If there’s one thing you can count on in Michigan, it’s a very cold, snowy winter. If there’s one more thing you can count on, it’s a beautiful, warm, breezy spring.
After a frigid winter, Michiganders make it an annual ritual to get outside in the spring and enjoy the season. Read on for 10 things to do in Michigan this spring, and embrace the season.
Smell the Flowers
Spring brings bountiful flower blossoms throughout Michigan. Whether you venture to an actual flower festival or just walk around your neighborhood and sniff in the spring air, you’ll take in some of that flowery fragrance in the spring. Of course, if you’re a tulip fan, Holland’s annual Tulip Time Festival is a must-see event.
Visit the Isle Royale National Park
Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park opens every April, offering delightful wildflower hikes, paddling on Lake Superior paddling and more. It’s also a great spot for a lengthy hike.
Enjoy Morel Mushrooms
Michigan has the perfect climate to harvest morel mushrooms. In fact, the Mitten even has plenty of mushroom-inspired festivals to celebrate the tasty item, such as the annual Mesick Mushroom Festival and Boyne City’s National Morel Mushroom Festival.
Taste Fresh Produce
The spring harvest brings all kinds of flavorful foods, and you’ll find them at local farmer’s markets, cider mills, farms and more. The Lansing Farmer’s Market, Detroit’s Eastern Market, the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids and the Flint Farmers Market are all great options.
Spring brings baseball, and opening day for the Detroit Tigers is always its own massive event. On the minor league front, Michigan offers talented teams such as the Lansing Lugnuts, the Saginaw Great Lakes Loons and the Grand Rapids West Michigan Whitecaps.
Once the ice melts off the lakes, it’s time to gear your boat up for the warm season. Boating season comes in the spring, and Michigan’s Great Lakes and inland lakes offer plenty of opportunities to set sail.
Rock Out to Outdoor Music
Michiganders love their outdoor music, and with spring comes plenty of outdoor events with that live music playing loud. Some favorite Michigan outdoor venues include the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids; Meadow Brook Amphitheatre and Pine Knob in metro Detroit; and the amphitheater at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant.
Take a Nature Walk
With the snow and ice finally off the ground, it’s the perfect time to go for a lengthy hike. Michigan offers trails in nearly every city, filled with nature and beautiful sights for miles.
Take Up Photography
With the vibrant nature and wildlife in Michigan, why not start up a new outdoor hobby this spring? Capturing nature photos is a fun way to get artistic, and with so much to shoot in Michigan, it’s another way to enjoy the beautiful state.
Enjoy Spring Food
With so many fresh fruits and vegetables available in Michigan in the spring, it’s a great time to cook up some unique dishes that use produce that’s in season. Whether it’s rhubarb pie or chicken with fresh string beans, something about this food tastes better in the spring.