Places of Interest Near Lake Michigan?

My husband and I live in Illinois and we are planning on taking a 4 day trip along Lake Michigan in lower Michigan. Are there any places of interest that we would not want to miss while there? We like antiquing and sightseeing. Thanks for any ideas.


By Bonnie from Zion, IL

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May 22, 20090 found this helpful

Holland, MI is really cool during tulip season. That's over for the year, but Holland also has beaches and some nice little shops. Can't say it's a MUST SEE, but it is very nice. Maybe you can google the name and see if they have visitor info.

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May 22, 20090 found this helpful

The whole Michigan lake front is gorgeous. I have lived here all all my life in South Western Lower Michigan so I can tell you everywhere from New Buffalo to Sawyer Warren Dunes State park to Benton Harbors Silver beach to South Haven to any where north, you wont be disappointing. I am Formally from Bridgman, Weko Beach ring a bell?


All along the lake there are Antique shops, I'm sure New Buffalo has many. South Haven as I remember has a lot! Also there are many wineries. Tabor Hill is great!( ) There are winery tours and they also have a fantastic restaurant! There is plenty to do.. enjoy!

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May 27, 20090 found this helpful

Hi Bonnielou,
I live in Rothbury, Mi and we are half way up the west coast of Michigan. You can travel the lake shore and see all kinds of neat things. The town to the south of us has the World's Largest working weather vane. There are all small towns up the coast and there are 2 cross lake ferries that cross over to Wisconsin. There is one in Muskegon which is a 2 hour ride and the other is in Ludington, and it is a 4 hour trip.


In Silver Lake there are really great sand dunes you can go for a dune ride. Just North of Muskegon is the Michigan Adventure amusement park and water park. Just grab a map and you can find all kinds of things in Michigan. The beautiful sunsets over the lake are a really nice thing to see. Hope you have a great trip and you will probably come back. We have a little of everything. Barb from Michigan

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May 28, 20090 found this helpful

Check out There is a ton of travel information there and be sure to watch the videos/commercials that Michigan's own Tim (Tool Time Taylor)Allen narrates! YES! Michigan is this beautiful! (I absolutely *love* these video clips!)


Lots of beautiful dunes, wineries, antique shops, are here for you to discover!
In South Haven, I hear they have fireworks on the 4th of July that you can watch on the beach. While there, eat at Clementine's.
If you are into art, check out Saugatuck. You can partake in a dune ride or a cruise on the Kalamazoo River.
Holland not only has beautiful beaches (check out Tunnel Park too), but has the windmill, a nice downtown area (with a Ben & Jerry's ice cream store) plus a whole lot more!
Grand Haven has it's own beautiful beach, but also has a musical fountain.
All of these locations are rich with antique shops.


Enjoy our beautiful State of Michigan!

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May 28, 20090 found this helpful

Grand Rapids, Michigan has some really cool places of interest :-) It's not 'right on the lakeshore' but it's quite near Holland (about a 15 minute drive).

Downtown GR is beautiful and you can visit the Gerald R. Ford Museum, which is next to the Grand River downtown, and is President Ford's resting place. His childhood home is in East Grand Rapids about five minutes away.

Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built a couple homes in East Grand Rapids and the Meyer/May House is available for tours. I used to live just a few blocks away and the house and the tour are astounding. If you don't know about Frank Lloyd Wright do an engine search because his designs were especially amazing for his time and many of those homes still stand throughout the country in their original glory today :-)


And for sure you just simply must see Leonardo Da Vinci's Horse at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park! The only other one of it's kind is in Milan, Italy. It's bronze and the details are simply phenominal! Both the horse and the indoor and outdoor gardens are wonderful!

Plus, there are lots of great restaurants and artsy stores to visit along the way ;-)

All three of these places are within ten minutes of one another if route well planned :-)

Lived in that portion of Grand Rapids for sixteen years and really liked it. The only reason I left was couldn't stand the Winters anymore ;-)

Hope you visit there. You won't be disappointed :-)

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