Michigan summers are usually filled with Michigan beaches. That could be because Michigan is known to have more than 11,000 lakes, and according to the Michigan Historical Society you physically can't be farther than six miles from a lake at any given time in the mitten state. In this week's summer series post, we wanted to highlight a few amazing beaches - big and small - that are worth a visit. So grab your sunscreen - it's time to get outside and squish your toes in the sand!
1. Grand Haven State Park Beach
This beautiful space nestled between Lake Michigan and the Grand River is absolutely stunning. Of course, don't forget to check out the Grand Haven lighthouse or the Musical Fountain nearby.
2. Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore
This sandy shore is kind of an expected addition to any list of amazing Michigan lakes. But that doesn't mean it's not absolutely stunning! The dunes themselves are a blast to climb with kids or friends, the ghost forest that's been buried and uncovered by the shifting sands is worth checking out, and there is no shortage of long hikes along the beach to take or long, winding drives to go on.
3. Rogers City
Rogers City, also known as the Salmon Capital of Michigan, features miles of sandy beaches along Lake Huron. Their Lakeside Park provides beach access, and there are often events or summer concerts that you can attend, as well.
4. Holland State Park Beach
This is one of Michigan's most popular beaches along Lake Michigan. It's popularity makes sense, the views are stunning, the lighthouse ("Big Red") is beautiful and unique, and there's a plethora of campground offerings if you're looking to do an extended stay. Of course, Holland itself is pretty cool, too. The city's Dutch origins shine through in the many museums, distinct architecture, and their Windmill Island Gardens. Definitely worth the trip!
5. Caseville County Park
Caseville is an excellent place to hit the beach if you're looking for a small beach town vibe that's close to home. Located about two and a half hours from Detroit on Saginaw Bay, they have it all - from sand dunes, to forest hiking, to an adorable downtown center. They also have multiple state parks with beach access - Caseville County Park, Sleeper State Park, and Philip Park.
6. Grand Marias Beach
This lovely, small beach is at the beginning of the stunning Pictured Rocks shoreline. The beach itself is beautiful, and the adorable downtown is definitely worth a visit if you're looking to get away from the waves or just out of the sun for a minute or two.
What's your favorite Michigan beach to visit? Favorite beach town? Let us know in the comments!