You’ve pulled your boat out of storage, taken it in for its annual tune-up, made sure all of the safety gear is on board and took care of all the paperwork. Now it’s finally time to have some real fun.
The Great Lakes region has some of the best boating locations in the United States. If you plan on visiting the Great Lakes this summer, check out this roundup of the top boating locations according to the experts at Great Lakes Boating magazine.
- Saugatuck, Michigan: Saugatuck, known as The Art Coast of Michigan, is nestled on the shore of Lake Michigan. The area includes many attractions that will make your boating adventure exciting long after you disembark. Try touring the Fenn Valley Vineyards and Winery or the Historic Felt Mansion. The Express Yourself Art Barn and the Crane Orchards are popular stops, and foodies will love the fine dining at Distinctive Dining. If you want to lounge by the beach, Oval Beach is the place. Rather partake in something more adventurous? Then check out the dune rides or horseback riding.
- Racine, Wisconsin: On the other side of Lake Michigan is Racine, Wisconsin, America’s Kringle Capital. Kringle, for those who’ve never visited Racine, is a delicious oval-shaped Danish pastry. Beyond this sweet treat, Racine is also famous for the 50 beautiful acres of sand along its North Beach. If you want to get away from the lake, the Racine Art Museum and the Racine Zoo are popular attractions.
- Door County, Wisconsin: You’ll enjoy Door County, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Midwest. Peninsula Park is the perfect spot for would-be campers and hikers, and the region boasts more than 20 beaches that are all great for swimming and relaxing. There’s also a wide array of options when it comes to shopping and a historic lighthouse.
- Port Clinton, Ohio: Located on Lake Erie, Port Clinton, Ohio, is a popular tourist destination. Adventurous visitors can enjoy the African Safari Wildlife Park. Not your cup of tea? Then consider taking the Marblehead Lighthouse tour or visiting the Port Clinton City Beach, which has grills, restrooms and recreational facilities. There’s also Catawba Island State Park, which has a stone beach, a fishing pier and the perfect setting for a rustic picnic.
The boating season is just getting started. By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll help make one to remember.