We love Michigan. From the hustle and bustle of the big cities to the peaceful quiet of Up North and the Upper Penninsula, there’s so much to do and see but here are a few activities every family should experience in the Great Lakes State.
Dow Gardens & Whiting Forest (Midland)
Explore nature in mid Michigan at the Dow Gardens and take a walk along the nation’s longest canopy walk, 1,400 feet long, soaring up to 40 feet above the ground.
Michigan’s Adventure (Muskegon)
Plan a day or a weekend at Michigan’s largest amusement park. Ride roller coasters, go to the water park or slow things down at Funland Farm and don’t miss the newest addition – Camp Snoopy!
Tahquamenon Falls (Sault Ste Marie)
Experience the beauty of nature in the UP. Michigan’s second-largest state park trails the Porcupine Mountains along the majestic Lake Superior.
Headlands Dark Sky Park (Mackinaw City)
Cuddle up on the sandy shore and see the stars (and satellites) like never before at one of the first Dark Sky Parks in the world! When in Mackinaw, be sure to visit Mackinac Island for fudge and a horse drawn carriage ride.
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park (Grand Rapids)
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Parks includes Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; five indoor theme gardens; outdoor gardens, nature trails and children’s garden.
Sleeping Bear Dunes (Glen Arbor)
Shaped by glaciers thousands of years ago, the diverse terrain and ecology of the dunes is a sight to see. On the coast of Lake Michigan the park offers year round activities for families.
Torch Lake (Kalkaska County)
If you can’t swing a Caribbean vacation, take a road trip for the next best thing. Lounge on the shores of Michigan’s largest inland lake and enjoy the crystal clear waters.
Christmas In July (Frankenmuth)
Let the countdown to Christmas begin! Let the kids pick out an ornament for the tree, chat with Santa on the hotline and put on your favorite holiday album for the drive-thru light show at Bronner’s. Afterwards enjoy a chicken dinner and indoor/outdoor waterpark at Zehnders.
Hawk Island & The Ledges (Lansing)
Get back to nature in mid-Michigan and explore Hawk Island in Lansing and 300 million-year-old rock formations that jut from the shore of the Grand River for climbers to enjoy in Grand Ledge.
GREAT Beach Towns
When you feel the call to find a Great Lake with little fuss head to Lexington for Lake Huron or Holland for Lake Michigan. When you’re in Holland be sure to also visit The Oz Project downtown.
Photo credit: Flickr – Sleeping Bear Dunes