TOP IMAGE: Fishing on Marble Lake © Courtesy of Coldwater Country
Warm weather and water go hand in hand, and Michigan’s Coldwater Country is the place to be to get on—and in—the water! Located in south-central Michigan, along the US-12 Heritage Route, the area is brimming with outdoor recreation, unique attractions, and a whole host of family fun.
Soak in summer on one of the area’s 100+ freshwater lakes. One of the unique experiences in the area is the ability to travel from one lake to another through the chain of lakes. Coldwater Country is home to not one but two chain of lakes. Reel in the catch of the day, enjoy a leisurely pontoon ride, or kayak the Union City Heritage Water Trail, just one of nine water trails in Michigan. Hang out at the beach at The Aqua Pit, home of an inflatable aquatic playground featuring a multi-tiered obstacle course in the water, kayaking, paddle boarding and more. It’s tons of fun for the entire family!
As the sunny days turn to cool crisp evenings, Coldwater Country offers additional experiences to get out and enjoy the fall colour. Take a ride on the rails and enjoy the stunning seasonal colour show aboard the Little River Railroad 110-year-old steam engine train. Explore timeless Victorian downtowns and the countless antique shops. Coldwater Country is also home to Michigan’s Antique Capital—Allen, with the largest concentration of antique dealers in the Midwest. The area is home to five stately antique malls including the Allen Antique Barn, boasting two floors of more than 25,000 square feet of treasures.
For a magical experience, head to Colon to learn magic tricks, how to entertain a crowd, and catch a magic show. Home to the big three magic shops and countless activities, it’s no wonder they call Colon the Magic Capital of the World.
Take in a performance at the Tibbits Opera House, home to professional touring events and the wildly popular Popcorn Theatre. As the sun starts to set, make your way to Coldwater Country’s 1,000 car, twin-screen drive-in movie theatre, the Capri Drive-In for a double feature. Family owned and operated since 1964, the Capri Drive-In offers a unique, and often nostalgic, drive-in experience.
Grab a bite to eat at one of Coldwater Country’s locally owned diners, restaurants, or pubs. Enjoy the flavours, local scene, and hospitality of the area’s many destination restaurants. At the end of your fun-filled day and exciting night on the town, check into one of the many hotels to rest and relax. The hotels are just minutes from all the excitement and attractions.
For additional information on things to see and do, and where to stay, in Michigan’s Coldwater Country visit ColdwaterCountry.com.
Whether you are looking for spa treatment, a fishing get-away, family vacations or de-stressing after a long work week, Coldwater Country is the place to be.