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100+ Unique Spring Things to Do in Michigan This Year

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

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.

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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 Tulip Time Festival in Holland is perhaps one of the surest signs of spring in Michigan — not to mention one of the best flower showcases in the state.

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! 

What began with the purchase of 100,000 bulbs from the Netherlands has turned into an eight-day celebration where tulips can be found in just about every corner of town.

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.

Come for an incredible time that includes a Tulip Time parade, traditional klompen dancing, a carnival, tulip walking tours, and a whole lot more.

Michigan has many great spring festivals and you’ll want to attend these as well.

White Cloud’s Cupcake Festival in May is another place to satisfy your sweet tooth. There are cupcake decorating contests, a kids’ carnival, a car show, and more.

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Tulip Time | photo via Aaron Cruz

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

Do you enjoy maple syrup on waffles or pancakes? Have you ever wondered how maple syrup is made?

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.

Here you can watch sap being extracted from maple trees, watch the sap boiled down into maple sugar and then see how that maple sugar is turned into syrup and other delicious treats.

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! 

If you love maple syrup, you’re in luck because there are spring maple festivals aplenty in Michigan.

Michigan has maple sugaring events all over the state in spring and Kensington Metropark in Milford is one of the best spots to go.

The Kalamazoo Nature Center Maple Sugar Festival has been held since 1966 and features a pancake breakfast, tours, and kids activities.

The Old-Time Maple Sugar Festival in Chelsea offers maple treats as well as a history lesson with short films and antique equipment on display.

The Michigan Maple Festival in Jones is touted by some as Michigan’s premier maple syrup festival. Over two weekends in March, visitors can enjoy a maple breakfast,  try other goodies, take carriage rides, and more.

Take a tour and see for yourself just how the syrup is made. It’s a great excuse to get outside and enjoy the sweet taste of syrup.

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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!

Native American Festival | St Ignace

There’s lots to see and do if you head just over the Mackinac Bridge to St. Ignace. If you love history, this museum is one not to miss!

In Northern Michigan, The Museum of Ojibwa Culture is one of the most prominent spots and celebrates and showcases St. Ignace’s history as a historical gathering place.

This annual spring festival in May invites visitors to watch expressive dances, hear tribal drums, and even taste traditional food that’s been made for hundreds of years. 

The museum is open seasonally from about May through Halloween and is free to the public (donations are encouraged and accepted). Take your time strolling past unique artifacts, clothing, equipment, weapons, and other items that showcase Michigan’s rich history.

Looking for more marvelous Michigan museums to visit? Add these to your bucket list!

The International Frisbee Hall of Fame is located in Calumet and really is a sight to see. It’s situated on the second floor of the Calumet Coliseum and features information on USA Guts Frisbee (which was invented in the U.P.) as well as past and present frisbee greats.

The Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Experience in Kalamazoo relates the history of air and space exploration in a way that the whole family can enjoy. There are flight simulations, hands-on exhibits, rides, and more.

The Thomas Edison Depot Museum in Port Huron is a way for Michiganders to see the Mitten State’s connection to the famous inventor. For five years, he worked as a news reporter in Port Huron and this depot offers a look at his fascinating early life.

Oberon Day | Kalamazoo

There’s nothing to shake off the shackles of winter than enjoying a cold Michigan brew and Oberon is one of the Mitten State’s favorites from Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo Michigan.

If you love Oberon, you can show your love on March 20, the first day of spring — otherwise known as Oberon Day. Bars around the state plan their own fun event, ranging from local tappings to live music, and more.

For scores of Michiganders, Oberon Day is a sure sign that spring has finally arrived and winter has finally gone. So head to your favorite local bar and get a glass of Oberon Ale.

Enjoy the pleasing fruit aromas and spicy hoppiness of Oberon Ale, which is available from March to September. It goes down easy all spring long.

Beer enthusiasts around Michigan can enjoy all kinds of tasty brews with lots of great spring beer events.

The Festival of the Angry Bear in Marquette happens every April in downtown Marquette. It’s modeled after traditional European beer festivals and has great food, great music, and more.

The Annual Spring Beer Festival in Traverse City brings beer lovers to Turtle Creek Stadium to sample the wares of some of the state’s best breweries. Make sure to dress for the weather.

The Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival in Jackson takes place in March at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. It brings more than 150 beers as well as ice carving and lots of other great activities.

The World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth each May is Michigan’s largest beer sampling event and features more than 350 beers from around the world.

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.

Explore Nature This Spring in Michigan

Seney National Wildlife Refuge | Germfask

Deep in the heart of Michigan’s U.P. is the picturesque Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Here, you can take a load off and enjoy the beautiful landscape in front of you.

As you gaze around at the best that Mother Nature has to offer, you’ll see winding roads, lots of local wildlife, and stunning vistas.

Birders will love coming here because this refuge is a birder’s paradise. It’s not uncommon to see loons, trumpeter swans, bald eagles, osprey, and dozens of other bird species.

Keep your eyes peeled too for fox, deer, bear, and other wildlife!

If you love being outside in the spring, Michigan has lots more for you to explore.

Head to Cadillac’s William Mitchell State Park. Here you’ll traverse over boardwalks and bridges through scenic wetlands and a 70-acre marsh. The main trail offers plenty of space to sit and enjoy nature and you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for the 10 interpretive signs that tell you more about the park’s wildlife.

Alpena’s Duck Park in Northeast Michigan is the perfect spot to enjoy nature right on the banks of the Thunder Bay River. There are picnic areas, a butterfly garden, and even some great fishing spots.

The Applewood Estate in Flint is both a historic home and a farm. Among its 65 acres, visitors can enjoy walking through a historic orchard or marveling at the beautifully landscaped gardens.

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

Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve | Niles

Make the trip to Niles in Southwest Michigan and marvel at this beautiful preserve on the shores of the St. Joseph River.

Spanning 105 acres, this garden offers visitors a chance to see 10 different ecosystems and is therefore one of the most diverse botanical gardens in Michigan.

The garden is designed to be a place of calm and refuge from everyday life. Visitors will feel calm as they stroll on miles of trails and explore a nature adventure garden, a Japanese garden, a reconstructed prairie, and much more.

If you want to see more beautiful gardens in Michigan, make the trip to these spots this spring!

Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek was founded by the widow of the Post cereal founder in Cereal City and this arboretum features a kaleidoscope garden, a fantasy forest, and a peace labyrinth.

The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory in Detroit is located in Belle Isle Park and is free to the public. In the springtime, visitors love coming here to see the lush, green gardens, tiny waterfalls, and variety of landscapes.

Windmill Island Gardens in Holland features an authentic Dutch windmill as its focal point. Spring is the best time to visit, especially in late April and early May when all the tulips burst from their blooms.

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.

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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.

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Hidden Lake Gardens | photo via @jimhaadsma

Frederik Meijer Gardens | Grand Rapids

Spring means bird singing, the sun shining and butterflies blooming.

If you love seeing majestic, colorful butterflies, Frederick Meijer Gardens is the mecca for these colorful creatures.

Make the trip here in March and April to marvel at the Butterflies are Blooming exhibit. Visitors can experience the life cycle of a butterfly here. Make sure to visit the Tropical Butterfly Garden, where you can see 60 different species and more than 7,000 butterflies.

Wear bright colors to attract butterflies (you may even have one land on you) and bring your camera for lots of colorful pictures. You’re not allowed to touch the butterflies, but you can get lots of awesome pictures.

So pick a spot (we recommend a Butterfly Feeding Station) and keep your eyes peeled for the marvelous colors that will pass in front of you.

Looking for more fun at Meijer Gardens? Don’t worry because there’s plenty of it!

Meijer Gardens periodically holds plant shows for serious gardeners and plant lovers alike. During spring, Meijer Gardens holds Michigan All-State bonsai shows and in June, there are iris shows.

As the weather turns even warmer, Meijer Gardens holds a summer concert series and classes and camps for children and families all year long.

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

Tree Vistas | Ionia

Many Michiganders love being outside in spring, but if you’re looking for a more unique way to enjoy nature, Tree Vistas in Ionia is the spot for spring glamping.

Have you ever wanted to sleep in a treehouse? Now you can! These picturesque vistas are perfect for a spring getaway and put glampers 13 feet above the ground, offering beautiful views as well as tranquility you can’t find just anywhere.

The vistas do come with amenities, but this is a great way to get in touch with nature, enjoy the sights and sounds, and just get away from the rat race for a while.

If you love springtime camping, consider staying at these other great Michigan spots.

The Kal-Haven Outpost in South Haven offers campers an oasis for every camping style. There’s space for rustic tent camping, RVs, and even a fully furnished house. Campers can also find glamping tents decked out with amenities, including king-size beds.

Port Crescent State Park Campground near Port Austin in Michigan’s thumb gives campers a chance to enjoy the wonders of Michigan’s natural plant life and wildlife. It’s also the home of Pinnebog River, one of Michigan’s Dark Sky preserves.

For Northern Michigan rustic camping, try staying at Straits State Park in St. Ignace. It’s just a mile from the Mackinac Island ferry docks if you’re planning a trip there and sits right on land that overlooks the Straits of Mackinac as well as Lake Huron.

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

Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm | Grand Rapids

One great thing about spring is the chance to get to local markets and get your hands on some fresh Michigan produce. It’s even better when you get the chance to pick it yourself! You can do just that at this Grand Rapids farm, which has kept its family farm going for more than 100 years.

Today, visitors can pick a variety of fresh produce, plucking cherries off of cherry trees, as well as fresh asparagus, apples, strawberries, and more.

Not only are visitors getting some of the freshest produce around, but they’re also picking on the same land that the Dunneback family started on in 1922.

So bring your family and friends for a day of u-pick fun. Load up on your favorite seasonal fruits and veggies and make sure to visit the bakery and tap room too!

Explore more u-pick farms in Michigan.

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 

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is beautiful in the spring and one of the most beautiful spots is just north of Paradise.

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.

Birding and outdoor enthusiasts should definitely make the trip to Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, arguably the bird migration hot spot in Michigan. In springtime, this point on Lake Superior is a migration hotbed for birds and dozens of bird species have been sighted here.

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.

Bring your binoculars and train your eyes on the sky. If you do, you’ll be rewarded with sights of both common and rare birds alike, not to mention an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Not only can birding lovers make a trek here to see the sky filled with birds, but the observatory conducts research to increase knowledge of bird conservation, bird migration, and public awareness of birds.

If you’re looking for spots to see more of Michigan’s magical wildlife, consider visiting these spots.

Pilgrim Haven Natural Area near South Haven allows visitors to get up close and personal with nature in a place that also protects nature. Traverse pebbled beaches and lush forests while keeping your eyes peeled for butterflies and birds.

The Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary in White Cloud is another great spot to see wildlife in spring and it’s a great spot to catch a glimpse of spring colors.

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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory | photo via @this_is_my_fathers_world

Lake St. Clair

Spring fishing is a popular pastime in Michigan and Lake St. Clair is one of the best lakes to fish.

Located between Michigan and Ontario, Lake St. Clair is filled with bluegill, bass, walleye, and many other species. You can take a boat out to your favorite spot, or you can find a spot near the docks to cast.

Whether you catch one fish, two fish, or no fish, a day spent fishing on the lake is a day well spent. So bring some cold drinks and snacks, cast a line, and enjoy the beautiful spring weather.

Can’t get enough of Michigan fishing? Take a trip to these other great fishing spots.

Fishing in the Upper Peninsula is a great way to spend time, especially if you head to the St. Mary’s River.

Find your favorite inland lake and try your hand at kayak fishing. It’s affordable, it’s fun, and it combines two great spring water activities into one.

Northern Michigan lakes, especially Mullett Lake, Burt Lake, and Lake Charlevoix around the Gaylord area have made it the bass fishing mecca of Michigan.

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.

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Soo Locks

Critter Barn | Zeeland

If you’re looking for a family-friendly activity the kids will love, the Critter Barn in Zeeland is definitely a spot you’ll want to visit.

Your kiddos’ eyes will light up as they browse the farm and catch a glimpse of chickens, donkeys, turkeys, pigs, and more.

Kids can also spend time hugging baby animals in the spring. This is a great way for kids to learn about and interact with animals and create some great memories.

You can bring a picnic lunch and make it into a fun day trip. Bring your camera too to take plenty of pictures.

Looking for more fun with animals, make plans to visit these great Michigan zoos!

The Saginaw Children’s Zoo opens seasonally, but it’s a favorite among families looking for a more intimate zoo experience. The zoo is home to more than 150 animals, including an eagle, penguins, and more. Train rides and fossil finds are also on the activities list.

The John Ball Zoo in Kalamazoo is broken into sections for exploring and features an aquarium, a forest realm, and a hobby farm with farm animals, not to mention other great activities.

The Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak may just be the cream of the crop among Michigan zoos. Hitch a ride on the zoo train near the entrance and ride it all the way up to the top of the zoo. That makes it easier to walk back and explore the different areas of the zoo. 

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

Pine River Nature Center | St Clair County

Located at the base of Michigan’s thumb area, Pine River Nature Center is a fantastic spot to have some outdoor fun and learn about the preservation of Michigan’s natural resources.

Across 90 acres in St. Clair County, Pine River has a little bit of everything for outdoor enthusiasts. 

There are more than three miles of trails. There are a variety of ecosystems to explore like wetlands and hardwood forests. But the piece de resistance may just be the state’s first universally accessible and publicly-owned treehouse.

The treehouse is located near the center of the Nature Center and rises 22 feet above the ground at its farthest point. Anyone of any age can come and visit since it’s universally accessible and it offers fantastic views.

Looking for more outdoor spring adventures in Michigan? Add these destinations/activities to your bucket list.

The For-Mar Nature Preserve in Burton has a barrier-free treehouse of its own that’s been open to the public since 2016. Not only is it fun and unique, but it’s also home to The Preservers — nature’s Avengers who teach kids about protecting the state’s natural resources.

The Howell Nature Center just outside downtown Howell has been operating for decades and offers 230 acres of exploration in Livingston County. The main mission here is wildlife rehabilitation and the center is known as one of the state’s top animal rehab centers, helping thousands each year.

Kids will love playing on playscape areas and catching a glimpse of a variety of animals.

LaFurge Woods Nature Preserve in Washtenaw County may be considered a hidden gem, tucked away in southcentral Michigan. The preserve spans 325 acres of woods, meadows, and restored wetlands. The preserve protects a sizeable section of southern Michigan wetlands and there are even chances for some wildlife viewing.

Clean Up the Great Lakes | Statewide

The five Great Lakes are perhaps Michigan’s greatest resource and it’s important to take steps to protect them. Organizations like Great Lakes Great Responsibility allow you to do your part to help!

Throughout the year, the organization holds cleanup events all over the state.

That makes it easy to attend a cleanup event in your neck of the woods!

So take time to do your part and participate in a cleanup event. It’s a great feeling to help protect the Great Lakes and it will give you a new perspective on how great they really are.

Want to see and experience more of the Great Lakes this spring? Put these attractions/places on your to-do list!

Climb aboard the Lady Michigan in Alpena and take one of Alpena’s famed glass-bottom shipwreck boat tours. Lake Huron is home to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which protects almost 100 shipwrecks and you can see many of them up close on a boat.

Plan a trip to Muskegon and visit the USS LST 393. This tank is one of two surviving ships of its kind built for the Navy during WWII. The tank also serves as a museum and also hosts movie nights during warmer months.

Michigan has dozens of beaches, so pick one and plan a beach day (during the warmer part of spring of course). We recommend a beach like Port Crescent State Park in Port Austin, which is one of the few places on Lake Huron with sand dunes.

Stay Warm & Dry With Indoor Michigan Spring Fun

Zehnder’s Splash Village | Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth is well known to scores of Michiganders as Michigan’s Little Bavaria. From iconic restaurants to quaint shops to the experience of shopping Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, Frankenmuth is a magical place to visit any time of year.

But if you’re visiting in the spring, especially in early spring, Zehnder’s Splash Village is one of the best places to go for family fun.

The Splash Village features everything a family wants in a water park: A lazy river, an action river, a seasonal outdoor pool, hot tubs, towering tube slides, a play area for younger kids, water sports, and so much more.

Having so much to choose from means there’s something for everyone to do here, even for parents!

Once you’ve had your fill of water-based fun, head to Elf Hollow Cafe for a bite to eat. There’s also a 2,000-square-foot arcade with dozens of classic games to enjoy.

If you’re looking for more family fun at an indoor water park, you’re in luck because Michigan has them all over the state.

Splash Universe in Dundee can be thought of as a hidden gem among Michigan splash parks. The park is kept at 84 degrees, which makes it perfect for warming up in early spring. The park has a toddler splash pool, a water fort, waterslides, and more.

Avalanche Bay in Boyne Falls is also kept at a constant 84 degrees and offers visitors 88,000 square feet of watery awesomeness. There’s the Splasherhorn, a water fort complete with dumping buckets, a water obstacle course, and the Big Couloir, the state’s steepest waterslide.

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

DNR Outdoor Adventure Center | Detroit

Situated on the riverfront in the Globe Building, the Outdoor Adventure Center offers visitors a taste of Michigan’s great outdoors (which as Michiganders know are truly great!)

Visitors can get in touch with the outdoors with a variety of hands-on activities, simulators, exhibits, and more. The experiences visitors have here may be unlike anything else in the entire state.

Step onto a boat and reel in a fish, explore a forest canopy, ride a snowmobile or mountain bike on the trail, and much more.

Not only will you have an excellent time, but you’ll also come away with a stronger appreciation for the outdoors.

If you love hands-on learning and exploring, check out these excellent Michigan museums.

The Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City offers visitors the chance to see an impressive collection of fine art and allow includes a hands-on gallery for kids.

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids offers the chance to learn all about the 38th U.S. President through a series of interactive and stationary exhibits.

The Saginaw Railway Museum in Saginaw reminds visitors of the impact the railroad used to have in the Great Lakes Bay Area. It includes outdoor displays of boxcars, cabooses, and a diesel locomotive.

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

Maple Moon Sugarbush & Winery | Petoskey

Spring is the best time for all things maple in Michigan and one of the more unique offerings is maple wine, which you can find in Petoskey.

Between glasses of delicious maple wine, you can learn all about the extensive process that goes into tapping trees for sap and then turning that sap into tasty syrup.

After you’ve sampled the maple wine and all their other flavors, stop by their shop and grab some maple goodies to take home. The taste of syrup is one of the best parts of spring, so don’t miss out on a chance to treat yourself.

Looking for other wineries to visit this spring? Add these great spots to your bucket list.

The Leelanau Peninsula in Northwest Michigan is known for its great vineyards and has lots of wineries to visit. We recommend Chateau Fontaine in Lake Leelanau, which is family-owned, quaint, and offers delicious wines like its famous Woodland White.

White Pine Winery in St. Joseph is part of a growing wine region in Southwest Michigan and offers tasty wines all made from local grapes. Sample pinot grigios, merlot, and many more.

Holland is home to a variety of great wineries and breweries too and it’s hard to beat the time you’ll have as you sip your favorite wine in a cozy tasting room with an incredible lakefront view.

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!

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Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark | photo via @golfblogger

Snowriver Mountain Resort | Wakefield

If you’re looking to soak up as much of Michigan’s ski season as possible, the Upper Peninsula is the place to be. Snowriver Mountain Resort in Wakefield is the perfect spot to hit the slopes a few more times before spring arrives for good.

Snowriver is actually the largest ski resort in the U.P. with 15 lifts and 56 total runs on the combined ski hills.

If you’re looking for family fun, that’s what Snowriver aims to provide, and offers families a chance to ski at one of two ski areas: Black River Basin and Jackson Creek Summit.

Looking for more spots to ski this spring? Try these U.P. skiing destinations.

Ski Brule resort in Iron River offers something fun for every member of the family. The resort offers everything from snowboarding to snow tubing to skiing — both downhill and cross-country.

Mount Bohemia in Houghton has some of the longest ski runs in the Midwest as well as some of the highest verticals and deepest snow. It’s a spot for true adrenaline junkies and even offers SnowCat skiing for those who like skiing in a remote setting.

For something with a little bit slower pace, try heading up to Tahquamenon Falls in early spring and get in some last-minute cross-country skiing. The trails are always well-marked and well-groomed, offering a chance to have some fun and see some incredible sights. 

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. 

Bay City Antique Center | Bay City

Going antiquing in mid-Michigan is one of the most fun activities if you’re looking to shake off the dust of winter.

There’s just something so fun about searching for treasures and coming upon something you may not have intended to buy, but you absolutely must have.

The Bay City Antique Center is a must-stop spot if you love antiquing. Located right in the heart of downtown Bay City, this antique mecca is open seven days a week and offers three floors of antiques to explore.

If you like to take your time perusing all the treasures in front of you, plan to spend the day here. Who knows, you may find some well-worn books, a piece of antique furniture, or the perfect tchotchke for your living room mantle.

If you love antiquing, buckle up and travel to some of the state’s other great antique stores and markets.

The Allegan Antiques Market is open on the last Sunday of every month from April-September and will definitely make you say, “Wow!” There’s an expansive selection, a chance to find something cool or unique, and prices on most items are pretty affordable.

The Not 2 Shabby Red Barn on Flint’s south side offers visitors a chance to shop in a unique barn packed with antique (or vintage if you prefer) items. Here, everyone can find a treasure to take home.

Totem Books | Flint

There’s lots to do outside in Michigan when spring arrives, but sometimes the best way to avoid April showers is to curl up with a good book.

If you’re looking for your next great read, Totem Books is one of the best independent bookstores in the state. Lose yourself in stacks of new and used books, vinyl records, wearables, and so much more.

If you love reading and supporting local businesses, a trip to Totem Books is a must. You’ll find great reads and records and you’ll feel great knowing your money is staying in Michigan.

If you’re an avid reader, make the trip to these other great Michigan bookstores.

Horizon Books in Traverse City prides itself on being “The Third Place’,” which is an anchor of community life. This family-owned bookstore, located in downtown Traverse City, has been going strong since 1961 and offers a wide selection of books, including a section dedicated to the former Northern Michigan Asylum.

Kazoo Books in Kalamazoo offers its visitors a chance to “excite their mind” with a great selection of books, both new and used. There are also groups and workshops, and even book trade-ins if you’re looking to pare down your collection. If you’re looking for Michigan-based and local writers, you’ll want to make the trip here.

Curious Book Shop in East Lansing offers visitors books upon books upon books. In fact, there are 50,000 on the shelves here, but there’s a knowledgeable staff to help you find what you need. Peruse thousands of books, which include books on Michigan history, kids’ books, old magazines and so much more.

Enjoy Some Outdoor Michigan Spring Sports

The Tailings Disc Golf Course | Iron River

Michigan has some truly excellent disc golf courses and one of the best can be found in Iron River in the Western Upper Peninsula.

Not only can disc golfers get some great views, they can also play a challenging round through a heavily wooded area and elevation changes. The course layout is welcoming to disc golfers of all skill levels and disc golfing enthusiasts can get all the equipment they need at the course pro shop.

If you’re all about disc golfing, check out these other great disc golf courses in the Mitten State!

Flip City Disc Golf Course in Flint has been tabbed as one of the state’s best courses, thanks to 24 holes and the perfect blend of open and wooded areas and rolling elevation changes.

The Kalkaska Log Lake Campground’s disc golf course is short but challenging because it requires a good amount of skill. Precise shots are a big help and there are even chances to record an ace.

Earle Brewer Park in Byron Center offers visitors two different courses to choose from. One is a beginner’s course, the other is for more advanced players. The courses are easy to navigate and offer some great scenery through woods and rolling hills.

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.

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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

Pere Marquette Trail [Clare] to the Tridge [Midland]

If exploring new places is on your Michigan spring bucket list, then head to Clare and start exploring the Pere Marquette Trail.

The trail is paved and scenic and extends for 30 miles between Midland and Claire, making it perfect for a bike ride.

Believe it or not, it’s one of more than two dozen Rail to Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame in the nation.

Go at your own pace and soak in the scenery in front of you. The south segment extends from Clare to Reed City; the northern segment extends from Reed City to Balwin; and the Chippewa Trail goes for 3.5 miles to the Tridge in Midland.

Traverse these other trails to see more spectacular Michigan spring scenery!

Ludington State Park on the Lake Michigan shoreline is home to 18 miles of trails and appeals to travelers of all ages. Go at your own pace and pass by a lighthouse, scenic overlooks, shipwrecks, and more.

Warren Woods State Park in Three Oaks is popular for fall hiking, but it’s great for a spring hike too. The main trail through the woods goes for 1.6 miles and visitors will delight in seeing a majestic forest and crossing a footbridge over a river.

If you want to see some Upper Peninsula waterfalls in spring, head up to Marquette and hit the trail to visit Dead River Falls. It takes some work to get there, but the views are incredible and the waterfall is amazing.

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

Forest Dunes Golf Course | Roscommon

This course, designed by Tom Doak, is a newer course at Forest Dunes Golf Club. Nonetheless, it’s been singled out by prestigious magazines like Golf Magazine and Golf Digest as one of the state’s best courses.

The cool thing about it is that it’s designed to be reversible and offers golfers a throwback to golf’s simpler days with walking-only policies and undefined teeing areas.

If you’ve been itching to golf 18 holes all winter, you’re in luck because  Michigan has some awesome and unique courses.

American Dunes Golf Club in Grand Haven was designed by the Golden Bear himself, Jack Nicklaus. There are lots of twists and turns here, but it makes for a fun round and all course profits are given to the Folds of Honor Foundation.

Fans of links golf will enjoy playing a round at Sweetgrass Golf Club in Harris. The course features rolling hills, tough bunkers, and water features, offering golfers a challenging test. The course is also highlighted by its 15th hole on an island green.

PohlCat Golf Course in Mt. Pleasant is frequently cited as a must-play Michigan course and is situated around the Chippewa River. The course offers great scenery, championship-level golf, and even some links-style golfing too.

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

Hogback Mountain | Marquette

If you’re looking for a hidden gem of a spring hike, you can’t go wrong with a hike up Hogback Mountain.

It’s a great place to get away — though be mindful that there is no cell service. It’s about a half mile up the road from Sugarloaf Mountain and has been described as just a little bit more than Sugarloaf — a little more challenging, a little more remote, and a little taller.

Hikers have said the hike lasts a few hours and make sure you leave some time to soak in the view and to get back out. The whole trail is just under 3 miles, but it takes some time to reach the summit.

If you’re looking to stretch your legs and take in some spectacular spring views, try these other spring hikes.

The Empire Bluff Trail, part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, offers a wondrous view of Lake Michigan and is a pretty easy hike at less than two miles.

Whether you want to walk, run, or bike, the Kal-Haven Trail spans 34 miles between Kalamazoo and South Haven and has an all-season maintained pathway that’s perfect for exploring and exercising.

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.

If you’re looking for a hike that’s always a little different, take a stroll through Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary in White Cloud. It’s the most fantastic spot to see colorful Michigan wildflowers and no two visits are the same since there’s always something new and colorful.

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

No Michigan spring (or summer) would be complete without a trip to Comerica Park to see the Detroit Tigers in action. This is a chance for fans of all ages to see their favorite big leaguers up close and soak up the Tigers’ incredible history.

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

Great Lakes Loons | Midland

Baseball and spring go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you’re longing to hear the crack of a baseball bat, see a home run hit, and enjoy some classic ballpark food, the Great Lakes Loons are a fun, affordable trip for the whole family.

The Loons, who play at Midland’s Dow Diamond, are the Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Minor league baseball games are great for so many reasons. Tickets and concessions are reasonably priced so you can bring the whole family for a day (or night) of affordable fun.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Loons also have an action-packed promotional schedule every year that includes Kids Eat Free and Run the Bases on Sundays, Thirsty Thursdays, Paws and Claws, which allows visitors to bring their dogs to games, as well as special theme nights.

Can’t get enough baseball this spring? Try these other great Michigan ballparks.

Jimmy John’s Field in Utica is home to four teams — all from Michigan — and is part of the United Shores Professional Baseball League. The most expensive seats in the house will cost you $35 and lawn tickets are as cheap as $6, so you can watch some great ball at an affordable price.

Turtle Creek Stadium in Traverse City offers baseball fans a chance to watch the Traverse City Pit Spitters — arguably one of the most unique team names around. The team is part of a collegiate summer baseball league and is a great way to watch young stars in action.

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.

Eastern Market | Detroit

Metro Detroiters know that for the freshest produce, flowers, and so much more, a trip to Eastern Market in the spring is a must.

Michigan has some excellent farmers’ markets, but Eastern Market is undoubtedly one of the best. It’s Michigan’s largest open-air market and the venue features vendors selling everything from flowers to fruits to vegetables to meat, and much more.

When you’re done exploring the different stalls and perusing the items for sale, don’t leave just yet. In the vicinity of those stalls are restaurants, specialty food shops, meat markets, and other spots where you can get some of the freshest food to make the perfect meal.

Horrocks Farm Market | Lansing

Sometimes one of the best things to do on a picture-perfect spring day is to visit a local farmer’s market. In southcentral Michigan, that means paying a visit to Horrocks Farm Market.

The market — which has locations in Battle Creek and Lansing — has been going strong for more than 60 years in Lansing and more than 20 in Battle Creek. It offers hungry customers a little bit of everything from bulk produce to meat, to beer and wine to snacks like gourmet popcorn and caramel apples.

Bring the whole family and make a day of it. We bet you can’t leave with just one thing!

Looking for more of the freshest produce in town? Visit these other inviting Michigan farmers markets!

Head to Cadillac and visit the Cadillac Farmers Market. Farmers, crafters, and food trucks all congregate here, so come prepared to peruse a wide selection of items. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll get to listen to live music as you look at herbs, jams, honey, baked goods, and more.

The Grand River Farmers Market in Jackson is packed full of Michigan-grown produce. Visitors will love the selection of items, which includes organic fruits and vegetables, flowers, pasta, jewelry, and more.

The Ann Arbor Farmers Market has been going strong for more than 100 years and routinely features more than 100 vendors from Michigan and Ohio. You can find all kinds of fresh goods here and even some unique offerings like Polish food, hot sauce, and gluten-free pastries.

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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.

More to Explore This Spring in Michigan

Earl Young Mushroom Houses | Charlevoix

Builder Earl Young had a design style all his own, building houses to fit a site rather than trying to manipulate the landscape. What emerged, as a result, are the mushroom houses in Charlevoix.

This collection of four commercial properties and about two dozen houses are mostly made of stone. But each of them is unique in its own way, designed to blend in with the landscape and featuring many of his signature design elements.

These properties are privately owned and not available for inside tours, but you can do a self-guided walking or driving tour and marvel at the magnificent designs.

Want to see more cool structures in Michigan? Check these out!

If you want to tour a castle that’s been turned into a museum, then you must pay a visit to Curwood Castle in Owosso. Opened in 1922, it has served as a writing studio as well as a family home. The home was built by writer James O. Curwood in the 1920s and sits on the banks of the Shiawassee River.

If you don’t like castles, try visiting a Michigan lighthouse. Michigan has dozens of lighthouses dotting the shoreline and all of them are cool to visit. We recommend the Big Sable Point Lighthouse in Ludington.

Fairy Forest | Grass Lake

If you’re looking to add a sprinkle of whimsy to your family fun this spring, head to the Fairy Forest of Grass Lake Village, located outside of Jackson.

For residents and out-of-towners who visit, the village is filled with plenty of enchantment. The displays here are immaculate and visitors can look at brilliantly decorated fairy villages.

As you explore the village, keep your eyes peeled for friendly gnomes, leave a note for the village fairies in the on-site mailbox, and be sure to take lots of pictures.

If you’re looking for more Mid-Michigan spring fun, consider these great activities.

Take a trip to Lansing and tour the state capitol. Tours are usually offered Monday through Friday and the capitol really is a cool place to visit with hand-painted surfaces and impressive architecture.

The Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson offers a great place to learn about the history of the city and includes history and science exhibits as well as a planetarium.

Take a bike ride along the Border-to-Border Trail, which spans the way across Washtenaw County and is a great trail for a leisurely bike ride.

DYNO Detroit

DYNO Detroit is Detroit’s first indoor rock climbing gym and is state-of-the-art. Whether you love climbing or you’ve never been before, this is a great spot to go.

There are a wide variety of climbing types, including top-rope, bouldering, sport climbing, and auto belay. Bottom line, DYNO caters to climbers of all skill levels.

So strap up, tighten your helmet, and get ready to climb. No matter what kind of climbing you do, you’ll have a great time and you may even get in a little workout.

If you’re searching for more indoor rock climbing experiences in Michigan, Planet Rock has locations in Madison Heights and Arbor you can visit for more rock climbing.

Both locations offer fun and challenges alike for climbers of all abilities. You can do some specialty climbing or keep things simple and climb the tread wall — the rock climbing version of a treadmill.

Hunt For Morel Mushrooms | Escanaba

Springtime means warmer weather and outdoor fun, but for morel mushroom hunters, spring also means it’s time to hunt for one of nature’s tastiest treasures. There are more than 2,000 kinds of mushrooms found in Michigan, but May is prime morel hunting season.

Escanaba in the Upper Peninsula is a great spot to hunt for these beauties. It’s known as the Banana Belt, so warm weather arrives and stays longer than other U.P. spots, creating the perfect conditions for morels to grow.

Searching for morels is a lesson in patience, so be patient when you’re hunting. Walk in a zig-zag pattern and keep a sharp eye, especially in wooded areas.

If you love hunting for, harvesting, and eating morels, check out one of Michigan’s great morel mushroom festivals.

The Mesick Mushroom Festival held in May has been held for more than 60 years in a city known as one of the world’s mushroom capitals. The celebration includes mushroom-hunting contests, carnival rides, and more.

The National Morel Mushroom Festival in Boyne City is held in May and has been going strong for decades. The festival brings mushroom enthusiasts worldwide and includes a very competitive mushroom hunt, songs about morels, and plenty of morel dishes.

If you want to search for morels in your own neck of the woods, make sure to find public land to search on, know what you’re looking for, and make sure you pick morels correctly, pinching the stem at the ground level.

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.