Discovering your city after settling into your new apartment home is typically par for the course. However, that doesn’t mean that you cannot make it a fun or enjoyable experience. In fact, in cities like Keego Harbor, it is nearly impossible not to have fun while exploring this lake town.
If this is your first time really experiencing or delving into all that is Keego Harbor, that’s okay—there is no time like the present. Therefore, to help you in your exploration, here are at least ten things to see and do in Keego Harbor now that you are a bonafide resident.
Explore the City’s Parks
One of the best things to do in the city of Keego Harbor is to explore its many parks. Here, every park seems to offer something different; so, don’t do yourself a disservice by thinking because you have seen one you have seen them all.
Marshbank Park should be on your list of must-see outdoor spaces. This beautiful outdoor space is located less than 3 miles away from Keego Harbor and has large playgrounds, two ballfields, a soccer field, a fishing pier, a canoe/kayak launch, sand volleyball courts, and more.
Another nearby park worth a visit is Dodge State Park. This park is located right on Cass Lake for easy boat launching and ample watersports.
Relax at the Lake
Speaking of Cass lake, if you do nothing else, make sure you carve out some you-time and relax at the lake. This large body of water is both refreshing and serene.
Keego Harbor also has access to more than just Cass Lake. There are actually several lakes in and around this city, including Dow Lake, Orchard Lake, Hess Lake, Sylvan Lake, and Elizabeth Lake—just to name a few. Thus, there is no reason you cannot kick back and enjoy yourself at any of these wonderful lakes.
Get to Know the Rich Culture
Keego Harbor also has a wealth of historical sites, nearby museums, and rich culture—all worth taking a gander at. If you are interested in Keego Harbor’s history and how this little lake town got its name, then a trip down to the Orchard Lake Museum will do wonders.
There is also the Polish Home Army Museum, the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society, and the Old Indian Trail Historical Landmark. All three of these historical sites offer a unique glimpse into the past. That said, these are just a few places in the city that provide some semblance of early Keego Harbor.
Check Out Local Attractions
Along those same lines, several notable attractions in Keego Harbor are historical sites and landmarks, but much of what makes this city is its boat/lake living. Here, people come from all over to enjoy the beach, take a stroll downtown by the water, go paddleboarding, get out the pontoon boat, or grab a 5-star meal at a nearby waterfront restaurant. Ultimately, with the abundance of city parks and swim sites, it’s hard not to fall in love with life at the lake.
Of course, if you would like to enjoy a little land-based adventure, then you should head out to the Adventure Park in West Bloomfield for “hours of fun in the trees.”
Experience Wildlife and Nature
Since Keego Harbor has a wealth of state parks, it’s nearly impossible not to see wildlife around these parts. Take any cycling route or nature trail in the area, and you are bound to come across rare birds, deer, groundhogs, and more. So, if you are an animal or nature lover, you have come to the right place.
Plus, many apartment homes allow their residents to have pets. As a result, there are ample open spaces designated for pets or dogs—so you can keep it simple and spend an afternoon playing with the family pet.
Though Keego Harbor is known for its lakes and parks, there are over a dozen golf courses in the vicinity. So, if you are an avid golfer, it only makes sense that you would like to spend your free time golfing.
The good news is you have a variety of choices to choose from, and many courses offer clubhouses, ranges, pro-shops, and onsite restaurants. Even if you are more of a novel golfer, there are golf courses in the area that can accommodate your skillset.
Visit an Art Gallery
Keego Harbor is a smaller city, but that doesn’t mean it lacks when it comes to entertainment or cultured activities. Thus, an amazing thing to do in this city is to visit its downtown art galleries.
One gallery, in particular, to stop by is the Winterset Galleries. This local art collection has it all and then some. Here, you can find beautiful pieces for your home, or even larger items like custom made furniture. This gallery also hosts several exhibits featuring local artists throughout the year.
Other art spots to visit include the Fine Art Warehouse, Picture Talk Gallery, and more.
Taste the Local Favs
If you haven’t worked up an appetite by now, you will in a second, when you hear all about the local eateries in Keego Harbor. There are a handful of restaurants that should be on your to-do list, like the Lodge Grill & Bar. This American-style eatery has delicious favorites like fish and chips, mouthwatering ribs, homestyle fried chicken, and several to-die-for salads.
Alternatively, if you are looking for a fine dining experience, then the Harbor Steak House is for you. Here, you will find a welcoming yet relaxed atmosphere, seafood, gluten-free options, Jambalaya, and prime ribeye.
Hit the Bar Scene
Besides delicious American-style cuisine, Keego Harbor also has a number of bars and taverns. Thus, it’s highly recommended after spending the day at the lake, that you come on down for a drink and maybe a late-night snack. A few notable bars/taverns to check out include Brewhaus Bar & Grill, Mary Donnelly’s Public House, B1 Tavern, and El Camino. These bars will surely hit the spot and often have live music or some other form of entertainment.
Kick Back and Relax at Your Apartment Community
If you prefer to finish settling into your new apartment, that’s always an option too. Or maybe you just want to Netflix and chill with friends. Regardless of the desired at-home activity, you can still kick back and relax at home, if that’s what you need.
So, sit out on your patio or balcony and enjoy a peaceful night at home. You can also enjoy daytime activities at your apartment complex, like having a picnic or reading a book as you lounge in your community’s open green spaces.
A handful of apartment homes have nearby beach access, and management hosted events to boot. So even if you are a homebody, Keego Harbor still has you covered.
At the end of the day, there are plenty of things for you to do in Keego Harbor, especially during the warmer months. Therefore, if you are new to the area and want to live it up, then try out these activities mentioned above—we promise you won’t regret it.
Finally, if you are curious about wintertime activities, there is a whole host of things to do in the winter in Keego Harbor as well. A few notable activities include ice-skating, hockey, ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, holiday festivities, and much more.
Ultimately, no matter what you get into in Keego Harbor—it’s nearly impossible to be bored. So, welcome home.