Dow Gardens
See Abundant Blooms At
Dow Gardens

With its 22,000 flowering bulbs and 35,000 annuals, this 110-acre oasis is not to be missed, especially in spring.

Blooms On View

See abundant buds and blooms when you take in Dow Gardens' dreamy acres in springtime. Stroll the Color Garden, Rose Garden, Exploration Garden, and more — and save time to spread out a picnic on the grassy lawns; they're welcomed here.

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A View From the Top

Just over the bridge, but still within Dow Gardens, you'll find its lush, 54-acre Whiting Forest. Take the country's longest canopy walk up to four stories high in the treetops, and stand on a glass-bottomed overlook to catch bird's-eye views of the orchards!

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Ride Through the Refuge

Coined the “Everglades of Michigan” by the captain who’ll guide you, Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge is nothing short of epic. Glide on this boating ecotour while spotting breathtaking wildlife, and tuck away every moment in your memory.

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Choose a Charter

Experience one of the best walleye fisheries in Michigan and beyond when you hop aboard a Great Lakes fishing charter and head out on Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay. On waters teeming with walleye, expert anglers will guide you to all the top spots — and make sure you bring a solid haul back to shore!

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Venture Out

Explore 19 miles of trails, get sweeping views of scenic wetlands from a two-story observation tower, or bask in the serenity of the River Overlook — all in your absolutely free visit to Chippewa Nature Center!

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Dip Your Paddles

Rent your craft from a local outfitter to enjoy a peaceful paddle (and tips on where to point your bow from locals who know these freshwaters best). Enjoy the budding trees and bird sightings — even two iconic wooden bridges you can paddle underneath for a unique perspective!

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Pick A Path (+ Some Wildflowers)

An almost-100-mile network of paths that’ll guide you to beauty at every bend, the Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail comes alive in this glorious season. And the Saginaw Bay Birding Trail? It’s 142 shoreline miles, packed with birding hotspots you just can’t miss, especially in spring!

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Pedal for Pints

Book an eight- to 15-person pub on wheels — Bay City's Sunrise Pedal Trolley or Frankenmuth's PedAle Trolley — and enjoy smooth sips on a low-key ride around town. Too few riders to fill a whole trolley? Buy single seats on PedAle Trolley’s Thursday or Saturday 9 p.m. tours, or lock down their four- to six-person Circle Cruiser!

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Take In Exquisite Art

See an impressive collection of art inside a Georgian-revival mansion, or visit the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum to see works from the public sculptor’s 70-year career. With historic-gem theaters and one of North America’s most authentic Japanese tea houses, you’ll find ample ways to immerse yourself this spring.

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Shop the Season's Top Spots

With Michigan’s largest antique center, one of the country's original outlet malls, a 40-store, European-style shopping district, a unique village of shops spanning six historic buildings, and two year-round, indoor city markets — indulge in some serious retail therapy!

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Explore Seasonal Flavors

From restaurants crafting their seasonal menus with loads of locally sourced ingredients to breweries, wine bars, and craft cocktail spots pouring deliciousness — spring is a pretty flavorful season here!

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Author
Blair Cook

A Great Lakes Bay native, Blair is the Founder at Brandscape — a boutique creative company specializing in content. Her favorite part? Sharing stories about the Pure Michigan places she loves!