Discover Your Perfect Springtime Adventure with Clock Mobility

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Springtime in Michigan is nothing short of amazing. With blooming wildflowers painting the landscape in every color of the rainbow and the re-energized wildlife waking up from their winter snooze, the Great Lakes State transforms into a playground for adventurers and peace-seekers alike.  

In spring, you can spend days hiking through enchanted forests, kayaking in crystal clear waters, or visiting one of the national parks for an impromptu picnic. And with Clock Mobility as your partner, you can explore the unexplored without worrying about transportation. 

Top Accessible Spring Things to Do in Michigan

Below are some of the top accessible spring things to do in Michigan:

Plan a Scenic Trip Through Michigan’s Vibrant Cities

michigan accessible travelMichigan is a smorgasbord of cool places. Detroit’s got that urban edge. You can cruise the downtown streets and let your social media go wild with snaps of the Heidelberg Project. 

With colorful and creative murals, Grand Rapids screams art at every turn. If you want to enjoy live music or events, The Intersection has you covered. And don’t miss the Grand Rapids Art Museum for an art vibe unlike anything else.

Lansing’s the place if you’re looking for something historic on your adventure. This city’s State Capitol building is all about those #architecturegoals, but don’t forget to visit Old Town for some quality antique shopping.

In Traverse City, you can indulge in a cherry pie that’ll make your taste buds sing or hit up the wine trails that are as tasty as they are beautiful. This city is also your gateway to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which has miles of sandy beaches, bluffs that tower over Lake Michigan, and clear skies that stretch forever.

In Ann Arbor, you can wander through the University of Michigan campus, which has a way of making you feel like you’re part of something bigger, even if you’re not a student. You can also catch a show at the historic Michigan Theater or get your groove on at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival. 

Beyond these cities, the Great Lakes state is dotted with charming, quaint towns that you’d swear were made for postcards and perfect weekends, including Leland, Suttons Bay, Three Oaks, Charlevoix, New Buffalo, Saugatuck, Glen Arbor, and many more.

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Meijer Gardens

Explore Blossoms and Botanicals

Michigan is also home to an array of beautiful gardens where you can wander amidst richly hued blossoms, breathe in the fresh blooms, and bask in the serenity. Spanning a massive 158 acres, the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park offers an amazing fusion of flora and art. They also hold an annual spring plant exhibition, which is a horticultural event you just can’t miss!

Next, pull out your picnic blanket and head to the Dow Gardens. Besides exploring its uniquely designed landscapes, you can check out interactive exhibits, workshops, or even the Spring Stroll event happening on May 3rd, 2024. The Butterfly House is a great place for kids and adults that offers a barrier-free pathway so you can wheel along with ease.

During spring, you can also visit the Lavender Hill Farm to get a glimpse of fragrant purple lavender swaying in the breeze. Don’t forget to snap a pic amongst the lavender for that “European” vibe and sample delicious lavender-infused goodies.  

Check out Waterfront Escapes

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

With 3,200 miles of freshwater coastline and 11,000 inland lakes, Michigan provides plenty of opportunities to play in the sand, splash in the turquoise waters, or simply get a dose of vitamin D while sipping on fresh lemonade.

If you’re into fishing and want to bag some impressive catches, you’ve got to hit spots like Au Sable River, Detroit River, or Coldwater Lake. These waters are teeming with bluegill, perch, pike, and walleye, making them a paradise for anglers.

Rockhounds can head over to Petoskey to hunt puddingstone and other fossils; while history buffs can learn all about shipwrecks and the history of the Great Lakes at the Alpena’s free Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center. 

If you’re looking for some off-the-grid fun, the Isle Royale National Park is your spot. There, you can kayak through hidden coves or hop on a ferry and let someone else do the hard work. Don’t forget to take some ‘gram-worthy shots if you happen to catch any moose chilling in the background! 

If you prefer a drier kind of fun, go to Ludington State Park, Grand Haven State Park, Otsego Lake State Park, or Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. These wheelchair-accessible beaches are perfect for a game of frisbee or just basking under the sun. 

When in Michigan, don’t forget to check out the waterfalls at Tahquamenon Falls State Park and Bay City State Park. These parks offer accessible and paved areas, including boardwalks and viewing platforms for soaking up stunning views.

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Visit Accessible National Parks and Trails

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Sleeper State Park

If you want to shake off those winter blues and create epic spring memories, visit the accessible national parks and trails of Michigan. Nestled along the shores of Lake Huron, Sleeper State Park is 723 acres of forest, wetlands, and forested dunes. This park has well-maintained pathways and a pedestrian overpass bridge that provides easy access to the beach house and picnic areas.

Similarly, Warren Dunes State Park offers both a beach adventure and towering dunes that provide an exhilarating view of Lake Michigan. The park is equipped with accessible features like floating chairs, making it an ideal place for everyone to catch those stunning sunsets. The park even offers beach wheelchairs, so the sand won’t slow you down while reaching the water’s edge. 

Silver Lake State Park’s expansive 2,000 acres of rolling sand hills beside glistening waters is nothing short of an adventurer’s paradise. This park features a 22-mile paved rail trail, so you can soak up every bit of spring’s splendor no matter what kind of mobility device you use.

Ionia Recreation Area is another hidden gem with diverse flora, an array of wildlife, and well-maintained paved trails. It’s also excellent for fishing, hiking, camping, or daydreaming under a tree. 

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Fox Barn Marketplace and Winery

Culinary Journey Through Michigan 

Michigan’s spring isn’t just about blooming flowers and warmer breezes; it’s also an ideal place for foodies who want to satisfy their cravings.

If you want to try out some seasonal delights, DeGrandchamp Farms is your place for picking ripe blueberries and cranberries straight off the bush. Next, head to the Fox Barn Marketplace and Winery, where you can pair a heavenly pour with their famous pickled asparagus or cherry garlic spread.

Then, swing by Detroit for a taste of Africa. Baobab Fare serves up East African delights that are genuine and heart-warming — think seasoned samaki, grilled chicken, and goat shank. If you want to savor some Mediterranean cuisine, Al Ameer Restaurant is your go-to spot.

  1. Nektar Meadery, Arktos Meadery, or Black Dragon Meadery will take your taste buds on a joyride for some boozy and utterly delicious mead. Then, head to Moomer’s Homemade Ice Cream in Traverse City or hit the MSU Dairy Store in East Lansing to indulge in sweet and creamy ice cream scoops to cap off your food adventure.

Plan Your Perfect Spring Getaway with Clock Mobility

Whether you plan on attending the Tulip Time Festival in Holland, MI, or having a good laugh at LaughFest in Grand Rapids, Clock Mobility is committed to making your spring adventures comfortable, accessible, and unforgettable. 

Our fleet of wheelchair-accessible vans is outfitted with features like lower floors and wider doors for easy boarding, tie-downs for secure wheelchair placement, and comfortable seating for a smooth ride. 

For more information about our newest additions to the fleet, questions about our rentals, or to book our services, don’t hesitate to call us at  (866) 380-3326 or visit one of our four branches in Michigan.


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