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42 Unique Spring Things to Do in Michigan This Year [Updated 2022]

Temperatures get cold in the winter in Michigan, creating some of the heaviest snowfall in the country. This is largely thanks to the climate around Lake Michigan. But when spring approaches and temperatures start to climb, Michiganders turn out by the thousands to celebrate.

If you’re looking for some of the best spring things to do in Michigan this year, check out our comprehensive list.

  • Visit Michigan Farmers’ Markets
  • Stop and Smell the Flowers at Tulip Time
  • Take a Hike on a Prairie Fen
  • Participate in a 5K Race
  • Attend Detroit Tigers’ Opening Day at Comerica Park
  • Enjoy Michigan Maple Syrup
  • Seize Fruit Blossom Photo Ops
  • Experience the Spring Festival in Milford
  • Explore Hidden Lake Gardens
  • Go Rockhounding for Petoskey Stones
  • Stop and Smell the Flowers at the Lilac Festival
  • Score a Hole-in-One
  • Explore Michigan Waterfalls
  • Experience Spring Skiing
  • Plant a Backyard Garden
  • Catch a Fish on Drummond Island
  • Hike Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary
  • Slide into the Pool at an Indoor Waterpark
  • Take a Hike on the Au Sable River Trail
  • Bike on the Fred Meijer Mid-West Trail Network
  • Flutter Your wings at a Michigan Butterfly House
  • Tour the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail
  • Forage for Morel Mushrooms
  • Stay Dry at an Indoor Playground
  • Visit Greenfield Village & Henry Ford Museum

Attend a Spring Festival in Michigan

Tulip Time | Holland, MI

True to its name, the town of Holland has a strong connection to its Dutch heritage. That means that when spring comes around, it’s time to celebrate tulips.

The annual Tulip Time festival takes place in the second week of May. This unique festival has been a part of Holland since 1929 and features hundreds of thousands of tulips in many varieties. It’s the chance for people of all heritages to celebrate the arrival of spring in an explosion of flowers! 

Aside from the tulips themselves, the weeklong event is a celebration of all things Dutch, from food to music, dancing, costumes, and more. Everyone is welcome to see the parade, explore the tulip immersion gardens, enjoy live music performances, and even buy local crafts and tulip bulbs.

The event takes place throughout the entire city. It features markets, flower and craft shows, concerts, fireworks, and more.

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Tulip Time | photo via Aaron Cruz

Sprinterfest | New Baltimore, MI

Sprinterfest is an annual festival that bridges the short time between the end of winter and the beginning of spring. The days are getting a bit longer, the sun is shining, and people are looking forward to the new season.

This fun event offers a fun assortment of winter and spring activities, such as a moderate Polar Bear Plunge that doubles as a fundraiser, perch fishing, and a 5k run. Visitors can also enjoy fun community activities, like a chili cook-off, a cornhole tournament, and live music throughout the weekend.

Saturday includes special activities just for kids throughout the day, but you can find kid-friendly and family-friendly events at any time of the week. Adults will enjoy a visit to the beer tent, where they can find a wide selection of beers from local craft brewers.

Meanwhile, the on-site craft fair displays artwork from creators throughout the New Baltimore area.

Spring Beer Festival | Traverse City, MI

Is there anything better than a glass of beer with friends after a long, cold winter? The Spring Beer Festival in Traverse City is a celebration of all things beer-related — or more specifically, all things related to Michigan-made beer.

This festival, which takes place in early May, features hundreds of locally-made Michigan craft beers from breweries in Traverse City and all over the state. Of course, that isn’t the only entertainment of the event!

A ticket also gets you access to live music and multiple beer tastings. In addition, there’s good food from some of the best local eateries in and around Traverse City.

Beer lovers need to make sure to visit this fun, late-spring event, which is perfect for getting out of the house after being cooped up all winter. Since it’s an event with alcohol, children aren’t permitted entry — everyone who attends the festival must be 21 or older.

Lilac Festival | Mackinac Island, MI

If you could attend one spring festival in Michigan, the Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island is the place to be. The island is a top tourist destination throughout the year, but it’s absolutely unmissable in the spring.

During this time, the island blooms with lilacs. The stunning color and amazing smell are so abundant that the flowers are celebrated with their own 10-day-long festival every June.

This festival has been an important part of life on Mackinac Island since 1949 and is the largest event celebrated there annually, with thousands of visitors enjoying the view. Events include activities for every age and interest, from a kids’ fun run to sailing.

On top of that, it features a Lilac Court with festival royalty, a parade, music, food, kite flying, and dancing in the street. Visitors can see the art museum for free, meet local artists, explore Mackinac Island State Park, and learn about the stunning flowers that cover the island too.

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival - Spring Things To Do
Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

Paczki Day | Hamtramck, MI

If you’ve never heard of paczkis, you must not live in the Midwest. This pre-Lenten pastry, pronounced “poonch-key,” is eaten in the days before Ash Wednesday by people of Polish heritage, many of them in the American Midwest.

But you don’t have to be Polish to enjoy these sugary, jam-filled delicacies during the annual Paczki Day celebration in Hamtramck Michigan. During this event, you can hop from bakery to bakery throughout the city to enjoy specially-made paczkis just for the day.

Bars also contribute with drink specials and live music. If you want to run off the fried dough, you can participate in the citywide Paczki Day 5k Run — or just cheer on the runners from the sidelines.

This is the perfect way to celebrate the end of the winter and the area’s Polish heritage while enjoying a delicious treat!

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Paczki Day | photo via Pixabay

National Morel Mushroom Festival | Boyne City, MI

Michigan is prime mushroom hunting country. In fact, every spring, Boyne City becomes home to the annual National Morel Mushroom Festival, a four-day event that’s all about this woodland delicacy.

This late May festival in Northern Michigan will celebrate Michigan morels with activities of all kinds, from cooking demonstrations with professional chefs to learning how to hunt for mushrooms in the woods. The festival also includes a beer tent, carnival, arts and crafts show, live music, and much more.

It might seem like an odd focus for a citywide celebration, but morels are the signal of spring in Michigan. Experts weigh in on the best locations to hunt for mushrooms in the area, and you can even enjoy some unusual mushroom-themed entertainment, like songs composed just for the festival.

If you love foraging, you aren’t alone. This annual event draws thousands of visitors to Michigan every year to celebrate the humble morel.

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National Morel Mushroom Festival | photo via @nextchapterlifestyle

Michigan Maple Festival | Jones, MI

Everybody loves fresh maple syrup, but most people have never had the chance to go to a special event that’s all about maple syrup and syrup tapping. The annual Michigan Maple Festival takes place in Jones Michigan in late March.

The event bridges the gap between winter and early spring with a celebration of one of the sweetest substances on the earth! There are dozens of activities throughout the festival, from a petting zoo to photo booths, a coloring competition, a talent show, a puppet show, a historical reenactment, and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Of course, this Michigan maple syrup festival is full of great things to eat as well. As you wander the booths, you’ll find everything from pancakes (with maple syrup, of course) to maple candy, maple ice cream, pastries, brats, baked beans, and much more.

There are limited quantities of some items, such as the festival’s famous maple cheesecake. So, make sure that you grab some while you can! 

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Hanover Horton Area Historical Society Maple Syrup Festival | photo via @taylor_irby

Grand Haven Kite Festival | Grand Haven, MI 

The saying goes that March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, in reference to the stormy and blustery weather throughout the month. Two months later in May, there are still breezes aplenty, but they’ve calmed down a bit just in time for the Grand Haven Kite Festival.

This annual event takes place on the shore of Lake Michigan, filling the beach with colorful kites for a single weekend in late May. It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see kites as you’ve never seen them before, from huge, colorful ones (some are bigger than school buses!) to kites operated by internationally-known professional handlers.

Visitors are welcome to bring and fly their own kites and even try out some of the newest and most fascinating models around. Of course, you’re always welcome to simply enjoy a day at the beach in view of the stunning kites.

Spring Festival | Milford, MI 

The Spring Festival in Milford is everything you’ve ever imagined about an old-world, classic spring celebration. From baby animals to flowers, music, live entertainment, and more, this annual event is simple family fun that’s perfect for welcoming spring.

It takes place every year in late April, just when the weather is beginning to warm up. The main events are sheep shearing, touring the farm that hosts the event, and getting to see newborn farm animals up close. 

The Kensington Living History Village also participates, providing living history reenactments of the daily tasks of the pioneer days. You can catch a hayride around the farm on your way out or catch a kid-friendly performance by Roscoe the Clown.

If you love a classic, timeless experience of celebrating the arrival of spring on the farm, the Milford Spring Festival should be at the top of your list!

Explore Nature This Spring in Michigan

Paw Paw Prairie Fen Preserve | Mattawan, MI 

Exploring the prairie fens of Michigan is a quintessential spring experience. These unique ecosystems are alive with new animals and plants, many of which you may never have seen before!

Paw Paw Prairie Fen Preserve in Mattawan is one of the best destinations in the state. Once designated for a housing development, researchers discovered that the preserve was fed by the nearby Paw Paw River, providing an amazing environment for both land and water animals and plants.

Today, the prairie fen is a protected area full of rich soil and rare plants. The unique and fertile growing environment also means the chance to spot unique wildlife! Throughout the year, you’ll find rare songbirds, huge trout, snakes, and turtles.

Spring is an especially beautiful time here as flowers bloom and the sun comes out. It’s the perfect time to take a hike through the fen’s 2 miles of developed trails.

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Paw Paw Prairie Fen Preserve | photo via @michigan_roots_birding

Cherry Blossoms or Apple Blossoms | Traverse City, MI 

Traverse City is known far and wide for its breathtaking fruit blossoms in the spring. Though these happen at different times throughout the season, each is worth the visit.

The region is full of apple and cherry trees, and when these burst into bloom, they draw visitors from all over the Midwest to enjoy the stunning view. 

Apple trees in and around Traverse City blossom starting in late April and may last through the middle of May. Cherry blossom season is shorter, lasting only a few weeks throughout May.

Despite their short life, cherry blossoms are beautiful enough to draw people to enjoy fruit tree “tours,” driving or hiking around the local farmland to view the beloved signs of spring.

Don’t fret if you missed the start of the window. Fruit trees in and around Traverse City bloom slightly earlier or later depending on the conditions of their environment.

Traverse City Cherry Blossoms - Spring Things To Do
Traverse City Cherry Blossoms

Hidden Lake Gardens | Tipton, MI 

The Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton are some of the most beautiful and fascinating in the state. The gardens, which are owned by Michigan State University, consist of 755 acres of land surrounding Hidden Lake and a conservatory. Along the way are 6 miles of walking trails and 12 miles of hiking trails, all of which are open throughout the year.

Spring is a particularly beautiful time to visit and explore — new bulbs are beginning to emerge and the weather is getting warmer. During this time, you might spot the beginning shoots of wildflowers and even young animals and birds throughout the gardens.

Late March brings the annual Spring Flower Bulb Show in the conservatory, where visitors can view and learn about all kinds of spring bulb flowers, including daffodils, amaryllis, hyacinths, tulips, and more. Guided tours are available throughout the year with registration two weeks ahead of time.

If you’re looking for a “Michigan garden near me” to visit this spring, don’t miss Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in West Michigan and Matthei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum in Southeast Michigan.

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Hidden Lake Gardens | photo via @jimhaadsma

Rockhounding | Petoskey, MI 

If you’ve been in Michigan long, you might have heard of rockhounding. To outsiders, this activity might sound baffling — after all, what’s so special about looking for rocks? You might be surprised to learn that Petoskey Michigan is one of the top sites for rockhounding in the Midwest!

Even more, the Petoskey stone (and the somewhat lesser-known Charlevoix stone) are totally unique to the region of the Great Lakes. These ancient stones are actually fossils of rare prehistoric coral and can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

Depending on where you are, it may be illegal to take them from the beach — but don’t worry. There are plenty of places where they’re free for the taking. With patience and a pair of sharp eyes, you may find one of these fascinating ancient fossils along the shore of Lake Michigan.

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Petoskey Stone

Camping | Isle Royale National Park, MI 

Michigan is one of the best places in the country for camping, especially around the Great Lakes. Isle Royale National Park, located in the middle of Lake Superior, is an amazing place to visit and explore, offering a remote and rugged experience.

Off the northern coast of the Keweenaw Peninsula, the park opens to visitors in the middle of April. You’ll have to take a ferry or seaplane to the archipelago, which stretches about 50 miles across the lake.

Despite the isolation of the park, there are 36 campgrounds throughout the islands and hundreds of miles of hiking trails. So, you won’t be completely alone!

This destination is certainly for experienced outdoorsmen. Cell service is spotty and access is limited. But if you are up for an adventure, camping here — especially in the spring — is an amazing experience. The end of winter offers the chance to view young wildlife, unique plants, and breathtaking scenery.

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Isle Royale National Park | photo via @natalieplumm

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory | Audubon, MI 

Bird-watching enthusiasts know that spring in Michigan is a can’t-miss opportunity. Whitefish Point Bird Observatory in Audubon is one of the top places in the state, thanks to its unique location on Lake Superior.

This puts it right in the middle of a natural migration channel and offers visitors the chance to see unique and rare bird species. In fact, Whitefish Point has been placed on the list of Globally Important Bird Areas. In the spring, birds of hundreds of species come here to breed.

With more than 340 distinct species observed, this is the perfect spot to see birds that you might not have seen before. These include water birds, such as the Sandhill Crane, Bonaparte’s Gull, Common Loon, and Broad-Winged Hawk.

You could even see uncommon raptors, such as the Mourning Dove, Sharp-Shinned Hawk, and Northern Flicker. Furthermore, you have the chance to spot owls, such as the Snowy, Northern Saw-Whet, Great Horned, Great Gray, and Barred.

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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory | photo via @this_is_my_fathers_world

Soo Locks | Sault Ste. Marie

The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie is a historical and mechanical marvel dating from the late 1700s and still used to the day. The locks connect the river between Lake Superior and Lake Huron, and by extension all the lower Great Lakes.

Thousands of ships carrying hundreds of thousands of pounds of cargo pass through the locks every year, including cargo being transported between the United States and Canada.

Every year, usually in late March, the Soo Locks open for the shipping season. The event draws thousands of visitors to stand on the viewing platform and witness the mechanical marvel. You can also learn about the history of the site and the effects that it had on the industrial and cultural development of the area.

The opening is a sight worth seeing, especially as the first cargo ships begin to navigate the river immediately upon available access. And, Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours starts operating again in mid-May, giving a firsthand experience of the Soo Locks.

Soo Locks, Sault Ste Marie - Spring Things To Do
Soo Locks

Gardening | Anywhere in Michigan

You don’t have to be in a specific spot or even have a green thumb to plant your own garden at home in Michigan. A home garden can be outside in your yard, an array of pots on your porch or balcony, or even a couple of planters in your living room.

No matter how much experience you have or what your space looks like, a spring garden is a great option.

To start, do some research about the kinds of plants that will thrive in a Michigan garden. Some of this will depend on where in the state you live because the average temperature and climate can vary. If you plant garden items indoors, you’ll have much more leeway in terms of what and when to plant.

Some great options for a spring garden in Michigan include lettuce, peas, spinach, radishes, beans, beets, cantaloupes, watermelons, dahlias, gladiolus, and lilies. 

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Garden | photo via

Stay Warm & Dry With Indoor Michigan Spring Fun

GT Butterfly House and Bug Zoo | Williamsburg, MI 

A butterfly house is worth a visit at almost any time of the year, and there are plenty of great ones throughout Michigan! However, the GT Butterfly House and Bug Zoo in Williamsburg is a famous one, and it’s particularly worth visiting in the spring.

During this season, you may have the chance to spot a lot of young butterflies, many of which are rare tropical breeds. Some of the butterflies will be familiar to you, such as the monarch. Others will be completely new since the GT Butterfly House houses species from all over the world, including many tropical butterflies.

Additionally, you may want to stroll through the Bug Zoo to observe amazing invertebrates, such as beetles, honey bees, frogs, tarantulas, and axolotls! This is a great family trip that offers the chance to see insects both native to Michigan and from all over the world.

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GT Butterfly House and Bug Zoo | photo via @mittenmindset

Greenfield Village & Henry Ford Museum | Dearborn, MI 

If you want to learn about some local Michigan culture and history, pay a visit to Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum. This 80-acre village features some of the most significant sites in the history of American invention, including the lab where Thomas Edison developed the first lightbulb.

Visitors can experience live reenactments of some of the most important historical developments of our country too. Also, you can hitch a ride on an authentic Model T Ford or a steam-powered locomotive train, eat a meal straight out of the 1830s, or learn how to blow glass like in the mid-19th century.

The seven distinct historical districts in the village offer the chance to experience the invention of America’s important cultural developments, including basketball as it was played in 1867 and historic farming methods. History and tech lovers alike will enjoy visiting this one-of-a-kind museum!

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Greenfield Village

Avalanche Bay | Boyne Falls, MI 

Michigan is full of great places to go swimming, from natural beaches to outdoor water parks. But in the spring, the cold sometimes tends to linger. That means that it’s a great time to grab your bathing suit and hit one of the state’s amazing indoor water parks, such as Avalanche Bay in Boyne Falls.

This one-of-a-kind indoor water park features 88,000 square feet of watery fun, rides, pools, and games — all in a warm and comfortable indoor facility. That means that it’s great for visiting any time of the year!

Try riding down one of the park’s thrilling waterslides, floating down the lazy river, surfing in a rip zone simulator, or playing under one of the waterfalls. There are also kiddie splash pads and pools to provide safe fun for visitors of every age.

And if you visit while the snow is still flying (because it is spring in Michigan after all), sneak in some spring skiing at nearby Boyne Highlands or Boyne Mountain Resort!

Avalanche Bay, Boyne Falls - Spring Things To Do
Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark | photo via @golfblogger

Yoyo’s Fun Center | Westland, MI

Michigan temperatures drop well below freezing in the winter and, depending on the year, often stay chilly through the spring as well. But kids will be kids, and they still have energy to work out no matter the temperature.

Luckily, when the weather is too cold to go to an outdoor playground, there’s the option of going to an indoor playground! There are many of these throughout the state, but one of the best is Yoyo’s Fun Center in Westland Michigan.

Here, kids can enjoy all the activities they would normally experience outdoors in a safe and warm environment. Additionally, there are jungle gyms, ball pits, and trampolines.

For a special occasion, take your children for an age-appropriate pottery class, or book a birthday party, where you can order food and beverages while the kids have fun. Indoor playgrounds are the perfect answer to winter and spring cabin fever, for kids and parents alike. 

Enjoy Some Outdoor Michigan Spring Sports

Au Sable River Trail | Grayling, MI 

The Au Sable River Trail is a moderate hiking trail that winds through Hartwick Pines State Park. The trail is only 3.9 miles long, making it perfect for hikers of almost any age. This is a great spot for kids since it’s not only easy for them to hike but also educational!

The river trail features 23 posts with information about the history, nature, and culture of the area. You can enjoy the sights of the forest and river along the way without feeling like you’re too far from the rest of the world. 

Spring is a particularly beautiful time in Hartwick Pines, with wildflowers blooming along the trail and animals beginning to emerge from their shelters. If you keep an eye out, you can spot arethusa, marsh marigold, trailing arbutus, yellow lady slipper, wood anemone, spring beauty, and other flowers.

Au Sable River Trail, Grayling - Spring Things To Do
Au Sable River Trail

Fishing | Drummond Island, MI

It should come as no surprise that Michigan, with its many lakes, is prime fishing country. In the spring, you’ll find anglers flocking to the Great Lakes to cast their lines for smelt and perch. Drummond Island is one of the best places in the state for fishing and has been nicknamed the Gem of the Huron.

The beginning of April brings the annual smelt run, which is when the native fish migrate for the purpose of breeding. This is the perfect time to go night fishing since smelt are active when the sun goes down! On certain nights in the spring, you might even get a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Of course, fishing is far from the only thing to do here — you’ll also find plenty of people visiting for bird-watching, hiking, camping, boating, and even scuba diving!

Fred Meijer Mid-West Michigan Trail Network | Alma to Owosso, MI 

Hiking is a top outdoor activity in Michigan, and it continues through all the seasons of the year. In the spring, you’ll find more and more people flocking to trails for hiking as the weather warms.

One of the most famous and popular is the Fred Meijer Mid-West Michigan Trail Network. The whole network encompasses a total of 125 miles of trails, featuring a huge variety of scenery, development, and wildlife. Some parts of the trail are paved, while others are rocky and challenging.

Depending on where you hit the trail, you could see sights that range from forest to valley, suburban areas, waterways, and more. The trail is also a popular spot for biking, and in the winter, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

Spring is the perfect time to visit, offering glimpses of melting waterfalls, new animal life, and blooming wildflowers. 

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Fred Meijer Mid-West Michigan Trail Network | photo via @jrcjr321

Pine Mountain Ski & Golf Resort | Iron Mountain, MI

You might think that skiing is only a winter activity, but it continues well into the spring! Spring skiing is a popular activity throughout Michigan, featuring milder temperatures and fewer crowds to contend with. 

Pine Mountain Ski & Golf Resort continues to draw visitors explicitly for the purpose of skiing well into the spring. While it’s far from the only option for skiing and snowboarding, it’s one of the best resorts in the Upper Peninsula!

During spring in the Upper Peninsula, you can generally expect to find fewer crowds, shorter lines, and lower booking rates, which makes spring the perfect season for visiting! The snow sticks well into April thanks to the climate of the mountains (and the help of snow machines).

This makes Pine Mountain and many other Upper Peninsula Michigan skiing destinations a great choice for spring break in Michigan or even further into the warm months of the year.

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Pine Mountain Ski & Golf Resort

Craig’s Cruisers | Norton Shores, MI 

Mini-golfing is a fun family activity that you can enjoy almost anywhere, and it’s perfect for springtime! If you’re looking for a great place to go mini-golfing in Michigan, check out Craig’s Cruisers in Norton Shores Michigan.

This combination mini-golf facility and arcade offers all kinds of family fun for a spring day. The mini-amusement park chain has four locations throughout the state, each with its own unique offerings! 

The 18-hole course in Norton Shores is open to visitors of all ages and features a digital scorecard that you can access on your phone. If you’re looking for other activities, try out the facility’s bumper boats, racetrack, go-karts, and batting cages.

Additionally, the facility offers group packages and birthday party bookings. There’s plenty to do, making this the perfect family outing for a day in spring in Michigan.

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Craig’s Cruisers | photo via @gingerapplebottom

Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary | White Cloud, MI 

Spring in Michigan is wildflower season. The Huron-Manistee National Forest’s Loda Lake and the surrounding area are some of the most breathtaking wildflower sanctuaries in the state. This is largely because of its unique and varied ecosystem.

With a lake, wetlands, marsh, oak forest, and pine forest, the area is ideal for native plant growth. In the spring, that means wildflowers galore. Starting in April, visitors walking the hiking paths will notice new plants blooming.

Throughout May and June, these will continue in an explosion of colors and scents. You may spot Michigan wildflowers such as pink lady’s slipper, columbine, swamp milkweed, jack-in-the-pulpit, trailing arbutus, and round-leaved sundew.

The trail, which features many educational posts with information about the local plant and animal life, is an easy trek of about 1.5 miles. Because of that, it’s ideal for hikers of almost all ages and abilities.

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Fred Meijer Mid-West Michigan Trail Network | photo via @jrcjr321

Spring Waterfalls | Ishpeming, MI 

Michigan is known for its breathtaking waterfalls, which draw thousands of visitors throughout the year. During the winter, many of these waterfalls freeze, allowing people to explore the hidden sites in and around them that are inaccessible throughout the rest of the year.

But the waterfalls are worth visiting in the spring too. During this time, the rising temperatures and spring rain add a lot of water to the falls. As a result, they’re heavier and more thunderous than any other time of the year.

Any of the falls around the state are worth visiting, but Black River Falls in Ishpeming should be at the top of your list! These stunning Michigan waterfalls are an amazing display of white water that falls more than 30 feet. The falls are located close to Lake Superior and connect to several hiking trails.

Les Cheneaux Islands | Cedarville, MI

Les Cheneaux, French for “the channel,” is a collection of waterways and islands off the north shore of Lake Huron. It offers a unique and beautiful environment of calm and temperate waters, sheltered from the strong winds of the Great Lakes.

Among the 36 islands of the channels, people enjoy hiking, fishing, sailing, and other watersports. Boats of all kinds are welcome here, from large sailboats to tiny canoes. The waters are unusually calm, making it perfect to paddle along hidden coves, explore islands, and enjoy a new side of the Great Lakes.

With several nature preserves throughout the islands, there’s no shortage of hiking trails available. Some of our favorite places to hike in the Les Cheneaux area include William B Derby Nature Preserve, Aldo Leopold Nature Preserve, John Arthur Woollam Preserve, and Cedarville Bay Nature Preserve.

Guests of Cedar Bay Camp & Retreat Center have additional hiking trails available to them along the 5 miles of pristine Lake Huron shoreline, showcasing the natural beauty of this area!

Not far from the M-123 Tahquamenon Scenic Byway and Tahquamenon Falls, the Les Cheneaux Islands are a perfect addition to any Upper Peninsula spring road trip!

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Les Cheneaux Islands | photo via @camera_jesus

Go to Michigan Spring Community Events

Tigers Opening Day | Detroit, MI

Sports fans will want to clear their calendar to attend Tigers Opening Day in Detroit. The celebration kicks off the entire season for one special day in early April and takes place in the team’s own Comerica Park. This event is in high demand, so you’ll need to get tickets ahead of time!

The day features a wide selection of events and activities. The main draw, of course, is the first baseball game of the season. However, the celebration extends far beyond the reaches of the park, with many bars and restaurants also participating.

Tigers fans also get the chance to enjoy food, drinks, and live entertainment at businesses throughout Detroit, including a multi-block party encompassing several nightclubs. In 2021, the party included 12 DJs and dozens of businesses throughout downtown Detroit and the city’s Greektown complex.

One thing is for certain — Tigers fans know how to party!

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Detroit Tigers | photo via Detroit Tigers

Mardi Gras 5k | Reese, MI 

Most people associate Mardi Gras with one last big party before the end of winter. But in Reese Michigan, the community celebrates a bit differently (and certainly most wholesomely).

Every year, the Bay Area puts on open registration 5k and 10k runs. Anyone in the community can participate, and prizes are awarded to the top male and female winners. Participants are also welcome to do a 5k walk, and prizes are awarded to the top placements in that category.

The event kicks off at Reese High School, and a portion of each registration fee going to support the school’s track and field program. If you enjoy running and are looking for something to focus on as winter wanes and spring approaches, joining a community 5k is the perfect way to do it!

This event usually takes place in early March. There’s usually a registration window of two weeks beforehand.

Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail | Saugatuck to Union Pier, MI 

Lake Michigan is widely known as the wine country of the Midwest. Each season offers something unique, but spring is a great time to make a trip. As the weather warms up, the scenery around the lake is absolutely breathtaking, providing the perfect backdrop as you sample the best wines of the region.

The Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail is known far and wide, featuring 15 top-quality wineries between Saugatuck and Union Pier. Each of these has one-of-a-kind experiences and offerings, all sourced from the region’s 10,000+ acres of wine-growing land.

As you travel the trail, you get to enjoy the unique tastes and smells of Michigan wine country, all against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful sites in the world.

Any of the wineries along the trail is worth visiting on its own, but a road trip to hit up all 15 locations is even better. And, taking this tour during Michigan Wine Month in May is sure to be a unique springtime experience!

Flint Farmers’ Market | Flint, MI 

Spring is the perfect time to visit a Michigan farmers’ market. In the spring, local farms bring the first fruits of their labor to the community, from spring peas to early flowers.

Flint has one of the best farmers’ markets in Michigan. This nationally-recognized farmers’ market features vendors of every kind, from local farms to butchers, fresh cheeses, locally-made craft beer and wine, baked goods, art pieces, and more.

As you browse the vendor stalls, you’ll spot local goods from beekeepers, farmers, and other producers throughout Michigan. Though the market is open throughout the year, you’ll definitely want to hit it up in the spring to access those early crops.

These include lettuce, peas, asparagus, rhubarb, spinach, beets, strawberries, and flowers galore. It’s also worth exploring the other features of the market, including fresh eggs, meat, and other homemade goods.

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Outdoor Music Show | Rochester Hills, MI

There’s nothing like enjoying a musical show under the stars. In Rochester Hills, the moment the weather starts to warm up, visitors flock to the Meadow Brook Amphitheater to enjoy musical entertainment of all kinds.

This enormous amphitheater, which has a capacity of 7,700, is a part of Oakland University. Not only does it provide an amazing atmosphere to experience a show, but it has also become Detroit’s number one venue for the best and brightest up-and-coming acts in the music industry.

The program changes from year to year, but you can bet on seeing some big artists hit the stage at Meadow Brook starting as early as May.

Past acts have included Bonnie Raitt, The Head and the Heart, Haim, Jon Bellion, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Weird Al Yankovic, Five Seconds of Summer, Jason Mraz, Ray Lamontagne, The Goo Goo Dolls, Phillip Phillips, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions About Spring Things to Do in Michigan

What is there to do in Michigan for Spring Break? 

There are many spots throughout the state that are excellent Spring Break destinations in Michigan. With the proximity of the Great Lakes, many people flock to Lake Huron and Lake Michigan beaches, though it’s worth noting that they’ll still be chilly in mid-March.

You’ll also find people heading out for a stay at places like Boyne Mountain Resort, Metro Detroit, or one of the state’s many water parks, both indoor and outdoor.

What is the average temperature in spring in Michigan? 

The average temperature in Michigan in spring varies significantly depending on where you are in the state. The Great Lakes have a unique climate thanks to the air moving off the water, which can cause heavy snowfall throughout the winter.

In general, Michigan experiences cool, wet springs that start out below freezing in March and climb up into the high 60s by late May.

Find the Best Spring Things to Do in Michigan

Michigan springs can vary from chilly and wet to warm and sunny. But the sights, activities, and attractions here are like no other. Whether you want to enjoy a community event, get lost in nature, or explore with your family, you can find it all in the springtime in this beautiful state.

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