Sports & Outdoors
Four Seasons of Athletic Recreation
Let’s play ball! Michigan prides itself on its history of athletics and outdoor activities for all to enjoy. With the most public golf courses in the country, and year-round access to hundreds of ice rinks, racetracks and batting cages, there is no shortage of opportunities for sports enthusiasts and budding athletes alike. In addition to two Big Ten powerhouse universities, Michigan is home to winning professional, semi-professional and amateur sports teams, including the Detroit Lions, Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings.
For those more into recreational athletics, Michigan has four amazing seasons of outdoor activities that offer something for everyone including boating, sport fishing, skiing, ice climbing, snowmobiling and mountain biking to name a few. With 11,000 inland lakes, 1,300 miles of scenic trails and 40+ ski slopes, you’ll easily find reason to explore all that Michigan has to offer.
This is Pure Michigan
In Michigan, we are lucky to have some of the most beautiful places in the world right in our backyard: Here you will find more than 100 public beaches, some of the highest freshwater sand dunes in the world, stunning multi-colored sandstone cliffs, two National Lakeshores and the only national marine sanctuary in the Great Lakes.
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- State Parks and Trails
Awe-Inspiring Experiences in Nature
Michigan’s parks offer something for everyone, from the novice adventurer to the seasoned outdoor enthusiast. When the snow starts to fall, head over to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, the largest state park in Michigan, to hit the slopes on a snowboard or skis. As the weather warms up, lace up your boots and hike the North Country National Scenic Trail. And, when the sun is shining and the water is calling your name, grab a paddle and explore the stunning waters and breathtaking sandstone cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. No matter the season, one thing’s for sure: there is a never-ending to-do list to get lost in nature in Pure Michigan.
A Freshwater Wonderland
Michigan’s more than 11,100 lakes create a recreational paradise. Paddleboarding, kayaking and fishing are among the state’s most popular activities, with the state’s Great Lakes offering endless space for waterskiing, swimming and boating to Michigan must-visit islands, including the number one island in the continental US, Mackinac Island.
With so many options to soak up the sun on the water, Michigan’s lakes are the perfect destination to enjoy a coastal lifestyle in the nation’s inland.
Let Your Fan Flags Fly
Michigan is a haven for sports fans and boasts some of the most iconic teams in North America. Detroit alone is one of only 12 U.S. cities with teams from all four major professional sports leagues, including the NHL’s Red Wings, NFL’s Lions, MLB’s Tigers, and NBA’s Pistons — all playing right downtown. But it’s not just about the pros – across Michigan, college sports reign supreme with seven division one schools, including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and back-to-back national champions, the Ferris State Bulldogs. Many other options play into the mix and include everything from minor league baseball and soccer teams to roller derby and recreational sports and social clubs. So whether you’re a die-hard fan or just appreciate a good game, Michigan is a place where you can always root, root, root for the home team.
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Charting New Waters: Northern Michigan’s Blue Tech Revolution
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Driving Innovation: Michigan’s Research and Development Landscape
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Community revitalization project in Merrill wins national recognition
MAEDC award highlights impact of MEDC’s community revitalization initiatives in Michigan. The Merrill High School Redevelopment Project in the village of Merrill has been recognized with a Project of the Year (Small Division) award by the Mid-America Economic Development Council (MAEDC) at the 2023 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference in Indianapolis. “The Merrill High School Redevelopment Project is a […]Read More