Our Michigan Bucket List

Ever since we found out that we were moving to Michigan for residency, I have been doing research about what we MUST experience while we are there. We want to make the most of our next 5 years in Michigan so we are creating our Michigan Bucket List. These are things that the kids and I want to see and do in Michigan during our time here. While Griffin probably wants to do a lot of these things too, we have to be realistic about his availability due to residency life.

Our Michigan Bucket List:

  1. Mackinac Island
  2. Detroit Zoo

    Checking out the Detroit Zoo!
  3. Detroit Science Center
  4. Greenfield Village
  5. Metro parks
  6. Detroit’s Eastern Market
  7. Sleeping Bear Dunes
  8. Grand Rapids’ “Ale Trail” (Okay this one is for Griffin and I)
  9. Lighthouses
  10. Pick Cherries
  11. Drive the Tunnel of Trees
  12. Frederik Meijer Gardens
  13. Lake St. Clair

    Loving spending time at Lake St. Clair!
  14. Lake Michigan
  15. Lake Huron
  16. Lake Superior
  17. Nichols Arboretum
  18. Ludington State Park
  19. See the Northern Lights
  20. Belle Isle Park

    Checking out Belle Isle Park on one of Dad’s few days off
  21. Michigan’s Adventure
  22. Binder Park Zoo
  23. Michigan’s Upper Penisula
  24. Blake’s Cider Mill
  25. Frankenmuth
  26. Motown Historical Museum
  27. Henry Ford Museum
  28. Silver Lake Sand Dunes
  29. Sea Life Michigan Aquarium

    Cadence LOVED the aquarium and is already planning our next trip back! 🙂
  30. Legoland Discovery Center
  31. Zingerman’s Deli
  32. Ann Arbor Children’s Museum
  33. Porcupine Mountains

Our list is still a work in progress, every time I meet someone new they give me a few new places we should check out. 🙂 If you have any other recommendations, please share!

Having lunch at Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor with my family!



  1. Flossie

    August 2, 2017 at 2:10 PM

    What a great idea! I did this sort of thing for a similar situation (several years in another state for school) only when I’d graduated and it was time to leave – glad you are doing it now, so your family can experience these things over the next 5 years!

    1. Shelby @ Blooming Beckers'

      August 3, 2017 at 10:57 AM

      We are hoping to spread it out during our whole 5 years here, but it will probably get crammed into our last few months here haha

  2. New England Momma - Christine

    August 2, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    Looks like you have an awesome bucket list! I’ve never been to Michigan but I look forward to reading more of the places that you get to visit!

    1. Shelby @ Blooming Beckers'

      August 3, 2017 at 12:34 PM

      Thanks! We are excited to have some adventures!

  3. Emily Young

    August 2, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    These look like so much fun! good luck with the move!

    1. Shelby @ Blooming Beckers'

      August 3, 2017 at 12:34 PM

      Thank you!

  4. cupcake1007

    August 2, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    So many fab ideas! we recently made a summer bucket list but may have to revise it now that I’ve read all your suggestions!

    1. Shelby @ Blooming Beckers'

      August 3, 2017 at 12:35 PM

      We have a separate summer bucket list too haha The summer bucket list has more of the very local places so we can get to know the area.

  5. April Kitchens

    August 2, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    I haven’t been to Michigan in years! I wouldn’t mind visiting again. Great bucket list.

    1. Shelby @ Blooming Beckers'

      August 3, 2017 at 12:36 PM

      I went as a kid and have been to a few of the places on the list, but want to take the kids there this time.

  6. Ai

    August 3, 2017 at 4:25 PM

    What a great idea! We only have 1.5 years in our current location. So writing a bucket list would be a good thing to do.

    1. Shelby @ Blooming Beckers'

      August 3, 2017 at 8:16 PM

      You should! It was fun to make too!

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