Looking for something new to do? Michigan's attractions offer residents and visitors alike a day (or two) of new adventures and new memories.
Adventure & Outdoor Recreation
- The 2,000-square-foot Grand Ledge Jaycee Park SplashPad has 19 water sprays within different spray zones. The splashpad is universally accessible, making it the first amenity of this kind in Grand Ledge.
- In addition to the new kayak and canoe launch and fishing dock, Holt and Delhi Township’s Esker Landing Park will serve as the starting point for the planned trail system connecting Holt and Mason.
- Forbush Corner Cross Country Skiing Area in Frederic has opened 2.5 kilometers of groomed trail with all-new snow making equipment.
- The Ludington Splash Pad at Copeyon Park is scheduled to open spring 2020. This splashpad with a non-slip surface will feature a variety of showers, streams, mists and sprays for recreational water play and it will be ADA-accessible from the parking lot.
- A new par-3 golf course is slated to open in summer 2020 at Forest Dunes Golf Club in Roscommon. The yet-to-be-named course, designed by Keith Rhebb and Riley Johns, features 10 holes between 50 and 150 yards.
- The Copper Harbor Trails Club will construct several new mountain biking trails for the 2020 season in the Upper Peninsula. An easy crushed-gravel trail connecting the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge with Manganese Falls will stretch for more than two miles through mature forests with scenic views over Lake Superior.
- Plans are underway to build 3.25 miles of single-track along the Keweenaw Point Trail, helping bridge the gap to the rugged shores of High Rock Bay.
- Upgrades to the Copper Harbor Trails network for 2020 will potentially include redeveloping the expert-level jump trail, Flying Squirrel; installing interpretive signage; and continuing work on the final phase of the Keweenaw Point Trail in the wilderness of the Keweenaw Peninsula.
- One of the newest adventures coming to Sault Ste. Marie this summer is The Locks Rock. This 28-foot rock climbing wall will be located across the main entrance to the Soo Locks Park on Portage Avenue.
ARTS & CULTURE
- Fab 5 Design at Whimsical Party Studio in downtown St. Johns offers do-it-yourself, make-and-take projects from reclaimed wood. Visitors can make custom wooden signs, clocks, boxes and more.
- From birthday to bachelorette parties and corporate events to team building meetings, Lansing’s ALT Printing will help celebrate creativity with step-by-step instruction on the screen-printing process to create handmade items.
- The Charlevoix Cultural Corridor, the city’s newest attraction, is a collaboration between the Charlevoix Public Library, Charlevoix Historical Society and Charlevoix Circle of Arts to raise awareness for the programs each entity has to offer.
- Starting in February in Ludington, the Mason County Historical Society Research Center will house the administrative offices for the Mason County Historical Society.
- A veteran’s memorial is being constructed at School Section Lake Veteran’s Park in Mecosta. The memorial, which plans to be completed by the park’s opening, will consist of flags for each branch of the military, an American flag and a State of Michigan flag.
- Next to the Old Post Office Museum along Lake Street in Grand Marais, visitors can now enjoy a magnificent wind harp and a historical photography walk in what’s being called Art in the Park.
- The Michigan History Museum in Lansing will open a new special exhibition, “I Voted – Michigan’s Struggle for Suffrage” (July 11). It tells the story of voting and citizenship in Michigan, and Michiganders who fought to expand those rights and the state’s emerging issues around voting.
- The Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee will open a new exhibition “Mining for the Past: Archaeology at Fayette” (Feb. 29). The exhibit explores the history of Fayette Historic State Park from the objects left behind by generations of Native Americans, iron smelter company workers and tourists.
- A new beehive exhibit at the Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit allows visitors to see inside on-site beehives. Solar-powered cameras transmit live video showing the outside and inside of the hives.
- Jackson offers a brand new, self-guided Underground Railroad Walking Tour on the free Experience Jackson Tours app that takes visitors through significant historical locations in the city’s downtown.
- Special exhibits at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) include “From Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Prints and Drawings from 1550 to 1700” (Feb. 15 - July 26); “Guests of Honor: Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dalí” (Feb. 8 - Sep. 27); and “Bruegel’s “The Wedding Dance” Revealed” (through Aug. 30).
- Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes (March 28 - Sep. 7) makes its Midwest debut at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. From comics to film, the exhibit features more than 300 artifacts, including some of Marvel’s most iconic and sought-after pages, costumes and props.
MORE ATTRACTIONS & THINGS TO DO
- Meet the new black rhino calf, Jaali, at Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo when he makes his public debut in spring 2020. This year also marks the zoo’s 100th anniversary.
- An axe-throwing bar is hitting Ann Arbor. With 12 lanes, and the ability to host parties of practically any size, Axe Ventura is Ann Arbor's newest hotspot.
- Solitude Float & Wellness Spa opens in downtown Traverse City this winter offering what co-founder Matt Davis calls “Forced Mindfulness” through float therapy.
- Mount Bohemia Resort in scenic Lac La Belle opened the Keweenaw’s first Nordic Spa which uses hot and cold water exposure followed by a relaxation period to deliver a rejuvenating spa experience.
- Lakeview Square Mall in Battle Creek now has laser tag. Cereal City Elite Tactical Laser Tag is part of the mall’s move toward more experience-oriented businesses, such as escape rooms, a skate park, restaurants and a movie theater.
- A functional fitness studio called The Train opened in January inside of Brighton’s state-of-the-art cycle studio, The Ride.
- Wayne State University (WSU) is building a new $25 million basketball arena in Detroit’s Midtown. The 70,000-square-foot facility will seat 3,000 fans. The arena will host WSU’s men’s and women’s basketball teams.
- Rocket Arcade in South Haven offers retro arcade games, pinball and amusements for all ages. Enjoy classic sodas and snacks and shop a unique selection of classic arcade t-shirts, games, artwork and gifts.