Meet here in Mt. Pleasant and join us to celebrate our cherished lifestyle. We know this is the place in Michigan to raise our hands, raise our families and raise our glasses. In between our regular festivals and remarkable downtown shops, we’re hiding pockets of the world. Experience adventure by choice or by chance at our area parks, spend quality time with the family at one of our attractions, join the roar of a college game at CMU or discover different flavors at 100 plus restaurants scattered throughout the area.
Here you’ll find an intersection of every walk and stage of life. Mt. Pleasant has a relaxed lifestyle with plenty of the hustle, but none of the hassle. You are welcomed to our community by people who greet you as you walk by and make you feel at home. Here are 10 reasons to visit the Mt. Pleasant area this year:
Featuring more than 1,000 acres of parkland, the Mt. Pleasant area offers the perfect variety of outdoor experiences to satisfy every adventurer. Deerfield County Park is the ultimate adventurers paradise. Unplug as you explore over 8 miles of hiking and groomed cross country trails, two-disc golf courses, and many river crossings; or, enjoy the sandy beach and claim one of the rustic campsites as you relax along the Chippewa River. If a more tranquil unwind is what you crave, explore one of 22 nature preserves owned and maintained by the Chippewa Watershed Conservancy (CWC). Protecting over 600 acres of wild lands, the CWC offers a variety of outdoor experience like no other, including Bundy Hill, the tallest point in Isabella County. If you prefer to stay close to Downtown, follow the scenic GKB Riverwalk trail as it winds through four interconnected city parks along the Chippewa River; ending at Island Park, a 50-acre multi-use family park perfect for gathering, complete with athletic fields, courts, picnic pavilions, BBQ grills, and a spray-park for the kids.
View our blogs, “Explore more than 1,000 acres of parkland in Isabella County,” and, “Exploring Bundy Hill Preserve, the tallest point in Isabella County by Katelyn Maylee, CWC,” for ways to experience adventure by choice or by chance in the Mt. Pleasant area.
When it comes to spending time with your loved ones, it’s the small moments that make the biggest difference. The Mt. Pleasant area is the perfect place to spend those moments, experiencing adventure both indoors and outdoors. When the warm airs hits Michigan explore over 1,000 acres of parkland, make a splash at the Spray Park or plan a picnic and games at Island Park. Once the cool air creeps in, pick pumpkins at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch in the fall, experiment at the Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum, tumble at The Jump Station and slip on your ice skates for indoor winter fun at the I.C.E. Arena. When it comes to free, summer fun Mt. Pleasant does it right. Look for dancing in the streets, outdoor movies and family-friendly crafts and activities all summer long. Find family fun, year-round, in the Mt. Pleasant area.
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From live music and art festivals, to winter 5k obstacle races and Special Olympics Michigan’s State Summer Games, the Mt. Pleasant area stays busy year round. As the weather cools, the Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration will warm you with holiday cheer as the lighted parade and activities bring Downtown Mt. Pleasant to life. Fast forward a few months to February, where you can put yourself to the ultimate winter challenge at Man vs. Mountain. When the snow melts enjoy locally made maple syrup, pancakes, carnival rides and more at the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival in April. When the summer air creeps in, enjoy major events, including Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series, the Mt. Pleasant Craft Beer Festival, Thrilling Thursdays, the Saginaw Chippewa Powwow and more! Head to www.meetmtp.com to view our full calendar of events.
In between the regular festivals and remarkable downtown shops, there are hidden pockets of the world. Experience outdoor concerts, family fun events, a beautiful parks system, upscale dining and more. Check out locally sourced, seasonal goods at GreenTree or catch an outdoor flick at Movies by Moonlight every summer. For every season, there’s a reason to be in Downtown Mt. Pleasant.
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Make sure CMU is part of your visit, where it offers more than 500 events annually. Attend world-class theatre events, watch talented dancers twirl, drink-in the elegance of the symphony, explore the next age of fashion during a student-run fashion show or cheer on your favorite teams during one of many sporting events. A leisurely stroll through CMU’s campus is a must when looking for a canvas of reds, greens, yellows and oranges during the changing of the seasons. Who knows, you may even find yourself cheering “Fire Up Chips!”
Take a guided tour through the Midwest’s premier American Indian museum inside the Ziibiwing Cultural Center, view works from over 150 Michigan artists at Art Reach of Mid Michigan or attend a performance at the Broadway Theatre in Downtown Mt. Pleasant. Whichever road you take, the Mt. Pleasant area is sure to lead you to a true, cultural experience. Experience the Mt. Pleasant area museums and galleries in 2019.
Picture a never-ending menu board featuring every sandwich combination you can imagine (and then some) at Max & Emily’s Eatery, an intimate evening on the hop-growing patio at Hunter’s Ale House, hot dogs topped with mac ‘n’ cheese at Dog Central featured on Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food and handcrafted beer paired with palatable plates at Mountain Town Station. Is your mouth watering yet?
Check out the top spots for local craft beer and cocktails in Mt. Pleasant, grab a midday bite at our top lunch spots, or put yourself (and your stomach) to the ultimate test with one of Mid Michigan’s food challenges.
Whether you’re looking for classic links, championship layouts and challenges, or a relaxing weekend of oasis golf, the Mt. Pleasant area has it all. Spend your days enjoying rolling links and wooded fairways at one (or more) of our ten area courses. Lower your scores and land the ace with a Mt. Pleasant golf getaway. Check out Michigan’s Central Swing play and stay golf packages. Learn more about the play and stay golf package program with, “Pre-planned Golf Outing: How this group hits a hole-in-one for you by Nate Reens, MLive.”
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Test your luck on Michigan’s largest gaming floor inside Soaring Eagle Casino. Soaring Eagle Casino offers the widest variety of table games, thousands of the latest slot machines, a 24/7 Poker room and the best bingo action in the Midwest.
What’s it like to experience a small town feel with big city amenities? Find out for yourself. Enjoy world-class entertainment, including: comedy, concerts and a series of murder mystery dinner parties or the outdoor summer concerts at the Soaring Eagle Casino; grab your friends for karaoke, trivia, live music and more every week; and experience Downtown come alive in the summer with the annual Max and Emily’s Summer Concert Series. Coming into its 11th year, this must-see event has featured national headliners such as Emmy Award-winning actor Jeff Daniels, alt-rock band The Verve Pipe, and Central Michigan University’s own Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers. Sip a cocktail on the green, join the roar of a college game, or lose your voice at a big-name concert. Don’t just see it for yourself — get out and live it.
Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures, family vacation spots or a golf getaway, the Mt. Pleasant area is must when planning a trip this year. We cannot wait to see you! For beautiful photos of our community, visit the Mt. Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Instagram page featuring area photos taken by community members and visitors over the years.
Planning your trip is easy with a variety of lodging facilities in the Mt. Pleasant area. Whether you’re looking for an affordable stay and close to attractions, or a relaxing bed & breakfast – we have what you need for your perfect trip! Take a look at all of the Mt. Pleasant area’s lodging properties here.