All News News Posted February 15, 2020 By MAEDA

Free & Frugal

There is so much to see and do in Marshall (for pennies!) at any time of the year!

Visit Marshall for some frugal family fun! Spend a day (or more) in Marshall without breaking the bank.

Be sure to make time for the American Museum of Magic. For more than 40 years, this museum has delighted visitors with the wonders of magic, celebrating the contributions and life stories of magicians from around the globe. See treasures from Houdini, Thurston Kellar and Michigan’s own Blackstone, among hundreds of others. Select days also include shows by local magicians! Admission to the American Museum of Magic is $5 for adults, $3.50 for children.

Louie’s Bakery, family-owned since 1952, is a must-stop for kids of all ages! Whether it’s their famous nut rolls, delectable chocolate long johns, chewy brownies, a huge variety of delicious cookies, or freshly baked bread and rolls, Louie’s has an affordable sweet treat for everyone.

Marshall is fortunate to have seven designated park properties for the public to enjoy free of charge. Ketchum Park includes “Kids Kingdom,” a huge playground area with a castle theme for lots of climbing and exploring. The Brooks Nature Area, at over 180 acres, offers two miles of trails, restored native prairies, wetlands, 300+ year-old trees, wildlife viewing and lake overlooks. The Marshall Riverwalk, along the Kalamazoo River, consists of elevated boardwalk and paved pathways, plus canoe and kayak launches.

Marshall, with its National Historic Landmark District status, is home to over 800 historically significant homes and buildings. The National Park Service calls Marshall “the best virtual textbook of 19th Century American architecture in the country.” Stop in the Welcome Center for a free self-guided walking tour map that takes you through commercial and residential districts and past over 50 historic markers, plaques and monuments.