If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in town during the second weekend of August, the National Blueberry Festival is a must-do. Celebrating Michigan’s storied blueberry heritage, the annual festivities include live music, sporting events, a parade and, of course, a blueberry pie-eating contest.
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6. Best Beach for Adventure Seekers: Pentwater
Home to the 50-acre campground that is the majority of Charles Mears State Park, Pentwater’s idyllic tree-lined streets and charming Victorian homes disguise what is really a virtual playground for kids and adults alike.
Take advantage of the Silver Lake Sand Dunes’ nearly 2,000 acres of living sand with Mac Wood’s Dune Rides, beginning daily at 9:30 a.m. through summer, and 10 a.m. in fall and winter, and ranging from $12 to $18. A tour guides narrates the 7-mile ride with fascinating facts about these natural wonders while you enjoy panoramic views of Silver Lake and try to spot fulgurites, hollow glass tubes formed when lightning strikes sand at a temperature of at least 3,270 degrees.
Walk or bike the William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail, a recently repaved 22-mile rail trail covering 225 acres of rural farms, woodlands, waterways and cherry and apple orchards with picnic stops and scenic outlooks along the way. Alternatively, saddle up near Rothbury, Michigan, for a horseback ride. Restrooms and water are available along the path.
If you’re craving aquatic adventure on one of several area lakes and rivers, stop by Pentwater Outfitters to rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboard for half-day, full-day or weekly rates starting at $35. Shuttle service to and from the river is available.