You’ll find endless ways to have fun during summer in West Michigan!
Scroll down for summer inspiration from some of our favorite West Michigan destinations.
If your idea of the perfect vacation is sugar-sand beaches stretching along 28 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, outdoor adventures hiking or biking, climbing to the top of historic lighthouses, or exploring a charming downtown, Ludington is your destination for summer fun!
Nestled halfway up Michigan’s west coast on Lake Michigan, Ludington is a place to get off the grid, yet enjoy a gourmet meal and a craft beer. The quaint, laid-back atmosphere that visitors and locals alike crave – provide a perfect combination of unspoiled natural beauty and small-town charm.
Summer in Bellaire is here! Whether you are golfing, boating, kayaking, hiking, shopping, or dining there are endless options in our beautiful Northern Michigan town!
Rubber Ducky Festival is back this year in Bellaire! This is our 34th annual festival and runs from August 16th-22nd. Saturday August 21st downtown activities include an Arts & Crafts Show, Kid’s games/activities, Parade, 2000 Rubber Duckies racing down Intermediate River, and much more! $1,300 in Cash Prizes!
Explore Summer Fun in the Big Rapids Region! Experience county-wide farmers markets, endless trails for hiking and biking, over 100 lakes for fishing and boating, plus parks, exhibits and more.
Enjoy Air Fest at Big Rapids Roben-Hood Airport and Car Fest Downtown Big Rapids June 26. Escape for a day of outdoor music at the Annual Bands, Brews & BBQ Festival July 10 at the Big Rapids Bandshell with numerous restaurants and vendor booths. Plan your getaway today at BigRapids.org.
In addition to their campground, dinner theatre, turkey restaurant, gift shop, and ice cream parlor, Turkeyville has a whole summer of special events planned!
Check out their event calendar to get the scoop on their annual car show, comedy night, arts & crafts show, and so much more.
Nature meets urban in Kalamazoo—It’s the perfect place to get outside this summer, with beautiful hiking and biking trails that are just minutes away from an exciting downtown experience and of course, cold craft brews.
Discover the many ways to enjoy summertime in Kalamazoo and check out the new Discover Kalamazoo Travel Guide!
Hudsonville Winery / Pike 51 Brewing
This is a great two-in-one stop in Hudsonville, where you’ll find beer, wine, cider, and seltzer made right on site. Order lunch or dinner off their full menu, featuring everything from burgers to burritos to salads and wraps.
Summer Favorite: Wine Slushies! Enjoy one on the patio, or grab some to go.
Ottawa County Parks
Calling all boaters – visit us on the water this summer! Ottawa County Parks & Recreation’s Ottawa Beach Marina is located on Lake Macatawa, just inside the channel to Lake Michigan in Holland, only minutes from the Holland State Park and Mt. Pisgah.
A universal kayak launch and day-use bikes are available free-of-charge. The county park offers an accessible boardwalk and several fishing piers nearby and visitors can also enjoy the Pump House Museum.
Bundy Hill Offroad
Bundy Hill Offroad is the perfect spot for all off-roading enthusiasts from beginners to experts. All vehicles are welcome from dirt bikes, jeeps, ATVs, UTVs, buggy’s and more.
Bundy Hill is located in Jerome, MI and 20 minutes south of Jackson on US-12. We are Michigan’s largest privately owned (No ORV stickers are required), family and pet friendly off-road park for all to enjoy. You can even make it a weekend trip by staying in our rustic campground.
The Fowling Warehouse™ Grand Rapids is the only place in West Michigan to play The Original Football Bowling Pin Game called Fowling™. With over 100 beers and the $2 Mystery Beer Machine we think we fit right in and are proud to be a part of the Beer City USA culture.
Bring your friends, family or your work team – anyone can do it!
There are two ways to play: Walk in for Unlimited Open Play for just $10, OR reserve a private lane for up to 10 people for two hours for $120! Click here to make a reservation.
Allegan Event’s riverfront zip line is a thrilling outdoor adventure experience located on the Riverfront Plaza in beautiful downtown Allegan, Michigan. Grab a group of your adrenaline-loving pals and prepare to check this experience off your bucket list.
Climb the staircase of the 65’ tall zip tower, then with an operator’s assistance, step off the platform and soar through the open air on our 600-foot long outdoor zip lines spanning the Kalamazoo River. Once you get to the other side, relax and prepare for your return flight back!
Come one, come all to Binder Park Zoo! Summer is here and it’s a great time to visit the zoo. You can feed the giraffes on the Twiga Overlook in Wild Africa, ride the carousel and visit Al the Giant Tortoise.
Later this summer you will even be able to see dinosaurs in the new Zoorassic Park. Binder Park Zoo: no 2 visits are the same.
Situated in some of the most scenic spots in our estate vineyards, Private Vineyard Picnics are the ideal way to enjoy premium Michigan wine and hard cider in a secluded setting.
Picnics include a private shuttle, wine, and charcuterie, as well as special wine discounts. Reserve yours today!
Find your summer escape at South Haven’s beautiful sandy beaches. Soak up the sunshine while walking the pier, splashing around at the Friends Good Will Splash Pad and indulging in your favorite flavor of Sherman’s ice cream.
Adventure out on a paddle board or kayak, available to rent right off the sand. Spend your evening marveling at the red lighthouse as the sun dips below Lake Michigan, the perfect way to end a summer day!
Traverse City Tourism
There’s a moment of quiet when you step into the first tee box, 18 holes of Pure Michigan golf stretch out before you, glimpses of aquamarine waters peeking through the trees beyond the dogleg ahead. You swing, strike and smile as the ball flies over an impossibly green fairway.
In summer, golf is the game in northern Michigan. Long days, bay breezes, and meticulously tended grounds make for perfect conditions. Plan your golf getaway.
Find yourself in the middle of it all. Your one-of-a-kind adventure begins at Crystal Mountain, a retreat with endless experiences and first-class lodging.
Tee off among vast vista backdrops, relax at the spa, cruise down Michigan’s only Alpine Slide, swim in our outdoor pools, and enjoy endless miles of hiking and biking. All just a short drive from Traverse City and the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Get outside and be in your element at Crystal Mountain. Plan your getaway today.
Whether you have a few days or a week or two to explore the Mackinac Straits area, St. Ignace makes a perfect hub for an ideal getaway.
You’ll find many unique attractions, a seasonal farmers market, amazing shopping and dining, exciting day trips, cruises and charters in the Straits of Mackinac, and ferry service to Mackinac Island. St. Ignace also boasts the most affordable lodging in the Straits of Mackinac area.
Greater Lansing Area
Nothing says summer more than a family road trip. Just a short ride down the road, find a fun and affordable weekend destination in Lansing. Favorite activities include a visit to Potter Park Zoo, Impression 5 Science Center, High Caliber Karting and kayaking along the picturesque Grand River.
We want you to Love Lansing Like A Local and create memories to last a lifetime. Our attractions have taken the Greater Lansing Safety Pledge for your safety and wellbeing.
Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry
Plan your summer trip to Mackinac Island, starting with first class service from Shepler’s Ferry!
Let us be the beginning and end to your vacation memories. Family owned and operated Shepler’s Ferry has been providing ferry service for Grand Hotel, Mission Point Resort & other fine properties on Mackinac Island for over 75 years. Choose safe, maintained vessels with the most scheduled departures and FREE day parking. Your chariot awaits! Buy discount tickets online at SheplersFerry.com and save time!
St. Joseph Today
The third weekend of the month, June through September, celebrate all things Southwest Michigan during the Love Local weekends!
Attendees will enjoy extended shopping hours, hour-long Friday Night Concerts, and special offers! For more information visit stjoetoday.com/lovelocal.
Located in the heart of the city, just minutes from the shores of Lake Michigan, Downtown Holland is a premier shopping, dining and special events destination like none other. With over 100 locally owned clothing boutiques, gift shops, art galleries and specialty stores, along with breweries, cafes and restaurants, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here!
Downtown Holland is also home to unique cultural attractions, beautiful parks and an award-winning farmers market. Shop, dine, explore….we can’t wait to welcome you!
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Holland Farmers Market
Shop from nearly 100 local farmers and vendors at the Holland Farmers Market this season! Located in Downtown Holland, the Market is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, rain or shine.
Join us to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables, beautiful plants and flowers, bread and baked goods, honey, maple syrup, jam, meat, gourmet specialty foods and more! You won’t believe the variety of products you can find that are grown right here in West Michigan!
In the Keweenaw, summer takes a little longer to get here. But that’s okay, because a Keweenaw summer is worth the wait.
Find rejuvenation in the fresh, cool waters of Lake Superior or experience why paddlers and boaters flock to MLive readers’ favorite U.P. inland lake. Discover untamed, backcountry wilderness by foot, bike or paddle, or find out why Isle Royale has the highest rate of return visitors of any national park in the United States. Let’s #ExploreMore this summer.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes
It is summertime in Silver Lake, and the sands and waters are alive and buzzing with excitement, seasonal attractions are open for your amusement, and life at the lake is good!
Whether you are looking for a thrilling ORV adventure or a restful beachside retreat, the Silver Lake Sand Dunes area offers adventure to fit all lifestyles in all seasons. There has never been a better time to plan a trip to Silver Lake. Visit ThinkDunes.com to get started!
Chain of Lakes Water Trail
Paddler’s Paradise in Northern Michigan
The Chain of Lakes Water Trail, hosted by Paddle Antrim, is home to 12 lakes and interconnected rivers providing over 100 miles to explore. With both small and large lakes, paddlers of all experience levels can enjoy a unique adventure.
Explore meandering rivers. Discover smaller lakes with beautiful views. Challenge yourself on larger inland lakes like Torch Lake. And at the end of the day, relax in one of the four quaint lakeside villages with renowned breweries, dining, and retail.
Summer On The Traverse Wine Coast
Summer is finally here, and we are officially in full swing at the winery! 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, featuring a brand new summer menu!
For centuries, visitors have found this horse-drawn national landmark to be the ideal vacation spot. No cars. No chain hotels. Just horses, bikes, world-famous Mackinac Island Fudge, historic Fort Mackinac, unique shopping and diverse dining.
Unforgettable sunsets, awe-inspiring sunrises and extraordinary nightlife befit our ranking as a Top 10 U.S. Island by TripAdvisor and USA Today. Start planning your trip to Mackinac Island…the Jewel of the Great Lakes.
Boulevard Inn & Bistro
The Boulevard Inn & Bistro offers a traditional, full-service, all-suite hotel and restaurant located on a picturesque bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. This beautiful getaway features spacious, comfortable, and quiet suites with scenic views in St. Joseph’s downtown – within walking distance of the beach, local shops, and popular attractions.
At the Bistro, we use local ingredients to create American cuisine with new and adventurous flavors. The dining room and terrace both provide views of Lake Michigan and the St. Joseph lighthouse.
Soak Up the Summer Fun in West Michigan’s Coldwater Country
Spend the day on the water paddling, cruising, or fishing the 100+ lakes or play at the inflatable aquatic playground, The Aqua Pit. Ride the rails of a historic steam engine train at the Little River Railroad. Visit the Adventure Zone for mini-golf, go-carts, laser tag and virtual reality games, perfect for days when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Catch a performance at Tibbits Opera House or a flick at the Capri Drive-In.
Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival
The Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival is happening June 30 through July 4!
This year’s event will feature one-of-a-kind entertainment like the U.S. Air Force F22 Raptor flying through a wall of fire and “Rocketman” Ignacio Valencia shooting out of a cannon at 55mph. With a five-hour air show, hot air balloons, fireworks, live music, food vendors, carnival rides and more, this is a premier family event of the summer that’s not to be missed.
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
Come Explore Pierce Cedar Creek Institute this summer! Our Hiking Trails are Free and Open Every Day Dawn to Dusk.
Our programming includes a Virtual Stroll on July 14 about moths and moonflowers, a Lunch and Learn on July 15 about lake sturgeon as well as a Virtual BioBlitz on July 22 about butterflies. Our yearly fundraiser, A Latesummer Night’s Green, is August 14 from 6 – 8 pm. Find more information at CedarCreekInstitute.org or on Facebook.