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Find exciting adventures on land, in the water, in the air, and even underground with these West Michigan destinations! 

Water adventures abound with more than 100 lakes in West Michigan’s Coldwater Country. One of the unique experiences in the area is the ability to travel from one lake to another through the chain of lakes. Coldwater Country is home to not only one chain of lakes but two – North Chain of Lakes and South Chain of Lakes. Enjoy a leisurely pontoon ride or kayak the Union City Heritage Water Trail, just one of the nine water trails in the state. Make sure to download the free Coldwater Country Map-n-Tour app to have the area’s interactive maps available at your fingertips.

The Aqua Pit Water Park in Coldwater is home to the Hydro Zone, where you can jump, slide, and splash your way through a jungle gym on the water! The Aqua Pit also offers kayaking and paddleboarding, as well as beach volleyball, corn hole, and other family games. 

Bundy Hill Offroad Park in Jerome has become Michigan’s largest off-road park with a total of 300 acres of all-terrain trail riding for all ages. They offer a combination of mud, rocks, tire crawls, wooded areas, hill climbs, pea gravel hills, valleys, and scramble areas. Bundy Hill strives to deliver the best off-roading experience to each customer starting from check-in to check-out, providing a picnic area, rustic camping, wash station for riders and their vehicle, Bundy Hill novelties, and gear. This summer Bundy Hill will host over 15 events including hill climbing, music, night drags, and holiday events, as well as the return of their King of the Hill event on September 12th.

Once you walk through the door and experience the “wow factor” at Allegan Event, you’ll understand why this all-ages destination should be on your bucket list! Allegan Event is Michigan’s largest indoor ropes course and offers endless adventurous activities for guests to explore, get active, and make lasting memories. Climb their ropes course, catch a rush in their free-fall simulation, zipline across the Kalamazoo River, and more. In addition to the adrenaline-filled attractions, Allegan Event has added a new arcade with prize redemption, food and beverages, and outdoor patio and game area to relax and refuel. Conveniently located 30-minutes from Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Holland, Allegan Event offers plenty of room for birthdays, celebrations, and large groups. Visit Allegan Event’s website for walk in hours.

You’ll find thrills of all kinds at Airway Fun Center in Kalamazoo! Try out the outdoor ropes course with multiple levels and a dramatic 100 foot zip line, race around the go-kart track, bombard your friends with foam balls in the Balladium arena, or take a ride in the Gyroscope. Make your way through the laser maze, battle in virtual reality, solve clues to find your way out of seven different escape rooms, and more. Airway Fun Center is a unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else

Horseback riding lessons are available at Paradise Ranch at Dunes Harbor Family Camp in Mears, a ministry of Grace Adventures, for kids ages 7 and up! Their friendly and professional instructors will help beginners through advanced riders with proper western horsemanship. Riding lessons are available in 1, 2, or 3 hour blocks. They offer lessons both if you own your own horse, or they will provide a horse to ride. Paradise Ranch is located in Mears, one mile from the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. Schedule a riding lesson!

In the City of Hastings, you don’t have to leave town to enjoy outdoor adventures. There is kayaking and canoeing on the scenic Thornapple River, just a short walk from downtown shopping and dining. Hammond Hill Multi-Use Trail, just a few minutes from the center of town, offers over seven miles of hiking and mountain biking trails through wooded hills and open meadows—all within the city limits! 

Action Wake Park in Hudsonville is the only full-size cable park in the state, giving guests the opportunity to learn how to wakeboard, water ski, and kneeboard in a controlled environment without the need for a boat, bringing the joy of water sports to a whole new audience.

You’ll find zip lines, swinging logs, and even large fisherman nets at TreeRunner Adventure Park in Grand Rapids. Their obstacles have increasing height and difficulty, with some as high as 50 feet. 

You can still hit the slopes during the summer! There are 11 miles of trails at Cannonsburg Ski Area in Belmont for hiking, biking, and trail running offering a variety of terrain with tight, twisty single track, double track, climbs, and downhills. 

Blendon Pines Gun Club in Zeeland has sporting clays, 5-stand, and wobble trap to add extra excitement to your next outing. They also have a full service gun store carrying guns, ammo, clothing, accessories, optics, and more, for the shooting sports enthusiast.

Skydive Grand Haven is the only dropzone in West Michigan with the capability to jump from 13,000 feet. Picture yourself among the clouds, thousands of feet above Lake Michigan, heart pounding wildly in your chest. After you exit the plane you will feel the incredible rush of freefall soaring 120mph through the air. It’s an experience you’ll never forget!

Mt. Pleasant offers numerous options for adventure. Spend the day kayaking, tubing, and canoeing the mighty Chippewa River or take adventure to the trees at the local zip line. With more than 1,000 acres of parkland and 18 preserves, the Mt. Pleasant area is filled with opportunities to unplug. Explore Bundy Hill Preserve, home to Isabella County’s tallest point, Bundy Hill, or take a trip to Deerfield Nature Park, Pure Michigan’s most beautiful place in Isabella County.

Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay has the perfect package to get you outdoors to explore water, farms, and beauty that only rural Northern Michigan Wine Country offers. Their exclusive Outdoor Adventure Package will provide a day of biking and sightseeing at your own pace through Leelanau County, with a bike option now available! A picnic lunch along the water in Suttons Bay will fuel you for an afternoon of paddle boarding or kayaking on the beautiful bay, and for your pedal back to the Inn, where you will enjoy wine and a relaxing hospitality hour.

There’s no better place to experience Michigan’s great outdoors than Traverse City. From Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to the Boardman River to the Pere Marquette State Forest, endless adventures await just a short drive from the city center. Paddle a kayak along the Lake Michigan coast, ride the trails at Glacial Hills Pathway, or go rafting on the Jordan River. Parasail on Grand Traverse Bay or charter a boat to explore an uninhabited island. Start planning your adventure now!

Explore the dunes and woodlands in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore afloat the crystal clear waters of the Platte River. At Riverside Canoe Trips on M22 near the Lake Michigan shoreline just outside of Honor, you’ll get an entirely different perspective from a canoe, kayak, tube, raft, or stand up paddleboard paddling the river which snakes through the breathtaking park.

Part of the 75-mile string of lakes and connecting rivers of the Chain of Lakes, and stretching 19 miles, Torch Lake is where Shanty Creek families head for days of sunshine and water adventure. Spend the day tubing, water skiing, and just enjoying the water and sun. Or, grab some wheels and ride! Study a map of the Bellaire area and you see roads bending to the will of geography. Curves and arcs and turns are dictated by lakeshores, threading rivers, broad wetlands, and ridges and valleys that rise and fall into the distance. In fact, one of the north’s premier mountain bike trails is located just minutes from Shanty Creek – Glacial Hills Pathway and Natural Area. It’s easy to get outside and enjoy the Bellaire area, after all Bellaire means “fresh air.”

Drummond Island Resort is the proud home of Turtle Ridge Off Road Vehicle (ORV) Park. Featuring over 300 acres of prime off-road trails, the course is carved out of the island’s natural limestone. The park, open year-round, offers an abundance of trails of varying degrees of difficulty, providing thrills and excitement for all those who experience it. Plan your visit to Drummond Island Resort and stay at one of their beautiful lodge rooms and experience it all from kayaking, biking, and fishing to hitting the trails at Turtle Ridge. Drummond Island is the Gem of the Huron…discover why! 

Adventure and the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge go hand-in-hand. Situated at the top of the hill just before Copper Harbor, the Lodge is a hub for outdoor adventure. With three trailheads right on property, and one just across the street, hiking, trail running, and mountain biking are right at the tips of your fingers. Traveling through the rugged, back country trails will give you views of both fantastic scenery and abundant wildlife. After some time on the trails, or on the golf course, what sounds better than some time on the water? One mile down the road is magnificent Lake Superior. The largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area, this lake actually behaves more like an inland sea ready for sea kayaking. Nearby Brockway Mountain is the perfect place to watch the sun set over your day of adventure in the Keweenaw.

Keweenaw Adventure Company hosts world-class, professionally guided Lake Superior sea kayak tours and single-track mountain biking for all levels of experience! Prepare to be wowed by the Keweenaw Peninsula’s truly unique coastal lines and terrains 

While visiting the Upper Peninsula’s Copper Country, plan to experience the best in underground mine tours: a tour through the historic Adventure Mining Company in Greenland. Hike through underground trails and tunnels by the light of your head lamp or try rappelling down a mine shaft in total darkness and crawling through low areas and down slopes and explore some of the oldest and most interesting parts of the preserved copper mine.

Find more year-round West Michigan Adventures in the Carefree Travel Guide