Adventurous activities

Nearby places to go to try something new


Sophomore Ashlynn Durham and her family frequently go camping near the beach during the summer. “I really enjoy these trips and have a great time making more memories with my family,” Durham said. Their family plans to take more weekend getaways together in the future.

Ally Vohs, staff writer

When one feels like they have visited everywhere in town, discover new local places to cure boredom.

Things to do in a few hours

Bald Mountain State Recreation Area contains a beautiful landscape consisting of lakes, trails and lush greenery. Located in Orion Charter Township, Bald Mountain is the perfect place to hike, go fishing and enjoy scenery during a spare couple hours.

Near downtown Romeo, Frontier Town can be explored. Frontier Town includes a row of stores containing antique markets, craft shops and an ice cream parlor. This town is the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

Things to do in a day

Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, found in Heritage Park, provides a relaxing day for all. The garden’s scenery has a variety of plants, trees, garden displays and an array of flowers. Visitors are able to walk the paths throughout the garden, relax at pavilions, go on a guided tour and host a small gathering at the garden’s venue.

Waterfront park, Port Huron Beach, contains countless options to entertain for the day. Playgrounds, splash pads, swimming, volleyball, barbecue and picnic areas are all wonderful additions to the beaches. 

Things to do overnight 

Located in Maple City, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park is a must see excursion. Aside from the beautiful sightseeing, vacationers can climb the dunes, walk or bike trails, stay on the campgrounds, paddleboard on the lake and take a scenic drive.

Waterslides, pools, hot tubs, dining and an arcade are all available at Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel. Found in Mount Pleasant, this small resort is the perfect weekend getaway to go on with friends. This indoor waterpark is open all year round, which is ideal for when the weather is bad.

Overall, one should visit these local places when feeling bored to spend quality time with friends and family, enjoy the outdoors and to take a much needed break.