by Robin B 

Hurry to the nearest Michigan library if you don’t already have a library card.

Considering a visit to Saugatuck Dunes State Park or is a trip to the Kalamazoo Nature Center on the summer bucket list?

You can access hundreds of Michigan’s state parks, historic sites, cultural attractions, recreation areas and campgrounds for either free or discounted admission with a library card. Here’s how to access the Michigan Activity Pass:

Wondering how the Michigan Activity Pass works? Here’s how to access the Michigan Activity Pass:

1.Visit www.michiganactivitypass.info to start your search.

2. Input a starting point/city and search by a mile radius to see what is available.

3. Then, simply print the one-day pass and go explore.

We found over 30 destinations within a 50-mile radius of Kalamazoo!

 

Places To Consider In Southwest Michigan

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Gilmore Car Museum

The Gilmore Car Museum-America’s Signature Collection-is like no other car museum in the nation. In its park-like, 90 acre setting midway between Detroit and Chicago and just minutes from I-94, exhibits range from an 1899 Locomobile to the classic Duesenberg, the elusive Tucker ’48 to the cars of the 1950s, and the muscle cars of the 60s and beyond.

Buy one admission at regular price and receive one free admission.

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Kalamazoo Nature Center

The Kalamazoo Nature Center, housed on more than 1,100 acres of diverse habitats, includes an old growth, beech-maple forest (one of the few relatively undisturbed pre-settlement examples of its kind in the state), floodplain forest, marsh, ponds, and its entire watershed, reconstructed prairie and old fields.

Each MAP pass holder receives one free admission with the purchase of one regularly priced admission. One MAP pass/free admission per party.

 

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Kids ‘N’ Stuff Children’s Museum

Located in Albion, Kids ‘N’ Stuff provides fun, hands-on learning experiences for all children and families through interactive exhibits and programs.

MAP pass holders receive 50% off regular admission price.

Forever Curious Children’s Museum

Forever Curious is a rural children’s museum located near the Lake Michigan shore in the town of Fennville. They offer hands-on educational exhibits and programs, based in the Michigan Core Curriculum, for children of all ages.

MAP users can enjoy 40% off of Family Membership (regularly $65, w/MAP $39) OR 2 for 1 admission.

 

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Nelis’ Dutch Village

Located in Holland, the park is a step back into the Netherlands of over 100 years ago, complete with authentic Dutch architecture, flowering gardens, canals and windmills. The history and culture of the Dutch comes to life as associates dressed in native costumes including wooden shoes, demonstrate village life.

MAP pass holders who buy one admission receive one free admission

 

Fort Custer Recreation Area

Fort Custer features three lakes, the Kalamazoo River, second-growth forests, prairie restoration areas, a 219-site campground, and a multi-use trail system used by mountain bikers, equestrians, hikers, and dog-sledders.

Good for one day of FREE fun in this park! Allows ACCESS to one night of camping, but camping fees will still apply. If camping multiple days, a MAP pass can only be used for one day of the stay and one vehicle per campsite. Allows one vehicle to enter.

 

Van Buren State Park

Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Van Buren State Park has one mile of sandy beach and high dune formations. It’s the perfect place to lounge on the beach, walk through woodland trails and enjoy a picnic lunch. Located three miles south of South Haven, the campground is only minutes away from local shops and restaurants.

Good for one day of FREE fun in this park! Allows ACCESS to one night of camping, but camping fees will still apply. If camping multiple days, a MAP pass can only be used for one day of the stay and one vehicle per campsite. Allows one vehicle to enter.

 

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Saugatuck Dunes State Park

A day-use park along a secluded strip of Lake Michigan shoreline, Saugatuck Dunes State Park offers 2.5 miles of shore line. The park has fresh water coastal dunes that are over 200 feet tall. The park’s terrain varies from steep slopes to rolling hills.

Good for one day of FREE fun in this park! Allows ACCESS to one night of camping, but camping fees will still apply. If camping multiple days, a MAP pass can only be used for one day of the stay and one vehicle per campsite. Allows one vehicle to enter.

 

Yankee Springs State Recreation Area

Three special points of interest in Yankee Springs are: Devil’s Soupbowl, a glacially carved kettle formation, Graves Hill Overlook and The Pines. The park has mountain biking, horseback riding trails, fishing piers, beaches and nine lakes for fishing and lots of winter activities.

Good for one day of FREE fun in this park! Allows ACCESS to one night of camping, but camping fees will still apply. If camping multiple days, a MAP pass can only be used for one day of the stay and one vehicle per campsite. Allows one vehicle to enter.

 

Tips For Using the Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)

  • You may “check out” one pass every seven days with your library card.
  • Once the MAP pass is printed, you have 7 days from the date it was reserved to use it.
  • Photocopies of MAP passes will not be accepted at MAP destinations. Only passes printed from the MAP website can be redeemed at MAP destinations.
  • It is always a good idea to call ahead or check the museum/venue’s website in order to verify hours of operation, etc.

 

There are 438 destinations in all offered through MAP. Check out the updated Lower Mitten MAP brochure for a complete listing of participating organizations.

Additional questions about the program? Contact michiganactivitypass@gmail.com