As the snow begins to thaw and outside temperatures slowly increase, we can’t wait to shake off our winter hibernation and start exploring the great outdoors again. Home to over 100 lakes, charming communities and engaging open air attractions, there’s no better place to celebrate the return of the warm weather than Coldwater Country, Michigan.

Located in southern Michigan, halfway between Chicago and Detroit, Coldwater Country offers diverse lakeside entertainment with a side of friendly, Midwestern charm. Coldwater Country features over 16 miles of boatable area and two chains of lakes – the South or Marble Chain of Lakes is a series of eight connected bodies of water; while the North or Randall Chain of Lakes features seven linked lakes. Rent a pontoon and spend a relaxing afternoon coasting along the water, admiring the scenery; or get active by renting a canoe or kayak.

The area’s beautiful lakes are also prime spots for fishing, with bluegill, pike, walleye and perch among the most common catches. Or maybe you prefer to head to lovely Memorial Park on Messenger Lake or Quincy Park on First Lake to enjoy a day at the beach. While the lakes are a big part of Coldwater Country’s unique appeal, there’s also plenty to see and do on land.

Beginning in April, you can take a ride on the Little River Railroad, a 100-year-old steam engine train. Enjoy a 1 hour and 45 minute round-trip ride between the towns of Coldwater and Quincy, taking in the sights of this pretty region from a unique perspective onboard a historic train.

For another nostalgic experience, head to the Capri Drive-In, a family-owned drive-in theatre dating back to the 1960s. One of only a few remaining drive-in theatres in Michigan, Capri shows new release movies on two massive outdoor screens throughout the summer and fall. Classic movie snacks, from popcorn to pizza, are available at the concession stand.

Take another step back in time with a visit to Allen, known as the Antique Capital of Michigan. This town may be tiny, with a population of less than 200 people, but it’s home to hundreds of antique dealers and a selection that draws collectors from across the U.S. You’ll find over 300 booths of antiques at the Allen Antique Barn; or head to the Hog Creek Antique Mall, which features over 23,000 square feet of space dedicated to antiques and collectibles. Whether you’re cruising along a picturesque lake, taking a scenic railway journey or snacking on popcorn at the drive-in, you’ll find it easy to appreciate life’s simple pleasures in Coldwater Country.

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