Northern Michigan Attractions: Don’t let the mind-boggling heat and humidity stop you from enjoying your summer. Here are some ways to escape the heat-wave doldrums and have fun in Northern Michigan despite the 100-degree temperatures.

  • Air conditioning can seem like a blessing in times like these so whether you have central air or go with out it in your home, why not enjoy someone else’s for a change? Head over to Traverse City’s State Theatre and cool off while you enjoy a film. Click here for show times.
  • It’s no secret, the best place to be on a hot summer day in Northern Michigan is on the water; luckily there’s plenty of water to choose from up here. We suggest grabbing an inner tube and going for a leisurely float down the Platte River. Click here to plan your trip.
  • Up for a slightly more rigorous water adventure? Try renting kayaks from Crystal River Outfitters in Glen Arbor and paddling down the Crystal River. The Outfitters will drop you off at the launch location and your 2-3 hour-long journey will take you right back to the store for a convenient and fun (for the whole family) way to spend your hot day.
  • Still haven’t had enough of the water (we don’t blame you), head over to Empire and rent paddle boards from or take a surfing lesson from Sleeping Bear Surf and Kayak. Who wouldn’t want to hang ten on Lake Michigan?
  • After your water adventures the cooling activities can continue if you head over to Moomers, located at 7263 N. Long Lake Rd., Traverse City, for some of the "best" ice cream, according to Good Morning America.
  • Later, head over to the Union Cantina, located near the corner of State St. and Union St. in Downtown Traverse City. The Sangria, Margaritas and Mojitos there are clinically proven to have mood elevating effects on hot summer days.

Stay cool, Northern Michigan.