So you’ve just graduated. You’ve secured that full-time job. You’re ready to take the next step. Unfortunately, part of that step might be moving away from the beautiful Mitten State. Often times, people who leave Michigan end up missing something special about the state. If the next chapter in your life is moving from Michigan, we have the ultimate bucket list for you to complete before packing your bags.
Visit Greenfield Village
Greenfield Village is a historic outdoor museum that takes guests into America’s past. There are more than 80 authentic historic structures, including Thomas Edison’s lab where he invented light and the same workshop where the Wright Brothers built the first plane.
Tour Detroit’s Eastern Market
Detroit’s Eastern Market is a massive farmer’s market that has been operating since 1841 and sees about 45,000 shoppers every Saturday. The historic commercial district prides itself as a playground for adults with there being 150 foods and specialty businesses in the area.
Catch a Show at the Barn Theatre
The Barn Theatre in Augusta, MI is a unique way to see theatre, and yes, it’s in a red barn. The Barn Theatre is responsible for creating many famous stars, including Lauren Graham and Jennifer Garner. These barn-style performances are interactive, fun, and put on by theatre students. It’s one of west Michigan’s most unique theatre settings. After each show, the audience is welcome to watch a personal cabaret performance from the show’s cast in the rehearsal shed, a saloon style bar.
Visit the Penguins at the Detroit Zoo
Before you move from Michigan, don’t forget to stop in and check out the new Polk Penguin Conversation Center at the Detroit Zoo. The newly-built 33,000 square foot facility is home to 80 penguins. In this modern, state-of-the-art facility, you’ll enter into a 360-degree 4-D entrance experience that blasts polar air and sea mist at you. Watch the penguins swim and interact in this beautiful underwater gallery.
Stroll through Frederick Meijer Gardens
Frederick Meijer Gardens is beautiful in the summer. There are many must-see exhibits, including the sculpture park and the recently opened Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden. You can even catch a summer concert at the Amphitheater Garden.
Visit the Headlands
Looking to see the stars with no light pollution to ruin your view? The Headlands is a dark sky park in Mackinaw City along an undeveloped part of Lake Michigan’s shoreline. While no camping is allowed in the park, the park is open 24/7 with five miles of trails to explore with no entrance fee required.
Get a Pronto Pup
One of Grand Haven’s most notable attractions: Pronto Pups. Grand Haven’s famous hot dog stand always has a long line and for good reason. These hot dogs on sticks are only $1.75 and locals and tourists rave about them.
Visit Mexicantown, Detroit for Authentic Mexican Cuisine
Mexicantown is a small community in Southwest Detroit and is one of Detroit’s most vibrant communities. Mexicantown is home to several authentic Mexican restaurants and shops where you can find everything from authentic dishes to savory freshly-made churros.
Pretend it’s Christmas Every Day at Bonner’s
Bonner’s Christmas Wonderland is the world’s largest Christmas store in Frankenmuth, MI. The 90,000 square foot store features thousands of ornaments, trees, and other Christmas decorations. The store is almost as large as two football fields combined.
Take a Trip to the Air Zoo
Michigan is home to many zoos, but one of them doesn’t have animals. The Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan features more than 50 different kinds of aircraft, including a replica of the Wright’s first airplane and World War II era fights. Guests can enjoy rides and simulations, as well.