Michigan summer bucket list


Looking for a weekend trip this summer? The Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes are just a car-ride away. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

Violet Resh, Copy and News Editor

Make this summer one to remember by filling your calendar! There is tons of stuff to do around town and in Michigan if you’re up for a mini trip. Here are a few suggestions to get your summer started.

Day Trips and Local Activities 

Be a Farmer for the Day:

In Armada, Michigan you can throw on your favorite sun hat and get your hands dirty picking your own fruit straight off the bush. At Blake Farms Orchard, you can head into the fields and pick all sorts of fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, asparagus, peapods, raspberries, cherries, and much more. Be sure to check the website’s harvest calendar to see what’s ripe and ready for picking. https://blakefarms.com/upick-2/


Ann Arbor Auto Show:

Downtown Ann Arbor is cute enough with the cool shops and great restaurants, and when you add in a bunch of neat, old cars, it’s even better. This annual car show always has a great turn out and has cars from various eras and styles. Then catch a quick bite to eat, and viola, you’ve had a perfect summer day! The date hasn’t been finalized, but it should be sometime in July, so keep your eyes peeled. https://www.visitannarbor.org/splash/events


DIA: Pop Art and baseball

Along with the DIA’s regular pieces, the museum hosts all sorts of exhibits and programs throughout the year. So, even if you’ve seen the galleries a couple thousand times, you can still see something new. For instance, this summer there will be a Pop Art exhibit as well as a look at Baseball, the great American pastime, through the ages. Perfect for a rainy or cloudy day. https://www.dia.org/


Long Weekend

Michigan Headlands International Dark Park Meteor Shower, August 12-13

Living in bright Rochester Hills makes it a little difficult to see the stars, but there are still other options! Up north, right under Mackinac is Michigan international Dark Sky Park, specifically for stargazing. And if you still think that’s a bit of a trek to see some star, how about a meteor shower? From August 12-13, the Perseid Meteor Shower will be taking place and in view at the Dark Sky park. http://www.midarkskypark.org/


Sleeping Bear Dunes

You’re not a true Michigander if you’ve never been to Sleeping Bear Dunes. For a weekend, take a relaxing trip to the dunes, have a picnic, and bask in the sun and your summer will most likely be fulfilled. And even if you’ve already been, you can never get enough pictures of that water! http://www.sleepingbeardunes.com/