Who ever said adults can’t take field trips?
While we normally associate historical excursions and cultural trips with buses full of school kids, there’s no reason why adults can’t get in on the fun too.
Whether it’s you and your sweetheart or you and a group of friends, consider booking your “adult field trip” to the White Lake area this fall. There’s plenty to do and see and even more to learn!
Follow Your Curiosity …
Many people show an interest in history, art, and culture, but it’s often assumed by the general population that unless you have a degree in a given subject, you’ll always be a novice.
Of course, we all know this just isn’t so! In fact, sometimes, it’s true curiosity — and following that curiosity — that makes the expert.
Are you interested in Michigan history? Do you enjoy art galleries, antiques, and enriching cultural experiences? If so, the White Lake area is for you.
History and Art in White Lake
Every Michigan town has its own rich history and unique culture, and the White Lake area is no different.
Once upon a time, Native American tribes like the Ottawa dwelt here, growing and harvesting corn and other crops, fishing in White River, and making useful tools from flint and baskets out of ash splints.
Later, lumberers fell great trees — white pine, hemlock, and cedar — before dragging them into White River to be taken to nearby sawmills. Lumber from the White Lake region helped rebuild the city of Chicago after the Great Fire of 1871.
Today, the White Lake area is a community full of art, culture, and entrepreneurship. From art museums and gallery exhibits, to sculpture-inspired nature walks and craft classes for all, our area is full of fun and enriching experiences. With two flourishing commercial districts and a thriving tourism scene, we’re proud to be one of the most popular destinations on Michigan’s west coast.
Things to Do: For History Lovers
Renovated in 2009, the Caboose Museum offers a unique glimpse into the railroading history of the Montague and Whitehall areas. The museum is located behind the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and is open during normal chamber business hours.
Built in 1875, White River Light Station is a beautiful structure located near the shores of Lake Michigan. While it was decommissioned in 1960, the light still acts as a museum that’s open to the public during the warmer months. This means the museum will be closed at the moment, but this doesn’t preclude you from visiting the light and enjoying its beauty and the surrounding landscape.
Located in nearby Muskegon, the Lakeshore Museum Center offers a great look at the cultural and natural history of our area.
The main museum is open year-round and has several permanent exhibits featuring everything from natural history to science and STEM. Although closed now for the winter season, the Hackley and Hume Historic Sites are also a part of Lakeshore Museum Center. Take a stroll through a historic neighborhood of Muskegon to admire these gorgeous Victorian Homes from the outside or take a virtual tour (https://lakeshoremuseum.org/hackley-hume-virtual-tours/).
Things to Do: For Art Lovers
Arts Council of White Lake – Nuveen Center
Founded in 1985, the Arts Council of White Lake – Nuveen Center is a cultural hub of the community. With the goal of promoting creativity and artistic exploration, the center is known for offering high-quality gallery exhibits, arts and crafts classes for all ages, and local artist competitions. For a complete listing of current and future exhibitions and the class schedule, head to the Nuveen Center website.
Muskegon Museum of Art
Dedicated in 1912, the Muskegon Museum of Art is a lesser-known cultural gem in West Michigan. Their renowned permanent collection includes pieces by many famous artists, including Edward Hopper, Alfred Sisley, Winslow Homer, and Pierre Bonnard.