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Tibbits Featured on West Michigan Summer Bucket List

You might have a little extra free time this summer, or have the desire to go on a road trip. With so many things to do and places to visit in West Michigan, how will you decide what to do? That’s where the West Michigan Summer Bucket List comes in handy. See how many places you can visit, or discover something completely new to add to your vacation schedule!

  • Spend time on Lake Michigan in a unique way! The Inland Seas Education Association in Suttons Bay lets you help raise the sails and steer the ship on their schooner Inland Seas. You can also drive a professional remotely operated vehicle from the deck of the 77′ schooner Utopia.
  • See thousands of motorcycles from all over the world at the Lake County Chamber of Commerce’s Blessing of the Bikes. The event is held from May 18th to 20th and features new and antique models for you and your family to check out.
  • A trip to Mackinac should be included on every summer bucket list, and a visit to the Mackinac State Historic Parks will help make the experience complete! They have a full summer of daily and special events at all of their sites.
  • Sault Ste. Marie has to be on the bucket list for two reasons: the world-famous Soo Locks, and the fact that it is the oldest city in Michigan, celebrating its 350th anniversary in 2018.
  • Visit one (or all) of the St. Joseph area’s many events. Kicking off the summer is Antiques on the Bluff on Sunday, May 6th, followed by the 6th Annual BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass event on Saturday, May 19th. To celebrate Memorial Day, the area puts on a parade at noon on Friday, May 25th, with a farmers market the following day.
  • Bike the only Michigan highway where vehicles are illegal with a bike rental from the Island House Hotel on Mackinac Island. When you’re done, try everyone’s favorite slow smoked pulled pork sandwich from Ice House BBQ or soak in the view and food at the 1852 Grill Room.
  • Enjoy free outdoor concerts with the Hastings Live! Summer concert series at Thornapple Plaza. The summer concert series offers up the best in local and regional entertainment every Wednesday and Friday. Come see why Hastings is rapidly becoming a destination for art and music lovers!
  • Have you always wanted to experience the joy of water sports, but have no clue where to start? Look no farther than Action Wake Park’s Learn To Ride (LTR) class. Located at their facilities in Hudsonville, your classes include group instruction, all your rental equipment, and beginner cable speeds for the entire class.

  • Start your summer off right by visiting the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in Augusta for nature, fun, and education! As you walk the beautiful lakeside trails, see if you can find a frog, locate a bird’s nest, spot a black swan, and learn the sound of a bobwhite! The sanctuary is open to the public 365 days a year, with free admission for members and low admission prices for new guests.
  • A trip to Mecosta County and the mighty yet majestic Muskegon River, the 2nd longest river in Michigan, needs to be on your bucket list. There are many fishing points, as well as tubing, canoeing, and kayaking. If you’re looking for other fun activities to do throughout the summer in Mecosta County, they do not disappoint with live music, outdoor activities, and special events.
  • Visit Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, one of USA Today’s “10 great places to see the lights way off Broadway.” Tibbits Professional summer theatre, children’s popcorn theatre, concerts, and art exhibits fill the intimate 500-seat theatre. Come enjoy top-quality summer performances, including Jesus Christ Superstar and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, at a great value!
  • Visit the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven as part of your summer buckets list! With five historic and replica on-water vessels and multiple buildings and exhibits, it’s sure to make history come alive for you and your family. From a sunset sail or Pirate Chaser aboard tall ship Friends Good Will to their latest exhibit all about the role Lake Michigan played during WWII, the Michigan Maritime Museum is so much more than just a boat ride!
  • A trip to Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire is perfect for guests looking for the northern Michigan experience. Located just 31 miles northeast of Traverse City, Shanty Creek is commonly referred to as ‘More Traverse. Less City.’ This means guests will find the beauty of the woods and water of northern Michigan at a slower pace, far from the crowds and traffic.
  • Rent a pontoon and make it a day of relaxation on the water in Coldwater! Michigan is known for the Great Lakes along with plenty of inland lakes, but did you know that Coldwater Country is home to two chains of lakes and more than one hundred freshwater lakes?
  • Make your way to Coldwater’s Capri Drive-In, one of the remaining drive-in movie theaters in Michigan. The Capri Drive-In shows first-run double features on both screens throughout the summer.

  • Bring the kids to Jump Around Fun Center in Ludington! Their 11,000 square foot outdoor inflatable park opens Saturday, May 26th for its second season.
  • Visit Tulip Time in Holland for their 89th year! Back in 1929, the City of Holland planted its first crop of 100,000 tulips and the overwhelming number of visitors over the years as the festival took shape resulted in the addition of programs, pageantry, costumes, parades, and the popular Dutch Dancers. This year’s festival is from May 5th to 13th, and surely won’t disappoint!
  • Spend time in Mt. Pleasant experiencing everything that the area has to offer. Soaring Eagle Casino Summer Concert series kicks off with Chris Young Losing Sleep World Tour with Kane Brown on Sunday, June 17th, with more acts to be announced soon! Get fresh vegetables at the Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market every Thursday and Saturday, starting on Thursday, June 7th. If you want to spend time on the golf course, check out the Mt. Pleasant area’s 11 courses with help from Michigan’s Central Swing.
  • Come down to Atwater Brewery in Grand Rapids to cross another craft brewery off of your list. With outdoor seating available when the weather warms up, feel free to bring the pups while you grab a pint!
  • Visit a sustainable farm at Virtue Cider in Fennville! Virtue Cider not only grows apples and presses cider on-site, but they are also a working farm! Reconnect with the farming processes and immerse yourself in Michigan agriculture and traditional cider making.
  • Attend a Distilling Class at New Holland Brewing Company’s Pub in Holland and learn how to make your own spirits.
  • Brew your own beer at Saugatuck Brewing Company! Saugatuck Brewing Company is proud to be the only brewery in Michigan to feature a Brew On Premise Program. They provide the recipes, natural ingredients, professional brewing equipment, and the expertise to guide you through the process. It takes approximately four hours to brew your batch, and then you return in two to three weeks to bottle and sample your beer.
  • Cycle down the paved Leelanau Trail and enjoy a picnic lunch while you visit up to seven wineries just off the trail with Grand Traverse Bike Tours. Experience one of their tours in the company of an expert guide or go on your own with a fully supported self-guided tour.
  • Drive the Tunnel of Trees to the end, where you can enjoy an authentic Polish pierogi overlooking Lake Michigan at Legs Inn in Cross Village.
  • Experience Beer City USA with a stay at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids that includes local beers waiting for you upon arrival, a Beer City Passport and t-shirt, and access to the spa for a “Brew and Renew” spa special.
  • Fly a plane in the Air Zoo’s simulator at their museum in Kalamazoo. Strap in and take hold of the controls as you perform full-motion loops, rolls, and more while dogfighting in a fighter plane, or performing aerobatics in a high-performance stunt plane. Presented in amazing high-definition 3D, experience the closest thing to real flight without leaving the ground!
  • Relive the golden age of aviation at Waldo Wright’s Flying Service in Kalamazoo. Waldo Wright’s was established in 1995 with the dream of introducing people of all ages to the thrill and romance of open cockpit biplane flight.

  • Meet a giraffe up close and personal at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek! From the overlook deck, guests can meet these gentle giants face to face and hand-feed them lettuce.
  • Hike, swim, and explore the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, with 64 miles of beaches, coves, islands, and hills on the west coast of the Leelanau Peninsula.
  • Listen to history at the Music House Museum in Acme. Recognized by Forbes.com as one of the ten reasons to visit Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, the Music House Museum offers a unique collection of instruments that provide guests with a glimpse into the history of automated musical machines.
  • Make a splash on the Big Couloir water slide at Avalanche Bay at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, where you’ll launch from a capsule angled just 10° from vertical, and accelerate the entire way around a 360° Super LOOP.
  • Peddle your way around Grand Rapids on the self-propelled Great Lakes Pub Cruiser, the first and only “Green Pub” in Michigan.
  • Ride the Fins of a Windmill on Harry’s Windmill ride at Nelis’ Dutch Village in Holland, which combines a restored 1940 Eli Bridge #5, 45-foot-high Ferris Wheel matched with a reproduction of a Netherlands windmill.
  • Sample the Pure Michigan flavors from Hudsonville Ice Cream, including Grand Hotel Pecan Ball, Sleeping Bear Dunes Bear Hug, and Grand Traverse Bay Cherry Fudge. With a deep heritage built in Michigan, there is over 90 years of history in every scoop.
  • See a performance at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids, which features regular performances by the Grand Rapids Symphony, Broadway Grand Rapids, and other national-caliber performing arts groups.
  • Stay overnight aboard the USS Silversides Submarine Museum. This vessel was credited with sinking 23 major Japanese ships and is considered the U.S. Navy’s most successful surviving World War II submarine. It is currently set up as a museum in Muskegon.
  • Take a “Paddle n’ Pints” trip with Rockford Brewing Company, where you’ll fill up plastic growlers at the brewery before spending two hours floating down the river and enjoying the outdoors.
  • Take the Chocolate Factory tour at Chocolates by Grimaldi in Grand Haven for an “I Love Lucy” experience where you’ll learn about chocolate from pod to bean to delicious chocolate, while enjoying samples along the way.
  • Tour a Coast Guard Ship, dance in the streets of Grand Haven at the yearly street dance, and then settle in to enjoy the fireworks and musical fountain from the waterfront at the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival each August.
  • Try your hand at the Sporting Clay course at Blendon Pines Gun Club in Zeeland and see how many clay pigeons you can hit with a shotgun over twelve different shooting stations.
  • Visit Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids and marvel at the 24-foot-tall bronze horse statue. The outdoor gardens feature four-season plantings that can be enjoyed throughout the year. To foster an educational awareness of the numerous ecosystems in West Michigan, the Wege Nature Trail winds through a forested section while the Frey Boardwalk introduces visitors to the natural wetlands.

  • Walk along the World’s Longest Porch (660 feet) at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. 2018 marks Grand Hotel’s 131st Birthday and over 85 years of the Musser family’s ownership.
  • Watch a sunset from the middle of Lake Michigan with nothing to obstruct your view on Beaver Island. To get on the island, head over to the Beaver Island Boat Company located in Charlevoix. Their knowledgeable tour drivers will guide you through Beaver Island’s beautiful scenery and intriguing history, while giving you an idea of why island life is so unique.
  • Treat yourself like royalty with a visit or overnight stay at Henderson Castle in Kalamazoo or Castle Farms in Charlevoix.
  • Attend the 57th Annual Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff, sponsored by the Krasl Art Center,  on July 14th and 15th. This is one of the most prestigious and well-attended events in St. Joseph, bringing artists from around the country together for a fun weekend.
  • Golf at Journeyman Distillery’s 27,000 square foot putting course based on the Himalayas at St. Andrews. The distillery, located in Three Oaks, also offers tours in addition to serving handmade spirits.
  • Spend time in the sun at the inaugural Great Lakes Surf Festival in Muskegon on Saturday, August 18th. Enjoy a late summer day on an amazing beach, doing what you love and surrounded by people from all over the Great Lakes region.
  • Peruse thousands of wines, foods, craft beers, meads, ciders, and more at Russo’s International Market. They have two locations in Grand Rapids, 29th Street or downtown, so plan your visit today!
  • Watch a movie aboard the USS LST 393 in Muskegon! Now in its 12th year, the free film series continues to show movies most Friday nights this summer.
  • Visit Bee Well Meadery in Bellaire to learn the history of mead and try some of their delicious products.


Original article from WMTA can be found HERE

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