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The ultimate holiday gift guide of experiences

If you’re anything like me, you have a house (and garage) full of things – more things than you know what to do with sometimes.

So, during the year, you do your best to organize and consolidate your things. When you run out of room, you donate or sell some of your things so other people have to make room for your things.

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Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park offers Olympic enthusiasts the chance to luge at speeds up to 30 mph.

S.S. Badger

The S.S. Badger – once a railroad car hauler – is one of two options for Michiganders looking to ferry across the lake to Wisconsin.


Xtreme Xperience offers many different driving experiences, including one inside the 600-horsepower Audi R8 V10. The car has a top speed of 205 mph.


Cans of beer are filled by Michigan Mobile Canning at Tapistry Brewing in Bridgman in 2015. West Michigan Beer Tours offers tours of breweries in Southwest Michigan as well as in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and the Holland area.


South Bend Cubs outfielder Alexander Canario runs into the dugout during a game against the Lake County Captains at Four Winds Field in South Bend, Ind., on Aug. 31.

Mendel show

Birdhouse Factory will perform at Lake Michigan College's Mendel Center in February as part of the Discovery Series.


Skydive Windy City Chicago offers thrill-seekers the chance to see Lake Michigan from 14,000 feet in the air.

White Shoal lighthouse

The White Shoal Light Station is shown in the Straits of Mackinac with ice floating around it. The beacon is one of more than 100 you can find on the Lake Michigan Circle Tour.

Andy Steinke is features editor at The Herald-Palladium. Email him at