Explore Mount Pleasant

You’ll find Central Michigan University in the heart of the state – that’s where Mount Pleasant calls home. You're sure to see people in maroon and gold when you're out and about.

Things to do in Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Mount Pleasant balances the conveniences of a city with the charm of community parks and the benefits of nature. This blog,  Mt. Pleasant: Small Town Feel, Big City Amenities, is a great introduction to this dynamic area.

Take a walk or coast on a community electric scooter downtown and enjoy quaint shops and great local places to eat. Take a drive along Mission Street and find big-box stores and chain restaurants. There’s something for everyone.

Looking for things to do? Check out this itinerary-planning app supported by the Mount Pleasant Convention and Visitor's Bureau. This resource is full of ideas for a great time, whether you're just passing through or making a weekend of it.

Things to do near Central Michigan University

Grab a bite to eat downtown. Relax in the grass at Island Park. Bring your own chair and enjoy great music during the summer concert series or grab your tickets and see a headliner in town. You can take yoga classes, visit the farmers' market, explore nature trails and do a little shopping.

Places to go, things to see!

The university is proud to have a strong, historic and cooperative relationship with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. Connections with the Ojibwe people support cultural events, guest speakers and educational resources that honor the Native American people and educate students on what it means to be a CMU Chippewa. 

Explore the area's history and culture at the Ziibiwing Center. Located just south of the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, the Ziibiwing Center's exhibits and services present the beauty and vibrancy of the Anishinaabe culture.

  • Enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and picnicking near at the Chippewa River or the nearby Isabella County Parks.
  • Visit the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort for entertainment and gaming.
  • Explore the vibrant nightlife scene with numerous bars, restaurants and live music venues.
  • Experience the thrill of local festivals and cultural celebrations throughout the year.
  • Take advantage of the cinema, bowling alley and skating arena.
  • Wander through charming downtown Mount Pleasant, filled with unique shops and boutiques.

And, you’re never far away from adventure! You can reach the Fresh Coast, Motor City or the Upper Peninsula in under three hours. You're just a drive away from the Mackinac Bridge and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.