Play on the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan (our lakeshore is renowned for its beautiful beaches, towering dunes, and clear, blue water), explore one of the many resort towns, enjoy the summer veggie stands, or go cherry picking. Take advantage of the various summer local music festivals, or go backpacking in one of Michigan’s many state parks or national lakeshores.
Fall colors are gorgeous in Michigan, and the weather is normally still beautiful enough to enjoy hiking the trails or kayaking down the rivers surrounded by blazing red, yellow and orange leaves. Explore one of the many corn mazes, enjoy a hay ride, bike past vineyards filled with the sweet smell of grapes, try dozens of apple varieties, or carve a locally-grown pumpkin.
Invest in some warm winter clothing, and embrace the season! Check out one of the nearby ice sculpture festivals, go sledding right here at Andrews University’s sledding hill, or experience miles of nearby cross-country ski trails. Ski or snowboard on one of the three hills within a 1½ hour drive. Try ice skating, or drive up north for a once-in-a lifetime experience—dog sledding!
Marvel at the dozens of varieties of flowering trees right here on campus, which is an officially registered arboretum. Take a hike on the nearby trails to enjoy the trilliums and wildflowers springing up everywhere. Drive to Holland, Michigan where you can experience traditional wooden shoe dancing and over five million tulips planted in the Veldheer gardens.