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Everything Michigan Air Zoo
6151 Portage Rd., Kalamazoo (866) 524-7966 • www.airzoo.org This world class, Smithsonian affiliated aerospace and science museum features over 100 historic aircraft, flight simulators, experience theater, amusement rides, hands on exhibits and a restoration program for planes rescued from the bottom of Lake Michigan. Log on for hours and directions to the Flight Innovation and Discovery Centers.
Alden B. Dow Home & Studio
315 Post St., Midland (866) 315-7678 • www.abdow.org The architect son of the Dow Chemical Company founder built this house which is considered an excellent example of organic architecture surrounded by gardens and pond. It is open for tours.
City of Marshall
(800) 877-5163 Visitor’s Center • www.marshallmi.org Located at the crossroads of I-69 and I-94, this city is a perfect example of 19th century small town America. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark District. Attractions include the landmark Memorial Fountain, Cornwell’s Turkeyville professional dinner theatre, American Museum of Magic, Governor’s Mansion (1839), Town Hall (1857), Post Office and U.S. Postal Museum, Barton theatre organ, and much more!
Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
1000 E. Beltline NE, Grand Rapids (888) 957-1580 •. www.meijergardens.org Ranked in the top 100 most visited art museums worldwide and billed as one of the nation’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiences. The 158-acre campus features numerous indoor and outdoor gardens and a tropical conservatory, nearly 300 permanent sculptures, amphitheater, music concerts, visiting and holiday exhibitions.
From the Birmingham Bloomfield area you can easily reach the many wonders of Michigan. It could be a day trip to Frankenmuth for a family chicken dinner or a weeklong tour above the Mighty Mac exploring the Upper Peninsula. Wherever you go the diversity of Michigan will amaze and humble. From picture rocks and picturesque waterfalls to a presidential library and museum, resort beach communities, a “tunnel of trees” or wine tour, Michigan has it all. And when you’re done, the 5 B’s and Franklin will be awaiting your return so you can continue your adventure closer to home. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum
www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov Library: 1000 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor 48109 (734) 205-0555. Located on the campus of the University of Michigan, the library holds historical materials including photos, documents, collections and oral histories available for research. Museum: 303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids 49504 (616) 254-0400. The permanent collection Have Fun Exploring America’s Cool highlights the President from his youth to his Climate Wine Region in Michigan life in the White House. There is a replica of the Oval Office, a gallery of 1970s memorabilia The longest freshwater coastline in the US stabilizes the and an interactive Cabinet Room. There are also climate and most vineyards are within 25 miles of Lake temporary exhibits and educational program Michigan allowing the insulating “lake effect” to extend features.
the growing season up to a month for a variety of grapes. There are 5 appellations in Michigan, each a little different Hartwick Pines State Park in environment and feel. The Lake Michigan Shore and & Logging Museum Fennville AVAs are in the southwest corner of the State 4216 Ranger Rd., Grayling • (989) 348-7068 and the Leelanau Peninsula, Old Mission Peninsula At 9,672 acres this park is one of the largest in and Tip of the Mitt AVAs are along the northern the state. It still holds 49 acres of old growth pines, a museum that tells the tale of the “Shanty Boys”, most coastline of the lower peninsula of Michifour lakes and a wide variety of habitats. gan. There are numerous wineries, tasting rooms and tours within each region. Interlochen Center for the Arts All have received high ratings. 4000 Hwy. M-137, Interlochen So go have some fun! (231) 276-7200 • www.interlochen.org Situated on 1,200 wooded acres between two lakes, this campus is all about the arts. There are public concerts, art and music festivals, summer arts program, adult art classes and boarding high school for visual and performing arts students.
(906) 847-3783 • www.mackinacisland.org Step back in time to a unique setting undisturbed by modern means of transportation. Listen to the clip clop of horse drawn carriages shuttling residents and visitors alike to destinations around this jewel of an island located at the very tip of the mitt. Enjoy cocktails on the porch of the Grand Hotel or dine in one of the restaurants along the docks. Must do’s are a bike ride around the island, people watching at the Pink Pony and of course unhindered fudge tasting whenever you can. Make the journey!
Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum
Located at Saginaw Valley State University 7400 Bay Rd., Saginaw 48170 (989) 964-7125 • www.marshallfredericks.org Over 2,000 objects and a sculptor’s studio are on exhibit. Well known locally for his downtown landmark “Spirit of Detroit”, the “Cross in the Woods” up north in Indian River and numerous pieces gracing local parks, churches and libraries in the Metro Detroit area. Mr. Fredericks lived and worked in the Birmingham-Bloomfield area until his death in 1998.
Michigan State Capitol
100 N. Capital Ave., Lansing 48933 (517) 373-2348 • www.capital.michigan.gov Dedicated in 1879. It was one of the first buildings to copy the architecture of the Capital in Washington, DC. Designed by Elijah E. Myers, call for tour information.
Monroe County Historical Museum
126 S. Monroe, Monroe 48161 (734) 240-7780 • www.co.monroe.mi.us Open daily year-round, call for hours. An exhibit dedicated to General George Armstrong Custer (on land where he lived) traces his life at West Point and Civil War battles, including his demise at the Battle of Little Big Horn.