There are so many great family friendly vacation spots in Michigan. It’s one of our favorite types of vacations to plan where we know that we can bounce around and see so many different things.
With our family being so large, it’s so nice and refreshing to find a wide range of activities that we can all see and enjoy. No matter if you’re looking for history or just some fun outdoor exploration, Michigan is one state that truly has it all.
We’ve traveled around and hit up almost all these locations and I know for a fact that we’d visit them all again! (maybe we will…they’re just that fun!)
Instead of stressing out and trying to rack your brain about where to vacation while in Michigan, why not use this great list as your guide? With over 20 different family-friendly vacation spots to choose from, you can rest easy knowing that you’re going to find several places that your family will love.
25 Family Friendly Vacation Spots In Michigan
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1. Grand Rapids Children’s Museum – There are so many great exhibits to see and explore here that is wonderful for all ages of children.
2. Fredrick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park – Explore the grounds and see the beauty of nature and the Earth. There are many different areas to explore in this beautiful place. The Children’s Garden is full of all types of places for children to explore. They have a huge sculpture garden full of many types of sculptures people of all ages will love. There is one of their newer exhibits, a Japanese garden full of decorations, archeceture, and gardens you would see while touring Japan. You could spend multiple days exploring this wonderful place. Not only that, but they also have seasonal exhibits that make this an ever-changing place. We enjoy the butterflies during the spring and Christmas Around The World during the Christmas holiday.
3. Sea Life Aquarium – You and your family will see some of the most amazing animals and aquamarine life here!
4. Outdoor Discovery Center – This has got to be on of our all time favorite places to explore. They have an unbelievable amount of fun things for kids to do here. There is a catch and release pond, nature trails, a wildlife area where they help injured wildlife. You will also get a chance to play in the sensory garden that contains different plants to enhance your senses. They have a couple cabins for the kids to play in, a giant sand box, slides built into the ground, a huge zip line, and so much more. Included is a free covered pavilion where we like to picnic with the kids. This is a great place to spend the day.
5. Pictured Rocks National Shoreline – This is one place everyone should have on their bucket list. The Rocks along this shoreline are just amazing. You can view them from the trails along the shoreline. You can also take a cruise or kayak along the shoreline. It is one of a kind place really. You can stay right in Munising and spend the weekend exploring the area, or just stay at Halfway Lake Resort and drive over in the morning and back to your family-friendly cabin in the afternoon.
6. Holland for the Tulip Festival – If you love the idea of seeing thousands of tulips, this is the festival for you and your family. You cannot imagine the amount of tulips not just on the island, but also all around the town. They also have a parade, food stands, and bands playing through out the week of the festival. It’s a ton of fun for families.
7. Tahquamenon Riverboat Tour – Riding on this riverboat is so much fun! You’ll get to see some many great views from the water that is after you take a trip on the train through the wilderness. At the end of the ride, you will be able to get a unique view of the Tahquamenon falls. One that you can only see from the boat tour.
8. Halfway Lake Resort – Looking for a place to put up your feet and relax? This resort is the perfect spot to do it. They offer fully equipped cabins you can rent and have many great things for you to use. There are boats, kayaks, a fire pit, swing set, and more. This is the perfect spot to stay in the UP of Michigan because you are right next to many of the area attractions.
9. Mackinaw State Park (Mackinac Bridge) – We love to explore this state park. From seeing wildlife to taking a great hike, it’s a simple and easy way to get back to nature. It’s also a perfect place to skip rocks and have a picnic lunch. It is also free to enter the
10. Blanford Nature Center – Speaking of nature, this Nature Center is one of the bests. It’s fun and educational at the same time. We enjoy visiting this amazing place year round. There is always something new to explore here. With many different trails to explore, tapping of the trees in the late winter you can even watch the entire process of making maple syrup. From the taping of trees to the final stages it is a fun and edcational experience your whole family will enjoy. Come in the spring, summer, or fall and enjoy choosing which of the many trails you will explore, each having it’s own ecosystem of wildlife to explore!
11. Grand Rapids Public Museum – Take your time at this museum. If offers some beautiful artwork and exhibits that you won’t want to miss. The upstairs level has a planetarium as well as a rotating exhibit that is changing frequently enough to make it something new all the time. Make sure you get a chance to get on board the Carousel for a view of the Grand River as well.
12. Lake Michigan Beaches – Building sand castles is just one thing that you can do at the beach. It’s time to dip those toes in the sand. Here is a list I put together of some great beaches along the Lake Michigan shoreline.
13. Great Wolf Lodge ~ Traverse City – Great Wolf Lodge offers so much fun for all! Stay in a themed suite or spend your time at the waterpark.
14. Binder Park Zoo – How many animals do you think you and your family can see? Challenge yourself to find out. This is a bit bigger zoo than our local zoo. They have an African area where you take a train over to and are able to see safari animals. You can even purchase crackers to feed the giraffes. This zoo will take you most of the day to get through.
15. John Ball Zoo – Another zoo that offers great animals for your family to view.
16. Festival Of The Arts (summer) – Festivals are always a lot of fun. The Festival of the Arts is actually the biggest all volunteer festical in the country. We have taken the kids to this every single year, and it is so much fun. They have tons of fun arts and crafts for the kids to do, and they are all free. While you’re there make sure to stroll through all the tents and taste that delicious festival food!
17. Day Out With Thomas (Summer and Fall) – Calling all train lovers! This is one train trip that you won’t want to miss. They offer 2 different events here in Michigan. One in the Summer and One during the fall. Both of them are on the east side of the state. We have been to the one on the Hucke
18. Michigan’s Adventure (summer) – This is such a fun place to visit for the day, or even the weekend. They offer an amusement park with quite a few great roller coasters and a water park. Both areas are included with your admission.
19. Harvest Days (fall) – If you’re looking for family-fun full of everything Fall and pumpkin spice, you won’t want to miss out on Harvest Days.
20. Klackle Orchards (fall) – Want to pick your own pumpkin? This orchard has that option! They also have so many fun things for the kids to do. Ride on rides, bikes, play in the sand and so much more. This is one of our favorite fall activities to visit. This last year they were bought out by another family. I hope they keep everything the same as it is now.
21. Butterflies at the Gardens (spring) – This butterfly garden at Fredrick Meijer Gardens offers the chance for some up close and personal butterfly views. This exhibit is the biggest traveling butterfly exhibit in North America. We go every single year, and always see something new.
22.Lego Kids Fest (spring) – It has been a while since LEGO Kids Fest has visited Michigan. I’m hoping they will again someday. This is an all things LEGO exhibit for kids to enjoy. They can build with all different types of LEGO’s see amazing LEGO creations, join competitions, and so much more. This is one even you will not want to miss for anyone who has a LEGO lover in the house.
23. Grand Haven – Let life slow down a bit and get out of the chaos of city life as you visit this lake shore community. With all of the fun things to do in Grand Haven you could easily spend the day here, or even better the weekend. Don’t forget to visit Pronto Pups where you can get the worlds best corn dogs! You can even take a trip around the city on a trolley or just spend the day swimming in beautiful Lake Michigan.
24. Sleeping Bear Dunes – Another amazing place to visit that offers great hiking trails and views. Matter of fact the Sleeping Bear Dunes has been placed in the top 20 most beautiful places in the world to visit multiple times. Kids love climbing, jumping, and playing in the sand dunes. They have a great spot for anyone who loves a challenge to walk down and climb up this super steep sand dune. My kids have done this and a couple said they would never do it again, and that was while they were in regular conditioning for gymnastics.
No matter what type of family vacation you’re looking for, Michigan truly does have something for everyone. Plan a day exploring a town, going camping at a local state park or see just how many of the 129 lighthouses you can find and explore in the state.
Michigan is one state that truly does deliver when it comes to fun family-friendly vacation options!
Do you have any family friendly vacation spots in Michigan that you’d recommend?
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