Summer Time in Michigan Family Friendly Activities and Vacations


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

Melissa Dowrick

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!

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