Flint, Michigan has a poor reputation as a result of the high crime and the more recent, Flint Water Crisis. But Flint is not all bad. The city offers plenty of avenues to take for some great family fun for out of towners. I grew up in the city of Flint, and even though it may seem bad, it’s home. My vast knowledge of Flint has created the opportunity to give you this list; 5 Awesome Things to Do in Flint, Michigan.
1. Back to the Bricks
Back to the Bricks is one of Flint’s largest annual attractions. This Classic Car Show offers 4 days of classic cars, concerts, fantastic local food and over 500,000 car enthusiasts from all over the nation. And recently the car show has reached global proportions, bringing in internationals with their cars as well! This is certainly a great time for the entire family in a safely populated environment with lots to do. During your time there, it’s very easy to make friends, join social groups who also are passionate about cars and have a good time drinking and eating great food!
Other activities offered are other events before the ‘Main Event’ of Back to the Bricks. For instance, there is a five-day Promo Tour, which is designed to build anticipation and excitement for the main event. There is also a ‘Tune-Up week’ that’s is all about the anticipation, but it’s more or less a 50’s party with old cars, concessions and dancing in the street. All around, a 5-star time. You can find more information here.
2. Crim Festival of Races
Another one of Flint’s most popular attractions is the Crim. The Crim Fitness Foundation was founded in 1977 by house speaker Bobby Crim. He launched the first 10-mile road race, and since then, the Crim Festival has been an annual fitness gathering for runners and bikers from all over the nation. The festival offers 8k’s, 5k’s, 10-mile races, and even events for the children who wish to participate for a great cause.
The Crim Fitness Foundation encourages people to stay active to decrease childhood obesity in Flint. They offer great opportunities for training for adults who can’t find time to exercise in their daily life. And they are completely committed to building and/or repairing parks in the area to make sure everyone has a place to go to stay active. If you need to find a reason to come to Flint, this would be the perfect cause to support. Flint is a struggling city and depends on outsiders to come and see what it has to offer.
3. Playland Fun Center
This is one of my absolute favorite places in Flint. They have one of the largest go-cart tracks at a distance of a half of a mile. They also offer bumper boats, mini-golf, an old-school arcade, and to top it off, they have fantastic food, and yes, a zombie escape room where the zombie is slowly released inch by inch over the course of a designated time. I have personally experienced every single activity they have to offer and I would vouch for their quality of service and the amount of fun we actually had there. This place is great for dates or just taking the family out for a good time on the weekend. I would continue to go, had I not moved out of state, I really miss it and it deserves the business and recognition.
4. Flint Golf Club
If you’re an avid golfer like myself, you know it’s hard to come by quality greens in a place like Flint. However, the bright side is, the Flint Golf Club has some of the most beautiful fairways and greens (as far as local courses go) that I have had the pleasure of playing on. The course is 6,671 yards with a 72 rating and a 126 slope. They have five 5-par holes and five 3-pars, which is unique to Flint Golf Club. The course was rated the most scenic golf course in Genesee County, so you’ll enjoy the beautiful view as I did while playing 18-holes with the guys. This course has held a number of big name tournaments on its grass making it a classic and historic course in the Flint district.
5. Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad
Tucked away in the outskirts of Flint is Crossroads Village. This is basically a 19th Century town tourist attraction. The employees act in character, dress up and teach you how to make homemade rope or candles as they did back in the 19th century. You can take a ride on huckleberry railroad and experience what an authentic train robbery was like in the past. Growing up, we would take field trips here and every year we had a blast because there was always something new happening. Eating from wooden bowls and old pewter spoons, hearing tales of battle during the Civil War from wounded soldiers. It’s simply an amazing learning experience. They have a general store that offers candy from barrels, t-shirts, and other souvenirs. Seasonally, they have a life-sized Thomas train for the kids to ride. Ticket prices are a little steep, but I think it’s worth overall the experience for the young ones.
This list is not in any specific order, these are just the things I enjoy doing in my home city. If you find yourself in Flint and are looking for something to do, I hope this list will be your savior in finding activities for yourself or your family.
Flint is a beautiful city. Though its reputation has been tarnished by crime and poor politics, it’s up to us to decide whether or not the city survives. These attractions bring in revenue for the city, and without the revenue, the city is not able to fix itself. So please, consider participating in one of these amazing activities if you’re passing through. The people are friendly, and you won’t regret stopping by for one of the famous Kogel hot dog Flint coneys (best dog in the United States) and a side beer or taking a 5k run during Crim season. Thanks for reading!