7 Adventures to Try in West Michigan

7 Adventures to Try in West Michigan

West Michigan has a lot to offer when it comes to adventure. I’m sharing 7 adventures that you will want to add to your list to try during your next visit.

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What it’s like to try the Luge when you are not an Olympic Athlete


What it's like to try the luge when you are not an Olympic athlete

I love when plans work out for a spontaneous adventure. My friend was already coming to town, so I just offered her  the “choose your own adventure” option for her visit.  Try the luge, cross country skiing or attend an ice sculpture festival.  I was sooo excited that she wanted to try the luge too.  The weekend we went was the first time the track had been open all winter due to lack of snow.  This was a Christmas gift I’ve been impatiently waiting to use.

I had tried the wheeled luge track with my kids this past summer and I knew I wanted to come back to try the winter one.

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6 Unique Winter Adventures That You Can Try In Michigan


6 Unique Winter Adventures in Michigan

These are some of my favorite winter adventures that I tried last winter while living in Michigan. They are listed in no particular order because they were each special in their own way. Each unique adventure gave me the opportunity to meet people in diverse subcultures and try activities that were not part of my everyday world.

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The Adventure List Made Simple


Check out my adventure list so far and get inspired to try something new too!

*Just click on what you want to read more about.


Classes I’ve tried


Square dancing

Family Circus class

Hula hoop class

Aerial silks and hoop class

Hot yoga

Good Form Running

Laughing Yoga

Belly Dancing 



Winter Activities

Luge winter track


Driving a dog sled

Intro to curling

Moms Hockey


On, In and Under Water

Stand up paddleboarding SUP

Guided Fly Fishing

Underwater Hockey


Inside Fun

Indoor trampoline arena

Indoor rock climbing

Indoor Segway Ride

Attending a Roller Derby

Participating in Roller Derby Practice

Indoor rock climbing


Outdoor Fun


Luge summer track

Picking blueberries

Police Ridealong

Zombie Walk

Flash Mob

Becoming a Guiness Book of world Record Holder

U2 Concert

Shakespeare in the Park

Working with a community garden


TV Shows

Tv show extra for Travel Channel’s “Bert the Conqueror”

Live taping of The Oprah Windfrey show with the cast of The View



Sprint Triathlon

Mud Run

Color Run



Group teambuilding/ awareness exercises with horses



Mega Deal Destination

Gap Clearance Center (this is not an “outlet”)


Specific Destinations

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Nelis Dutch Village

Heidelberg Project

Garden of Hope

Cincinnati Zoo

John Ball Zoo

Hell, Michigan

University of Cincinnati football stadium (open to the public)

University of Michigan football game

Heartside Art Gallery

Hittsville, USA (Motown Museum)

Rabbit Hash, KY

Greenbrier Hotel, Sulphur Springs, WV (bunker tour)



Tom + Chee

Screams ice cream Hell, Michigan

Culinary School Restaurant lunch

Authentic Amish breakfast


Cool Annual Events

Art Prize


Cultural Event 

La Travita Cincinnati Opera 


Adventure Articles I’ve written for GRkids.com


Tallship ride (Michigan Maritime Museum)

Sleeping on a submarine (USS Silversides Museum)

Sand Dune ride (Saugatuck Dune Rides)

Underwater hockey (Holland Aquatic Center)

Saugatuck Sunset Cruise

Car races (Berlin Raceway)

Train excursion (Coopersville and Marne Railroad)

Cable wake boarding (Placid Wake Park)

Stand up Paddleboarding (Wet Mitten Surf Shop)

Pure Barre exercise class

Windmill Island Garden
















“A goal is a dream with a deadline”- The running tab for 2012

I had a sleepless night followed by a sleepless morning so I decided I would commit to print some of the experiences that I hope to try this next year and beyond.

In snow

Snowshoeing 1/20/12

Cross country skiing

Luge track 1/15/12

Dog sledding 1/28/12 drove the dog sled

Tobogganing track



Hot yoga class 1/4/12

Anti gravity yoga class

Attend moms hockey practice 1/17/12

Run a marathon- hesitant to write that one down

Adult hip hop class

Belly dancing class



Paint your own picture with a group class

Blow glass art

Make pottery

Create something for Art Prize in honor of my mom

Meet regularly with friends to make something from Pinterest


Specific places

City Musuem in St. Louis

Go up in St. Louis Arch

Visit world’s largest treehouse in TN

Take pictures with Superman at Metropolis,IL

Indoor Zipline at Mega Cavern in Louisville,KY


Gangster tour in Newport,KY

Fair Oaks Dairy Adventure

Haiti for a humanitarian trip


Not specific places

Winery tour where I can also stomp the grapes

Brewery tour

Nascar ridealong experience

Ride in a pace car

Watch a drag race

Go to an unexpectant destination for vacation (went to DC and stopped by Philly and Baltimore for a day to explore)

Trip to a destination riding on a train


Be an extra in a movie 1/14/12

Amish buggy tour ride

Ride in a Zorb ball

Regularly volunteer at an organization that assists the poor (started volunteering before we moved)



Kentucky Derby

Watch a Civil War Muster

Host a street party to get to know my neighbors


In or On Water

Try rowing

White water rafting


Cable wake boarding

Sailing on a smaller sail boat where I have to help


Fan boat ride

Scuba lesson

Swim with a dolphin or manatee or both

Tallship ride

Group speedboat ride

Underground Cave Boat Tour Bowling Green,KY

Jump on a blob



Shark cage experience



Shoot clay pigeons

Try lacrosse

Watch a boxing match 2/4/11

Indoor Sky Dive


Participate in a mudrace

Successfully find a geocache

Play a game of frisbee golf 1/8/12



Zipline Canopy Tour

Segway Tour in a big city

Hot air Balloon ride

Fly in a small plane



Progressive dinner with friends or at several restaurants

Dinner in the Dark (blindfolded meal)

Eat at least one restaurant listed on Man vs. Food and Diners and Dive and Drive ins ( maybe even try a spicy food challenge..maybe)

Sushi making class

Pasta making class

Wine tasting class

Grow an herb garden

Make one new recipe a week (….baby steps)


new additions

improv show 1/7/12

intro to curling class 1/19/12

So here is the start of the running tab. I reserve the right to add to the list as my curiosity continues to become aware of new places and experiences to try. Some are way more ambitious than others, but I figured I might as well go with the quote “shoot for the moon and if you miss you are still among the stars” Travel wise I would love to go all over the world but gotta start a little smaller.The list could really go on and on…….this is just scratching the surface . So I guess this is my start but I don’t ever want to stop adding.


Remember a “Goal is dream with a deadline.” Don’t let time get away from your dreams.

“If you want to do something bad enough, you will find a way, if not you find an excuse.”


What’s on your list? What should I add to mine? Who wants to join me?



Trying the Luge in the Summer

summer luge

I had been wanting to check out the luge track in Muskegon, Michigan for awhile, so when I heard you that could try a luge track in the summer, I knew this would be fun for the boys and I to try.

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