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Home for spring break? Check out activities and events in nearby Michigan

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Spring break is a well-deserved and much-needed break for students after the stress of the second trimester, cold winter weather, and exams. Spring break is a time to travel and have fun with friends and family. However, there are many students who end up at home for break. For those students, there are still many places and activities to visit and do in cities nearby.

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Traverse City offers many hiking and biking trails for adventurous visitors. Photo by Pixabay

Traverse City offers gorgeous shoreline, hiking, biking, and shopping

Starting off with one of many people’s favorite places to travel within Michigan’s borders is Traverse City. Traverse City has a lake, a city full of shops, and beautiful scenery. It is about a three hour drive north of Kalamazoo. When it comes to scenery, nearly everywhere you go in Traverse city is a sight to see. The many miles of beaches, sand dunes, and blue water will make you want to come back for another visit every year.

The waters will still be a tad too cold to swim, but kayaking and boating may still an option. The bay of Traverse City is so crystal clear, it is possible to see about 30-40 feet down. There are also miles of hiking and biking trails along the shoreline.

Another fun thing to do in Traverse City is visit the city. It is packed with great restaurants, interesting stores, and many ice cream joints. Entertainment-wise, there is always plenty to see, whether it’s checking out the Old Town Playhouse, the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, or the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Grand Rapids brims with culture and good food

Another possibility for visiting is one of Michigan’s biggest cities, Grand Rapids. Nicknamed GR, it is rich with energy, culture and restaurants. There are many museums including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum, and Frederik Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park. After a visit at a museum, choices for lunch or dinner are essentially unlimited at one of Grand Rapids’ 100 restaurants, like Grove, Sanchez Bistro, or Rose’s.

GR is also known for its entertainment and there are often concerts at various venues across the city.  For larger scale concerts and events, check out Van Andel Arena. If smaller shows are your thing, The Intersection or the Pyramid Scheme feature well-known artists, as well as local acts.

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Kellogg Forest and Fred McLinden Nature Trails offer trails, right here in Kalamazoo. Photo by Lucas Hamilton.

Find beauty and relaxation in your own backyard in Kalamazoo

Junior Sasha Norman says she likes to spend time walking on Kellogg Forest or Fred McLinden Nature Trails, in Richland and Kalamazoo.

“Both trails are very beautiful and have a lot of wildlife,” Norman said.

Senior Austin Simmons suggests going to one of the nearby skateparks, like K-zoo Skate Zoo or BattleGround Park in Battle Creek, both of which have indoor parks for when it is cold or snowy.

Kalamazoo also offers a variety of entertainment.  The Wings Event Center hosts K-Wings games and other events, while local theaters like the Civic or Farmer’s Alley may be putting on productions.  Click here to check out all Kalamazoo events, organized by category.

So if you are not leaving the state for spring break, you don’t have to sit in your room everyday and watch Netflix. There are so many great things to experience in Michigan and it is a great hidden vacation spot if you take the time to explore it.


Hi my name is Kevin Hyde and this is my first year in newspaper. I am a Junior at Gull Lake High School and I like to hangout with friends on my free time.


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