Bay Mills Resort and Casino has so many attractions on-site that it can keep you busy for a week. However, if you’re looking to explore the state of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, there are seven dynamic places to visit. And don’t worry, we aren’t just talking about Lake Superior.
Below, you will find descriptions on the area’s hottest attractions, including Kings Club Casino, Brimley State Park, the beaches at Lake Superior, Delirium Wilderness, Wheels of History Museum, Port Iroquois Light Station, and the Whitefish Bay National Scenic Byway.
Scenery is definitely the common theme here at the Upper Peninsula, so let’s explore each nearby attraction you can visit when you need a break from the Michigan gambling scene.
Brimley State Park
Need a moment away from the Bay Mills Resort’s casino games? Head over to Brimley State Park and experience the Upper Peninsula’s great outdoors in what is TripAdvisor’s second-highest rated thing to do in Brimley.
So, what is there to do? You are looking at 151 acres of nature on the shores of Lake Superior where you can get the most out of camping, hiking, fishing, boating, and picnicking.
Near the park, you will also find Whitefish Bay and the Village of Brimley to the southwest. Head on over to the campground and spend a night outside if you didn’t book a room over at Bay Mills. Interact with the friendly park rangers who will have answers to your every question.
Catch some breathtaking beachfront views and check out the flora, fauna, and sapphire waters of Lake Superior.
But if you are looking for the ultimate nature fix, Brimley State Park is just one of several impeccable attractions throughout the area.
Let’s head over and discover everything you can do on the beaches of Lake Superior.
Hit up the many beaches over at Lake Superior! And if you’re planning your casino trip for the middle of summer, treat yourself to the ideal weather you will find in Northern Michigan. If you are craving an experience quite like what you will find on the Atlantic or Pacific coast, Lake Superior has it.
And with Bay Mills Resort and Casino’s location literally at the lake’s shores, you are just a short walk away from ultimate paradise.
Hiawatha National Forest
If you’re into hiking, perhaps the Hiawatha National Forest should grace the number one spot on your vacation itinerary. This is especially true if you’re looking to venture off the resort’s grounds and check out the local areas.
Oh, and if you are one who loves to immerse yourself in majestic nature and scenery, spending time here in the summer, fall, or spring offers breathtaking views of the sugar maple-paper birch plant communities in the northern end of the forest. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
You are looking at 4,600 miles’ worth of hiking trails. If you happen to be into outdoor and endurance sports or exercise, you are in luck here, even if you were out of luck over at Bay Mills Resort and Casino.
Feel free to strap on those hiking shoes, grab your camera, and experience the best that Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has to offer!
Oh, and you can even spend a few days in the outdoors! Forego the resort’s hotel and instead opt for one of the two dozen campgrounds located on the forest’s grounds. Brace yourself for an experience you won’t soon forget!
Wheels of History Museum
If you’re looking to learn about the area’s history, and you just so happen to be into trains as well, then you will fall in love with the Wheels of History Museum. Admission at the time of this writing is free, and you can spend some of that money you just saved at the attached gift shop.
Per TripAdvisor, the staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and they make for fantastic tour guides at the facility.
They also put on these cool craft shows during the week of the Fourth of July. The museum also holds special occasions during all major holidays for when you ‘re over at Bay Mills Resort and Casino during Christmas, Easter, Memorial Day, etc. Book a trip and enjoy the show!
And as mentioned earlier, you will find more than just historic train exhibits at this museum. If you are a buff for local history, then you will love the historical section of the museum that showcases the history of Brimley, Michigan.
Point Iroquois Light Station
Port Iroquois Light Station boasts the number one ranking on things to do in Brimley, Michigan, per TripAdvisor, and the 368 reviews prove that this isn’t just one of the area’s hottest locations; but it is arguably one of the hottest in America.
Of those 368 reviews, you’re looking at 258 granting the light station a perfect five-star rating and another 96 submitting a four-star rating.
Even if the lighthouse buildings are closed during the time of year you venture to the venue, you are still looking at an epic and unforgettable experience. The light station blends in well with the surrounding natural scenery, complete with the lake and shoreline.
And if the lighthouse is closed for whatever reason, it is reassuring to see reviewers point out that the lighthouse’s employees are standing by and ready to answer your every question regarding the structure.
It is a must-see for anyone who wishes to spend a peaceful day or evening at the beach. And during the summer, this place holds many events like music concerts featuring some of the greatest local acts and more.
Whitefish Bay National Scenic Byway
Sometimes, you just need to take a drive to relieve stress. And if it wasn’t your day at Bay Mills Resort and Casino and you need time to cool off, take a ride on Whitefish Bay National Scenic Byway.
And I can guarantee you this: There is a lot more to see here than you will on the Ohio River Scenic Byway that I had the “luxury” of seeing about 100 times in my lifetime. So, that’s always a plus.
Running from Brimley to Paradise, immerse yourself on a well-paved road in the middle of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula’s natural, forested beauty along the bay. The Iroquois Light Station is also nearby, so you can easily hit both of these attractions if you choose to.
It is a quiet way to spend a peaceful afternoon away from the hustle and bustle at the resort, or even about 350 miles south in Detroit, where the city rarely sleeps.
So, step away from the casino gaming and take what is sure to be the greatest summer drive of your life in Northern Michigan. Paradise literally awaits.
Sure, you can make an entire vacation at Bay Mills Resort and Casino and the number of nearby casinos the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is becoming a household name for.
But really, why just limit yourself to the resort when you have an entire area to explore? No, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the shores of Lake Superior aren’t exactly the city lights and beautiful skylines of Detroit. But they boast quaint and scenic attractions that you won’t find anywhere else.
With that said, build your vacation itinerary and explore everything the state’s Upper Peninsula offers.
And have you been to Bay Mills Resort and Casino? If so, did you play at Kings Club, and did you visit the other attractions in the area? Let us know in the comments.