Rx Optical Blog Image Last Minute Summer Fun 08.07.19

Last-Minute Summer Fun in Michigan

Can you believe that the summer is almost over? It seems like we just had our first beach day…and now it is back-to-school time! Don’t forget we are offering $19 exams for kids age 4 to 18 through September 30th.

Before we head into fall, we want to make sure you squeeze as much as you can out of your Michigan summer. We worked really hard on these awesome suggestions for making the most of your dwindling summer days.

Grab your family and hit the road, be sure to tag us in your photos – #myrxframes or #rxoptical.

Visit Your Nearest Garden

Our state is filled with so much natural beauty, did you know we have over 100 state parks? If you are looking for an easy to get to destination, head to one of our state’s amazing botanical gardens. No matter where you live, there’s one close to you. West Michigan has the Frederik Meijer Gardens, while Central Michigan should stop by the MSU Horticulture Gardens, and Ann Arbor residents can head to Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

Explore Underwater

We’ve already shared our favorite places to play in and on the water, did you know you can also explore under the water and learn all about shipwrecks.

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is located in Alpena, and it’s one of the best places to learn all about what’s under the water. This location is complete with artifacts from shipwrecks, a 93-seat theater, and more.

Hop in a glass-bottomed boat with Alpena Shipwreck Tours to get an in-person look at sunken ships. Their boat tours will take you over some of the local shipwrecks to get up and personal with wrecks without diving in.

Pack polarized sunglasses for your trip. They’ll protect your eyes from UV rays and cut down on the glare from the water so you can see clearly.

Go on a (safe) Bear Walk

If your family love animals, Oswald’s Bear Ranch in Newberry is so COOL. It’s the largest bear ranch in the United States, and it’s located right here in Michigan.

They are home to over forty free roaming black bears, visitors are kept safe behind barriers. 4 p.m. is the bears’ regular feeding time, so you can observe them chowing down. Be sure to get your picture taken with a bear cub, when else will you get that up close and personal? It’s only $10, and the proceeds go towards rescuing more bears.

We sure do love the Mitten ❤️, we can’t wait to hear all about your excursions. Tag us in your photos, use the hashtags #rxoptical or #myrxframes.

While we’re reminding you of things, schedule your back-to-school eye exam.

Rx Optical Blog Image Best Michigan Lakes 07.01.19

The Best Michigan Lakes for Summer Fun

While Minnesota may be the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” their state can’t boast about the Great Lakes like we do. Lake days are simply a part of Michigan living. A week in the summer without going to a lake is a week wasted.

Our team absolutely loves exploring our state, from hiking trails to the summer treats of Michigan, so it’s only right that we pay homage to our favorite lakes in Michigan. While we love all 5 of the great lakes, we had to choose our absolute favorite, and it was a struggle! But we made sure to also include three inland lakes that are ready for you to discover:

Lake Michigan

We may be partial to Lake Michigan since it’s so close our main office, but we mostly love that anyone on the west side of the state can enjoy this great lake with ease. The coast of Lake Michigan is dotted with great small towns, so no matter where you end up near Lake Michigan, adventure is sure to follow.

Torch Lake

Named as the Third Most Beautiful Lake in the WORLD by National Geographic, Torch Lake is Michigan’s longest and deepest lake. The water is crystal clear and when you are floating on it you truly feel like you are in the Caribbean. Several different boat rentals around the lake mean that everyone can have fun on Torch Lake! There are multiple sandbars you can float your boat to. You can even get lunch from a vendor boat. And yes, they are often around the sandbars at lunch or dinner time.

Seriously, can Northern Michigan get any better?

Lake Superior

The answer is yes, when you cross the Mackinac bridge into the Upper Peninsula to reach Lake Superior. Like Torch Lake, the water is clear and you can even see old shipwrecks if you take a paddle-board, canoe, or kayak out. We highly recommend doing one of those three things on a guided tour so you can learn more about the history of the area. It can get cold up there, so grab some blankets and your camping gear. You can even set up camp right on the shore!

Lake Leelanau

If you are headed to Traverse City this summer or fall for a wine tour, make it a point to stop by Lake Leelanau. This lake is great for swimming and fishing. You can pretty much plan on reeling in a walleye. Plus, this lake is on the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, so there are views for miles.

Lake St. Clair

We would be doing the east side of the state a disservice if we did not include Lake St. Clair on our list. If you have a layover, consider spending some time at this lake, since it’s the closest lake to Detroit and the airport. There are also many ports at Lake St. Clair, and some have more of a beach vibe while others are perfect for water sports. There’s so much to explore at this lake, including lagoons and estuaries!

Did we leave your favorite lake off the list? Make sure you stop in to one of our 55 locations to let us know which lake you love to visit in the summer! While you’re in our office, make sure to grab some sunglasses to protect your vision from the UV rays that will reflect off of the water during your lake day.