Located in the Midwest region, Michigan is one of the largest and most populous of the United States of America and is mostly in the Eastern Time Zone. However, some Michigan counties are also located in the Central Time Zone, making Michigan one of several American states to cross multiple time zones. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Michigan Overview

Michigan Overview
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The capital city of Michigan is Lansing, while the state's biggest and most well-known city is Detroit. Both of these cities are located in the Eastern Time Zone. Michigan has the unique distinction of being the only US state to be made up of a pair of peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula is entirely in the Eastern Time Zone and is almost entirely surrounded by water. It is in the Lower Peninsula that we find most of Michigan's biggest cities and conurbations like Detroit, Lansing, and Grand Rapids.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula, like the Lower Peninsula, is surrounded by water on nearly all sides. The Upper Peninsula has a much lower population than the Lower Peninsula, despite making up almost a third of the state's landmass. This area is well known for its forest and wildlife, with the biggest city, Marquette, having a population of around 20,000. Most of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is in the Eastern Time Zone, but the four counties along the Southern border with Wisconsin observe Central Time instead.

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2.Activities and Economy in Michigan

Activities and Economy in Michigan
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Well-known for its proximity to the famous Great Lakes of North America, Michigan borders four of the five lakes and is riddled with waterways, lakes, ponds, and other natural water sources. Geographically speaking, every person in Michigan is always within less than 7 miles of some kind of water source, and the state is widely-considered one of the best places in the entire US for water activities like boating, fishing, kayaking, and more.

A key player in the US economy, the state of Michigan is also widely-known as the home of three of the world's biggest car companies: Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler. Tourism is also a big factor in the economy of Michigan, with many visitors flocking from around the world to see the Great Lakes and beautiful natural areas of the Upper Peninsula.

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3.History of Michigan Time Zones

History of Michigan Time Zones
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Before the development and introduction of time zones in the US, people had to read the position of the sun to determine the time in their local area, meaning that the time would always be different from one town to the next and could vary enormously around each state. In 1883, time zones arrived in the US, with much of Michigan initially following Central Time. It wasn't until 1942 that most of the state switched over to Eastern Time, but most of the Upper Peninsula remained in Central Time. Decades later, in 1973 to be precise, most of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan then switched to Eastern Time.

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4.Time Zones

Time Zones
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Eastern Time Zone

The Eastern Time Zone covers most of Michigan. It also covers the entirety of seventeen other states and parts of four more states, as well as applying in parts of several Canadian provinces, the Quintano Roo state of Mexico, several Caribbean Islands, and parts of Central and South America included the entirety of the country of Panama.

This time zone is often abbreviated to ET, EST, or EDT. ET stands for Eastern Time. EST stands for Eastern Standard Time and is used in autumn and winter months. EDT stands for Eastern Daylight Time and is used during periods of daylight savings in spring and summer. EST is five hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC -05:00), while EDT is four hours behind.

Central Time Zone

Iron, Gogebic, Dickinson, and Menominee Counties of Michigan are all located in the Central Time Zone. All of these Michigan counties can be found on the border with Wisconsin, on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Often abbreviated to CT, this time zone covers large parts of the US and Canada, as well as the majority of Mexico and many Central American countries including Costa Rica and Honduras. Central Standard Time (CST) is six hours behind UTC, while Central Daylight Time (CDT) is five hours behind.

Daylight Savings in Michigan

The state of Michigan does use daylight savings time, meaning that most of the state is under EDT during the summer, which is four hours behind UTC. Daylight savings time in Michigan in 2018 began on March 11 and is set to end on November 4. The entire state utilizes daylight savings, including the section that observes Central Time.

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More Ideas in Michigan: Zehnder's Splash Village in Frankenmuth

Zehnder's Splash Village is a family-friendly indoor water park, village and hotel in Frankenmuth, Michigan. This relaxed resort offers 50,000 square feet of aquatic fun with an indoor water park featuring an array of swimming pools and slides, and an onsite hotel with deluxe accommodations.

Zehnder's Splash Village Hotel has 178 well-appointed rooms with private bathrooms and modern amenities including microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers, and suites have additional extras such as pull-out sofas for extra guests and fireplaces.

The largest waterpark in Michigan, Zehnder's Splash Village features an array of exciting rides, slides and water-based attractions, including a swimming pool with active water geysers, a family raft ride, water basketball and volleyball, and various tube slides. The resort also offers a range of amenities, such as a woodland-themed restaurant, a games arcade, a golf course and a fully-equipped fitness center, with a free shuttle service from the hotel. More Fun Things to Do in Michigan

Zehnder's Splash Village Hotel has 178 well-appointed rooms with contemporary décor, private bathrooms with bath/shower combinations, and modern amenities including flat-screen televisions, microwaves, mini-fridges and coffeemakers and irons and ironing boards. Luxury suites offer more space and have additional extras such as pull-out sofas for extra guests and fireplaces.

Dragonfly Rooms feature two queen-size beds with fresh linens, private bathrooms with bath/shower combinations, thick towels, and deluxe bath products, and comfy living areas with flat-screen televisions, microwaves, mini-fridges and coffeemakers and an iron and ironing board. Guests staying in the Dragonfly Rooms receive four complimentary waterpark passes to the park with their booking.

Dragonfly Rooms with Waterpark View boast beautiful views over the water park and feature two queen-size beds with fresh linens, and private bathrooms with bath/shower combinations, thick towels, and deluxe bath products. Comfy living areas have flat-screen televisions, microwaves, mini-fridges and coffeemakers and an iron and ironing board and guests staying in these rooms receive four complimentary waterpark passes to the park with their booking.

Family Suites feature two queen-size beds with fresh linens and a queen-sized pullout sofa sleeper in the living room. Private bathrooms offer bath/shower combinations, thick towels, and deluxe bath products, and sitting areas have fireplaces, and modern amenities, including two flat-screen televisions, microwaves, mini-fridges and coffeemakers and an iron and ironing board. Guests staying in these rooms receive six complimentary waterpark passes to the park with their booking.

Dragonfly Parlor Suites feature separate bedrooms and living rooms with two queen-size beds with fresh linens and a queen-sized pullout sofa sleeper in the living room. Private bathrooms offer bath/shower combinations, thick towels, and deluxe bath products, and sitting areas have fireplaces, and modern amenities, including two flat-screen televisions, microwaves, mini-fridges and coffeemakers and an iron and ironing board. Guests staying in these rooms receive six complimentary waterpark passes to the park with their booking.

Loft Suites add a touch of luxury and are ideal for larger families or groups of friends. These suites feature three queen-size beds with fresh linens, and private bathrooms with bath/shower combinations, thick towels, and deluxe bath products. Comfy living areas have an extra queen-sized pullout sofa sleeper and fireplaces, and modern amenities, including two flat-screen televisions, microwaves, mini-fridges and coffeemakers and an iron and ironing board. Guests staying in these rooms receive eight complimentary waterpark passes to the park with their booking.

Zehnder's Splash Village offers an array of family-friendly places to eat and drink from the world-renowned Zehnder's of Frankenmuth Restaurant, which serves traditional family style chicken dinners and freshly baked bread and pastries to The Fortress Clubhouse, which features a full service bar and deli menu.

Z Chef's Café can be found in the center of Zehnder's Marketplace and offers guests a unique dining experience in an Old World setting. The Elf Hollow Café and the Mushroom Grille serve a casual menu of all-American fare such as hamburgers, pizza, nachos and seasonal salads and the Waterpark snack window, which is open during park hours, serves a delicious menu of light meals, salads, and snacks. Both Elf Hollow Café and the Mushroom Grille feature a full service bar with craft beers and specialty coffees.

The Fortress Clubhouse features a beautiful outdoor pavilion for outdoor dining for up to 250 guests and offers a full service bar and deli sandwiches.

Zehnder's Splash Village features an array of amenities and attractions for the whole family. The Village is home to an indoor water park with a variety of swimming pools and water-based rides and slides, as well as a 2,000 square foot games arcade with more than 40 games, and a fully-equipped state-of-the-art fitness center.

Waterpark attractions include a family raft ride, tube slides, super loop body slide, a swimming pool with water geysers, a dumping bucket, a whimsical hot tub, and water basketball and volleyball. There is also a meandering river for slower rides, a Splash landing play area, and a seasonal outdoor swimming pool.

Zehnder's Splash Village has an array of banquet rooms that can accommodate groups of 20 to 350 people for a variety of special occasions such as weddings, receptions, business functions and other events.

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1365 S Main St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, Phone: 844-330-1715

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More Ideas in Michigan: Minnetonka Resort

The Minnetonka Resort is a seasonal hotel in Copper Harbor, Missouri that offers comfortable, family-friendly accommodations, modern amenities and array of activities. Centrally located off the Route 41 and surrounded by the natural beauty of the Keweenaw, the historic Resort, which was built in 1938, features simple rooms and cozy cottages with private bathrooms and standard conveniences.

Accommodations are spread between the main lodge, a simple motel and cozy cottages with housekeeping facilities. Main lodge rooms have large windows with beautiful views of Lake Superior, and motel rooms are spacious and bright with private bathrooms and dressing rooms. Cottages feature separate living rooms with pull-out sofa beds, fully equipped kitchens and private decks with breathtaking views and the main guest lodge features a rustic lounge with a large fireplace.

The Minnetonka Resort is home to the Spirit of the North Wellness Center, which offers a range of massage and wellness treatments, yoga, lectures, and workshops, as well as event and function facilities for a variety of events. Picnic areas around the resort have comfy outdoor seating and barbecue grills and seating, and the resort is situated just a few miles from Fort Wilkins Historic State Park and the Brockway Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Minnetonka Resort features a variety of accommodations to suits all needs from standard rooms with simple décor to cozy log cabin cottages with fully equipped kitchens and private decks. Standard guest rooms are located in the Astor House Motel and feature two queen-size beds with crisp linens, private bathrooms with shower/bath combinations, fresh towels, and complimentary toiletries, and modern amenities such as coffee makers with coffee and tea and mini-fridges.

Cottages are slightly more luxurious and feature two double, twins, or queen-size beds in crisp linens, private bathrooms with shower/bath combinations, fresh towels and complimentary toiletries, and separate living areas with comfortable sofas and seating. Fully equipped kitchens have all the necessary appliances and utensils for hassle-free holiday living, and private decks have breathtaking views.

The Minnetonka Resort features a variety of accommodations to suits all needs from standard rooms with simple décor to cozy log cabin cottages with fully equipped kitchens that are ideal for self-catering. There are also barbecue grills and picnic tables that are perfect for alfresco dining under the stars.

The Minnetonka Resort features an array of amenities and activities for the whole family to enjoy, ranging from yoga classes and massages at the Spirit of the North Wellness Center to exploring the Astor House Museum learning more about the Keweenaw’s rich heritage. The resort is home to the Spirit of the North Wellness Center, which offers a range of massage and wellness treatments, yoga, lectures, and workshops, as well as event and function facilities for a variety of events.

The Astor Museum takes visitors on a journey back in time through a collection of rare and unique artifacts from the Keweenaw, such as mining tools from the mid-1800s copper boom. Other significant collections include over 400 antique dolls from around the world, shipwreck materials found in Lake Superior and railroad and civil war memorabilia. The Astor House Antique Shop is located within the Museum and sells a variety of country antiques, mining memorabilia, old coins, bottle and antique books.

Located on the Keweenaw Peninsula, the Minnetonka Resort is not only packed with interesting things to see and do but surrounded by an array of attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Fun things to do in and around the resort include mountain biking, hiking, ATV riding, swimming fishing, kayaking, mineral and rock collection, bird-watching, enjoying a massage or yoga class or mini golf at Into the Woods. Outside of the resort, there are many places to visit and explore, including the Isle Royale National Park, the Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary, the Fort Wilkins Historic State Park, and Hunter’s Point Park. Other attractions include the Brockway Mountain Drive, the Copper Harbor Lighthouse Ferry Tour, the Horseshoe Harbor Preserve, the Clark Mine, and the Copper Harbor Historical Cemetery.

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562 Gratiot Street, Copper Harbor, MI 49918, Phone: 906-289-4449

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More Ideas in Michigan: Victoria Resort Bed and Breakfast in South Haven

Built in the prime of the resort era, the Victoria Resort Bed and Breakfast is a charming guest house on the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan that has been welcoming visitors for more than 90 years. Located in the charming resort town of South Haven, the Victoria Resort Bed and Breakfast offers comfortable accommodations with modern conveniences, cozy fireplaces, elegant parlors, lovely front porches and beautiful gardens for relaxing, and an array of activities to enjoy.

A complimentary breakfast is served every morning in the sunny breakfast room and afternoons can be taken up soaking up the rays on the nearby sandy beach or exploring downtown South Haven on bikes borrowed from the Inn. Other exciting attractions in the area include historical museums, farm markets breweries, and wineries. More Fun Things to Do in Michigan

Victoria Resort Bed and Breakfast features nine beautifully appointed, individually decorated guest rooms and private cottages with private bathrooms and modern conveniences, including cable televisions and DVD players, coffeemakers, hairdryers, and complimentary wireless Internet.

The King Deluxe room is a luxurious haven with Amish hardwood furniture, a king-size bed with plush linens and down pillows, a private bathroom with walk-in shower, a large whirlpool tub, luxe bath products and a spacious sitting area with a fireplace at the foot of the bed. Modern amenities include cable televisions and DVD players, coffeemakers, hairdryers, and complimentary wireless Internet.

The Queen Deluxe room is a charming room with a queen-size bed with plush linens and down pillows, a private bathroom with walk-in shower, a large whirlpool tub, and luxe bath products. An elegant fireplace is situated at the end of the bed, and modern amenities include a flat-screen television and DVD player and coffee maker.

The Mini Suite room is spacious and bright with Amish hardwood furniture, a walnut queen-size bed with plush linens and down pillows, and a private bathroom with walk-in shower, a large whirlpool tub, and luxe bath products. A spacious sitting area has an elegant fireplace, flat-screen television and DVD player, and coffee maker.

The Standard Queen room offers a queen-size bed with plush linens and down pillows and a traditional bathroom with shower/bath combinations and luxe bath products. The Cozy Queen room features vintage décor and furnishings and features a queen-size bed with plush linens and down pillows and a fabulous private bathroom with shower/bath combinations and luxe bath products.

The Victoria Resort Bed and Breakfast also has several private cottages that sleep between two and six people and feature fully-equipped kitchens, spacious living and dining areas, bedrooms with double, queen or king-size beds and en-suite bathrooms with showers and whirlpool tubs. Screened-in decks and porches are perfect places for relaxing and charcoal grills offer alfresco dining under the stars with family and friends. Guests staying in the cottages have access to an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and basketball court, as well as bicycles for exploring South Haven.

Guests staying at the Victoria Resort Bed and Breakfast can enjoy a complimentary breakfast every morning, which includes freshly baked pastries, muffins, bread and French toast, fresh South Haven blueberries, fresh fruit, bagels, yogurt and cereal, and coffee, herbal and black teas. Breakfast can be enjoyed at one of three separate tables and various times during the morning to suit early risers and late sleepers.

The Victoria Resort Bed and Breakfast offers an array of amenities for rest, relaxation, and pleasure. The guesthouse has cozy fireplaces, elegant parlors, lovely front porches and a gorgeous garden, and guests are treated to a complimentary country-style breakfast every morning with freshly brewed coffee and tea.

The Victoria Resort Bed and Breakfast is located in the charming resort town of South Haven, which boasts an array of things to see, do and enjoy for the whole family. The quaint little town is home to a variety of restaurants from casual eateries and fine dining establishments, bakeries, coffeehouses, and ice cream shops, as well as interesting stores, shops, and boutiques that sell clothing, books, art, and gifts.

South Haven is also home to several excellent vineyards that offer cellar tours and wine tastings, including Fenn Valley Winery, Warner Vineyards, St Julian and Twelve Corners Winery. Beautiful natural landscapes in the Ross Preserve, the Sarett Nature Center or the Van Buren State Park can be enjoyed by hiking, trail running, and mountain biking.

The artistic side of South Haven features several studios that showcase a range of local artworks from blown glass to handmade pottery, while the entertaining side includes the Foundry Hall, the Listiak Auditorium and a variety of free outdoor concerts at the Riverfront Park. Recreational and outdoor activities in the area range from sailing, fishing, ice skating, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

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241 Oak Street, South Haven, MI, Phone: 49090-2302

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