Summer ‘Stay-cation’ Ideas in Michigan

Experience the Life Underground at the Adventure Mining Company in Greenland, MI

  • Greenland, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula
  • Trammer’s Tour
    • Prices:
    • Adult: $16.00
    • Child (6-12yr): $8.00
    • Child (0-5yr): Free
  • Enter the Adventure Mine by the No. 2 adit and experience the miner’s life underground
  • Walk through tunnels and see large rooms where pure copper and silver was removed
  • View copper still in place within the rock walls of the mine
  • Participants are provided with hard hats and headlamps
  • A light jacket and good walking shoes are recommended
  • Tour lasts 45-60 minutes. No age restrictions on this tour.
  • While you’re in the area, you can visit one of the many national forests or state parks, Lake Superior, and more in the U.P.

Kingman Museum in Battle Creek: Free Solar Eclipse Watch Party

  • On August 21st, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina
  • The last time a total eclipse crossed the United States from sea to sea was June 8th, 1918
  • The 2017 eclipse in either total or partial phase can be seen by over 500 million people in North and South America, Europe, and Africa
  • In the U.S., millions will gather along a tiny ribbon less than 100 miles wide to see totality, the complete blocking out of the sun by the Moon which will reveal the solar corona
  • The rest of entire country will be able to see a partial eclipse. Michigan will see about 80%
  • It is also truly an historic event and a wonderful opportunity to view one of nature’s most stunning displays.
  • Grab your blanket or lawn chair and join the Kingman Museum on Monday, August 21st, 2017 as they catch the partial eclipse moving across the local sky starting at 1:00pm to when it ends just before 4:00pm. Peak performance is at 2:20pm
  • Safety eyeglasses will be for sale. Space themed refreshments and craft activities for the kids provided. Families are invited to stay through the entire event or come and go at their convenience.

Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo

  • Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo in New Era is a fifth-generation family farm, specializing in home-grown produce on 700 acres. Stop in for their fresh produce, baked goods, ice cream, homemade fudge, gifts, pantry, and more.
  • Their petting farm has over 75 animals and they pride ourselves as having one of the nicest, cleanest petting farms you will ever see!
  • Outdoor activities include jumping pillows, bird aviary, ball zone, gem mining, barrel train rides, pedal carts, barrel horses, unique playground, animated chicken show & more!
  • In the fall visit their 6-acre corn maze, pig races, dog show, enjoy a wagon ride and shoot the fruit cannons at Bunker Hill.
  • Tickets are only $7, with age 2 and under free!

Summer Lodging Packages

Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire

  • Located on 4,500 acres, just 30 miles northeast of Traverse City in Bellaire, Shanty Creek Resorts boasts three distinct villages (Summit, Cedar River, Schuss) with lodging, dining, and recreation opportunities at each
  • This summer, allow the Shanty Creek Resorts specialists to customize a vacation getaway. Summer packages can include golf, bed & breakfast, a romantic getaway, and more!

Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville

  • Stay at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville this summer starting at only $249 per family, per night (based on a family of four)
  • On this package your family will enjoy a wide variety of activities, saving you up to $300 per day
  • Plus, enjoy a passport to summer fun including unlimited use of the Edge Adventure Course, Crystal Coaster Alpine Slider, Vertical Edge Climbing Wall, Disc Golf, and more!