Michigan

Things to do in Michigan

For travelers looking for things to do in Michigan, the state offers a wide array of water-activities. Sailing, fishing and motor boating are extremely popular both on the inland lakes and the Great Lakes. Nature-lovers can get their fill canoeing through the rivers that wind through Michigan’s lush, verdant forests, or hiking through one of the trails that snake through the state’s interior.

Hard-core urbanites wondering what to do in Michigan won’t be disappointed. Detroit contains numerous art galleries, restaurants, concert venues, four major casinos and numerous bars and breweries. The state is also well regarded for its craft brew scene, so beer-lovers searching for things to do in Michigan won’t have to look far. Additionally, sports-fans won’t be at a loss for what to do in Michigan – the city of Detroit hosts four major professional sporting teams: The Lions (football), the Red Wings (hockey), the Tigers (baseball) and the Pistons (basketball).

Walk the school’s central campus to admire the mid-1800s architecture.

In 1986, to make a statement about poverty and despair—and hopefully to chase off drug dealers—artist Tyree Guyton began painting whimsically colorful dots on deserted buildings and creating sculptures out of abandoned cars and castaway material on the street where he lived.

Dinner and a movie go hand-in-hand at Birmingham's Palladium 12 Theatre. With the cost of admission, you get a movie ticket and access to a dinner buffet prepared by in-house chef Ian Forest.

This scenic byway leads to a summit of 735 feet with endless views of the jagged cliffs above Lake Superior.

Choose from 52 varieties, including white chocolate almond.

The hottest nightclub in Detroit at the moment, V comes alive on weekend nights with a trendy crowd eager to hit the dance floor.

Climb sand dunes, hike, or enjoy the pristine freshwater beach.

Wildly popular in summer, RiverWalk stretches along the water for 2.5 miles of fountains, walkways, and green space starting at the Cobo Hall convention center. Most folks come simply to stroll, fish, or park themselves on a bench and take in the Windsor skyline across the way.

A sandy stretch with picket fencing, wild beach grass, and surprisingly temperate water.

Taste or pick the fruits—raspberries, cherries, peaches, plums, grapes—at the 150-year-old, family-owned winery.

Not far from Hockeytown Café, this sleek martini bar caters to an entirely different clientele, more akin to SoHo than the heartland. The first and mezzanine floors are full of intimate nooks, especially the mezzanine, whose curving couches hug the wall.

Drive the 7.4-mile, self-guided tour of forest, dunes, and Lake Michigan vistas.