Places To Vist -Pleasant Lake Michigan
Pleasant Lake Michigan is the home of many splendid things — we know it, because we live here. Beautiful scenery, majestic lakes, fabulous food, quirky locales and hidden gems just barely scratch the surface of what Pleasant Lake Michigan has to offer.
We asked staff members of the Pleasant Lake Press to share some of the best things to see and do in Michigan, based on our personal experiences. Here are 50 ideas you may want to add to your bucket list if you visit Pleasant Lake, MI.
Think we missed something? Add your bucket list item here and be sure to explain why it’s great.
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Reason # 1 The Motor City
Maybe I'm a little bit biased since I come from Detroit, but I think that Detroit is a great reason to visit Michigan. Ignore, for a moment, the decrepit old houses and deteriorating neighborhoods, and think of the city's rich, vibrant culture and historical landmarks. Detroit is home to "The Big 3" and "Motown" after all. I don't care how much negative press you've heard about the city, don't tell me that you haven't driven a Big 3 car or been in love with a Motown song. The city's current decline is certainly no reason not to visit. Just be sure to keep your doors locked.(That was a joke, by the way).
Reason # 5 The Sports Teams
So, the Detroit Lions haven't done so well in the past few years. The Tigers almost made it to the World Series this year. The NBA is in the middle of a lockout, so we won't mention the Detroit Pistons. The Red Wings are probably the most consistent team we have, and although I don't follow hockey, it seems like they're winning the Stanley Cup every other year.
Plus, there are all of the college teams - the Big House (University of Michigan) is one of the most popular sporting venues in the country.
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If you live in Ann Arbor or will be in the area and are looking for something to do, you should make it a point to visit the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum. Instead of visiting a mindless tourist attraction, why not visit an attraction where you can actually learn something. If this sounds like something that you would be interested in , you should read on.
The Ann Arbor Hands On Museum has over 250 exhibits to both educate and entertain you. The exhibits are too numerous to list but I will name just a few. One exhibit is the Lights and Optics Gallery. In this exhibit visitors can explore the world of light including shadows, colors and even lasers. through the use of hands on displays. Another exhibit is Waste to Watts. Here visitors can learn how new technology will allow us to turn waste into usable energy. Learn how methane gas can be pulled from landfills which will reduce our dependence on other fuel sources. In addition to these exhibits there are countless others which are designed to teach you about a wide range of topics from math to nature to physics.
If you would like to visit the museum you can find it at 220 East Ann Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Hours are from 10 to 5 from Monday to Saturday and 12 to 5 on Sundays. Admission to the museum kids only $7 but it is free for children under the age of 2. Special pricing is available for large groups. For more information you can call the museums information line at 734-995-5439.
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The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn is open all year round with collections of old cars which includes a 15 Millionth Model T, a 1948 Tucker, a 999 Racer, a Bugatti Royale, a Ford Mark VI Racer, a Ford Mustang #1 and many more.
There are Presidential Limousines such as the Ronald Reagan limousine, the John F. Kennedy limousine, the Dwight D. Eisenhower "Bubbletop", the Franklin D. Roosevelt "Sunshine Special" and many more. There's the Heroes of the Sky exhibit which brings to life the first forty years of aviation. In this exhibit you'll see the Douglas DC-3, the Sikorsky Helicopter, and the Wright Flyer Replica. There's an Agriculture exhibit which features the first Fordson Tractor, Massey-Harris Model 20 Combine, and the Oliver Chilled Plow.
There is a collection of old timepieces, a display of four kitchens from different eras, a large collection of American-made jewelry of the last three hundred years, and a silver and pewter exhibit.
The best thing to see in Michigan is the Renaissance Festival in Holly, Michigan. Inside the gates you will see a festive marketplace with friendly merchants everywhere. You will be entertained by belly dancers, sword fighters, musicians, and comedians. There are jousting tournaments where knights on horses battle each other.
Everyone is dressed in renaissance costumes even the visitors. There's all kinds of food from a tasty soup in a bread bowl to a roasted turkey drumstick. Everyone has a good, old time there. Bring a camera so you can recapture the sites of the day. It's open on weekends August 18th through September 30th.
There's a lot more to see in Michigan so please come and visit. You'll be glad you did!