How to Enjoy Every Moment of Vacation in Boyne Falls

Offering breathtaking scenery in every season, Boyne Falls, Michigan, attracts visitors from around the nation to Bluegreen Resorts at Mountain Run at Boyne™. The resort’s cozy and contemporary villas are coupled with luxurious amenities, including an indoor hot tub and fitness center. Featuring Chalet-style architecture and glowing fireplaces, Mountain Run at Boyne™ will make you wonder if you’re in Michigan or the Swiss Alps.

While Boyne Falls is well known for being a winter wonderland and the top ski destination in the Midwest, there are a number of other activities to enjoy in the area, from zipline adventures to an indoor waterpark. Here are some of the top attractions in Boyne Falls that will keep you entertained and enjoying every moment of your vacation in Michigan:

Boyne Mountain Ski Area

Boyne Mountain is obviously the top attraction in Boyne Falls during the winter, attracting skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. As the largest ski area in the Midwest, Boyne Mountain offers 60 downhill runs, 20 miles of cross-country trails, and 2 miles of dedicated snowshoeing trails. With a total of 415 skiable acres, the resort has both peaceful trails and challenging runs, including the Super Bowl, one of the top black diamond runs on the mountain.

Visitors will also love Boyne Mountain’s seven terrain parks, including the Transfer Station and Ramshead Terrain Park. A sheltered park in the woods, the Transfer Station offers a wide range of natural features, while Ramshead Terrain Park delivers more traditional features with 13 rails and three kickers. Boyne Mountain also maintains a progression park and the Burton Riglet Park, where beginners can try new challenges in a safer environment.

Love the snow, but not a skier or snowboarder? Head over to the Tubing Park and discover four dedicated tubing lanes on the Top Notch slope. A conveyor will take the tube to the top of the hill for you as you ride the Top Notch ski lift. For more winter fun, lace up your skates at Boyne Mountain’s outdoor ice rink, or try fat tire snow biking on a specially made trail.

Deer Lake

When the snow melts and the days get hot, Boyne Falls becomes the classic summer vacation destination, thanks to the crystal clear waters of Deer Lake. Deer Lake provides hours upon hours of fun, with boating, paddle boarding, kayaking, and swimming. On the shores of Deer Lake, you can spend your hours engaged in activities, such as beach volleyball and other lawn games.

Young and adventurous water lovers also have the opportunity to enroll in the Boyne Mountain Wake Camp, which offers five-day wakeboard clinics for students between the ages of seven and 16. Offered from July to August every year, the wakeboard clinics work with groups of eight students and each student rides twice for at least 40 minutes during a session.

The Alpine and The Monument Golf Courses

monument golf course

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Located a mile up the back half of Boyne Mountain, The Alpine and The Monument golf courses are technically challenging, artfully designed, and surrounded by spectacular views. A round on The Monument course starts with a mountain-top tee shot and ends with an exciting island green on the 18th hole.

On The Alpine course, you will again enjoy panoramic views of lush Michigan landscapes and Deer Lake sparkling in the distance. As you play your way down the mountain, you’ll encounter a variety of hazards and unique layouts to challenge your skills.

Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark

A popular attraction in every season, Avalanche Bay Indoor Water Park at Boyne Mountain Resort offers 88,000 square feet of water entertainment for visitors of all ages. Best of all, it’s always a comfortably warm 84 degrees, no matter the weather outside. The whole family can relax on the lazy river, the little ones can safely splash around the Kitz Pool, and the adrenaline seekers can get a thrill on the park’s numerous water slides.

On the park’s newest and most thrilling ride, called The Big Couloir, riders enter a launch pod at just 10 degrees from vertical. When the trap door opens, they shoot down a narrow tunnel, traveling at a stunning 38 feet per second, which enables them to rocket around a 360-degree loop.

For a mellower water slide, you can take tubes down the Super-G Slide and the Vertigo Cannonbowl Slide, or skim along the water on a mat on the Downhill Mat Racer slide. Older visitors also enjoy testing their surfing skills on the Rip Zone Surf Simulator.

Wildwood Rush

Just 15 minutes away from Mountain Run at Boyne™, Wildwood Rush offers 7,000 feet of zip lines along scenic valleys and ridges. On the full canopy tour, you’ll traverse five suspended bridges and reach six tree-top platforms, where you can savor views of Lake Charlevoix and the surrounding woodlands. Speed chasers can also travel more than 40 miles an hour while racing each other on the triple racing zip line course, which spans 1,200 feet. The speed capacity and three parallel zip lines make this course one of a kind in the Midwest.

Committed to environmental stewardship and conservation, Wildwood Rush designed its courses to have minimal impact on the environment and repurposed removed trees to build the structures on the course. Zip line tour guides at Wildwood Rush also provide entertaining information about the area’s history and ecosystem.

7 Sites to Explore in the Ozarks of Missouri

Dubbed the Show-Me State, Missouri offers entertainment and fun for the whole family, and visitors especially love the Branson area. You can easily access the many attractions and sites around Branson by staying at Bluegreen Resorts’ Paradise Point in Hollister, The Falls Village™ in Branson, or Bluegreen Wilderness Club at Big Cedar® and The Cliffs™ at Long Creek ™ in Ridgedale. From these resorts, you can visit the award-winning Silver Dollar City theme park or catch a live show at one of Branson’s more than 50 performance venues.

Branson, Ridgedale, and Hollister are surrounded by the beautiful Ozark Mountains, a  paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. With lush forests, sparkling lakes and rivers, and more than 6,000 caves, the Ozark Mountains offer endless entertainment. Here are just seven of the must-see sites around Branson in the Ozarks of Missouri:

Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Conservation Area

Just 14 miles outside of Branson, immerse yourself in nature at the Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Conservation Area, a 2,502-acre expanse of creeks and rocky hills. Visitors have access to almost 20 miles of well-marked nature trails that are perfect for biking, hiking, and horseback riding.

Although the creeks are too small for fishing, Busiek State Forest does offer seasonal hunting with a permit. The park also has an unstaffed shooting range that is open to the public. Open year round, Busiek State Forest allows pets on leashes and admission is free.

Table Rock Lake

Table Rock Lake

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One of the most popular destinations in the Ozarks, Table Rock Lake offers nearly 800 miles of shoreline and dazzlingly clear water. You can sunbathe and play volleyball in the soft sands of Moonshine Beach, or escape the crowds and go swimming in the Beaver area on the lake’s southwest corner.

For more fun on the water, rent a pontoon boat from the Indian Point Marina, take a guided tour on the 48-foot catamaran Spirit of America, or go on a SCUBA diving adventure. Table Rock Lake is also famous for being one of the top bass fishing spots in the country, and fishermen frequently catch large bluegill and crappie as well. If you enjoy relaxing on the water, you can book a trip on the Showboat Branson Belle for a two-hour cruise that includes live entertainment and lunch or dinner.

Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area

A free attraction just west of Branson, the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area features more than 1,500 acres of scenic wilderness and an observation tower and lookout with stunning views of the Ozarks. Hikers can explore the steep hills, oak and hickory forests, and open glades on paved or dirt trails dotted with benches.

Also within the conservation area is a permanent stream called Roark Creek, which is a relatively untouched Ozark headwaters stream. Bird watching is popular in the conservation area and four information kiosks explain the habitats in the park.

Marvel Cave

Opened to tourists in 1894, Marvel Cave is one of the Ozark’s most amazing sites and it was first discovered around 1500 by Native Americans of the Osage Tribe, who named the cave Devil’s Den. For hundreds of years, explorers and industrialists ventured into the cave, but it wasn’t until after 1927 that the site was renamed Marvel Cave. An entrepreneurial family went on to develop Silver Dollar City theme park around the opening to Marvel Cave, and the area has since become one of Branson’s most well-known attractions.

During the 60-minute cave tour, you’ll travel 300 feet underground in the wet limestone cave and discover intricate formations that continue to grow and change. The tour starts in the magnificent Cathedral Room, which is the most expansive cave entrance in the country. Led by an experienced cave guide, you will travel over ramps and climb approximately 600 stairs surrounded by carefully lit rock formations. The guide will also provide geological and historical information about Marvel Cave.

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

Spanning 10,000 acres, Dogwood Canyon Nature Park contains some of the most scenic landscapes in the Ozark Mountains and lies just 30 minutes outside of Branson on the Missouri and Arkansas border. While the park offers a gift shop and other conveniences, it’s known for its rugged terrain, which has remained largely untouched over the years.

You can enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities in Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, including horseback riding, trout fishing, hiking, and back-country jeep tours. For the aspiring angler, the park maintains a popular fly-fishing school with two-day courses on the picturesque streams that run through the lush forests and meadows in the park.

Lake of the Ozarks

The largest man-made reservoir in Missouri, Lake of the Ozarks is located two hours from the Branson area in the heart of the state. The lake offers more than 1,150 miles of shoreline, with a 92-mile main channel that is ideal for boating, fishing, and sailing.

As part of Lake of the Ozarks State Park, the lake is surrounded by beautiful wooded terrain, with 12 winding trails for hiking and biking. The state park also features the Ozark Caverns, which are open for tours by lantern light.

Fantastic Caverns

Discovered by a farmer and his dog in 1862, Fantastic Caverns is the only cave in America that you can tour by vehicle. The jeep-drawn trams depart every half hour for 60-minute tours of the cave, which is located in Springfield, Missouri.

Open all year, Fantastic Caverns is an all-season destination because the cave remains comfortable year round at about 60 degrees. Fantastic Caverns is the perfect trip for families with young children and people with limited mobility who may not be able to explore some of the other caves in the Ozarks on foot.