Four after-school adventures to add to your summer bucket list

Fiona Lacroix '22, Page Editor

1. Go camping

Camping or hiking is a great way to spend the summer. The Traverse City area has hundreds of great hiking paths and campsites for friends and families to visit.

Escape from Grosse Pointe into the dunes, shores, or woods of Michigan! There’s a wide range of camping experiences available, all with varied amenities to fit the experience one’s comfortable with. Some sites offer showers and facilities, while others are a total escape. A camping trip with friends can be both affordable and unforgettable. Noteworthy sites to consider are the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Huron-Manistee National Forest, and if you’re really in for an adventure: Pictured Rocks.





2. Attend Music Festivals and Concerts

The Detroit area will be hosting plenty of concerts throughout the summer, from impromptu gatherings in Campus Martius to ticket-required shows at Little Caesars Arena.

Tickets are still available for the annual, local music festival Mo Pop, held June 30-31. Artists like Glass Animals, Big Sean, and Girl in Red will perform. There will be food trucks, flea markets, and a craft bazaar, finally returning after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. Detroit can also look forward to Twenty One Pilots and Machine Gun Kelly gracing Little Caesars Arena.



3. Explore Belle Isle

Belle Isle is a nearby place to experience nature. With various runs, hikes, and boating paths, there’s never a lack of things to do.

The Belle Isle Art Fair will return Saturday, Aug. 6 – Sunday, Aug. 7, but the Isle also offers an escape all season long. Whether it’s for a picnic, beach day, or just walking the dog, Belle Isle is a beautiful backdrop to create summer memories. The aquarium and conservatory are also easily accessible activities open to the public and ready to be explored.












4. Volunteer

Fiona Lacroix ’22 volunteering at the Moross Greenway project, working to clean the highways.

Consider beautifying or supporting the community this summer, as it can be equally rewarding as any getaway. Moross Greenway consistently hosts trash collection and planting events, which can be signed up for on their website Arts & Scraps, an organization that uses recycled materials to help people of all ages and abilities think, learn and create, will also offer the opportunity to volunteer locally. Visit: to register.