Energy Powers Summer Fun in Michigan

Summer is in full swing and there is lots to do and see in Michigan. Our state has a lot to offer, but without affordable, reliable and sustainable energy, Michiganders would not be able to take full advantage of this summer fun. Take a peek below to see some of our favorite ways to celebrate—each of which are powered by homegrown Michigan energy!

Movie Night in the D
Take a trip to the heart of Detroit and join fellow moviegoers for the “Movie Night in the D” summer series. Bring a chair or blanket and pack a picnic to settle in and enjoy new releases and award winners alike. The huge screen and projector is stationed in Campus Martius Park right on Woodward Avenue every Saturday through August. Go online to check this summer’s movie lineup.

Visit the Michigan Science Center
Have kids, or just a passion for science? Want to escape the heat and retreat into the air conditioning? The Michigan Science Center is an awesome way to spend an afternoon learning while still having fun. The Center can accommodate large groups, birthday parties, or just a self-guided tour. Be sure to check out the DTE Energy Sparks Theater show to learn about how electricity affects our everyday lives!

Take in the picturesque view of Michigan’s many lighthouses
Our state truly looks like a postcard, and nowhere is that more true than along Michigan’s beautiful shoreline. Michigan outnumbers every other state in the nation when it comes to the number of lighthouses, which means there are plenty along our 3,200 miles of shoreline to visit. Climb to the top of Ludington’s Big Sable Point lighthouse—one of our tallest—to take in the views and learn about its historical significance.

Head north to Mackinaw Island
Mackinaw Island is consistently a favorite among Michiganders, and considering the beautiful views and extensive activities, it’s no surprise. An often overlooked feature on the island is the bustling nightlife downtown along Main Street. Live music is a must, so stop into any of the bars and restaurants to hear rock music, country, jazz, or even folk music. There’s something for everyone!

Root, root, root for the Detroit Tigers
Summer isn’t summer without baseball! Make the trip to Comerica Park to cheer on our Detroit Tigers, and be sure to take advantage of the delicious treats throughout the stadium. When checking the score board, be sure to check out the state of the art, energy efficient, high intensity discharge (HID) display—Detroit has one of the largest in the MLB.

Get a unique history lesson at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
The Henry Ford Museum is one the nation’s best American history archives, and its right here in the Wolverine state. The 523,000 square feet exhibit hall boasts an incredible variety of artifacts from American history including Ford’s original Model T cars, the Rosa Parks bus, and one of our favorites: Thomas Edison’s laboratory! Buy a single visit ticket or become a member and save on unlimited visits all year long.

Get outside and play
Michigan has an incredible Metroparks system featuring 13 different parks throughout Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties. With more than 25,000 acres to explore, you can enjoy a summer concert series, fireworks displays, or cool off in any number or the Metroparks pools or waterparks, so turn off the air conditioning, get outside, and explore!

Without reliable energy, Michigan would never be able to create, power, and sustain many of the places and activities that we hold dear. The state has an incredible array of fun activities for Michiganders of all ages. Take a moment this summer to be grateful for all that Michigan has to offer!

For energy saving tips this summer, be sure to check out our latest AMP blog on energy efficiency and download our summer energy efficiency checklist.