Things To Do In Michigan City

by Anikka Watson
     With easy access to places like the Indiana Dunes National Park and Lake Michigan, Michigan City attracts many visitors especially during the summer season. However the city itself also has plenty to do. This article will cover the top locations in Michigan City, and why you should schedule your next weekend trip there as soon as possible.
       Lake Michigan Tours
       Daily two-hour sightseeing tours along Lake Michigan, by tour group Harbor Country Adventures, will return this summer season according to the Times Northwest Indiana. Aside from Lake Michigan, the boat ride includes a view of the coastline of the India Dunes National Park. As you marvel at the natural landscape, rangers will talk to you about the city’s maritime history. New additions to this year’s tour include dockside concerts followed by sunset cruises. For the adventurous, you can also try their speedboat rides, or rent kayaks and paddle on the lake to explore surrounding features.

Washington Park Zoo

     Located close to the lake, the Washington Park Zoo encompasses 15 acres of hilly sand dunes. The park is owned and operated by the City of Michigan, and is home to more than 200 animals. The zoo is well maintained and the lively staff are very approachable. This attraction can easily be done in around two hours making it perfect for a half day activity. 

Shoreline Brewery

     Culture Trip suggests a trip to Shoreline Brewery for good no-frills food and drink. As the name suggests, it’s located on the coast of Lake Michigan so you can grab a pint of one of their home-brewed beers after walking the sandy shores. They usually have 12 brews on rotation with two mainstays: Scottish Ale and Oatmeal Stout.
     The brewery’s bar chow is also some of the best in the city, with Shoreline Poutine and Scotch Eggs as two of the crowd favorites. If you’re going for a meal, their entrees do not disappoint. Their gumbo, burgers and baby back ribs are perfectly paired with a cold glass of beer.
Blue Chip Casino
    The Blue Chip Casino offers various activities. From playing at the tables, to eating and going to the spa; there’s something for everyone. The casino is also noted for its concerts with a Johnny Cash tribute band recently performing there this month. For a more intimate setting, visit the famous Rocks Lounge if you want to enjoy live music in a relaxed atmosphere with a cocktail in hand.
     The casino is also the best place for those who want a traditional gaming experience. Today, many gamers miss out on this experience due to the rise of online casinos. Brick and mortar casinos have been struggling to keep up with the expansion of online gaming, which can target a much bigger market across the globe.
     Digital provider Expat Bets, which has gaming guides for locations around the world, has several titles that showcase how online casinos can tap into different cultures including Emperor of the Sea and Sakura Fortune.
     These give players access to different types of games that are more likely to be tailored to their personal interest. Yet, entertainment destinations like the Blue Chip Casino still remain popular because they offer a classic casino experience that online gaming can’t replicate. Where else can you watch a concert, have a nice meal, and hit the tables all in one night.    

Canterbury Summer Theater

     Known as one of the Midwest’s oldest professional summer companies, Canterbury Summer Theater stages various productions spanning different genres. Musicals, comedies, thrillers and dramas; the summer theater has it all. Their intimate performance space is located in the city’s Uptown Arts District, which is also worth a visit.
     The quality of their acting is superb since many of the actors in the company have gone on to perform on Broadway or on the big screen. Chicago Tribune lists “Constellations” as the first play of the summer season. Take note that their performances start in mid-June and end some time in early August so make sure to book seats in advance.

     Michigan City has it all when it comes to a summer weekend break. From boat trips to theater performances and casino nights, you should make it your next weekend destination trip. Post solely for the use of panoramanow.com by Anikka Watson.

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Sue Baxter