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If your vision of a flawless day outdoors is casting lines into cool, calm waters or exploring unspoiled stretches of trail — consider these forests and freshwaters, woodlands and wetlands your oasis. But if you’re partial to a pinch more adventure, the Great Lakes Bay’s natural spaces provide that, too.
Trek the country’s longest canopy walk, soaring four stories high into red pine forest and situated within gorgeous botanical gardens, or whip through an aerial park on thrilling ziplines. Take a boating ecotour through National Wildlife Refuge for encounters of the up-close kind — and find more excuses than you’ll ever need to get out in the fresh, open air.
If there’s one thing that’s abundant in the Great Lakes Bay, it’s the opportunity to get outside and explore! Chances to paddle a river or pedal through town — wind in your hair, and maybe a cold brew in-hand — all here.Read More +
Get to these 25 magical places where toddlers giggle and teenagers come alive (and parents have just as much fun as the half-pints)! Bring your camera and your sense of family adventure — big smiles are just up ahead in the Great Lakes Bay!Read More +
Sailing Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay on a breathtaking tall ship schooner or wine tasting on a Frankenmuth river cruise — salt-free waters and summer days are calling you to Pure Michigan's freshwater coastline!Read More +
A $20 million, four-year effort, the creation of the Canopy Walk and other features within Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens is the Foundation's largest project ever, officially opened to the public in October 2018.Read More +
Dow Gardens — and its Whiting Forest, Canopy Walk and other features within — offer a year-around menu of novel experiences, a virtual merry-go-round of adventures circling the seasons, a picnic of perspectives.Read More +
Whether you’ll head out in pursuit of a buck that’s worthy of some prime wall real estate, or lay out low in a cornstalk-covered blind in one of Michigan’s richest waterfowling regions — the Great Lakes Bay puts peak hunting right in range.Read More +