Top Ten Things to do in Flint, Michigan

Flint, Michigan is notorious for a lot of negatives. High unemployment, a high crime rate, and highly publicized activities of city officials make people think twice about visiting Flint. Before I moved here I was one of those people who avoided the city. I missed out on a lot of activities I enjoy now, and I haven't taken part in a fraction of the fun and interesting attractions that are available. My top ten list will probably change as I take part in new activities, but for now, here are my favorites in no particular order.

1. Visit the Flint Institute of Arts, the Flint Farmers' Market, Buckham Gallery, and the Greater Flint Arts Council. Artists from many locations have work featured here, and the art work is wonderful. Some is for display, some is for sale, and all is enjoyable to view. The Flint Institute of Arts also features international, independent, and classic films. For information, visit www.flintarts.org, www.flintfarmersmarket.com, and www.greaterflintartscouncil.org/.

2. Attend a Flint Folk Music Society concert. I was hesitant when a friend asked me to go to a few concerts with her after she joined the Flint Folk Music Society, but I agreed and I've never regretted it. In fact, I became a member myself. Folk musicians from all over the world bring their talent to Flint. For $15.00, you enjoy music and conversation up close and personal. Buy a CD if you like the artist and you can meet the artist and have them sign the CD for you. Every summer the Flint Folk Music Society hosts a free folk festival featuring many local and nationally known folk artists. Go to www.flintfolkmusic.org for information on concerts.

3. Go to the Longway Planetarium. I had gone there several times before I realized how rare planetariums are. There are several shows to suit many tastes. Seasonal shows celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays are available for the whole family. There are features geared toward school-aged children and laser light shows set to music. My favorite has always been the Pink Floyd laser light show that returns every year. Call 810-237-3409 for information.

4. Catch a show by actors, actresses, comedians, and other personalities at the Whiting Auditorium. The Whiting is a nice show place that hosts many classic events. I've seen local and national talent entertain many diverse audiences. Coming attractions include The Four Tops, Bob the Builder Live, The Nutcracker, and Garrison Keillor. Check www.thewhiting.com for information on upcoming events and ticket prices.

5. Flint can boast having not one, but two excellent museums. The Sloan Museum features many exhibits and galleries that are popular for everything from car shows to weddings and parties.Call 810-237-3427 for information, or visit the website at SloanLongway.org. The Flint Children's Museum offers exhibits geared toward young children. "Grossology" was one of the more popular exhibits for school classes. Nature's Discovery Live Animal Exhibit features Michigan reptiles and amphibians. Check www.flintchildrensmuseum.org for upcoming exhibits.

6. Younger music fans enjoy visiting The Machine Shop to pay lower prices for hard rock acts. And yes, this much older fan enjoyed concerts there, too. You can see acts that are on their way to national fame as well as talented musicians that are no longer in the public eye but are still worth seeing. For concert information, www.myspace.com/themachineshop.

7. Local colleges and institutes offer a variety of entertainment for reasonable prices. The University of Michigan-Flint offers theatre and musical performances at the downtown E. Kearsley Street location and Mott Community College holds many musical performances and film festivals on the Court Street campus and at Woodside Church next to the college. The Flint Institute of Music provides local and international talent featuring Flint School of Performing Arts students and faculty. The International Institute teaches cultural differences through dance, music, art, and food.

8. Go to Crossroads Village to live Genesee County's History. Ride on the Huckleberry Railroad or the Genesee Belle. Visit during each season so you don't miss any of the exhibits. Christmas at Crossroads, Kaleidoscope in June, war reenactments, Halloween Ghosts and Goodies, and visits each year from local school children are all can't miss events. For information on Crossroads Village and other parks in Flint, visit www.geneseecountyparks.org.

9. Flint theatres, bookstores, and coffee shops offer venues for local entertainment. McCree Theatre (www.thenewmccreetheatre.com) offers affordable versions of excellent shows. Flint City Theatre (www.flintcitytheatre.com) offers a variety of entertainment. The Flint Youth Theatre (www.flintyouththeatre.com) offers entertainment for people of all ages by area youth. Border's bookstore has open mic nights and Good Beans Cafe features local entertainers.

10. Mott Lake in Flint is one of my favorite places. The Bluegill Boat Launch allows fishing fanatics to enjoy a wake-free area for their favorite hobby. Walleye, bluegill, crappie, pike, catfish, sunfish, bass, and perch can be found in Mott Lake. There's a bicycle path winding through the woods and along the shore of the lake that's enjoyed by walkers as well as bicyclists. Fall colors are as beautiful here as in any place in the state. I've taken hundreds of pictures on and around Mott Lake, and people I've shared them with ask "Where is this? It's beautiful!" And it is. Like any other place in the country, Flint, in spite of its bad press, has more goodness and beauty than negative qualities. You just have to look and find it.

Flint Folk Music Society at the Greater Flint Arts Council
Flint Folk Music Society at the Greater Flint Arts Council
Wintertime in Flint
Wintertime in Flint
Genesee Belle
Genesee Belle
Autumn at Mott Lake
Autumn at Mott Lake
Fishing on Mott Lake
Fishing on Mott Lake

Comments 26 comments

ProCW profile image

ProCW 8 years ago from South Carolina

Very nice hub!

Thumbs up from me!

ProCW


catwhitehead profile image

catwhitehead 8 years ago Author

Thanks for the thumbs up, the suggestions, and the great articles you write.


clydeskid profile image

clydeskid 8 years ago

As someone who grew up in Flint I was very pleased to see someone focus on the positive aspects of the town. I know all those places very well and have stories about all of them. But I also learned something when you posted about the Folk Music Society. I am definitely going to look into that. Thanks for the Hub and the memories.


Peggy W profile image

Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Always nice to read about areas from people who live there. Mott Lake looks gorgeous!


catwhitehead profile image

catwhitehead 7 years ago Author

Mott Lake is beautiful, Peggy. I can't wait to get on it again.


RVilleneuve profile image

RVilleneuve 7 years ago from Michigan

Great to see good things about Flint! Excellent Hub! Sloan Museum also has amazing programs during the summer for kids. We love them.


Amanda108 profile image

Amanda108 7 years ago from Michigan, United States

I *adore* Crossroads Village! We go every Halloween. I love the pictures you've chosen!


yenajeon profile image

yenajeon 6 years ago from California

Wow I can't believe you actually thought of stuff to do in Flint! Good Hub!!


Tonev 6 years ago

I tell you what, I have lived in Flint for over 18 years of my life (born and raised) and I have never experienced what you have put up here (then again, I am a black American male).

Two different worlds I would say and, as seen here again in your photos. I will beleive this article and not cry "biased" when most of your pictures show Flint in all its' glory after 9pm (which I doubt you will ever put up here).


lol 6 years ago

dude u guys fail at life looking at fun things to do in flint mi


AM 6 years ago

Looking for fun things to do in Flint MI!!! Thanks so much fot the Hub, any other things that you would suggest to do while visiting Flint?


Suzanne 6 years ago

This is just cool... I am a born, bred, raised 'Flint-ite' and I am constantly enjoying the history and 'hidden gems' of our Flint. Just think - - without FLINT (along with Detroit, Dearborn), the world would NOT have been transformed by the AUTO! We live and move today because of where cars began... In Michigan. How neat of a heritage is that - no matter what became of it, our history can't be taken from us! ALSO - - - (yes, there's more...)


Suzanne 6 years ago

.... Just look around! Really. There is ART and cool ARCHITECTURE absolutely EVERYWHERE in Flint. There's the ART DECO era buildings. The Planetarium is really, like no other! The 'Halo Burger' Art-on-the-Wall! Really, all over, Victorian Houses, Art Deco Churches (look at the outside and inside of a major landmark, Riverside Tabernacle across from the UofM, which has the huge Cross on the side (still a living and active church reaching out with a great food pantry weekly - one of the largest in the country, noted by 700 Club) AND - - - the Arches are such an amazing part of our History, when WE were one of the FIRST Cities - in the WORLD - to be lit up with lights! Even before Paris itself was called the City of Lights...! So.... Flint.


Sean 6 years ago

I'm travelling through Flint in September and was interested in checking out some of the old automobile plants in the city and some of the neighborhood that have been impacted by the collapse of the automobile industry, but i'm concerned about being killed. During the middle of the day on a Saturday, is there any areas of Flint that should be avoided?


Canklefish profile image

Canklefish 6 years ago from East Coast

I grew up 15 minutes from downtown Flint in a small town called Holly. Happy to see that the town is rebounding after all it's been through over the years...

Voted up and Stumbled... Great hub!


wedding organisers in delhi 5 years ago

Great hub I really enjoyed reading that. Loads of really good information. A job well done


catwhitehead profile image

catwhitehead 5 years ago Author

Thank you, wedding organisers in delhi, I appreciate your comment.


Julia 5 years ago

Hi All,

I am from New York, but I am doing research on Flint and was wondering if anyone could point me towards anything unique about Flint (historically or currently) that is not related to the auto industry... for example, a crop that specially grown in the area, or a specific type of music,instrument, craft, sport, hobby, food, tradition, etc. that is associated with Flint's identity.

Thanks a lot!


guest 5 years ago

not sure if you have been to the waterfalls, but it as well (especially at night) is beautiful.


clarence 4 years ago

I can say we got things even thank the back to the bricks that what gave flint more as well we see people come out of state get bigger ever yea things coming to flint with the blink of an eye never know what next for fun


bubble butt 4 years ago

i live there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


jennyfer lopez 4 years ago

its so nice to read all your commets of all of you i wished to be in there whit you people i have never travel around to another city like you is to nicer to read all your commentsss i love your comments again sea again


tania lopez 4 years ago

i wished i can be thereeeeeeeee awwwwawwwawww seee you later


Carole Hosey 4 years ago

Thanks for your list. I live in Detroit and understand how the press only talks about the negative and ignores all the wonderful things a city has to offer! We are visting Flint this weekend for the first time (for a conference) and I'm looking for things to do with our 2 year-old. Thanks so much for your ideas!


Laurie 4 years ago

This is cool. Stepping stone falls should be here. It's free.


Laurie 4 years ago

I hit enter to fast, if you go to the Sara Lee Bakery on Hill Rd by Home Depot you can get a day old garbage bag full of bread and go to Stepping Stone Falls (near Huckleberry RR) and feed the fish, seagulls and geese.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working