Area attractions are reopening their doors, offering a wide variety of family fun during the Fourth of July weekend. Here are 20+ suggestions for spending time with loved ones during the holiday weekend:
Go Play Outside
Splash your toes on the watery bridge at Bishop’s Bog or other fun hiking spots.
Challenge each other to a game of HORSE at a local park’s basketball court.
Beat the heat at River Oaks’ splash pad in Galesburg.
Pack the sunscreen and hit the beach.
Tour a Michigan lake or river in a kayak or canoe.
Explore Local Cuisine
Cool off with some Brownie Batter ice cream from Rollup Ice Cream or try another favorite shop.
Pick up some pastries and fresh flowers a local Farmers Market.
Go Load a Spud at this new restaurant on campus.
Go fruit picking (many farms also offer amazing, already-picked produce, if picking isn’t your thing).
Put that summer fruit to good use with a red, white and blue cake.
Grab a Monster Milkshake from Cherri’s Chocol’art.
Feed the giraffes and visit Raj the snow leopard at Binder Park Zoo.
See how many life-sized brick animals you can find at John Ball Zoo (hint: there are forty!).
Visit the waterfowl and rescued owls at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary.
Meet the Jaali, the baby rhino at Potter Park Zoo.
Take a safari ride at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park.
Alligator fan? Try a Twilight Tour at Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary and visit them at night.
Other Attractions to Try
Ride the bumper boats at Craig’s Cruisers in Grand Rapids.
Play ball! The Kalamazoo Growlers have games on both July 3 and July 4.
Play mini-golf at Airway Fun Center in Portage.
Go to a drive-in and catch a movie under the stars.