Spring has arrived in West Michigan!
The days are getting warmer, the flowers are starting to bud, and West Michigan is ready to celebrate Spring!
Check out the below info to do a little bit of Spring dreaming & planning, courtesy of some of our favorite West Michigan destinations.
Nestled along Michigan’s west coast, Ludington is a place to enjoy the sandy Lake Michigan shoreline, get off the grid on a trail, or enjoy a gourmet meal and a local craft beer. Ludington’s quaint, laid-back atmosphere provides a perfect combination of northern Michigan natural beauty with small-town charm. Before the hustle and bustle of summer begins, spring is the perfect time to explore. No matter what you’re seeking – an outdoor adventure, a peaceful get-away, or just a community of friendly faces – you can find it here in Pure Ludington.
Sleepy Hollow Beach Resort
Sleepy Hollow Beach Resort is South Haven’s only resort with direct beach access! One of South Haven’s oldest luxury resort properties is getting ready for the springtime with low-season discounts and great amenities, making Sleepy Hollow your home away from home! Visit local South Haven shops and restaurants, see the spring’s first blooms, and take advantage of Sleepy Hollow’s onsite amenities such as tennis, pickleball, & basketball courts, putting green, shuffleboard, & bikes, all at your disposal! In addition to our activity amenities, we are also offering yoga on the beach, weekly card tournaments & Friday night “movies on the meadow”!
Frederik Meijer Gardens
The annual Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition at Meijer Gardens is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation. Tropical butterflies from around the world fly freely in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory every March and April. This year’s exhibition highlights the microscopic detail and beauty of butterflies. Join us as we discover the intimate, wondrous world of butterflies. Throughout the exhibition, there is special educational programming and the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden offers butterfly-themed activities.
Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry
Ferry away to adventure, beaches, biking, and making lifelong memories. Spring is a special time to visit Mackinac Island with blooming lilacs & tulips galore! Family founded and operated Shepler’s Ferry offers daily departures every 30 minutes from St. Ignace and Mackinaw City. Get a first-rate start to your getaway with reliable, safe service for Grand Hotel, Mission Point Resort and other properties on Mackinac Island. Buy tickets and learn about FREE day parking at www.sheplersferry.com. Your chariot awaits!
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
Celebrate National Wildflower week at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. This May explore Michigan’s many spring wildflowers on our hiking trails in forests, wetlands, and prairies. From marsh marigold to yellow trout lily, there is so much to explore.
These hikes will highlight many of Michigan’s ephemeral spring wildflowers.
Battle Creek CVB
Pack up the family and head to Calhoun County this spring. Kids ‘N’ Stuff Museum in Albion inspires creative play, while the best burger in Michigan can be
found at nearby Albion Malleable Brewing. Shop downtown Marshall for candy, books and crafts – while Marshall Recreation starts renting kayaks in mid-May. Battle Creek’s outdoor trails are great for bike rides. Mark your calendars for May 1, when Binder Park Zoo opens and you can try the exciting new
Mackinac Island Tourism
It’s Time to Plan! If Mackinac Island is on your summer bucket list, it’s time to start dreaming of your visit. From carriage tours to fudge, butterflies to history, golf, dining, shopping and all the rest, your trip starts with a visit to MackinacIsland.org. Early shoppers get access to the largest selection of accommodations! Summer breezes await you. Start planning today.
Mecosta County CVB
Explore our trails for picturesque hiking & biking. Enjoy over 100 lakes, streams & the Muskegon River for fishing, kayaking, boating & water-skiing. Experience our award winning golf & disc golf courses. Excite your taste buds at our specialty dining venues, breweries & wineries. End your day at a great lodging facility. Explore the Big Rapids Region today. You are sure to love it here!
Shady Lane Cellars
Spring is in the air at Shady Lane Cellars! We now have LIVE music every Friday from 5:30-8:30pm throughout the year. We are also now hosting weddings and private events at our beautiful, historic winery! If you are planning a special event, inquire on our website for more info. Avid cyclist? We are conveniently located right off the TART bike trail! We hope to see you at our Tasting Room in Sutton’s Bay, MI.
Turkeyville is ready for Spring! This year marks their 36th season of Dinner Theatre, with a full slate of terrific performances you won’t want to miss. The first production, I Do! I Do! Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones, Music by Harvey Schmidt, runs March 16th-April 15th and you’ll want to make plans to see this heartwarming musical about the challenges and rewards of love.
To see the full calendar of events, as well as Turkeyville’s menu of favorites and new seasonal entrees, visit www.turkeyville.com.
Discover a spring break the entire family can enjoy at the Air Zoo. Explore more than 100 rare and unique aircraft and spacecraft, including the famous SR-71 Blackbird, Ford Tri-Motor, Rocketdyne F-1 engine and more. Get hands on with inspiring, interactive exhibits that explore the science behind flight. Pilot your own WWII fighter in a full-motion flight simulator and enjoy amusement-style rides with the kids and tour the nationally-recognized restoration center. All of these experiences are included in daily admission!
Lakeshore Museum Center
Bloodsuckers are invading the Muskegon Museum of History and Science! Explore the science of what’s biting you. Examine the what, why, when, and how of mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, leeches, and other parasites. And learn why bloodsuckers are important to the ecosystem—and how to keep them out of YOUR system. Attack of the Bloodsuckers is creepy, good fun! Experience it for yourself at the Muskegon Museum of History and Science through May 13, 2023. For more information, visit lakeshoremuseum.org
Visit the Tri-Cities Historical Museum in downtown Grand Haven, just minutes from Lake Michigan. The museum offers three floors of unique local history and a museum store featuring local artists and makers. Don’t miss the summer exhibit “Play Ball: Sports History in the Tri-Cities,” featuring rare artifacts from a wide range of local sports. Play Ball highlights important teams, events, people, and organizations over the last 150 years. Admission is always free!
Spring On The Traverse Wine Coast
Spring is finally starting in the vineyard, and we can’t wait to welcome back all of our wonderful patrons. Plan your trip now to enjoy our picturesque vineyard views, backdropped by the crystal blue water of both Grand Traverse Bays. Make your reservations to sip a glass or flight of wine, on either of our enchanting patios. If you’d prefer a more immersive experience, join us for a delicious 5-course wine dinner, with a brand new menu starting this June.
Traverse City Tourism
In between nature and water, you’ll find a community connected by both where there’s always something happening. If you’re not near the water, or on the trails, you’re likely exploring the county roads in search spring cherry blossoms and local treats. It’s always the right time and always the right place, exactly where you should be.
Explore for FREE in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The spring season is short in the U.P., so don’t miss a moment! Find free activities for the whole family without sacrificing fun. Learn our fascinating history in free museums, hike and bike endless miles, appreciate 40+ lighthouses that guard the Great Lakes and listen to the roar of 300+ thundering waterfalls. Here, your adventures really are priceless. Plan your trip to get outside and play at uptravel.com.
Fenn Valley Winery
Celebrate the new release of several Fenn Valley wines! Be among the first to try wines to be released throughout 2023. Guests sample our latest work along with small food samples to highlight the culinary relationship. During this tasting, we try to unravel some of the mysteries that seemingly surround a successful wine and food pairing, hopefully helping you understand why some wines pair better with certain foods than others. The winemaking staff is available for a personalized Q&A session.
Spring has sprung in Cadillac! We invite you to muddy up your tires while exploring a trail, cruise the river to cast a line or grab your clubs and take to the links. Our forests have come alive with new opportunities to explore! We welcome anglers casting for coveted Steelhead, Trout and Salmon. Join the hikers, bikers, paddlers and mushroom hunters to take in the fresh air, witnessing spring bloom along our 200+ miles of trails and scenic waterways.
Village Suites Bay Harbor
We are thinking of Spring at Village Suites Bay Harbor, a collection of boutique suites all unique in their decor and style situated upon a charming downtown featuring eateries, shops, specialties, deep-water marina, events and a premier performing arts center. Located in an ideal locale, along the shores of Little Traverse Bay with close proximity to world-class golfing, boating, wineries and several northern Michigan’s vibrant resort towns. Book your getaway today at bayharbor.com.
Riverside Canoe Trips
This spring, explore Michigan’s Platte River with Riverside Canoe Trips in Honor Michigan! Located about 30 minutes from Traverse City, Riverside rents canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and more, right on the Platte River, in the beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes. Whether you want to embark on a family trip, or an adventure with friends, Riverside is ready to accommodate groups of all sizes. You’ll find clear water, sandy beaches, and a new adventure at each bend of your trip. Mark your calendars for May 1st when they open for 2022!
It’s all about those adorable babies! Springtime at the Critter Barn in Zeeland is about baby farm animals. Be sure to visit our farm and meet the cute new baby faces: Calves, Lambs, Kids, Chicks, and Bunnies! Critter Barn is open at its new location: 2950 80th Avenue, Zeeland.
Blandford Nature Center
Blandford Nature Center is a community resource located in Grand Rapids with 264 acres of forests, meadows, and wetlands to explore. We invite guests of all ages to wander our 8 miles of trails and visit the 40+ rehabilitated wildlife ambassadors that live onsite. It is our goal to share our passion for the environment and wildlife with our entire community through outdoor education and public access to nature. Visit our website for more information and program opportunities!
Black Star Farms
Join us to celebrate 25 years of excellence in wine and hospitality! With appreciation to our faithful fans, Black Star Farms is offering new ways to enjoy our wines and winery estate throughout the entire year. A celebratory sparkling wine release, unique wine-tasting options, historical tours, new and retro dining experiences, and a summer cocktail party in the vineyard are just some of the exciting things we have in store. We’re having a lot of fun planning, and look forward to welcoming you back!
Enjoy a four-hour cruise across Lake Michigan between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin on a National Historic Landmark. Celebrating 70 years in 2023! Experience famous BADGER Bingo, drinks, dining, shopping, movie theatre, museum, relaxation, kids activities, and much more while aboard. Bring you car, RV, camper, semi, or motorcycle and travel beyond! The 2023 season is May 18th to October 9th. Reservations are now open, don’t hesitate, plan your travel today. Big Ship, More Fun!
Crystal Mountain Resort
At Crystal Mountain, get up to 25% off select May dates through 5/31/23. Great accommodations are available throughout the charming village. Dining, shops, and, according to Spas of America, the finest spa in Michigan are a short walk away. Enjoy two 18-hole championship golf courses, dozens of art sculptures in the outdoor Michigan Legacy Art Park, swimming, scenic chairlift rides, hiking and biking miles of local trails, tennis or pickleball, and group fitness classes. To get up to 25% off select dates, visit CrystalMountain.com/hotdates.
Silver Harbor Brewing Company
Taste the best of pure Michigan with Silver Harbor Brewing Company in St. Joseph, MI. Explore our 14+ award winning beers or our handcrafted spirits. Pair it with our local inspired lunch and dinner menu. So kick back, relax, take in the scenery of this beautiful facility, and most importantly raise a glass to pure Michigan.
Mackinac State Historic Parks
The first day of spring reminds us that Mackinac memories are not far off! Step into Fort Mackinac, the Revolutionary War-era icon that has kept watch over Mackinac Island for more than 240 years. Experience rifle and cannon firing demonstrations, informative tours, engaging exhibits, outstanding shopping, and dining at the Tea Room with a view that will leave you speechless. Fort Mackinac opens for the 2023 season May 4 and remains open through October 22. Tickets available now!
Pigeon Creek Golf Course
Create unforgettable golfing memories at Pigeon Creek Golf Course! Our course boasts immaculate fairways and greens, perfect for sinking that birdie putt. Take a relaxing walk on our links-style course or cruise around in our new EZGO carts. Challenge yourself and your friends on our dog leg par 4’s or receive expert guidance from our award-winning PGA staff. Enjoy country club conditions and family-friendly service at Pigeon Creek Golf Course. Come and experience the ultimate golfing adventure!
Visit South Haven
Now is the time to book your escape! After a day of sunshine, in one of the Midwest’s quintessential lake towns, it’s important to have the right place to lay your head and dream of tomorrow’s memories. In South Haven, there are lodging choices to satisfy all visitors, with a variety of options on Lake Michigan. You’ll end your nights with breathtaking sunsets and wake to the sounds of Lake Michigan each morning – secure your escape to South Haven today.
Greater Lansing Area
Looking for one thing to do in Greater Lansing? We’ll give you 23! Find new restaurants, new festivals, new hotels, the new addition of Heritage Hall at the State Capitol, a new craft beverage pass and so much more to keep everyone entertained and satisfied. Perfect for a weekend getaway. Central. Affordable. Relaxed. Inviting. Book your stay today in Michigan’s capital city.