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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.
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.
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!
Experience the beauty of nature in the UP. Michigan’s second-largest state park trails the Porcupine Mountains along the majestic Lake Superior.
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 Parks includes Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; five indoor theme gardens; outdoor gardens, nature trails and children’s garden.
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.
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.
Take a tour of where laws have been made in Michigan since 1879 and explore the Capitol Building in the state’s capital.
Henry Ford is the most prominent Michigander and his legacy lives on at The Henry Ford Museum complex. Learn about the history of innovation at the museum, go back in time at Greenfield Village and see how the world is put on wheels during the Rouge Factory Tour.
Detroit IS a destination! Home to 4 major league sports, world-class museums and entertainment venues, a beautiful and walkable riverfront, special events throughout the year and an ever changing skyline – Michigan’s largest city is a must-visit.
Save The Date
There are hundreds of festivals and special events in Michigan but here are a few you definitely want to experience.
- Tulip Time Festival (Holland): May 2-10
- Bavarian Festival (Frankenmuth): June 11 -14
- National Cherry Festival (Traverse City): July 4-11
- ArtPrize (Grand Rapids): September 16 – October 4
- America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Detroit): Thursday, November 26
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About Carrie Budzinski
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..