake Michigan. No license required to pick up the fossilized coral, but what a cool feeling when you find one!
9. "Wine" Down
10. Reel In Some Fun
11. Visit a Shrine
12. Enjoy a Brews Cruise in Grand Rapids
13. Ride a Windmill in Holland
Ride the Fins of a Windmill on Harry’s Windmill ride at Nelis’ Dutch Village in Holland, which combines a restored 1940 Eli Bridge #5, 45ft high Ferris Wheel matched with a reproduction of a Netherlands windmill.
14. Travel Back to Prehistoric Times
See the Big Yellow Dinosaur on US 31 at Kampvilla RV Park (her name is Sunny!).
15. Join the Navy for a Night
Stay overnight aboard the USS Silversides Submarine Museum, which is officially credited with sinking 23 major Japanese ships and is considered the U.S. Navy’s most successful surviving World War II submarine.
16. Paddle for Pints in Rockford
Take a “Paddle n’ Pints” trip with Rockford Brewing Company, where you’ll fill up plastic growlers at the brewery before spending two hours floating down the river and enjoying the outdoors.
17. Attend Grand Haven's Annual Coast Guard Festival
Tour a Coast Guard Ship, dance in the streets of Grand Haven at the yearly street dance, and then settle in to enjoy the fireworks and musical fountain from the waterfront at the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival each August.
18. Get in Some Target Practice
Try your hand at the Sporting Clay course at Blendon Pines Gun Club in Zeeland and see how many clay pigeons you can hit with a shotgun over twelve different shooting stations.
19. Take a Cruise
20. Get Lost in a Garden
Visit Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids and marvel at the 24-foot-tall bronze horse statue.
21. Wish Upon a Star
Visit the Headlands International Dark Sky Park Discovery Trail in Emmet County, which is one of just 13 prestigious International Dark Sky Parks in the United States.
22. Take It All In
About the Author: Courtney Sheffer considers herself a professional when it comes to exploring all West Michigan has to offer. As Marketing Director for the West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA), Courtney is always on the lookout for new West Michigan experiences to share with visitors.