Looking for a hidden gem in your neighborhood – or perhaps just a new place to take the kids? Don’t want to fork over expensive admission fees? The Michigan Activity Pass, presented by the Library Network program, is a partnership between Michigan’s nearly 400 public libraries and 60 arts and cultural organizations that provides free or reduced admission for museums and other attractions throughout the state.
Using the Michigan Activity Pass for Free Admission to Local Attractions
Find participating attractions and museums by visiting the Michigan Activity Pass website and entering your zip code or city and state, and selecting the maximum number of miles you wish to travel. Next, enter the name of your local library.
I ran a search for Ann Arbor, Mich., which resulted in 13 locations within a 25-mile drive. I was surprised to see that many of the places on the list were ones we had not visited before. In fact, we found two railroad museums that we didn’t even know were nearby: the Southern Michigan Railroad (which we recently visited) and the Saline Railroad Depot Museum. We also added a few more destinations to our summer travel list – a list that seems to grow from year to year.