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Things to do in Southern Michigan

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Southern Michigan. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Southern Michigan attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Southern Michigan to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Southern Michigan.

  • Acorn Theater

  • Backroads

    Active travel (cycling; walking; sea kayaking; rock climbing) paired with unexpected cultural experiences (storytelling in Ireland; a game of boule... More
  • Cookies on Call!

    Choose from 52 varieties, including white chocolate almond. More
  • Dominick’s

    Slake your thirst amid more flora at Dominick’s, whose garden is ideal for enjoying any of the 10 local microbrews on tap. More
  • Dunes Antique Center

  • Hickory Creek Winery

    Taste the influences of the owners’ Australian and German wine heritages in unique varietal blends. More
  • Ipso Facto

  • Joan Weber

    Years as agent: 34. Specialties: EcoTourims, Educational travel, Adventure. Fee: Varies. More
  • JOURNEYS International

  • Lemon Creek Winery & Fruit Farm

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

    New Favorite: In the Dutch West Indies, Curaçao is celebrating a year of independence from Holland and has a new 36-year-old president, Gerrit Scho... More
  • Nichols Arboretum

    At the lush, 123-acrepark, gravel paths wind past blazes of yellow, pink, and white peonies and the occasional reclining student. The “Arb” is also... More
  • Palladium 12 Theatre

    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 ... More
  • Plum Market

  • Saugatuck Dune Rides

    Check out Western Michigan’s massive sand dunes. More

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