Great Ways to Enjoy Lake Michigan

Feeling stifled by the craziness of the city? Get out on the open waters of Lake Michigan and have a little fun splashing around. With these water activities you’ll feel like you’ve had a vacation without leaving the city.

SAILING

via Flickr user Bart Heird

via Flickr user Bart Heird

If you like boats and want to get a bit more involved in the process, sailing is a wonderful option. With lessons, charters, and rentals, there are plenty of options for everyone, from those who’ve never stepped foot in a sailboat to the seasoned vets. Put the breeze of the Windy City to good use!

STAND UP PADDLEBOARD

via Flickr user Frank Kehren

via Flickr user Frank Kehren

Slow things down a little and relax. This is one of the best ways to see the city on your terms, as there are some really incredible vantage points. You can rent a board, take a class, and even join in on a yoga group if you really want to chill out. It’s a great workout, and just about anybody can do it!

PARTY BOAT

via Flickr user Glenn Simmons

via Flickr user Glenn Simmons

When you want to enjoy the water without lifting a finger, you can’t beat a party boat. There are booze cruises during both the day and at night, and there are special cruises for all occasions (we can’t wait for Halloween). There’s nothing like kicking back, grabbing a few friends, and sipping on some cool drinks on the open water.

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