Second, there is the Lena Meijer conservatory which is full of exotic plants that have been collected from over the world. Third, there is an indoor gallery of bronzed sculptures by famous sculptors.
The grounds are so lovely that you can enjoy a quiet, meditative walk on the boardwalk and nature trails plus the small outdoor park with a few bronze sculptures. While you are walking, keep an eye out for the charming Children’s Garden. Of particular interest are the exquisite carnivorous and arid plants in their special location in the conservatory.
A few other things to watch for are the Gift Shop, the Taste of the Gardens Café and the special concerts in the outdoor Amphitheater Garden. You might also want to watch for the special Christmas and Holiday traditional exhibits and programs.
It happens to be the largest island in Lake Superior and it belongs to Michigan in spite of the closeness of Minnesota and Canada. With its great hiking trails, its rugged coast for kayaking and its shipwrecks for scuba diving, this vacation location is just perfect for the rugged "outdoors man or women".
The ferry Ranger III is based in Houghton, Michigan, is the main method of getting you to Isle Royale National Park from Michigan.
There are two developed areas in the park. Windigo is on the southwest corner where the Minnesota ferries land and Rock Harbor is on the South side where the Michigan ferries dock.
They use a 47 ft. research vessel along with a remote underwater vehicle, assisted by experienced divers, to visually record the various shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. Many of these shipwrecks are over 100 years old. The organization also distributes a newsletter about their various activities and they also market videos, booklets and fine art prints related to their work.
In the main part of the museum there are many exhibits with each one focused on a specific shipwreck. Artifacts, obtained by divers, are also on display.
There is also a small theater where you can see movies of the various ships, where they lie at the bottom of the lake. These include sailing schooners from the early 1800's and the Edmund Fitzgerald which went down in Lake Superior in 1975 under some mysterious conditions.
This particular shipwreck was famous enough to have songs written about its sinking. Close by is the 1849 Whitefish Point Light-house which has been recently restored and is now open for tours. Visitors will learn what it was like back then when lighthouses were maintained by keepers and their families.
They have purposely structured everything in the town to be that old. Even the people act and dress to that period. Now, that’s a unique environment and it’s lots of fun joining in to the charade for a few hours.
Crossroads Village is operated by the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission and consists of about 37 buildings including a variety of homes, shops and barns on the shores of Mote Lake. You could stop at Mrs. Eldridge’s house for a cookie or hop on the Carousel for a ride or two. If you follow the noise of the hammer you’ll end up at the blacksmith shop and see how horseshoes were made.
After that you might stroll over to the opera house and catch the variety show. After you’ve visited the town, it's "All Aboard" the Huckleberry Railroad for a 40-minute ride on the old narrow gauge Huckleberry Railroad.
You’ll travel through a scenic route along beautiful Mott Lake as you experience the way people traveled from town to town one hundred years ago. Keep in mind that there is much more to see and do that we could print here.