MAP Out Your Summer Fun: How To Use Your Library Card To Check Out Local Attractions For Cheap

As if story time and full access to a glorious number of bedtime books aren't enough reasons to love your local library, let us introduce another: the Michigan Activities Pass, or MAP.

Armed with only your library card, a computer and printer, you can receive free or discounted access to state parks, museums, campgrounds and more. There are more than 420 participating destinations in all, any of which could be the source of your next adventure with a few clicks of the computer.

Here's how it works:

1. Go to the MAP home page.

2. Scroll down till you see "Plan Your Next Activity."

3. Fill in the criteria, then click "Search" (tip: leave the "kid-friendly" option unchecked to find state parks and trails).

4. Once you find what you're looking for, click "Get Pass."

5. Select your desired day (if passes are available) and fill in your personal information before requesting the pass. If you don't have your library card number handy, you should be able to call them and get it.

6. Print out the pass and take it with you. It's good for a seven-day period noted on the pass.

7. Go have fun!

We headed to Nelis' Dutch Village in Holland, where we got 2-for-1 admission, which meant more money for ice cream.

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