Top 5 Summer Activities in Michigan

With June coming to an end, it is time to step outdoors and experience the crisp air and warmth of the sun. It is the perfect season to escape the confines of indoor routines and explore what nature has to offer. Whether you are with your family, friends, or coworkers, the Gaco Girls have teamed up to share our top outdoor activities in Michigan that will make your summer memorable. 

GACO Girls top Michigan Picks

Go Hiking!

Among the countless activities available, hiking stands out as an exceptional way to immerse yourself in nature’s beauty and embrace adventure. A place for everyone is Sleeping Bear Dunes in Traverse City. The Dune Climb offers plenty of pure, wind-blown sand for your climbing pleasure. The Dune Climb is located about 5 miles north of Empire on M-109. For those who are looking for a closer trail, we recommend something like the Blue Heron Lagoon Trail.  So, lace up those tennis shoes, grab your picnic cooler backpack, and get ready to explore the outdoors! 

Go paddle boarding!

Paddleboarding serves as an easy relaxing activity to take on this summer as individuals or in a large group. Paddleboarding provides a unique blend of tranquility and excitement that allows you to connect with nature.  Launching from a sandy beach and beginning with some basic paddling tips, spend one and half hours on Walled Lake.  Grab your inflatable paddleboard and plunge into the clear lake before we paddle back into the sunset. 

Go Climb Trees!

What would kids love more than climbing things?  The Tree Runner outdoor park in West Bloomfield is the perfect place to take an adventure. Not only do they offer an unforgettable day of challenges, but they also have night activities such as Glow Night. A special event is held at Tree Runner Adventure Parks where the park is illuminated with colored LED lights and music, creating a unique and exciting nighttime climbing experience. It’s a fun and memorable way to experience the park after dark, especially with this colorful hip pack.

Go Float Down a River!

When the temperatures rise and the air carries a gentle breeze, there is no better way to unwind and connect with nature than by floating down a peaceful river with a creekkooler in tow.  If you choose to indulge in this exciting activity, be sure to stop at Glen Arbor’s first food truck, Fried, after for a taste of their famous chocolate pud It is downright decadent. Located between Crystal River Outfitters and Riverfront Deli, the food truck lot has several picnic tables.

Go Fish!

Cast a line and unwind while you experience the joy of summer fishing. On a few Saturday and Sunday summer mornings, Johnson Nature Center offers family-friendly fishing.  Participants have the option of bringing their own equipment, like these lures or borrowing from what the Nature Center has to offer. Enjoy a morning of fishing with family and friends. 

Go Outdoors!

Overall, venturing outdoors provides an opportunity to unplug from technology, breathe in fresh air, and engage in physical activities that promote overall well-being. Whatever you choose to do, each experience offers a unique blend of joy, rejuvenation, and exploration. For more ideas, visit our Summer Lookbooks here. 

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