Free Michigan Attractions Through the Michigan Activity Pass

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Just because the summer is over, and school is back in session, that doesn’t mean that your family has to quit enjoying their time together visiting Michigan Attractions. The fall is a wonderful time to get out and explore Michigan before the ground is covered in snow and the temperatures begin to drop. There are still a couple good months for spending time in the crisp fall air, and of course, there is the added benefit of not having to slather anyone is sunscreen or douse them in bugspray.

Plus there are many attractions that your family can visit for free. The Michigan Activity Pass is a combined effort of Michigan libraries and parks departments, as well as many other dedicated sponsors. Anyone with a library card is able to get a Michigan Activity Pass that gives them free admission to historical sites, campgrounds, parks and a huge variety of cultural attractions across the state.

You can pick up your pass at your local library. If you want to explore the possibilities, you can do a search to see what attractions are included in the Michigan Activity Pass at their website. According to the Hometown Life article, “Free Pass to Michigan Attractions Available at Library” Jim Pletz, the director of the Michigan Library network is really excited to be able to offer this program to members of the community,

“The Michigan Activity Pass is a great value for our patrons as it encourages people to enjoy some of Michigan’s greatest resources free of charge.” Sandra Clark, director of the Michigan Historical Museum said, “We look forward to offering our patrons the Michigan Activity Pass. It’s great to give Lansing residents another reason to visit the library and experience so much more than they may realize is available to them with their library card.”

This year’s program will run through May 23rd, 2016. This is the third year of the program, so chances are good that new program will launch in May for 2016 to 2017. It is the perfect time to get out and explore some of the attractions that you have always wanted to visit. Get your free camping done quickly before the temperatures cool off, and remember when we are suffering through a freezing winter, that there many museums available through the Michigan Activity Pass for some educational, indoor fun.

For more information on Michigan activities and attractions you don’t want to miss, just visit one of our favorite websites! SIPIGO – Search It, Plan It, Go!

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Fun Things to Do and See in Michigan-Platte River Tube/Canoe Tours

Are you looking for fun things to do and see in Michigan for your entire family?  The Platte River is located about 20 minutes south of the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes in northwest Michigan and is about a 35 minute drive from Traverse City.  Whether you want to take a summertime tubing jaunt down a lazy river or if you want to sit in a canoe and paddle your way through stunning fall foliage, the Platte River has something for you.

There are also kayaks, rafts and paddle boards available for rental near the river.  Both Riverside Canoe Trips and The Honor Trading Post offer complete tour packages of both the Upper and Lower Platte rivers, including vehicle shuttle service.  The best way to relax and enjoy the gentle flow of the river system is to rent a tube and make your way down the Lower Platte.  Trips range from one to two hours in length.  The highlight of the longer trip is found at the end where your tube will float you right out to junction with the spectacular shoreline of Lake Michigan.

For those that prefer a more challenging run, rent a canoe and test your skills on the Upper Platte.  Although the depth of the water is usually 2-3 feet, the river current is noticeably faster and there is about a 50% tip over rate, therefore there are age restrictions for this adventure.  Most canoers can make the trip in about three to four hours.

For those on a budget, you can pack your own lunch, leave it in your vehicle and then sit on the beach at Lake Michigan to enjoy your picnic after your tour.  Both rental services also offer packed lunches and full service party stores with soft drinks, snacks, ice cream, pizza, fishing equipment, sunscreen, floating coolers, water shoes and basically anything you need to fully enjoy your time on the Platte.

There are also local restaurants in nearby Honor, Glen Arbor, Frankfort and Beulah that serve both lunch and dinner.  The Riverside Canoe Trips site provides a generous listing of local accommodations ranging from camping sites to cottage rentals and nearby hotel/motels.

It has been said that Michigan is a water-winter wonderland.  The rich abundance of rivers and lakes that Michigan offers, allows vacationers to create wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.  For more information about the amazing water adventures that are found throughout Michigan, please contact us.

Motown Museum is a Beloved Michigan Attraction

Summer is in full swing, and whether you live in Michigan or are visiting on vacation there are unique and fun experiences you can have that will create wonderful memories.

A top rated attraction in Detroit that you may have never considered is the Motown Historical Museum. America fell in love with Motown sensation like The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Jacksons, and The Temptations. Artists like these were an integral part of music history who have left a legacy that musicians will look to for inspiration for decades to come.

While Motown has become the moniker for the whole style of music, it began as a record label in Detroit, started by Berry Gordy Jr. The Gordy family’s contributions to music history in Detroit are proudly on display at the Motown Historical Museum.

When you visit the museum you can literally step into history, as you have the opportunity to stand in Studio A where some of your favorite albums were recorded by world class artists.

You will see artifacts, photographs and exciting memorabilia in the beautifully preserved record label and Berry family home.

According to the MoTown Museum website the mission of the museum is

“to educate and motivate people, especially youth, through exhibitions and programs that promote the values of vision, creativity and entrepreneurship. To build awareness of the global impact of Motown and its artistic contributions to entertainment.”

The museum is always closed on Mondays and is only open on Sundays during the summer, but all other days of the week it is open from 10 am to 6 pm except for major holidays. Admission to the museum is $8 for children and $15 for adults.

For more information about fun things to see and do in Michigan, please contact us.

Michigan Attractions: The Henry Ford Museum

If you find yourself in the Dearborn Michigan area, you have to take the time to visit The Henry Ford Museum. The Henry Ford Museum is consistently rated as one of the most popular Michigan attractions with residents and vacationers alike.
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This is definitely a museum that is designed to be enjoyed by all ages, with plenty of hands on fun for kids and lots to reminisce over for older adults.

According to The Henry Ford website,

“It (the Henry Ford Museum) began as a simple yet bold idea to document the genius of ordinary people by recognizing and preserving the objects they used in the course of their everyday lives. It grew into the ultimate place to explore what Americans past and present have imagined and invented”

When you visit, make sure you check out the impressive collection of presidential limousines including limousines that were used to transport Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.

You can teach your children all about the importance of American Industry with the Made In America exhibit that celebrates American innovators from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

The Driving America exhibit features all the historic auto-mobiles you would expect, with plenty of digital and interactive play that you might not have expected, and your kids will love to see the drive-in theatre!

The museum doesn’t only focus on cars, but also features, trains, planes, history, memorabilia and electronic equipment of various types. There is so much to see, do and explore that you’ll want to allow plenty of time, in order to not feel rushed. Many visitors said in reviews that even after three or four hours in the museum they didn’t have a chance to see everything.

The museum is open seven days a week, except that it is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Children four and under are free. Children from the ages of 5 to 12 are $15. Adults pay $20 for admission to the museum, and seniors who are 62 years old or older pay $18. In addition to the museum, you can visit the Henry Ford Village, take in an IMAX or take the Ford Rouge Factory Tour. All of these activities have an additional cost but discounts are available when you are visiting more than one attraction. If you do plan on visiting multiple Henry Ford attractions, you might want to spread them out over multiple days to have ample time to really enjoy each one.

For more information on fun places to visit in Michigan, please contact us.

Fun Things to Do and See in Michigan: Explore Mackinac Island

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Many think of Mackinac Island as the “Gem of the Great Lakes.” They come to this tortoise shaped island for its blue water, beautiful scenery, festivals, and much more.

Arch Rock – This natural limestone arch formed during the Nipissing post-glacial period. It is one of the most photographed locations on the island. Topping out at nearly 15 stories high, it gives visitors incredible views of Canada and Lake Huron.

Jack’s Drive it Yourself Buggy Rides – No experience is necessary to rent a horse and carriage to drive around and sightsee. The draft horses are laid back and know the routes. You’ll just need to give them a little direction from time to time.  Have your dog with you?  If he’s friendly around horses, he can go for a ride, too.

Holland Theatre – Built in 1885, this theatre is a haunted house of three-dimensional monsters that are sure to give you a screaming good time. If they don’t, the scary noises and staff jumping out at you surely will.

Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory – Hundreds of colorful butterflies will fly around during your visit. The conservatory also has exhibits and curators that will teach you everything you want to know about these beautiful creatures. Craft projects are offered daily June through September weather permitting.

Festivals – Mackinac Island has festivals the whole family can enjoy. They are:

  • Mackinac Island Lilac Festival – Held June 5-14, it celebrates the pretty flower that was brought here during Colonial times. The festivities include concerts, a history lecture at the Grand Hotel, and the Taste of Mackinac that serves cuisines such as American, Irish, and Jamaican.
  • Fudge Festival – This delectable treat was not invented on Mackinac, but Mackinac Island fudge is a countrywide favorite. “Dining Under the Influence of Fudge,” Michigan Brewery beer tastings, and the “Great Turtle Slow Ride” are just some of the events offered. The festival takes place August 21-23.
  • Mackinac Island Festival of the Horse – Commemorate the horse’s role on the island by watching a carriage parade, taking a pony ride, touring a stable, and more. Join the fun August 28-29.
  • Jazz Festival – Celebrate Labor Day weekend by listening to jazz performed by some of the genres best musicians. Daytime performances are held in the Tea Garden, and in the evenings, the music moves to the theatre. The music will fill the air September 4-7.

If you would like to learn more about fun things to do and see in Michigan, contact us to learn more.

Michigan Attractions: See the History of the State at the Michigan Historical Museum

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One of the most fascinating Michigan attractions is the Michigan Historical Museum, which has 26 exhibits on five levels, each depicting a period of the history of the state. They include, according to the City-Data site:

“The First Peoples,” which depicts how the first inhabitants of what would become Michigan lived, the ancestors of the Native Americans who are thought to have first arrived 12,000 years ago;

“Settling the State,” which tells the story of the first white settlers of Michigan, starting in the early 1800s;

The Civil War Gallery, which shows the role that Michigan, a strong anti-slavery state, played in the conflict that split the United States in twain and killed over 600,000 people by the time it ended;

“Growing Up in Michigan, 1880-1895” shows a period of the state through the eyes of young people during the latter part of the 19th century.

Other galleries depict some of the industries that helped to enrich Michigan, including lumber, mining, and, of course, the automobile industry.

The atrium to the museum stands four stories high and includes a three-story high topographical map of Michigan. One should allow 90 minutes for a museum tour.

The Michigan Historical Museum is situated in the east wing of the Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing. The complex is on the north side of Kalamazoo Street, two blocks east of M. L. King Jr. Boulevard.

Admission ranges from $6 for adults to $2 for young people ages 6-17. Children five and younger are admitted free. Seniors get in for $4.

The museum is open Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on state holidays and certain other days of the year.

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Michigan Events: Celebrate Spring by Watching Vintage Baseball in Saginaw

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Back before Cracker Jack® made its debut in Chi-Town, Michigan’s gentlemen were mixing it up on Great Lake State’s baseball diamonds. Of course the game wasn’t anything like it is now but that doesn’t mean folks can’t recapture the sport’s glory days in Saginaw. Located in Saginaw County, it is home to a special group of dapper dressed men who know how to pitch a no-hitter and catch a fly ball old-school style, the Saginaw Golds.

They are one of many vintage baseball clubs responsible for some of the best, nostalgia-fueled, Michigan events imaginable. In 2015, they’ll be kicking off the City of Saginaw’s vintage baseball season on the afternoon of May 3rd. Unfortunately, it’s scheduled to be an away game but no matter. They call Ojibway Island home so the team won’t stay away for very long. Their season typically runs straight through the end of September.

The team is presently owned by Lumberaron Campau and managed by Dos Equis Curry. Their team captain is Squints McCauley. Last year, he managed to hit an impressive home run and help the team rack up some serious points. The men are following a Saginaw tradition that has been in place since 1883. So they don period uniforms and adhere to the rules their ancestors followed in the 1800s.

For travelers who have never been to a vintage game in Saginaw before, the island is located in the city’s downtown area. So, access to food, drinks, parking and lodging is not a problem. We should also mention that the park plays host to a series of other Michigan events throughout the year, including open-air concerts.

To learn more about Michigan’s vintage baseball leagues and where you can catch a game with the family, please contact us at SiPiGo today. We offer travel planners information about all of the best Michigan events, year-round.