Rx Optical Blog Image Favorite Rivers in MI 07.25.19

Our Favorite Michigan Rivers

There’s nothing better than a Michigan river. That’s why we love to spend a day floating down or fishing on all sorts of streams across our beautiful state. Michigan’s rivers are perfect for everyone, no matter what your preferred water pastime is.

To help you enjoy these natural beauties, our team has rounded up our favorite rivers to float, paddle, and fish on. Check out our list and get ready for some late summer fun.

For Canoers

Whether you’re hopping in your canoe for a workout, to take in the scenic views, or to catch a few fish, you’ll want to visit the Huron River. The Huron River winds past Ann Arbor, Detroit, and all the small towns in between, so it’s a great mix of wild country and city life. There are plenty of places to drop your canoe in the water, as well as great picnic spots, so don’t forget to pack some snacks!

For Tubers

Whether you like skidding across the water or enjoying a relaxing float, you have to go tubing on the Muskegon River. It’s a great choice for tubers of all skill sets and ages, including families with young kids. In fact, there are plenty of options for short or long tubing routes, de-pending on your preference. Just make sure to take out your contacts before you hit the water to lower your risk of eye infections.

For Sightseers

Drive towards the Upper Peninsula and you won’t be able to miss Platte River. It’s located in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and the water even winds into the Pere Marquette State Forest. That means the river is surrounded by 30 miles of awesome views. Wear your polarized sunglasses to ensure you can take in all the beautiful scenery without squinting or damaging your vision. Plus, polarized sunglasses help to reduce glare that will be glinting off the water. Trust us. You’ll want to see everything.

For Fisherman

A summer fly fishing trip isn’t complete without a stop on the Au Sable River. There is always a trout (or ten) ready to bite, and the other small fish in the system will test your patience and skill. We like to cast our lines on the Comins Flats because you can easily get in the water and wade. After all, fishing is always more fun when you can get up close and personal with the water.

If you need other river suggestions, we have plenty. Stop in to tell us your favorite spot and to find out where you need to go next. While you’re here, make sure you pick up a pair of polarized sunglasses so you can take in all of the views without straining your eyes. With how beautiful Michigan rivers are, you won’t want to miss a thing.

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4 Must-See Museums in Michigan

When we aren’t picking out the perfect frames for our patients or performing expert eye exams, we are exploring our great state. Michigan has a wide variety of great museums that cover topics like art, natural history, and even the history of Great Lakes shipwrecks!

We’ve rounded up our favorite museums to share with you. Check out our favorite places to visit, including one museum that just opened recently.

University of Michigan Natural History Museum

This museum is brand new and is truly out of this world. Head over to Ann Arbor and enjoy the exhibits that range from a trail of Mastodons to flying reptiles. If you want to get out of this world for a night and view the stars in the sky, check out their planetarium dome and theater.

The museum is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with late night admittance on Thursdays. What’s even better is that the museum is free, and the planetarium is only $8 per person.

Detroit Institute of the Arts

Did you know that the Detroit Institute of the Arts (DIA) is considered to have one of the best art collections in the United States? There is so much culture in the city of Detroit and the DIA captures the culture of the city very well. From mummies and modern art to European art and African masks, the DIA has it all. One of our favorite showcases at the DIA is the General Motors Center for African American Art which contains over 400 pieces by African American Artists.

The DIA is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on the weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission fees range from free to $14.

Grand Rapids Public Museum

Ready for three floors of fun and discovery? The Grand Rapids Public Museum features core and traveling exhibits that focus on science, history, and culture. The museum is in the heart of the downtown Grand Rapids area, so after you visit the museum, you are just a few steps away from great dining and more adventure.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on the weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission fees range from $2 to $12.

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

If you are planning a trip up north, definitely make a stop at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in Paradise (yes, Paradise) Michigan. Learn about the history of ships on the Great Lakes and about current underwater research. There are many interesting artifacts in the museum from shipwrecks and also from ships who sailed the Great Lakes unscathed.

The museum is open daily in May through October from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are family pricing packages and single person admission fees that range from free to $13.

Our team of optometrists and doctors want you to be able to learn about our great state with clear vision. Stop in for an eye exam before you explore these great Michigan museums.

 

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The Best Spring Staycations in Michigan

There is nothing quite like springtime in Michigan. The snow is starting to melt (hopefully), flowers begin to bloom, and it is one of the best times to explore our great state, as the full tourist season doesn’t hit until the summer months.

Rx Optical has deep roots in Michigan, and we love being in a state that has four distinct seasons, each bringing something new and exciting to try. We are sharing with you our favorite spring, in-state staycation spots, so start planning ahead and get ready for a great getaway:

Ann Arbor

Downtown Ann Arbor has great shops and tasty restaurants perfect for weekend exploring. Venture into the many book stores and unique gift shops, or check out the botanical gardens on the University of Michigan’s campus to watch spring plants bloom. You can rent bikes at the Campus Student Bike Shop and cycle down the streets of Ann Arbor or rent a canoe at Argo Canoe Livery on the Huron River and explore Ann Arbor by water.

Grand Haven

Visit southwest Michigan’s lakeshore in the scenic city of Grand Haven. A cozy beach town and U.S. Coast Guard station, Grand Haven is home to a stunning pier along the beach with two scenic lighthouses. You can bike down the boardwalk and stop in at all the different shops, or take a boat out on Lake Michigan and fish for salmon, steelhead, and trout.

Copper Harbor

Ready to travel to the far edges of Michigan? Buckle up and head to Copper Harbor! Located at the top of the Upper Peninsula on Lake Superior, this staycation will take you on an unforgettable Northern Michigan adventure. From the forest to the water, there is no shortage of exciting things you can do, and explore, in Copper Harbor. 

Traverse City

Not ready to venture all the way to the Upper Peninsula? Then be sure to check out Traverse City, which is a bit more central. This waterfront city has great water activities, including boating and kayaking, so stop by TC Watersports for a fun day in the Traverse Bay. If the water is too cold and you don’t want to risk being splashed, you can always hike the trails and enjoy the spring colors at Hickory Meadows Preserve.

Wherever you end up exploring in Michigan this spring, make sure to pack a pair of sunglasses! Protect your eyes from the sun’s dangerous UV rays and explore our great state in style! We would love to help you find the perfect pair of frames for your trip, so stop in and see us today!