Summer time is one of the best times here in Michigan. Summer officially begins on Tuesday, June 21, and Michiganders love this time of year.

What do you love the most about summer in Michigan? My answer: What's not to love? The only exception, high gas prices

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Here's what I love the most about summer in Michigan:

Waking up in the morning to beautiful sunlight is a great way to start a summer's day in Michigan. Birds chirping, the sound of lawn mowers, and summer flowers bring it all together.

What about summer picnics? Picnics are one of the best ways to enjoy fun in the sun with your family and friends. There are three places I like to go for summer picnics:

1. Lake Lansing in Haslett

2. Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge

3. Potter Park Zoo in Lansing

Sometimes my wife and I will buy a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken and take it with us to the nearest park.

What's next? How about spending time at some of the most incredible beaches along Lake Michigan? A day at the beach with swimming, volleyball, building sand castles, and snacking makes it all worthwhile.

Another one of my favorite things in summer, barbecues! It's all about hamburgers, hotdogs, steaks, chicken, and corn on the cob. The smell alone is one of the best summer experiences.

We can't forget about eating ice cream. I love ice cream! You can get great ice cream at the MSU Dairy Store, Baskin Robbins, Dairy Queen, and what about Ben and Jerry's ice cream. Summer is not complete without your favorite flavors of ice cream.

Summer vacation with my wife and kids is a must. We really enjoy traveling throughout Michigan to some of the most beautiful areas of the state.

Here's to you and your family having a great summer in Michigan. How about a great song from Kid Rock to fire up summer fun!

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

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