Fun Summer Activities in Pure Michigan, Nationwide

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Beaches, summer camp, water parks and festivals - this is what makes up a Pure Michigan summer.

For a lot of Michigan families, summer camp is first on the schedule.

The Jackson Area Manufacturers Association serving up options for kids this summer from the "I Can Make it! Camp" to a camp that will have kids designing and building an underwater ROV.

And for music lovers, the week long University Lutheran Church's Summer Youth Music Camp will have students 3rd through 6th grade singing, playing hand bells and more.

Capital Area District Libraries has a number of activities and camps for your child to pick from. Folks at the library say no matter where your child goes, sign up for summer reading.

"We're putting our capes on this summer for 'Every Hero Has a Story,'" says CADL Youth Services Specialist Thais Rousseau, "that is the theme of our super summer reading program."

The theme promises to keep reading super in the summer.

"The reading parts combines reading and other fun learning activities," says Rousseau.

The libraries are also looking to make your summer vacation more entertaining and affordable.

The Michigan Activity Pass lets you get into over 230 locations across the state with a discount or even for free, just have your library card handy.

"It allows you to check out day passes to any state park, camp ground, or even discounted museum passes," says CADL Senior Associate Director Scott Duimstra.

And year after year, tourism like this has been the theme for Michigan.

Over 110 million people visited Michigan last year. That's up by around 17 million people ever since the Pure Michigan campaign launched in 2009, according to Pure Michigan statistics.

"We're getting known obviously our lakes, craft beer, our hikes our trails our water ways," says Vice President of Pure Michigan and State Tourism Director David West.

It's a trend the state tourism director owes to the diversity the mitten state has to offer.

"That's the great thing about a great, diverse state," says West, "there are niches for everybody to find.'

Lakes draw the biggest crowds. From Michigan and Superior to inland lakes, the tourism directors says the beaches and water draw big crowds.

Southwest Michigan is popular with cities like Grand Haven and Holland. Last year, over 26 million people visited the southwest portion of the state.

If lakes are the biggest draw, festivals are a popular second.

In a state with so many options, ((00:05 left)) you're sure to have pure fun.

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