1. Your Stay-cation options will be expanding next week, because Michigan's Adventure says its water park is reopening to season pass holders on July 16 and everyone else on the 17th.
Park management says new "stringent health, safety and hygiene protocols" have been put in place to protect everyone.
All guests are required to make a reservation, with daily ticket sales starting today, July 9.
Their theme park attractions like the roller coasters won't be open until this summer
2. Michigan ranks number 8 in one of the most exciting states to retire.
According to a poll on "Sixty and Me", the results factor retirement concerns like taxes, cost of living or care, it also factors in the exciting activities seniors can do to enjoy their retirement.
Michigan's higher score comes from its volunteer opportunities and golf courses, not to mention it's many cities near the water.
If you don't want to stay in the Mitten, the top five most exciting places to retire are Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York.
3. As more people look to travel but don't want to get on a plane just yet, Amtrak is hoping it can help out. They're offering a buy-one-get-one-free discount on tickets for their roomette accommodations, also known as sleeper cars.
Travelers in these rooms get priority boarding and lounge access at major stations. Since the room is private, they are also exempt from the requirement to wear a mask on board while in the suite.
The Grand Rapids to Chicago Route for Amtrak just reopened at the beginning of July.
Get information about all the options at amtrak.com.
4. John Ball Zoo just posted pictures on Facebook of the new red panda cubs at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids.
The triplets were born on June 25 to Wasabi and Wyatt.
The zoo says they are healthy and doing well. There's still no word on if they're male or female, but they said they'll be announcing that soon.
5. A new face mask may make life easier for anyone who wants to take a sip from a drink while wearing their face coverings.
The new mask which is made by a Texas-based company has a zipper over the mouth area that makes it easy to unzip, and take a drink or a quick bite of some food, these zippered face masks cost $34.99 and come in a variety of fabrics and colors.