Gear Up for Fresh-Air Excursions

If your vision of a flawless day outdoors is casting lines into cool, calm waters or exploring unspoiled stretches of trail — consider these forests and freshwaters, woodlands and wetlands your oasis. But if you’re partial to a pinch more adventure, the Great Lakes Bay’s natural spaces provide that, too.

Trek the country’s longest canopy walk, soaring four stories high into red pine forest and situated within gorgeous botanical gardens, or whip through an aerial park on thrilling ziplines. Take a boating ecotour through National Wildlife Refuge for encounters of the up-close kind — and find more excuses than you’ll ever need to get out in the fresh, open air.

Tranquil Nature + Thrilling Excursions
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Outdoors by Season

Sparkling freshwaters, lush forests, scenic trails: they’re soul-stirring magic anytime you get to see them. But the experience? It’s an entirely different one in every Pure Michigan season.

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Outdoor Attractions

As if glittering freshwaters, vast wetlands, lush forests, and 100 miles of tree-lined trails weren’t enough — these outdoor excursions will draw you in closer, and for even deeper connection with nature.

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With close to 100 purely scenic miles — that also form part of the longest designated state trail in the nation, the Iron Belle — breathtaking paths piece this nature-rich region together.

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Spend a full weekend finessing your long drives at two of Michigan’s top golf courses or an afternoon tightening up your short game at any of two dozen others — and know that an under-par scorecard isn’t the prettiest sight you’ll see here.

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Sometimes, an easygoing pedal on a tree-lined trail is all you need: fresh air, fragrant wildflowers, the soft hum of tires on tarmac. Other times? It calls for a little more wind-in-the-hair.

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Thanks to its one-of-a-kind real estate where two biotic provinces overlap — bringing a blend of flora and fauna you’d be pressed to find anyplace else — the Great Lakes Bay is a birder’s oasis.

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When it comes to simple, unspoiled greenspaces — some with fishing holes, playscapes, and splash pads — our pocket parks have a laid-back allure of their own.

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Farms + Orchards

Find more than you thought you came for at these u-pick orchards and pumpkin farms, cider mills and berry patches: in a down-to-earth taste of the Great Lakes Bay that’s pure and perfectly simple.

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Whether you’ll head out in pursuit of a buck that’s worthy of some prime wall real estate, or lay out low in a cornstalk-covered blind in one of Michigan’s richest waterfowling regions — the Great Lakes Bay puts peak hunting right in range.

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