One Tank Trips

This summer's theme at Canton Public Library is "Your Adventure Starts Here," and while many think of an adventure as a trip to a far-off land, discovering new places closer to home can be just as fun and memorable. These “one tank trips” are excursions that can be made in a day and are perfect for when you just want to get away but are short on time. 


From art to science and everything in-between, there is no shortage of museums in Michigan. The library has compiled a list of popular museum destinations in Michigan, many of which are just are close enough for a day trip. For a more extensive list, be sure to check out

Zoos and Aquariums

Animals, fish and other sea creatures have fascinated humans for hundreds of years, making zoos and aquariums a perennial favorite for groups of all ages. While many of the institutions on this list are in Michigan, some are in nearby states, making it possible to visit them without an overnight stay.  


Strolling through a beautifully designed garden on a summer day is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon and learn something new about nature. While the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor is a favorite excursion for metro Detroiters, there are many others to enjoy throughout the state. Take a trip and reconnect with nature by visiting one of these botanical gardens


When it's summertime in the Great Lakes State, life's a beach!  There is no shortage of water in Michigan, so planning a day at a beach is fun for everyone. Whether you're looking for a beach with the most amenities or a place that's dog friendly, My Michigan Beach has it all. Use the Michigan Beach and Travel Map to find the right sandy shore for you. 

Canoeing and Kayaking

If your idea of a great day trip includes water and paddles, you're in luck!  Michigan has many rivers and streams, making canoeing and kayaking accessible and fun for all ages. To locate a livery, the Michigan Association of Paddlesport Providers has helpful maps and the Go Paddling app is great on the go. For something really different, you can even paddle through "Detroit's Little Venice".   


Day hikes are an excellent way to connect with nature and get some exercise and fresh air at the same time. Although there are trails throughout the entire state, you don't need to go far to find a park or established pathway. Canton has its own trails to wander in addition to many nearby Michigan state parks that have hiking trails as well. If you'd like to wander a bit farther, All Trails is a great resource and has a handy app as well.

Still need more ideas?  Check out Michigan Off the Beaten Path by Jackie Sheckler Finch or try some other hidden gems.