If you’re looking for some fun, yet inexpensive destinations to explore this summer, get to your local library. You can pick up some books to fuel your summer adventures. And you can check out a pass to hundreds of local destinations…..literally check it out.
Yes, my fellow Michiganders are lucky – did you know that you can get free or discounted admission to many local cultural attractions, parks and more? It’s so easy! Simply visit your local library to ‘check out’ a Michigan Activity Pass, then get busy exploring parks, museums, cultural destinations and more. There are more than 420 destinations available through the Michigan Activity Pass!
Cardholders of participating libraries are also able to print a free one-day pass to use at any of Michigan’s 102 state parks or 138 state forest campgrounds. This summer, there are seven National Parks on the pass list. Even more reason to start exploring the outdoors.
With more than 11 library cooperatives participating in this program, thousands of Michigan residents can enjoy these benefits. I think this is a great program offered to library patrons. In fact, more than $50,000 was saved in 2015 by library patrons using the Michigan Activity Pass to visit hundreds of attractions!
Here are just a few of the many places to visit:
- Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea
- Michigan Renaissance Festival, Holly
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising
- Arts & Scraps, Detroit
- Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit
- Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills
- Seven Lakes State Park, Holly
- Sea Life Michigan Aquarium, Auburn Hills
- Cobblestone Farm Museum, Ann Arbor
- Holland Museum, Hollander
- Belle Isle Park, Detroit
- Yankee Air Museum, Belleville
- Michigan Science Center, Detroit
- Stagecrafters Theater, Royal Oak
Per the Michigan Activity Pass website, here are a few guidelines to know:
- Patrons may check out one Michigan Activity Pass per library card every 7 days.
- When you print out a pass, you have 7 days from the date it was reserved to use it.
- Please note that if you choose to print your pass on a library printer, you may be charged the regular fee that is assessed by the library for printing.
- Photocopies of a Michigan Activity Pass will not be accepted at designated destinations. Only passes printed from the MAP website can be redeemed at participating destinations.
Be sure to check out the full list of guidelines on their website or at your local library. If you don’t live in Michigan, ask your library if they participate in a similar program in your area.
So what are you waiting for? Start exploring!