10 Michigan Summer Outdoor Adventures

If you’re looking for Michigan summer outdoor adventures, you’ll find plenty to do—explore, kayak, hike, bike, golf, and wander.

While the list of Michigan summer activities can seem endless, you can use these ten ideas to create your personalized Michigan summer bucket list.

Explore South Manitou Island

South Manitou Island is the perfect Michigan summer day trip, as the only overnight accommodations on the island are campgrounds.

SEA KAYAKING

A sea kayak is required to kayak in Lake Superior, not a recreational kayak, under 14 feet long. Do not use canoes in open water like Lake Superior.

STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING (SUP)

SUP is a low-impact activity, with tours suitable for children 12 and older.

Bike Mackinac Island’s Perimeter – or Ride Horseback Ride, or Take a Carriage Tour

More than 500 horses summer on the island. Travel includes horse-drawn carriage, horseback, bicycles, or walking.

Discover the Upper Peninsula’s Waterfalls

Spray Falls is the most remote waterfall on Pictured Rocks National Shoreline, where the Lakeshore Trail leads to the top of the falls.

Wander through Michigan’s Public Gardens

If you have kiddos, be sure to take in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden, the most extensive children’s garden in the United States.

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