Historic Battle Creek Tour, Battle Creek 

Battle Creek is the birthplace of breakfast cereal, so it’s no surprise to see sites dedicated to cereal magnates C.W. Post and W.K. Kellogg. But the town was also the last home of activist and abolitionist Sojourner Truth as well. Groups can see several of Battle Creek’s monuments and sites by contacting the Battle Creek CVB and arranging a guided tour of the area. 

The tour includes statues of Post and Truth in Monument Park and another monument to the Underground Railroad. Also in the park are the Kellogg House and the Kingman Museum, a local community landmark that features a natural history museum and planetarium. 

After touring through history, attendees can visit FireKeepers Hotel Casino for top-notch entertainment at the event center or try their luck in the casino itself, which features 70 hand-dealt table games and nearly 3,000 slot and video poker games.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor 

Gerald Ford’s presidency stands out in history, so it seems appropriate that the 38th president’s official Library and Museum follows suit. The Presidential Library is located in Ann Arbor and represents an amazing archive of information from Ford’s administration, including Watergate, the Cold War and America’s domestic and foreign political landscape of the mid-1970s. 

The Museum, however, is located in Grand Rapids, and features exhibits and artifacts from President Ford’s life before, during and after the White House, including a fascinating display of gifts the president and first lady received from heads of state. 

Both locations open a unique window into the country’s past as well as offer programming, family-friendly events, book signings and lectures. Event and meeting space is available for groups at both sites.

USS Silversides Submarine Museum, Muskegon 

Military history is also a large part of Michigan’s heritage, and one of the most compelling examples is the USS Silversides Submarine Museum. This Gato-class sub was one of World War II’s most decorated vessels of its kind, and now the USS Silversides honors those who served. 

Groups can do more than just take a tour. They can also spend the night and get a true feel for what life was like aboard a submarine, from walking the decks to sleeping in tight quarters. The submarine can accommodate up to 72 attendees for an overnight event, and the adjacent USCGC McLane, a Coast Guard cutter, can accommodate 38 more, giving midsize groups a chance to live a bit of American history.

Michigan Princess Riverboat, Lansing 

For those who think riverboats only belong to the South, the Michigan Princess will prove them wrong. In the 1800s, riverboats were common on larger rivers, including the Grand River in Michigan. 

The Michigan Princess, a replica of a Victorian-era riverboat, brings that maritime history back to life with three decks that can accommodate up to 300 people for lunch, dinner or a simple pleasure cruise. 

Attendees can tour the wheelhouse and meet the captain, watch the paddle wheels churn from the Stern Wheel Room, hit the dance floor or just enjoy the incredible view of the river.  

CVB Contact Information

Ann Arbor Area CVB

Battle Creek/Calhoun County Visitors Bureau

Detroit Metro CVB

Experience Grand Rapids CVB

Greater Lansing CVB

Muskegon County CVB

Traverse City Tourism