Attractions Southwest


Amish Community – Branch County. Travel scenic backroads to shop at Amish bakeries, basket making and woodworking shops, food markets, and more.

Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary – Athens. Reptile rescue facility with guided tours through the swamp where visitors can interact and feed their favorite gators.

Curious Kids Discovery Zone – St. Joseph. Fun, interactive learning displays geared especially for children aged 1-10.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum – Grand Rapids. Our country’s most entertaining presidential museum with permanent and ever-changing exhibits.

Kalamazoo Valley Museum – Kalamazoo. Interactive science, technology, and history exhibits, voted the top small museum in Michigan.

McCourtie Park – Somerset Center. One of the largest Trabajo Rustico Art collections in the country, featuring 17 walkable unique hand- carved concrete bridges.

Michigan Maritime Museum – South Haven. Historic waterfront exhibits for Great Lakes enthusiasts, also offers riverboat and sailing excursions on replica vessels.

Potter Park Zoo – Lansing. 100-acre park and gardens in an oak forest, with 500 animals and 180 species from around the world.


Coldwater Golf Course – Coldwater. One of southern Michigan’s most beautiful and challenging courses since 1920.

Fort Custer Recreation Area – Augusta. 3,300 acres with fishing, swimming, and paddling on 3 lakes, and mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking on 40 miles of trails.

Hidden Ponds Horse Rescue – Coldwater. Experience outdoor fun by horseback riding where rescued horses are given a second chance.

Kalamazoo Nature Center – Kalamazoo. 14 Miles of hiking trails from easy to difficult through woods, wetlands, and prairies with plant and wildlife along the way.

Paw Paw River Water Trail – Paw Paw. Features 68 miles of remote paddling through beautiful wooded plains, for mostly experienced kayakers and canoers.

Public Beaches – South Haven. City is home to 7 public beaches for sunbathing, swimming, and picnicking, with concessions and play equipment.

TreeRunner Grand Rapids Adventure Park – Grand Rapids. Zip lines, rope courses, climbing walls, and aerial obstacles for all ages and skill levels. (pictured at top)

Western Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance – Grand Rapids. Over 100 miles of off-road biking on 12 trails from novices to serious competitors.