A Spy's Guide to West Michigan
To All West Michigan Spies,
I have been hard at work over these past few months on a mission to find the top-secret West Michigan places for you to visit. And do you know what? I have found a bunch that I am so excited to tell you about! However, we must keep these quiet, as we don’t want everyone else finding out about them.
On my journey, I have discovered mouth-watering junk food, awesome animals, kids-only events, indoor waterparks, and so much more.
Spies love ice cream, obviously, but have you ever wondered how it gets to the freezer? Ask your parents to take you to Country Dairy in New Era. Here Moo School takes you deep behind-the-scenes to solve the mystery of how milk, ice cream, and cheese are all made. You can also meet the cows that produce the milk for these yummy treats. Want to see even more animals? There are plenty of petting zoos in West Michigan. At the Lewis Farm Market you can pet goats, a zebra, even a camel code-named Jeffrey (keep an eye out for him though; he tried to remove my disguise!). Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek and the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids also have petting zoos in addition to line-ups of wild animals.
Maybe the high seas are calling your name, and you have a hankering to go on a real pirate adventure? The Friends Good Will tall ship from the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven sails off on a daily pirate adventure in the summer. It’s our spy duty to help the ship find the pirates who stole their loot and help them get it back!
Whatever adventure it is you want to take, West Michigan has a mission for you.
Over and out-
West Michigan Wendy
Did You Know?
- You don’t have to go to Africa to feed a giraffe! Binder Park Zoo’s Wild Africa exhibit lets you feed a Giraffe right here in West Michigan.
- The West Michigan Whitecaps serve a four-pound hamburger.
- Hundreds of thousands of tulips bloom every May in Holland for its annual celebration of Dutch heritage, the Tulip Time Festival.
- Silver Lake Sand Dunes are the only dunes east of Utah where you can drive your own buggy.
- You can see a full whale skeleton at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
- Castle Farms in Charlevoix has life size chess you can play outside. It might even be bigger than you!
- Each March, Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids features butterflies from tropical regions around the world flying freely in the five-story tropical conservatory.