Your guide to Michigan travel with kids
Michigan is more than just cars and rock. With miles of Great Lake shoreline, it's a haven for boaters, anglers, and other outdoorsmen (and outdoorswomen!). It's also a great place to travel with kids.
Your Michigan vacation can put you in touch with history at such sites as Colonial Michilimackinac or Crossroads Village (and Huckleberry Railroad), or it can put you in touch with nature at one of its many lighthouses or farms and mills. And, of course, Michigan also offers up the usual fare of amusement parks, water parks, museums, and other family-friendly attractions.
Popular Michigan Family Travel Destinations
Kids will love Michigan's Adventure theme park in Muskegon or Avalanche Bay indoor water park in Boyne Falls. Perhaps they'd enjoy a trip back in time on the World War II–era submarine USS Silversides, or even further back to the 19th century at Greenfield Village in Dearborn.
Some popular destinations for Michigan travel with kids are:
- Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek
- the Detroit Zoo
- Water's Edge water park at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa
- the Rouge Plant (where Ford's F-150 trucks are manufactured)
- Franklin Cider Mill (a national historic site)
- Double JJ Ranch (for horseback riding in summer & horse-drawn carriage rides in winter)
- Dinges Farm and Pumpkin Patch (where kids can take tractor and pony rides and pick their own pumpkins, gourds, or produce, depending on the time of year)
- Nelis' Dutch Village (a throwback to the Netherlands over 100 years ago)
- Frederik Meijer Gardnes & Sculpture Park
Where to Stay on Your Michigan Family Vacation
Michigan is home to many fabulous resorts, spas, cabins, campgrounds, hotels, bed and breakfasts and other accommodations. Once you know what part or parts of Michigan you'll be visiting, you can find the right type of accommodation for your family.
If you're going to be staying in one area and want a sort of home base from which to take small day trips, you might consider one of the many cottages or cabins available for Michigan vacation rentals. These can save you significant sums over hotels and resorts, and generally give you more room in which to spread out, which can be nice when you're traveling with the whole family, especially if you've just spent hours in a car to get to Michigan.