Things to Do in the Great Lakes Bay

On energizing adventures in nature or afternoons spent mellowed-out on sparkling freshwaters: things to do outdoors are so refreshing here, you might not care to come in.

But, there’s more to these six cities that’s not to be missed: from historic theaters to polished art galleries, eclectic shops and electric nightlife, and places that are up to the rafters in free-spirited fun for families. Discover the Great Lakes Bay’s top diversions, whether you have a city in mind or just a season.

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Outdoors

From deep connection with nature that soothes to excursions that excite, these outings elevate adventure to stunning, all-new heights.

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Waterfront

With salt- and shark-free freshwaters, unspoiled beaches, and laid-back boat tours, you'll love dipping into what's most refreshing here.

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Family Fun

With two top indoor waterparks, two zoos, and too many options to ever mention them all — this place is a piece-of-cake choice when you’re vacationing with kids!

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Arts, History + Museums

A hub for creativity, culture, and community — the Great Lakes Bay is both history-rich and deep-rooted in the arts.

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Shopping

From eclectic antique havens to boutiques highlighting local artisans and trend-forward fashions: you'll find thoughtfully curated shop shelves across these six cities.

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Farmers Markets

Regardless which city you find yourself in, there’s a farmers market worth wandering through — and more than produce you’ll be bringing home.

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Nightlife

Nightlife here is a low-key scene, but one that’s every bit as magnetic as in bigger cities.

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Spas + Salons

For calming massage and exfoliating facials that’ll leave you feeling way beyond buttery — these day spas & salons deliver.

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Self-Guided Tours

Spend less time wondering where the next adventure might take you, and more time out there following your wanderlust.

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