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Summer Time in Michigan Family Friendly Activities and Vacations

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There are so many family friendly and fun towns to visit across Michigan during the summer months. While the kids are on summer vacation, why not plan a trip for your family to take and explore the great state!

Detroit: There are many interactive and hands-on activities to explore in the city of Detroit. With Detroit being revamped, you can find wonderful old and new exhibits and culinary experiences!

  • Detroit Zoo
  • Comerica Park – Sundays are “kid days,” enjoy the baseball park that also duels as a theme park and baseball museum
  • Michigan Science – hands on science activities
  • Henry Ford Museum
  • Greenfield Village

Grand Rapids: Have family time with outdoor activities at some places you can plan a day trip to!

  • Frederik Meijer Gardens
  • John Ball Zoo
  • Art Prize art festival

Traverse City: Traverse City is a beautiful place to go for a day trip (if you live close) and a wonderful time to spend a weekend with your kids! There are so many sights and things to do around the area.

  • Beautiful beaches to swim, fish sail and more
  • Cherry festival in early July
  • Old Mission Lighthouse (you can actually climb it)
  • Shopping

Holland: Explore this Dutch village for a hands-on learning experience.

  • Windmill Island Gardens – you can climb to the top of DeZwaan, which is the only authentic Dutch windmill operating in the U.S.
  • Shopping

Sleeping Bear Dunes: This region of the state has a beautiful variety of beaches and sand dunes where you can climb and admire the views of the lakes. Take your kids out in the fresh air and enjoy time together!

  • Climb the sand dunes and enjoy the beaches of Michigan
  • Travel along the 64-mile curve of beaches, coves, islands and dunes. Take stops along the way, get out and explore

Upper Peninsula– Take a trip to the Upper Peninsula where only 3 percent of the population lives. This makes for beautiful animal encounters and a playground of outdoor activities.

  • Visit the Mackinac Bridge
  • Pictured Rocks
  • Marquette is a beautiful town to explore and shop as a port town on Lake Superior, with many summer festivals, parks and restaurants.
  • Fish, kayak, swim and more

Mackinac Island– Take the ferry to the island and explore an island where cars are not allowed!

  • Rent a bike and go around the island
  • Take a carriage ride
  • Watch fudge get made
  • Take the ferry over to the island
  • Have high tea at the Grand Hotel

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Melissa Dowrick

Melissa Dowrick is a MSU graduate, M3 Group event planner and a dog mom of two. She loves fashion and fall is her favorite season. She embraces all the good things because life is too short to be unhappy!