Introduction to Alma, Michigan
Alma, established by Ralph Ely in 1853, was officially incorporated in 1872. Formerly named Elyton, Alma received status as a city in 1905. Some believe that the city is named after the wife of a local industrialist, but others claim that it was named for a battlefield in the Crimean War. The town of Alma is located on the Pine River.
Alma and Nearby Attractions
- Ionia State Recreation Area
- St. Charles Museum and Historical Society
- Flat River Historical Museum
- Chippewassee City Park
- Dow Gardens
Things To Do In Alma
Alma has a number of recreational opportunities for visitors. The Splash Park at Ridge is an exciting outing for children. The Chippewassee City Park and Plymouth Park are popular picnic sites, and the Ionia State Recreation Area has picnic areas, hiking trails, and camp grounds, as well as swimming areas. Founder’s Day, Gratiot County Fair and the Highland Festival are popular local festivals.
Flights are available from MBS International Airport.
Alma Higher Education
Alma College is the local college. Nearby colleges include Central Michigan University, Northwood University and Michigan State University.